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.
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.
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.