Brisbane Roar’s unbeaten run in this preseason road show continued last night with a 2-0 victory over Rochedale, with 2 goals coming from trialist and former Central Coast Mariners midfielder, Nick Fitzgerald. The result might have been good, but the football on the whole wasn’t up to the standard for mine, and there are a couple of reasons for that. Frstly the possession last night wasn’t quiet up to the level that we have been use to last season and in the last pre-season as well. Also, the starting line-up last night didn’t have a recognised striker in it, with Tommy Cirjak, the former Sydney FC Youth striker and James Meyer both starting the game on the bench, and I think that the lack of striker played a part in Brisbane having difficulty in the final third. Rochedale for their part were reasonably good and put in a good effort and should be pleased with their performance. For the record the Brisbane starting line-up was something like this:
Subs: Redmayne, Geira, Adnan, Donachie, Mundy, Brattan, Bush, Cirjak, Meyer.
The main story of the game was on trial midfielder Nick Fitzgerald who decided the game with his 2 well takes strikes, the 1st of which was a nicely taken strike. However the 2nd came from a fantastic run on the by-line from Thomas Broich who beat 2 and 3 defenders before cutting it back to Fitzgerald at the edge of the 6 yard box who finished the chance off. The other major point of the game was the debut in Brisbane colours of Bahraini central defender Said Adnan. Adnan came on with about 30 minutes to go and looked fairly handy. He seemed to be comfortable on the ball and solid enough of a defender, but was perhaps a little bit rusty, looking forward to seeing how he goes in the coming weeks, starting with the upcoming games.
Overall it was another good hit out, and I am sure Ange and the coaching staff learned a lot from the game, that they can take forward into the next preseason game vs. Brisbane Wolves on Wednesday August 3. Finally, here are a couple of pics I took of the boys warming up before the game.
The Brisbane Roar preseason roadshow continues tommrow night at Underwood Park as the A-League champions take on BPL side Rochedale Rovers. Kick off is at 7.00p pm. We’ll have a report on the game Thursday.
Remaining preseason scheduele.
Wednesday August 3: Brisbane Wolves vs Brisbane Roar, Carmichael Park, 7.00 pm.
Tuesday August 16: Brisbane Strikers vs Brisbane Roar, Perry Park, 7.oo pm.
Saturday August 20: Wellington Phoenix vs Brisbane Roar, Dunedin, 5.30 pm.(Local NZ time)
Weekend of August 27/28: QSL Northern All-Stars vs Brisbane Roar.
Sunday September 11: Melbourne Victory vs Brisbane Roar, Launceston, 7.00 pm.
Saturday September 17: Brisbane Roar vs Adelaide United, Towoomba, 7.00 pm.
Saturday September 24: University of Queensland vs Brisbane Roar, St Lucia Campus, 3.00 pm.
Hi there, and welcome to the Roar Review, a blog comprising the latest news around Brisbane Roar FC and its A-Leaugue, Youth League and W-League sides. I’ve been a fan of the team since season 1, had membership since season 3 and stood in the home end for a couple of seasons before moving to the sidelines and enjoying watching the games from the best seat in the house. The blog will comprise the latest news from around Brisbane Roar and the league, updates on Asian leagues and keeping with 2012 Asian Champions League in mind, aswell as keeping up on former BRFC players and where they are now. Happy reading!
Below is a fantastic panorama photo from the grand final i recently came across, enjoy.