Brisbane close out home schedule with draw against AdelaidePosted: March 12, 2012
Brisbane Roar 1 (Berisha 70’)
Adelaide United 1 (Ramsey 14’)
Sunday, 11 March 2012
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Strebre Delovski
Crowd: 10, 739
Brisbane’s quest for back to back Premierships appeared all but over last evening following this 1-1 draw with the Reds, but thanks to Perth, Brisbane have managed to cut the lead to 2 points with 2 matches remaining. Brisbane peppered the United goal but despite all the chances they created, they could only manage the one goal through Berisha which cancelled out Ramsey’s 1st half strike.
Brisbane: Visconte for Brattan (27’), Danning for Fitzgerald (52’), Jurman for Visconte (88’)
Un-used subs: Redmayne
Yellow Cards: Franjic (79’)
Red Cards: Nil
Adelaide: McKain for Malik (60’), Kostopolous for Vidosic (77’), Usucar for Cassio (80)
Un-used subs: Izzo
Yellow Cards: Caravella (38’), Malik (44’)
Red Cards: Nil
Brisbane made three changes from the team who lost 2-0 midweek in the Champions League, with Nick Fitzgerald who was rested midweek coming in for the suspended Henrique, and Murdocca missed out due to a shoulder problem, with Luke Brattan getting a rare start. Issey who is ineligible for the ACL games also came into the starting line-up for Visconte- who started midweek, possibly in a move to bring some fresh legs into the side. Danning was promoted to the bench as the preferred attacking option ahead of Meyer.
Adelaide went with a bold strategy of leaving Eugene Galekovic and Sergio Van Djik at home in what is surely a sign they’ve written off the rest of the league season. Mark Birighitti came in for a rare start and Bruce Djite was given the chance to show his value leading the line. Youngsters Evan Kostopolous –who scored against the Roar in Toowoomba in pre-season and Paul Izzo made their 1st appearances in an A-League side.
Both sides started the game fairly slowly –perhaps they were still a bit fatigued from their ACL exertions- but it was Brisbane who got into their stride quicker, but they looked slightly below their best in the attacking third. It was however Adelaide that opened the scoring with a swift counter attack which resulted in Djite making a fantastic run down the left channel before crossing to Ramsay to slot home.
Brisbane’s best chances of the half came from Birighitti not being able to clear the ball effectively with both Thomas Broich and Nick Fitzgerald charging his clearances. Apart from that Broich had a couple of set pieces that amounted to very little and in general the attack was slightly off for mine.
One of the main reasons for that was that Broich was slightly off in his execution yesterday, perhaps he was just having a bad game, or it was his shoulder and 3 games in a week that made him below his best. His shooting in particular was
so far below what we’ve grown accustomed to it didn’t look like him.
Just as he did on Tuesday in the Champions League, Postecoglou turned to Kofi Danning to inject something off the bench, although this time he left it slightly later yesterday. Kofi looked much sharper and had a far greater influence on the match yesterday thou, culminating in that piece of quick thinking that saw him get onto the mistake from Adelaide that saw Berisha grab the equaliser. The finish itself was a simple tap in but the work from Danning was impressive and has me re-thinking my thoughts on him regarding the finals and the extended 5 man substitute’s bench.
From there Brisbane absolutely peppered the Adelaide goal but they just couldn’t find a way through, with Thomas Broich and Kofi Danning managing to find a way to muck up what looked like a certain goal. Instead the counter attack launched by Brisbane turned into Broich having 2 chances cleared off the line by the Adelaide defence. Brisbane were desperately unlucky not to have gotten a winner, and on another day could have put 4 or 5 into the Reds net in the 2nd half.
Unfortunately Brisbane’s midfield injury issues got even worse yesterday with both Luke Brattan and Rocky Visconte both sustaining what appeared to be serious long term injuries. Reports today suggest that Visconte’s injury may not be as serious but he will probably still miss a game or 2 because of it. Add in Murdocca, Nichols and Broich’s recent issues and im sure there are some concerns in the Roar camp atm.
Brisbane: Theoklitos 7, Franjic 6, Smith 7, Adnan 6, Stefanutto 6, Paartalu 6, Brattan 6, Broich 7, Issey 7, Fitzgerald 6, Berisha 7, Jurman 6, Visconte 7, Danning 7.
Adelaide: Birighitti 6, Watson 6, Mullen 7, Boogaard 7, Golec 7, Ramsay 7, Caravella 6, Malik 6, Cassio 6, Vidosic 7, Djite 7, McKain 6, Kostopolous 6, Usucar 6.