Youth, backups beat up on Bris.City

As the title suggests Brisbane Roar manager Ange Postecoglou took the opportunity to give the younger players in the squad an opportunity to get some valuable match practice before the new season with Eric Paartalu and Massimo Murdocca the only regular 1st team players starting the match. The were joined by backup keeper Andrew Redmayne, defender squad Matt Mundy,  young midfielders Luke Brattan and Chris Bush, aswell as Bahraini trialist Sayed Mohammed Adnan with numerous National Youth League players rounding out the squad. 1st choice right back Ivan Franjic did make an appearnce off the bench for the last 10-15 minites, his 1st of theafter a hamstring injuiry up on the Sunshine Coast .


The starting 11 was something like this







Paartalu (who had the captains armband- perhaps a sign to the future?) was sitting very deep, quiet often making it a back 3 with Geria and Mundy pushing higher up the park. Roar took  the lead in the 11th minite from a blistering volley on the edge of the box from Murdocca off a great corner routine. City then began to create a few chances with their direct style of play and got in behind the youthful and inexperienced central defensive pairing 2 or 3 times in the remainder of the 1st half, which must be of some concern to the Roar boss.


City striker Shephard scored the equaliser in the 20th minite following a poor piece of defending down the right hand side, and he grabbed his and his sides 2nd goal in the 38th minite following a dreadful backpass leaving young keeper Redmayne stranded and Shephard rounded him and easilly slotted home to give City a suprising 2-1 lead at half-time.


The 2nd half started with a City corner that could very easily have put them up 3-1 after they hit the joint part of the goal frame linking the post and the crossbar, the ball proceded to bounce along the goal line, off the other post before a roar defender scrambled it away. From then on however, Bribane were in almost complete control, and the equalising goal came on 53 minites with a delightful free kick just outside the box from Luke Brattan who had a fantastic game.

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From here on out Roar ran all over their BPL opponents who had made a host of changes, with young trialist and former Sydney FC player Tommy Cirjak making in 3-2 to the Roar in the 70th minite, and youth midfiender Kenneth Dougall rounded out the scoring in the 83rd minite with a tidy finish. It was great to get to another Brisbane match, having missed last weeks game against Wolves FC, looking foward to next weeks showdown with Brisbane Strikers.


Scoreboard: Courtesy of

Brisbane City 2 (Andrew SHEPHERD 20’, 38’)
Brisbane Roar 4 (Massimo MURDOCCA 11’, Luke BRATTAN 53’, Tommy CIRJAK 70’, Kenneth DOUGALL 83’)


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