Strikers Close In On Top Spot

STRvROR 1 (Michele Pitman)

Words: Steve Pitman
Images: Michele Pitman

Trent Clulow and Luke Marsh scored either side of half-time to help Brisbane Strikers see off a determined Brisbane Roar Youth 2-0 at Perry Park.

Strikers led at the break courtesy of Clulow's close-range strike in the 20th minute, before Marsh pounced on a dropped ball by Andrew Jannese shortly after the restart to double the advantage.

Young Roar pinned Strikers back with a succession of free kicks and corners but struggled to make the most of their openings in slipping to a third defeat in six matches.

Victory moves Strikers back ahead of third-placed Redlands United on goal difference and only a point behind league leaders FNQ Heat.

Key Moments

8' - CHANCE FOR ROAR - Jayden Prasad receives a cutback from the byline and shoots over the target from 10 yards.

19' - GOAL FOR STRIKERS - Trent Clulow blasts home from close range after Fraser Hills won a scrap for possession and crossed from the byline.

28' - CHANCE FOR STRIKERS - Andre Jannese saves Shaun Carlos' stooping header at close range following another Hills cross.

33' - CHANCE FOR ROAR - Dane Ingham pulls the trigger from eighteen yards but Seb Usai tips the ball over his crossbar one-handed.

41' - CHANCE FOR ROAR - Usai this time denies Prasad at his near post after the midfielder wriggled free and shot on the turn.

52’ - GOAL FOR STRIKERS - Jannese spills a lob from Hiroki Omori and Marsh pounces on the scraps to convert with his left foot.

54' - CHANCE FOR ROAR - Nicholas D'Agostino puts a free header wide from six yards from a lofted free kick.

77' - CHANCE FOR ROAR - Jesse Daley's shot from outside the area takes a deflection, but Usai reads it low down to his left.

87' - CHANCE FOR STRIKERS - Jannese gets across to his left to keep out Shaun Carlos' volley.

What They Said

“I think it was a big contrast to the last time we played them. We were better prepared for them this time, set up really well, the coaching stuff got the tactics right. I thought we looked a lot better than them tonight. There was a period there where they might have got on top of us a bit but at the end of the day they didn't create anything because of the two centre-backs and holding midfielders doing such a great job to keep them quiet.” – Seb Usai, Brisbane Strikers FC goalkeeper.

“I don't think we really turned up to start with. I think we did enough to take something from the game but I think that bit of experience ... was telling tonight. It's young players - it's part of their development. We should have been probably a little bit better in front of goal. I thought we were well in the football game against arguably the best team in the league.” – Josh McCloughan, Brisbane Roar FC Youth coach.

Match Details

PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 2016 – Round 12

Saturday, 28 May
Perry Park, Brisbane

Brisbane Strikers FC – 2 (Trent CLULOW 20' Luke MARSH 52')
Brisbane Roar FC Youth – 0

CLICK HERE for the official Match Centre

Match Officials – Jarred Gillett (referee), Trent Sleeman (assistant), Ben Orwell (assistant), Jacqui Hurford (fourth)




Comments

Comment Guidelines: The SportsTG Network is made up of players, families and passionate sports followers like you who have a strong opinion about sport. That's great - we want you to have your say and share your thoughts with the world. However, we have a few rules that you must follow to keep it fun for all. Please don't be rude, abusive, swear or vilify others. Apart from some pretty serious sport sanctions, we also can ban you and report you if things get out of hand. So play fair and have fun, and thanks for your contribution.