Strikers winning streak ended by late wonder-strike

Aug 23, 2020 by

The Brisbane Strikers had their three-game winning streak broken last night, losing 1-0 to Peninsula Power away from home in what was an extremely tight affair.

Know as one of the most difficult away days in NPL QLD, Strikers matched Power stride for stride in the first half, with neither team able to work many goalscoring opportunities.

The best chance of the half fell to Fraser Hills who curled the ball towards the top right corner, only to be denied by a brilliant one-handed save from Power goalkeeper Jake Reesby which meant the two teams remained deadlocked at the break.

The second half continued in much the same fashion with both defences unable to penetrated and shots on goal coming few and far between.

Perhaps the best opening of the game came the way of Power midfielder Josh Wooley, who got in behind the Striker back-four for a one-on-one chance, only to be denied by fantastic save from Brendan White.

Just as it seemed as though the game would finish goalless, the ball fell to Power talisman Tom Strickland who fired an awkward swerving shot from 20-yards out, which nestled in the back of the net to put the hosts in front.

Strikers pushed to get themselves back on level terms but were ultimately unable to unlock a stubborn Power defence.

“I think a draw certainly would’ve been a fair result, neither side really was on top of the other,” says Strikers forward Fraser Hills.

“Strickland is a good player and it took something special to score past us.”

“I actually think its quite good that we have a quick turnaround, the best thing you can do after a loss is to get back on the field and set things right, so we’ll be ready for Olympic on Tuesday night.”

Goals

79’- Peninsula Power- A clearance from Liam Cosgrove fell kindly to Power midfielder Tom Strickland who fired a long-range shot which swerved into the bottom corner, putting the hosts in front.

Man of the Match

Jake McLean earned man of the match honours after a strong all-around performance in our midfield. Our club captain has been named man of the match three times so far this season, the most of any individual player.

Coaches Reaction

“I thought it was a very even game, we were happy with our performance in the first half and we were probably a bit guilty of not going in front when we were on top in the game.”

“Conceding late was disappointing, so the boys were not happy to come away empty-handed which I think shows how far we’ve come in the last few weeks.”

“We now have to respond on Tuesday against Olympic, they will want to prove a point against us so it will be a difficult game.”

– Owen Baker Brisbane Strikers Head Coach.

Next Game

The Brisbane Strikers return to Perry Park for a Tuesday night fixture against Olympic FC, kicking-off at 7 pm.

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