Young Strikers Set Goals For Season Ahead

Jan 27, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers’ attacking stocks will take on a decidedly youthful appearance in 2019 in the National Premier Leagues Queensland in the guise of Andy Pengelly and Zach Maltby.

The goal-scoring duo are set to provide plenty of headaches for opposition defenders this season as part of the rejuvenated squad formed by Brisbane Strikers coach Owen Baker.

After netting plenty of goals in the pre-season, Pengelly will be a fresh face at Perry Park come the season proper following his off-season move from Western Pride.

The 21-year-old said he has no intention of slowing down now he is wearing the Brisbane Strikers’ yellow-and-blue after netting 16 goals for his former club across NPL Queensland and FFA Cup last year.

“I am hoping to build on what I did last season. I want to score as many goals as I can,” Pengelly said.

“There’s a lot of good players at Brisbane Strikers and because of that the service in pre-season has been good and that is hopefully a good indication of what is ahead for me.”

“But I also know that the league is where it counts and that will be the real test.”

Maltby, 19, is also setting his sights on plenty of goals this year after bringing his strong goal-scoring record at youth level into the Strikers senior set-up in 2018 – hitting the back of the net on 8 occasions.

“You always want to do better than the year before. One of my jobs is to score goals and I want to get into the double digits this year,” Maltby said.

“Last season was a good year for me and I got plenty of first team experience. I’m grateful for that and what to keep performing.”

Maltby added that his first season had made him a more mature footballer while acknowledging he still has plenty to learn.

“I learned last year that if you get dropped to the bench you can’t take that as a negative. It is a part of being a member of the team,” he explained.

“You just have to keep working hard at training and keep pushing yourself and others because competition for places makes everyone in the team better.”

“So I really feel I can improve here as a player more than at any other club due to the quality coaches and the other really good players in the team.”

Pengelly said he also believes he will reap the rewards of being surrounded by a team comprised of young and technically adept players.

“There are plenty of good players at Strikers. The style here suits me and I think that will help me personally as a player and we will also be very competitive as team because of that.”

“The opportunity to work with Owen was also one of the reasons I decided to come to club.”

Brisbane Strikers commence their National Premier Leagues Queensland season at Perry Park against Toowoomba’s South West Queensland Thunder on Saturday, February 2.

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