Moreton Bay 1 (Scott Stewart 51′) v Brisbane Strikers 3 (Rhys Meredith 17′, Own goal 40′, Shaun Carlos 63′)
NPL Queensland Round 4
Referee: Adam Kersey
Date: Saturday 19 March 2016, 6:00pm
Venue: Wolter Park, Albany Creek
Jets – Strikers
6 Shots On 7
8 Shots Off 4
10 Fouls Conceded 16
(Marraiya, Brownlie, Fulluck) 3 Yellows 3 (Meredith, Knight)
0 Reds 0
5 Corners 7
FULLTIME – Great advertisement for the game with both sides having a decent crack and providing a great contest with plenty of passion and intensity. The Brisbane Strikers it is though that notch their first win of the season and take some much needed momentum into the Easter break.
90+’ – Moreton Bay Technical Director Adam Piddick is sent from the bench.
89′ – Sam Knight and Jacob Fulluck go into the book for their respective teams after willing challenges on opponents. Strikers make their third and final sub with Fraser Hills coming on to replace Shaun Carlos.
86′ – Farina heads wide after a corner was drifted high into the far post.
84′ – Brisbane Strikers sub – Rhys Meredith is replaced by Alistair Davis.
82′ – Marraiya the latest off-target for the Jets as they chase the match.
81′ – Reyze Kelly delivers a cross in from the right for Brownlie inside the six-yard box who heads wide.
79′ – Jake Marshall turns the ball straight over to Jordan Farina who puts a disappointing effort straight to Usai.
76′ – Royce Brownlie was looking for a target and he found one in Chris Maher. Taking him out in a front-on challenge and earning himself a yellow card.
73′ – Shelford Dais starting to get into this match now. He rides a challenge, plays it off for Meredith who forces Stein to save out for a corner.
72′ – The game has gone to another level, it’s end-to-end stuff at the moment. A hush descends over Wolter Park in anticipation.
70′ – Jets make their final change of the evening with all-out attack on the agenda as Jacob Fulluck replaces Taiga Ishikura.
65′ – Tempers frayed on both benches signifying the status of this fixture. Strikers coach Kevin A’herne-Evans is warned by referee Adam Kersey.
GOAL 63′ – Immediately the Strikers go down the other end and Shaun Carlos is on hand to give the Strikers back their two goal advantage. Moreton Bay 1 v Brisbane Strikers 3.
63′ – Again the Strikers line comes under attack. Usai almost carries a save across the goal line.
61′ – Momentum well and truly swinging the Jets way. Brownlie puts a sharp effort just wide.
59′ – Nervous moments for the Strikers as they’re forced to defend two successive Jets corners. Ray Schultz sees his effort cleared off the line. Strikers keeper is forced to punch away a second effort in a crowded pack while Royce Brownlie has his shot blocked.
54′ Brisbane Strikers sub – Jesse Wiemers is replaced by Jake McLean
52′ – Quite a discussion between Jordan Farina (Jets) and Rhys Meredith (Strikers) that sees Meredith collect the second yellow card of the evening.GOAL – 51′ High cross directed into the box by the Jets and Scott Stewart gets above the pack to head home from inside the six-yard box. Moreton Bay 1 v Brisbane Strikers 2
Moreton Bay sub – The Jets bring on Royce Brownlie at halftime to replace Joey Masuda.
HALFTIME – A fair reflection of the match so far. Strikers capitalised on their opportunties provided by a sometime disorganised Jets defence. Moreton Bay 0 v Brisbane Strikers 2 (Rhys Meredith 17′, Own goal 40′)
42′ – Moreton Bay sub. Ray Schultz makes his entrance for Sebastian Kalos.GOAL – 40′ Wonderful nous from Trent Clulow to play a low cross in towards Shaun Carlos who puts enough pressure on the Jets defenders to turn it into their own net.
39′ – Meredith unable to get an effective turn on goal from near the edge of the six-yard box. Jets defence looks to be in a little trouble at the moment.
33′ – Ball into the box for the Strikers but Trent Clulow is surrounded by two defenders and can only see his half-shot dribble out for a goal kick.
29′ – Shaun Carlos goes on a dangerous run through the middle, takes his shot which rebounds off a Jets defender back in his path but the Jets recover to clear.
23′ – Meredith is brought down while on an threatening attacking run by Jonathan Marraiya who goes into the notebook. Strikers put Stein under pressure in collecting a high ball but the Jets custodian pulls in the second effort.
20′ – Jets look for an immediate reply but Ishikura can’t convert a golden opportunity.GOAL – 17′ Poor clearance by Jets keeper Stein that is picked up by the Strikers on the halfway line. Rhys Meredith makes a run down the right, eludes the defenders to tuck it past the keeper. Moreton Bay 0 – 1 Brisbane Strikers
17′ – Nothing much doing attacking-wise so Jonathan Marraiya goes for an effort for the Jets from 40 yards that blazes well over the post.
10′ – From a corner, Shaun Carlos skies one high over the bar for the Strikers.
7′ – Jordan Farina plays a delightful cross to the back post for Taiga Ishikura. Strikers defence intervenes and referee deems a backpass to keeper Seb Usai and awards an indirect free kick inside the box. Subsequent free kick is straight into the Strikers wall and defended away.
5′ – First opportunity of the evening comes the Jets way that draws gasps from the collective home crowd. Shot not too far offline.
KICK OFF – Underway at Wolter Park in this 2015 Grand Final rematch between Moreton Bay and Brisbane Strikers
MORETON BAY LINE-UP
Matt Stein (GK), Reyze Kelly, Scott Stewart, Matt Byrne, Liam Previtera, Jordan Farina, Joey Masuda, Sebastian Kalos, Alex Janovsky, Taiga Ishikura, Jonathan Marraiya. Subs: Ray Schultz, Matt Capelo, Royce Brownlie. Jacob Fulluck, Xander Gwynn-Jones (RGK).
BRISBANE STRIKERS LINE-UP
Seb Usai (GK), Chris Maher, Jake Marshall, Grieg Henslee, Shelford Dais, Michael Angus, Rhys Meredith, Shaun Carlos, Sam Knight, Jesse Wiemers, Trent Clulow. Subs:Jake McLean, Fraser Hills, Alistair Davis, Tomas Ross, Michael Weier (RGK).
It’s the 2015 NPL Grand Final rematch. Moreton Bay took that game 2-1 with Jordan Farina scoring from a free kick in the dying minutes to claim the Premiership/Championship double for the Jets.
2016 couldn’t have got off to a better start for the reigning Premiers with three wins from their opening three games while the Brisbane Strikers are yet to strike a blow in the win column and will be desperate for all three points so as not to be left behind entering the Easter break.