Brisbane City FC (0) v Sunshine Coast FC (3)
Round 8 saw Fire head to Brisbane for an early start against mid table Brisbane City. Fire thwarted again last week going down to a last gasp goal against table topping Lions, City losing at home against Redlands.
City got the game underway in perfect conditions, and even though the home team started the game on the front foot it was Fire who almost opened the scoring in the 3rd minute when Ryan Tappouras hit a spectacular effort from distance that almost crept inside the post. City fired wide in the 4th minute. Fire keeper Bradford Green did well to come strongly for the ball to save in the 5th minute. Fire came back on the offensive, Jett Brutnell having a shot blocked before Mark Shaw forced a corner in the 7th minute from which Dré Ngaha, playing as striker following injury to Charlie Jeff in the warm up, sent his first effort over the bar.
The game was keenly contested across the park, Beppe Rocco impressing again at left back with strong challenges and a committed early display. Brutnell sending a shot over the bar in the 14th minute after good build up play and contributions down the Fire right from Harrison Renzulli and Shaw, Shaw leaving the field with an ankle knock shortly after.
In the 18th minute the right side combined well again, this time Renzulli linking with Brutnell to release Ngaha who’s cross was collected by the City keeper. Fire earned a free kick in the 19th minute towards to left hand edge of the City area; Tappouras sent a ball across the City area that deceived everyone before landing in the corner of the City goal to give Fire a deserved lead. From the kick off, City came straight back but saw a tame effort drift wide.
Fire then almost made it two. In the 24th minute Hayden White ran at the City defence which invitingly parted like the red sea, giving him a clear run at goal, Whites shot however was well saved, low down to keeper’s right.
City began to enjoy a better spell of possession as the first half entered its final third, a cross in the 28th minute ricocheting off Herbie Allsopp and Green needing to be at his best to claw the ball off the line, Allsopp then showing excellent defensive play in the 29th minute to snuff out City again, Tanner Mathers making an athletic interception before sending a great ball down the left for Kaidin Dawson to chase, happy to win a throw deep into the City half. From the resulting play Fire had the ball in the net again, but White was adjudged offside after slotting the ball home.
Half Time: Brisbane City FC (0) v Sunshine Coast Fire (1)
Fire began the second half and broke forward with James Ridley linking up well with Ngaha to set a positive tone for the half. City though were clearly determined to get back on level terms and with some ragged but committed Fire defending the hosts saw their early efforts missing the target. Fire slowly began to replicate some of their first half superiority built on the reliance of the increasingly impressive and confident back line of Renzulli, Vancam, Allsopp and Rocco. In the 46th minute, Shaw burst into the City box, commendably staying on his feet after a mistimed challenge, crossing for Ngaha who saw his shot saved.
City came agonisingly close to an equaliser in the 53rd minute, Green making a superb save high to his left before clearing the loose ball, at the other end, the industrious Lachie Noyes sent a fizzing drive inches over, before another shot was sent wide a minute later as Fire pressed their advantage.
In the 56th minute, City saw a wonderful break down their left flank come to nothing, after carving through Fire with pace, their final shot was fortunately blazed high and wide of Green’s goal.
Ngaha then came close to extending Fire’s lead in the 57th minute, his well struck shot looked destined for the corner but was a whisker wide of the post. At this stage of the game there looked to be only one winner, the impressive Ngaha again dribbling through the City defence before having his cross cleared. Fire then won a corner in the 62nd minute after Dawson’s persistence down the left and his deep delivery was met with power from the well placed Tappouras, unfortunately his header was wide of the target. From the goal kick Tappouras intercepted and fed the ball to Neo Anderson who strode into the City area and fired low past the home keeper to score a memorable first goal for the club and Fire’s second of the game. With City deflated and Fire playing an assured closing few minutes, the visitors added icing to the cake with a third in the 68th minute. After another mazy run and shot from Ngaha, the keeper fumbled and Shaw was on hand to apply the finish from 2 yards out.
