Preseason review thus far

Besart Berisha challenges for the ball. (Matt Palmer/Brisbane Roar)

 

Brisbane Roar’s preseason roadshow is well and truly underway and here’s a brief recap of what’s happened thus far, who’s stood out, who’s got work to do and what’s next.

 

Tuesday July 24: Brisbane Roar vs. Brisbane Olympic

Starting way back with the Olympic game 3 weeks ago now they played essentially two different XI’s for this one with everyone getting 45mins of action. The main highlight of the 1st half side was the impressive debut from new South Korean signing Do Dong Hyun. He was pacy, direct and sharp on the ball in his 1st appearance for the champions which culminated in an assist for the only goal of the half –a tap in header by George Lambadaridis-. Anthony Proia also made his debut in a game involving the 1st team players by playing as the central striker in the 1st half line-up.

 

The 2nd half was all about last season’s goalscoring extraordinaire Besart Berisha who made the game look extremely easy with a hattrick of well taken goals, two of which were identical strikes low and in the bottom corner. This game also marked the debut of ex Gold Coast flyer Ben Halloran who played down the right hand side of the formation. It took him a while to find his feet out there but showed signs he’ll be a solid contributor this season.

 

Brisbane Roar FC: 5 (Lambadaridis 35, Berisha 52, 55, 79, O.G 75)
Brisbane Olympic: 0

1st half line-up: Theo, Hingert, Smith, Geria, Stefanutto, Paartalu, Lambadaridis, Broich, Danning, Proia, Do. (Dougall came on for Stefanutto who picked up a knock to the face)

2nd half line-up: Acton, Franjic, Archibald, Jurman, Brown, Brattan, Murdocca, Henrique, Halloran, Berisha, Fitzgerald.

 

Sunday August 12: Brisbane Roar vs. Ipswich Invitational.

Moving onto the 2nd game now which was this past Sunday out in Ipswich and this game was treated a little bit differently by Rado and the coaching staff with a policy of dividing up the team into two teams and getting them all 90 mins of action so they’re reading for the season. I assume this is primarily because they aren’t playing as many local games this pre-season due to the late start.

 

The match itself will be remembered by me at least for the amount of goalscoring chances Berisha had. I think it would have been 7 or 8 all up and the lead up work to create them was excellent. In goals Matt Acton got his 1st start of the pre-season and did what was required of him which is basically just to start the attacks from the back. He did concede a goal but it wasn’t his fault, there was an error up the park and a fantastic strike from the Ipswich player.

 

More silverware for the trophy cabinet (Matt Palmer/Brisbane Roar)

The squad in general was one of the youngest I’ve seen from Brisbane Roar in a while with a host of 1stteamers given the afternoon off, it was left to some of the NYL players to show their stuff out there. The backline in particular was extremely young and the two boys on the left hand side of the defence (Archibald and Brown) made a few sloppy errors in playing out. It was also pleasing to see new NYL signing Kwabena Yeboah making his 1st appearance on the right side of the front 3 where he did reasonably well off the bench. In the end it was a solid performance and a good opportunity to see some of this year’s National Youth League side.

 

 Brisbane Roar FC: 5 (Proia 14′, Berisha 60′, 72′, Lambadaridis 65′, Henrique 80′)
Ipswich Invitational: 1 (Taylor 23’)

Line-up: Acton, Geria, Smith, Archibald, Brown, Brattan, Paartalu, Proia, Henrique, Visconte, Berisha.

Subs bench: Yeboah, Lambadaridis, Dougall

Substitutions: Yeboah for Proia (61), Lambadaridis for Visconte (61), Dougall for Henrique (81)

 

Thursday August 16: Brisbane Roar vs. Peninsula Power.

The 3rd and final game thus far this pre-season was played about 24hours ago down by the Redcliffe Peninsula as the Roar travelled north for their annual friendly with the Power. This game involved a number of those who didn’t feature in Sunday’s game in Ipswich; however one or two did make an appearance. The squad was once again rounded out by a host of NYL players.

 

This match was a much tighter affair than the previous two although the Roar were always in control and looked a little flat to me. Fitzgerald was very tidy down the left flank yet again with Halloran having some nice touches down the right. There weren’t as many chances in this game as the previous two but Jurman gave Brisbane the lead at the back post from a short corner routine midway through the 1st half.

 

 

Pre-season revelation Kwabena Yeboah (Matt Palmer/Brisbane Roar)

In the 2nd half most of the 1st teamers made way for a bunch of the NYL players with Kwabena Yeboah getting the 2ndgoal which putthe game to bed and then proceeded to celebrate with some Nani-esque backflips. Looking forward to seeing those at Suncorp Stadium in the future. As usual Roar controlled the possession and territory, but it was especially pleasing to see so many NYL players on the park and for them to continue the style of game.  

 

Brisbane Roar FC: 2 (Jurman 17’, Yeboah 59’)
Peninsula Power: 0

Line-up: Theo, Franjic, Smith, Jurman, Stefanutto, Paartalu, Murdocca, Halloran, Lambadaridis, Fitzgerald, Berisha.

Subs bench: Yeboah, Dougall, Visconte, Liston, Jackson, Brattan, Quinn, Short, Proia, Borello.

Substitutions: Yeboah for Fitzgerald (46’), Proia for Berisha (46’), Visconte for Lambadaridis (46’), Dougall for Paartalu (46’), Quinn for Stefanutto (63’), Jackson for Halloran (63’), Borello for Halloran (63’)

 

Upcoming games:

Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Brisbane Roar v Rochedale Rovers (Underwood Park, Underwood Road, Rochedale South)
Kick-off – 7.15pm

Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Brisbane Roar v Redlands United (Cleveland Showgrounds, Long St, Cleveland)
Kick-off – 7.15pm

Saturday, 1 September 2012
Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar (Scully Park, Tamworth NSW)
Kick-off – 7.30pm

Friday, 7 September 2012
Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar (Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide)
Kick-off – 7.30pm

Sunday, 16 September, 2012
Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC (Virgin Australia Stadium, Mackay)
Kick-off – 3.00pm

Sunday, 23 September 2012
Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners (Stockland Stadium, Kawana Waters, Sunshine Coast)
Kick-off – 3.00pm

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