Strikers Move Top After Nine-Minute Blitz
Words: Anthony Dean
Additional Reporting: Steve Pitman
Images: Michele Pitman
Brisbane Strikers have moved top of the table after a 4-1 win over Brisbane Roar Youth at Perry Park.
Daniel Leck gave the Roar a shock lead midway through the first half but Strikers were level within 10 minutes and never looked back.
A three-goal blitz in nine second-half minutes saw the home side run away with the game, grabbing three absolutely vital points.
Strikers haven't led the league at all this season, but Sean Lane's team has timed their run to perfection, overtaking Gold Coast City with one game to spare.
Strikers are level with GCC on 48 points, but sit nine goals clear in goal difference.
A win over Brisbane Olympic at Goodwin Park next Sunday would see Strikers become the first ever team to win back-to-back PS4 NPL QLD Premierships.
23' - GOAL FOR ROAR - Daniel Leck's lofted, angled drive goes into the top corner of Strikers’ goal via the outstretched glove of goalkeeper Zac Speedy.
34' - GOAL FOR STRIKERS - Michael Lee works a wall-pass with a teammate to carve open the defence and pokes a shot into the bottom corner of Macklin Freke's goal.
46' - CHANCE FOR STRIKERS - Ethan Docherty hits his near-post shot into the side netting.
61' - GOAL FOR STRIKERS - Luke Marsh pounces on the scraps from a corner kick and drives the ball past Freke from close range.
64' - GOAL FOR STRIKERS - Docherty swivels on Lee’s through-ball and dispatches a shot from 18 yards into the bottom corner of Freke’s goal.
72' - GOAL FOR STRIKERS - Hiroki Omori strides on to Docherty's lay-off, beats a defender and lashes his shot past Freke from 15 yards.
90’ - CHANCE FOR ROAR - Daniel Driver is played in and hits his shot well only to see Speedy fling himself to his left to make a superb one-handed save.
PlayStation 4 National Premier League Queensland – Round 21
Saturday, August 12
Brisbane Strikers FC 4 (Michael LEE 34’, Luke MARSH 61’, Ethan DOCHERTY 64’, Hiroki OMORI 72’)
Brisbane Roar FC Youth 1 (Daniel LECK 22’)
Referee – Rachel Mitchenson
Assistants – Vicky Clark & Tarran Richards