Strikers Claim Derby Bragging Rights
Words: Aaron Cooper
Additional reporting: Simon Smale
Brisbane Strikers have recorded a hard fought 2-1 victory over Brisbane City in front of a big crowd at Corporate Travel Management Stadium on Saturday night.
Both sides had their fair share of opportunities in a tightly-contested derby but a Michael Lee brace saw the Strikers secure bragging rights.
Lee opened the scoring on 24 minutes after latching on to a well-timed pass before doubling the visitors’ advantage in the shadows of half-time.
Lee's second strike proved to be critical as City had the better chances of the second half but could only pull one goal back from the boot of substitute Simon Biel in the 79th minute.
The victory is Strikers' second of their premiership defence and sees leapfrog City to third on the ladder.
Strikers' next challenge is an away date with the undefeated Gold Coast City while, John Kosmina's men host Western Pride.
10' - CHANCE FOR CITY - Hiroki Omori fails to cut out a long ball from Greg King allowing Sam Sibatuara the opportunity to shoot from the edge of the area, but his shot flies over the crossbar.
14' - CHANCE FOR CITY - Koh Satake nearly gets onto a Scott Coulson cross at the back post, but cannot direct the ball on target.
15' - CHANCE FOR STRIKERS - Jeremy Stewart is played through into the area by Gregory Cheshire’s right sided cross, but his shot drifts wide.
15' - CHANCE FOR CITY - Scot Coulson crosses left footed into the six-yard box and Carter Glockner blazes over the crossbar.
24' - GOAL FOR STRIKERS - Michael Lee is played into the penalty area and fires a low shot past Bon Scott for his first goal for the Strikers.
32' - CHANCE FOR STRIKERS - Gregory Cheshire is played in down the left but his left footed shot from the edge of the area flies wide across the face of the goal.
40' - GOAL FOR STRIKERS - Michael Lee scores his second, poking home from inside the area.
71' - CHANCE FOR CITY - Jason Park hits a stunning drive against the cross bar from 35 yards, but his shot bounces away having cannoned downwards off the crossbar.
79' - GOAL FOR CITY - Carter Glockner plays in Simon Biel, who takes a touch and shoots low past Zac Speedy.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland 2017 - Round 4
Saturday, 18 March
Corporate Travel Management Stadium, Brisbane
Brisbane City FC 1 (Simon BIEL 79')
Brisbane Strikers FC 2 (Michael LEE 24', 40')
Referee - Adam KERSEY
Assistant Referee 1 - Joey LEE
Assistant Referee 2 - James SHERRY
Fourth Official - Ryan MOONEY