Brisbane run riot in the west and clinch 4th successive win


Perth Glory 0
Brisbane Roar 3
(HENRIQUE 21’, Besart BERISHA 58’, 62’)
Saturday, 25 February 2012
nib Stadium, Perth
Referee: Strebre Delovski


How about this past month then for Brisbane Roar, away to the 3 biggest challengers for their crown and without doubt their 3 best away performances of the season. 4 wins from 4 against Glory, Victory, Phoenix and Central Coast has seen the Mariners lead slashed from 11pts to just 3, and Brisbane could even go top of the table on Friday with a win over the Heart. This was yet another fantastic road victory, and furthermore they did it without Thomas Broich. Given that fact can we finally put the whole ‘oh Brisbane cannot win without Broich’ argument to bed now?


Meyer for Fitzgerald (69’), Nakajima- Farran for Murdocca (75’), Hingert for Nichols (85’)
Unused Substitutes: Redmayne.
Yellow Cards: Smith, Fitzgerald.
Red Cards: Henrique.


Perth: Andrezinho for McGarry (63’), Howarth for Risdon (79’), Amphlett for Sterjovski (85’)
Unused Substitutes: Young.
Yellow Cards: Vukovic, Pantelidis, Heffernan, Sterjovski.
Red Cards: Nil.
Brisbane made just the one alteration to the starting line-up that won 3-2 against the Victory last weekend with youngster Nick Fitzgerald coming in to replace Thomas Broich. Murdocca, whose wife gave birth late Friday night (congratulations to them both on their new baby girl) made a dash for the airport and arrived in Perth around midday to keep his spot in the side. On the bench there were two further changes with James Meyer earning a promotion due to Broich’s troubles and the fit again Jack Hingert replacing Matt Mundy. It was nice to see Jack get some time at the end, and he also got through a full shift in the NYL so he gained some valuable match fitness from the trip. Brisbane’s Olyroo boys were in Perth, but weren’t required for action.


Perth also made one change to their starting side with Liam Miller ruled out with a hamstring strain, so Adam Hughes stepped in to the side. Tommy Amphlett was awarded a bench role in the reshuffle. Unfortunately the West Australians were without the services of Shane Smeltz who was again out with injury.


Brisbane began the game with some high pressure and forced the Glory into rushed passes and clearances which resulted in them winning possession in or around the Glory half. Perth were trying to mimic the tactic and had moderate success with it in the 1st half, but Brisbane were able to control the play and keep the ball. A large part of that was down to Smith and Adnan who had excellent composure on the ball and began to step forward into midfield.  Brisbane had their fullbacks pressing higher up the park and used them to great affect in launching attacks (especially Franjic) and this resulted in Perth’s wide men being less effective than usual.


Onto the goals and the 1st one was a fantastic example of that pressure. Jacob Burns played a sloppy 50-50 pass which Stefanutto read expertly. From there it was a simple pass to Berisha who had dropped off the front line into the space between the lines, and he just turned and slid an inch perfect ball through to Henrique who had gotten goal-side of his marker (Heffernan). Henrique beat the onrushing Vukovic to the ball and rounded him before slotting home. 1-0 Brisbane. Excellent goal, and yet another example of a swift counter attacking movement from the Roar, something we’ve began to see more of on a consistent basis this past month.


Ferguson must have given them a bit of a bake during the halftime interval, because at the beginning of the 2nd half Perth really pushed high up and put a halt to Brisbane playing out from the back along the ground. Mehmet, Sterjovski, Dodd and McGarry took turns at pressing high with the results being Theoklitos either kicking it long down the middle, or chipping it wide to the fullbacks.


Here are two good examples of Perth’s pressure. In the 1st Glory managed to win the ball back around the halfway line and had good numbers forward for a counter attack. In the 2nd they forced it back to Theoklitos who had no choice but to kick the ball long.


Despite all of that pressure from the Glory that resulted in a chance or two for the hosts, Brisbane went down the other end of the park and doubled their lead, and yet again they did it in a way only they can. This all started from more Glory pressure on the left side with the ball eventually finding its way to Adnan who set Franjic away. Franjic proceeded to run the ball up to half way before a 1-2 with Murdocca which drew the defender. Franjic continued his run to the edge of the box where he played it to Henrique who delivered a solid cross to Berisha who just swivelled and slotted home.



The 3rd and final goal arrived not long after the 2nd with once again some fantastic work from Brisbane in setting it up. Paartalu got up and won a header to win possession, with the ball dropping to Stefanutto who switched it immediately to Adnan who had time. Adnan brought it forward into midfield drawing a defender before playing it wide to Franjic, who cut inside, beat 1 man and slid it through to Nichols 20-25 yards from goal. Nichols turned and played an absolutely superb ball into the inside left channel for Fitzgerald and the youngster showed fantastic composure to calmly play it across the face to the un-marked Berisha. Besart did what any striker would do and scored for 2 yards for his 17th of the season. Another great team goal from the Roar, and all this interplay without Broich.


Following the red card to Henrique the positive thing is that they were still capable of keeping possession and it didn’t really seem as though Glory had a man advantage, and they defiantly didn’t capitalise on it.


Player ratings:
Theoklitos 7, Franjic 7, Stefanutto 7, Smith 7, Adnan 7, Paartalu 8, Nichols 7, Murdocca 7, Henrique 8,  Berisha 8, Fitzgerald 8, Nakajima- Farran 6, Hingert 6, Meyer 6.


Perth: Vukovic 6, Risdon 6, Van den Brink 6, Pantelidis 6, Heffernan 6, Dodd 6, Burns 6, Hughes 6, Sterjovski 6, McGarry 6, Mehmet 6, Howarth 6, Amphlett, Andrezinho 6.




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