Bolton saves the day to earn Heart a point.Posted: March 4, 2012
Brisbane Roar 1 (Nichols 32’)
Melbourne Heart 1 (Good 49’)
Friday, 2 March 2012
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Ryan Shepheard
This review will be shorter than most, with a preview of the ACL game coming tomorrow. Frustration and disappointment are the two words that describe the feelings of most following Friday nights encounter and I think that just about everyone expected the to be going top of the league when the penalty was given, but it wasn’t to be. Luckily in the chase for the Premiership the Mariners also slipped up at home last night. In all truth thou its tough to argue this result given how Heart played, especially in the 2nd half. This result also means that Heart officially got the better of the Roar this year- (2 draws and a win from the 3 matches from the Heart perspective)
Meyer for Nichols (38’), Nakajima-Farran for Fitzgerald (64’)
Unused Subs: Redmayne, Jurman
Yellow Cards: Meyer (72’)
Red Cards: Nil
Worm for Fred (61’), Terra for Dugandzic (85’)
Unused subs: Mattei, Hamill
Yellow Cards: Marrone (32’), Babalj (53’), Thompson (71’), Colosimo (88’), Srhoj 94’)
Red Cards: Nil
Brisbane made the expected one change to the side with Broich replacing Henrique in the starting line up. They also brought Matt Jurman back onto the bench as the defensive cover ahead of Jack Hingert. Heart decided to switch from their 3-4-3 from last week into a 4-3-3 formation. Paul Reid was replaced by Wayne Srhoj since his short term deal was over.
Brisbane were just a little off what were use to seeing from the boys in orange recently, but despite that Berisha could have had them in front inside of 10 mins. They did however take the lead just after the half hour with a neat finish from outside the box from Nichols, who has got back to his best recently. It wasn’t long after that he went off of course and that changed the game for mine. In a reshuffle Issey came on to replace him with Broich moving deeper into midfield and Fitzgerald moving to the left. From then on I didn’t think that Broich was quite as effective when he was deeper.
Heart started the 2nd half brightly and managed to force Theoklitos into two outstanding saves before eventually forcing it home from a corner. I have to admit I was pretty disappointed with that because of the way the goal was conceded. When playing as a junior coaches use to always say ‘1 man on the front post and one on the back with everyone else marking up’. Now the marking was passable without being great given he got his head on the ball but the fact there was nobody on the back post is amazing to me. Not sure if it was just disorganisation or a tactic to leave it free- either way it backfired.
Brisbane did try and chase the game towards the end, but in truth they never created a clear cut chance by their very high standards. They did however win a penalty in the last minute which most expected to be the winner. Unfortunately for Brisbane, Adnan’s penalty was saved well by Clint Bolton. The penalty itself wasn’t a poor one so to speak as it was on target, but it was at a saveable height and hardly in the corner of the net. I was somewhat surprised to see Adnan taking it but with Henrique suspended it was a tough choice. Berisha sent his last one into the Yarra in Melbourne and Broich, who I keep reading should have taken it (not sure if its because he’s so technically skilled or that he’s German and they’re good as a nation at them) but he clearly doesn’t like them given he wasn’t even in the top 5 last March in the Grand Final. The two candidates that stood out to me at the time were Franjic and Paartalu. Erik took a great penalty in the Grand Final and Franjic is 3/4 in Brisbane colours (scored vs. Jets in 2010/11 pre-season, saved vs. Heart in Melb last season, Grand Final vs. CCM and Pre-season vs. Redlands)
Overall though its hard to argue we were worthy of the 3 points over the full 90 minutes in truth, perhaps they had one eye on the ACL game on Tuesday who knows. To Melbourne’s credit they played some decent stuff especially in the 2nd half and could probably have gotten all 3 points given Worm’s miss from 3 yards. In the end though no damage has been done for the premiership race and with 3 games remaining Brisbane sit just 3 points behind the Mariners.
Brisbane: Theoklitos 7, Franjic 7, Stefanutto 6, Smith 6, Adnan 6, Paartalu 7, Nichols 7, Murdocca 6, Fitzgerald 6, Berisha 7, Broich 7, Issey 6, Meyer 6.
Melbourne: Bolton 7, Marrone 7, Good 7, Colosimo 6, Behich 7, Germano 6, Fred 6, Thompson 6, Srhoj 7, Dugandzic 6, Babalj 7, Worm 6, Terra 6.