Strikers share the points with Sunshine Coast in first post lock-down game

Jul 26, 2020 by
The Brisbane Strikers returned to NPL QLD action last night after 4-months of suspended football, earning a 1-1 draw with the Sunshine Coast Wanderers at Perry Park.

The team was in a confident mood heading into the game and it showed, with Strikers dominating throughout most of the first half.

Early chances came the way of Ollie Smith, Fraser Hills, and Ryan Palmer before Jake McLean broke the deadlock, latching onto a brilliant low driven cross from Jacob Sauverain in the 27th minute.

Strikers took a 1-0 lead into the half time break but unfortunately conceded from a corner less than 10 minutes into the second period, with Sunshine Coast Wanderers centre-back Taylor Walkinshaw scoring with a towering header.

From then on, the game became very even with both sides creating good opportunities to take the lead.

Both defences held strong for the remainder of the game however and the match finished deadlocked at 1-1.

“We are a little bit disappointed not to start back off with a win especially at home, but we will take the point considering the fact that we had to deal with some injuries early in the game,” says Strikers fullback Chris Maher.

“The tired legs was definitely a factor for both sides towards the end of the game and that will improve as we keep getting more football under our belt over the next few weeks.”

“Now that we have the first proper game out of the way I think we all feel like we can use it to get better and we will come in next week, work hard and be ready for the Redlands game.”


27’- Brisbane Strikers- Some tidy build-up resulted in Jacob Sauverain finding space to cross from the left-side and the young fullback put in a perfectly weighted low ball which found Jake McLean at the back post for an easy finish.
53’- Sunshine Coast Wanderers- A perfect corner kick routine, Sunshine Coast centre-back Taylor Walkinshaw lost his marker and leaped high for a header, putting the Wanderers back on level terms.

E-Z-Go Man of the Match

Goalscorer and Club Captain Jake McLean was named E-Z-Go Man of the Match. The midfielder put in a fantastic all-around performance and will be delighted with the way in which he started life after lock-down on an individual level.

Coaches’ Reaction

“I think we are disappointed no to take all 3 points, I think we certainly created enough chances to put the game to bed in the first half but in the second half we really let Sunny Coast but into the game.”

“The pitch was fine despite the weather, I think the fatigue was probably a bigger factor for both sides.”

“We need to improve every week, we know Redlands are a well-coached team and we will need to be ready for that challenge next week.”
– Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers Head Coach

Next Game

Brisbane Strikers face Redlands United away at the Compass Ground next Saturday at 7:00 pm.

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