Lions had Brisbane a 1st up defeat.Posted: July 17, 2013
Brisbane began their 2013-14 season last night out at Lions FC and it wasn’t the result or performance people were hoping for or expecting, with Lions FC recording a famous win for BPL side by the score of 1-0. It was the first time Brisbane has lost a pre-season game against a local league side since a 1-0 loss to Peninsula Power in June 2009*
*They also lost to a Japanese University XI 10 days later, but I don’t count as a local team.
Brisbane Roar: 0
Lions FC: 1 (Campbell 61’)
Brisbane played what was essentially a split squad- playing an entirely different XI for each of the 40 minute halves. Here’s my best guess at how they lined-up in each half. It’s difficult to tell sometimes because there were no names on the jerseys.
The first half XI was more of the fringe first team players with squad players like Corey Brown, Ben Liftin and George Lambadaridis all getting a run. New signings Diogo Ferreira and Dimitri Petratos, along with the duo returning from injury Matt Smith and Jack Hingert all played in this first half team. They knocked the ball around reasonably well at times, however they let themselves down somewhat at times by some cheap turnovers. There weren’t too many chances created, with just a few half chances created. A few notes on a few individuals.
-Corey Brown looked to be bigger and stronger after the off-season which is a positive, and could be almost ready to seriously challenge Stefanutto for regular first team football at left back.
-Young Jackson at the back looked alright- he still needs another year in the NYL –which he will likely get- before being considered for the first team, but he’s come a long way.
-The midfield trio was interesting. I wasn’t overly impressed by Ferreira, but Lambadaridis and Liftin were interesting. Lambadaridis played as a deep lying midfield playmaker, while Liftin played in the #10 role. He was busy, but didn’t create a lot.
-Petratos started and played primarily on the right side of the front 3. He didn’t add too much for mine. Struggled to beat his man, but he’s still an upgrade on Dong-Hyun for what that’s worth.
-Yeboah, who is primarily a right footed player and played exclusively on the right last season, was shifted to the left last night where he wasn’t in the game as much. He’s much better on the right imo.
The second half started with an entirely changed outfield group, primarily made up of trialists from the NPL Queensland and Brisbane Premier League. Luke Brattan, Julius Davies and Shane Stefanutto were the only first teamers in the 2nd half, with Patrick Theodore and Brandon Borrello –out of position- out of the youth team. Former NYL player of the year –with CCM- and NQ Fury midfielder Panni Nikas –now at Sutherland in the NSWPL- and Aryn Williams –brother of Socceroo Rhys, spent time with Burnley in England- were the most well known of the trialists. The defence was a cobbled together thing with a winger at RB, a CM and a LB in the middle and a RB on the left. So when you think about that, Lions dominance and ability to cut through the back for makes some sense. With the ball they did better than the first half team imo, creating a few chances- the best of which was a 25m shot from Julius Doe.
The pre-season rolls on next weekend against Albany Creek Excelsior, next Tuesday night.