Gallant Effort In Spite Of Brisbane’s Lightning Strike – U15’s Determination Shines Through

The state’s leading U15 side were too good on Wednesday night when they put away a series of classy goals to defeat Nerang’s JPL U15 side in testing conditions at Glennon Park.

The Eagles came out with a high energy game, and despite two early goals to the visitors, managed to take control of the match for a brief 10-minute period midway through the first half.

Both sides left everything on the pitch and went at it for the full 90 minutes

Caught out by the stylish and confident forward-attacking stance of Nerang, the Brisbane Strikers side looked rattled momentarily as Nerang came just inches from putting a couple of goals away themselves.

The superior Brisbane side quickly regained composure and took control of the match through to the final whistle, knocking in a series of well-earned goals to take a comfortable win.

In what was a night of opportunity and growth for our side, the young Eagles gained valuable insight into how a slick side like Brisbane operates and what level of game-play to expect at the elite levels of Australian and world football.

A sea of yellow – the Strikers packed a quality defence for their game at Nerang

Gallant, gutsy and fast-paced, Nerang fought hard for the entire 90 minutes, showing determination and resilience in spite of a mounting scoreboard deficit.

Rain squalls rounded out the game as both teams battled through the wet conditions to both finish strong.

Hats off to Gary Scott from the Academy of Football Australia and his team, they are a credit to themselves and showed nothing but grace and poise when put under pressure – a hard-fought night for the lads and a great opportunity to take a lot of positives away from the game nonetheless.

The first of two golden chances that came a frustrating few inches from finding the net – a free kick that beat the keeper’s reach only to be denied by the crossbar during the first half
There were plenty of 50/50 opportunities and the Eagles went in hard, as did the Brisbane team

This first-half strike from a perfect volley cross was on target to score until an equally perfect save from the Brisbane keeper kept the sheet clean for the Strikers
And down came the heavens
A great night for our goalkeepers who had some gutsy saves and some equally strong shots put past them – top effort!
Fast, tough and focused, both teams put on a great show