Youth singed, but not burned after extinguishing Fire
Brisbane City’s Youth side eased to their seventh successive win of the season with a 6-2 victory over bottom placed Sunshine Coast at Corporate Travel Management Stadium on Saturday evening.
To goals apiece for Kai Feichtner and Koh Satake along with a Lloyd Cabilan strike and debut goal for Jamie Dimitroff from the penalty spot ensured City racked up their second biggest win of the season.
Sunshine Coast did make a game of it though and even opened the scoring through Kurtis Modlin and added another shortly into the second half to make the scoreline a sweaty-palm inducing 3-2, but in truth City never truly looked threatened and ended up securing a comfortable win going into the Easter break.
City looked to get straight on the front foot in the opening stages of the game, picking up where they left off from Monday night’s straight forward victory over Redlands United with a series of flowing attacking moves involving the majority of blue-shirted players on the field.
Koh Satake looked sharp in the heart of a five man midfield, showing his class in breaking up an early Sunshine Coast attacking raid and launching a swift counter attack with one such piece of flowing attacking football.
Satake’s ball forward towards Owain Thomas was flicked right back into the midfielders path, Satake then expertly switching play back outside to the run of Alex Sartori who flashed a first time shot across the face of goal – an early warning to the Sunshine Coast defence that parted all too easily in the face of City’s movement.
However the Sunshine Coast were to take a shock lead through Kurtis Modlin in the opening five minutes, the experienced midfielder smashing the ball into the top corner after some slack defending from City.
It didn’t take long for City to respond though, the hosts handed the opportunity to draw level almost immediately after going behind when Alex Sartori was scythed down whilst racing into the penalty area.
Former Australian Youth International Jamie Dimitroff marked his debut for City’s Youth by stepping up to take the spot kick, and made no mistake to pull City back level.
Dimitroff was a constant threat in the middle of the park – popping up in a variety of positions around the field. It was his fast thinking in taking a quick free kick that almost paid dividends in creating a chance for Sartori, but the Sunshine Coast defence were on hand to block City’s leading marksman’s effort from Kai Feichtner’s low cross.
Kai Feichtner was also impressing on the right hand side of the midfield, and the youngster gave City the lead with a deserved, if not fortuitous strike that cannoned off the post and in off the unfortunate ‘keeper Pollock.
Dimitroff continued his fine first half by forcing a good reflex save from Pollock that deflected onto the post and away to safety, but it was Satake who got City’s third with a delightful chip to put his side firmly in control going into the break.
The Fire came out firing in the second half, stunning City once more with a well taken goal to narrow to deficit to just a single goal, but Koh Satake was on hand to restore the two goal cushion with another well taken strike.
Due to a late change in the first team that saw Nathan Beagley withdraw late, Liam Culpitt was hurriedly withdrawn at half time to cover the bench meaning Lloyd Cabilan was introduced.
And the youngster grabbed his opportunity with both hands, embarking on a mazy run from the back before deftly dispatching the ball into the back of the net for City’s fifth on the day.
He then handed Kai Feichtner his second on a plate with a sublime cross that only needed a touch from City’s young winger to complete the scoring and round out a comfortable afternoon for City.
The Youth team will now look forward to a tough battle in a fortnight’s time when they take on Strikers at Perry Park at 3:00pm on Sunday April 8th.
National Premier Leagues Queensland Under 20’s
Brisbane City 6-2 Sunshine Coast (HT 3-1)
Corporate Travel Management Stadium
Saturday 24th March 2018
Sunshine Coast – Modlin 5’ – 0-1.
Ball comes out to Kurtis Modlin on the edge of the area and he smashes the ball home from the edge of the box into the top corner.
City – Dimitroff 9’ – 1-1.
Sartori is scythed down in the penalty area and the referee instantly points to the spot where Dimitroff makes no mistake on debut.
City – K Feichtner 22’ – 2-1.
Kai Feichtner hits a superb volley from a cross that cannons in off the post via a deflection off the ‘keeper.
City – Satake 28’ – 3-1
Koh Satake sees the ‘keeper off his line and hits a delightful looping shot towards the back post that deceived Pollock and crept in at the far post.
Sunshine Coast – 56’ – 3-2
City were caught out at the back which allowed the Sunshine Coast to capitalise and sweep in their second to make it 3-2.
City – Satake 44’ – 4-2
Koh Satake gets City back on track with a well taken goal to restore City’s two goal cushion.
City – Cabilan 75’ – 5-2
Half time substitute Lloyd Cabilan embarks on a mazy run from full back into the penalty area before slotting past Pollock in the Sunshine Coast goal.
City – K Feichtner 80’ – 6-2
Cabilan again rushes down the wing, delivering a pin point cross for Kai Feichtner to knick past Pollock.
Brisbane City: Lorenti, K Feichtner, Dimitroff, Culpitt, Satake, Hood, Daly, Kaye, Sartori, Falso, Thomas. Subs: Docherty, Phillips, Gibbs, Nightingale, Cabilan.
Sunshine Coast: Pollock, Edwards, Becsi, Daniel-Lawler, Platz, Reynolds, Ciftci, Adam, Mellish, Modlin. Subs: Dawson, Rickard, Bowen, Meredith, Mellish.