Brisbane continue solid record in Newcastle

 

The race for the premier’s plate is still well and truly alive going into the final day, but there was a period there where it looked a little shaky, but goals from Berisha and Nichols were eventually enough. Postecoglou wrote in his Sunday Mail column about how FFA took the plate from Roar HQ during the week in anticipation of handing it to the Mariners, and he and the players used that as an extra piece of motivation. The race for the plate will of course go down to next Sunday with the Mariners having the chance to seal it across the Tasman, with Brisbane waiting and hoping for the chance to swoop in and win it in the M1 derby. More on that later in the week thou, there’s the matter of a little competition called the Asian Champions League before that.

 

Newcastle Jets 1: (Abbas 40’)
Brisbane Roar: 2 (Berisha 13’, Nichols 82’)
Venue: Ausgrid Stadium
Referee: Jarred Gillett

 

Starting Line-ups:

 

Brisbane:

Substitutions: Mundy for Hingert (68’), Meyer for Nakajima-Farran (70), Murdocca for Henrique (76’)
Unused Subs: Redmayne

Yellow Cards: Hingert (63’), Smith (77’)

Red Cards: Nil

 

Newcastle:
Substitutions: Griffiths for Elrich (57’), Bridges for Jeffers (76’), Pepper for Calvano (84’)

Unused Subs: Nash

Yellow Cards: Byun (42’), Calvano (81’), Zadkovich (83’)

Red Cards: Nil

 

Newcastle started the game the better and looked far more dangerous for the opening 10 minutes, carving out a couple of half chances and dangerous attacks. Brisbane did settle around 10 minutes in and scored almost immediately when Jack Hingert cut inside slightly before playing Berisha in on goal to finish. Besart was perhaps offside but it was a well worked goal, Berisha’s 19th of the season which equals the A-League record.
They could have and in truth should have doubled their lead and probably wrapped the game up early and saved us all the stress- that’s not the Brisbane way however 😉 Henrique and Berisha had the best chances to double the lead with some more outstanding work in the build up, but the pair combined to hit the post 3 times in a little over 2 minutes. Newcastle had the odd chance but it was Brisbane dominating the 1st half for the most part.
Berisha and Issey then proceeded to get into a bit of a disagreement, over what im not sure but we all know by now how competitive Besart is and that if things aren’t being done the way they should be he’s not shy to tell you about it. The dispute ran for a good 10 minutes leading into the halftime break and it probably helped Newcastle regain a bit more control in the match.


Newcastle did go into the halftime break on level terms with a very tidy free kick from Ali Abbas. Abbas found the net on the side of the goal which the wall was protecting but imo if the wall had of jumped they could very well have deflected it over the bar. Just after half time we all got word of the fact that Central Coast had gone ahead against Adelaide and all of a sudden they had to press even more to win this game.

 

The second began in similar fashion to the 1st with the Jets creating one or 2 half chances and ain general just looking the more dangerous. Brisbane however had the opportunity to regain the lead from the penalty spot when Jack Hingert was brought down inside the area. Henrique’s penalty however was extremely weak with little or no direction on it and barely required saving.
Newcastle from there went on a 10- 15 minute period where they put some serious pressure on Brisbane forcing Theoklitos into some exceptional saves. The best of them was from a lightning quick counter attack down the left which resulted in a quick fire double save and a point blank stop to deny Jeffers.
Just as it was looking like it wasn’t going to be Brisbane’s day they were awarded a second penalty when Calvano committed a foul inside the box. This time it was Nichols who stepped up to the spot and while it wasn’t exactly the best of penalties they all count and Brisbane were up 2-1, which is how it ended despite some late Jets pressure.

 

Brisbane: Theoklitos 8, Franjic 6, Smith 6, Jurman 6, Hingert 7, Paartalu 6, Nichols 7, Broich 6, Nakajima- Farran 6, Berisha 8, Henrique 6, Mundy 6, Meyer 6, Murdocca6.

Newcastle: Kennedy 6, Zadkovich 6, Calvano 6, Topor-Stanley 6, Byun 6, Abbas 8, Wheelhouse 7, Kantarovski 6, Elrich 6, Brockie 7, Jeffers 7,  Pepper 6, Griffiths 7, Bridges 6.

 

A few points:

–          -It was nice to see Matt Mundy get an opportunity in the 1st team for the 1st time this season. While I’ve been critical of him and his performances in the NYL, for mine he was far better in this game than at any point this season when I’ve seen him.

–          Mitch Nichols was particularly impressive in midfield for mine, he looked purposeful in the attacking half and was a good link played between Besart and the rest of the midfield. That was also his 1st penalty for the Roar.

–          Hingert (and Jurman in truth) took their chance in the 1st team extremely well with Hingert contributing an assist and generally playing well before being struck by cramp. Jurman while not being as influential as

 

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