City Fire six past Sunshine Coast
Brisbane City romped to a comprehensive victory over Sunshine Coast Fire on Saturday night, scoring six goals and keeping their first clean sheet of the season at Corporate Travel Management Stadium.
Alex Feichtner opened the scoring just 6 minutes into his maiden senior start, with City extending their lead thanks to a pair of braces from top scorers Sammy Sibatuara and Seiji Shizuno.
A maiden senior goal for Kai Bolton in the final five minutes rounded out a comfortable win for the hosts over a Sunshine Coast side whose struggles deepen with each and every passing week.
City are now unbeaten in four leading into the Easter break, which gives the Gladiators a fourteen day break to prepare for a tough looking visit to Perry Park. Sunshine Coast will host Moreton Bay United at Sunshine Coast Stadium in a fortnight’s time.
City’s visitors this evening have endured a shocking run of form since their surprise victory over Cairns FC in Round 2, losing all five of their next matches by some desperate score lines.
On both of their most recent two trips south from the Coast, the Fire have suffered consecutive heavy defeats, conceding double figures on both occasions. Ali Dermijan must have feared for the worst here tonight as well, as City wrested the initiative straight from the off and raced into a 2-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes.
Alex Feichtner opened the scoring after just six minutes, with Seiji Shizuno adding his name to the scoresheet for the fourth game in succession just two minutes later as the Fire defence wilting in the pressure of City’s lightning start.
Having raced into that early lead, City subsequently lowered their intensity, managing only a handful more chances against their opponents, despite enjoying the majority of the possession.
That perhaps was to be expected considering John Kosmina’s shocking injury list heading in the match.
Prior to tonights game four regular starters had been ruled out through injury; Bon Scott, Preston and Tristan Hugo, and Lachlan Sayers. Then in the warm up Nathan Beagley pulled up sore, forcing the City coach into handing a first senior start to youth product Mark Stuart – who has impressed in the Youth side so far this season.
As City’s makeshift side enjoyed their early superiority, Sam Sibatuara was guilty of missing two opportunities to add to City’s tally int he first half, one a shot from inside the penalty area, the other a header that glanced wide before Alex Feichtner’s shot from range also missed its mark.
Sunshine Coast only managed their first clear cut opportunity in the shadows of half time when Sanchez tried his luck from the outside of the penalty area, but the visitors shocked City into life moments after returning for the second half when Matt Gray chipped Clancy only to see his fine effort come back off the crossbar – City’s first clean sheet of the season preserved only by the width of the woodwork.
That chance woke the slumbering City, Sibatuara trying his luck from the edge of the area unsuccessfully before finally getting reward for his efforts just ten minutes into the second half.
Shizuno grabbed his second within minutes of the restart as Sunshine Coast capitulated defensively for the second time in a row after conceding, but the visitors were not too perturbed by falling further behind, Clancy conceding a corner with a fine diving stop.
Japanese veteran Shoichi Koshimizu tried his luck for Sunshine Coast next as the hosts again lowered their intensity, but he failed to trouble Clancy from just ten yards out.
City responded once again with a quarter of an hour remaining, Max Mikkola showing his class by supplying the assist for Sibatuara’s second – his first brace since Round 18 last season – before Kye Bolton scored his maiden goal for City’s seniors off the bench to round out the scoring and a comfortable win for City going into Easter.
Brisbane City’s Under 18’s were in action prior to the main game on Corporate Travel Management Stadium, beating Sunshine Coast 4-0. Catch the full report soon.
City’s Under 20’s were also in action and recorded a 6-2 victory over the same opposition. The full report will be up soon.
Big winners. This result marks City’s biggest win since Round 22 in 2015 when they put nine past SWQ Thunder.
Clean sheets. Jake Clancy has kept City’s first NPL clean sheet since Round 20 last year, a run of eight matches.
Double debut. Mark Stuart made his senior debut in the back line and Max Mikkola made his first appearance off the bench after both have impressed in the unbeaten Youth side.
Starters. City continued their record of remaining unbeaten after scoring first in the NPL this season – this is the fourth time in a row that City have opened the scoring.
Sixers. This is the third time either of these two sides have scored six past the other – Sunshine Coast have managed it twice, City for the first time tonight. City did run out 6-1 victors over the same opposition in the pre-season Macron Cup.
National Premier Leagues Queensland
Brisbane City 6-0 Sunshine Coast (HT 2-0)
Corporate Travel Management Stadium
Saturday 24th March 2018
City – Feichtner 6’ – 1-0.
City – Shizuno 8’ – 2-0.
City – Sibatuara 54’ – 3-0.
City – Shizuno 57’ – 4-0.
City – Sibatuara 74’ – 5-0.
City – Bolton 85’ – 6-0.
Brisbane City have a week off next week for Easter, before returning the NPL Queensland action against Strikers at Perry Park.
Brisbane City: Clancy, King, Aulton, Raymond, Shizuno, Halliday, Meyer, Bird, Sibatuara, Feichtner, Stuart. Subs: Bolton, Bonotto, Lorenti, Mikkola, Culpitt.
Sunshine Coast: Dix, Gray, Kakoi, Marsay, Brown, Durand, Standish, Sanchez, Koshimizu, Darveniza, Hudson. Subs: Ciftci, Adam, Mellish, Pollock.