After a number of impressive but ultimately pointless games, Fire deservedly took home their first 3 points of the season heading into the Easter break. Outstanding commitment and energy from the entire team will give them the belief that these points will be the first of many.
Full Time: Brisbane City FC (0) v Sunshine Coast Fire (3)
Player of the Match: Dré Ngaha
Brisbane City FC (6) v Sunshine Coast FC (2)
The eighth round and almost a third of the way into the season saw Fire travel to Mark St, Newmarket for our first meeting with Brisbane City F.C. for 2018. Sunshine Coast FC and Brisbane City FC have always enjoyed a healthy competition and we were looking to the competition.
Sunshine Coast FC was on the back foot within the first four minutes when a corner taken by Brisbane City FC was deflected by Fire keeper and landed at the feet of Isaac Kesiena of City, to score the first goal of the match.
Sunshine Coast FC recomposed as they attempted to move the ball around, gather momentum and drive forward to only be met by the solid defence of Brisbane City.
A number of opportunities for Sunshine Coast FC to equalise were missed with Brisbane City FC cementing their first half lead on the 26th minute when they scored from outside of the 18 yard box.
Half Time: Brisbane City FC (2) v Sunshine Coast Fire (0)
Returning to the pitch Sunshine Coast FC needed to step it up however; three unanswered goals on the 41st, 47th and 49th minute saw Sunshine Coast carry a 5-0 deficit.
To the credit of the Sunshine Coast FC boys they didn’t give up still looking for ways to place the ball in the back of the net. This finally came at the 54th minute when a pass from Harry McMillan delivered to Riley Visona resulted in our first goal.
Our next goal came on the 68th minute when Tyler Loveridge won the ball in the middle and delivered it to Harrison Whitelaw for him to score.
The last goal of the match came on the 69th minute when Brisbane City FC were awarded a free kick from outside of the goal box.
Full Time: Brisbane City FC (6) v Sunshine Coast Fire (2)
Player of the Match: Tyler Loveridge
Brisbane City FC (5) v Sunshine Coast FC (2)
Fire started the game very strong by maintaining possession and controlling the game. It was in the 2nd minute that Fire put their first shot on goal.
The first 4 minutes of the game was played in the City’s half.
In the 5th minute Emery was able to put a nice cross on goal but was saved by City’s goalie.
In the 7th minute City seemed to enter the game and started to win the ball. Fire winger Boshoff was able to put a shot on goal in the 9th minute.
Again, fire attacked in the 11th minute and Fire defender Johnson had a shot on goal.
There was a penalty in the 13th minute to Fire taken by Harvey.
City scored the first goal of the game in the 15th minute from a penalty.
Evans-Gilham took a free kick minutes later for fire from outside the box and narrowly missed.
City Scored again in the 20th minute from their impressive #11.
In the 23rd minute Fire was able to get a goal. Emery found some space and was able to put a shot on goal from outside the box slotting it in the back of the net.
City were back on the attack and the Fire defense worked hard with a nice save on shot on goal from Halls-Tempest.
Fire tried to equalize the game with Harvey taking a shot on goal in the 29th minute but missing just right of the goal.
City scored again in the 33rd minute.
Half Time: Brisbane City FC (3) v Sunshine Coast Fire (1)
City came out strong in the second half scoring a goal in the 41st minute.
In the 44th minute City gave away another free kick to Fire. Emery was able to get a head to the ball but went just left of the goal. Halls-Tempest joined the boys back on field in the 49th minute to help guide the defense.
In the 52nd minute City scored again.
Halls-Tempest took a penalty shot from inside the box in the 68th minute and scoring a goal. Fire played some impressive football overall but the biggest problem today was not releasing the ball quick enough in a fast paced game.
Full Time: Brisbane City FC (5) v Sunshine Coast Fire (2)
Player of the Match: Jayden Emery