Youth beat Jets, women fall to Sydney.

 

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Saturday was a big day for Brisbane fans, with both a women’s semi final against rivals Sydney FC in the afternoon, and a youth league fixture against Newcastle. I’ll start with the Youth game, and these reviews will be both shorter, and in dot point format.

Brisbane Roar Youth 3: Theodore 19′ Schaivo 40′ Franze 70′

Newcastle Jets Youth 2: Russell 37′ Jesic 89′
This game was played during the heat of the day, and to be honest, it really showed at times, with both sides showing a desire to maintain possession across defence and midfield so not to exert to much energy. Given that it was already 30 degrees at kickoff, you can’t really blame them.

Brisbane’s line-up was interesting with Proia dropped to the bench to accommodate the return from the 1st team of Nick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald played in a central strikers role which was a bit of a surprise.

Brisbane had the better of the match in all truth, controlling a bit more possession and moving forward while doing so. Newcastle were at a disadvantage as they had to leave at 3.30 on the morning of the game to arrive in time due to the late rescheduling of the match, so they should be commended for their efforts. Here’s a few notes on some of the Roar players.

Chalmers: He’s a big lad of a keeper and a good shot stopper, his handling needs to improve however as he spilled a couple of shots.
Fitzgerald: Not sure anyone is over concerned about him now he’s announced his move to the Mariners, but he played through the middle in the 1st half and was effective running in behind on the counter. If he wasn’t so on the outer with Mulvey, he might actually be an OK option to replace Bes next week

Proia: Started on the bench, and didn’t have the greatest of games when he came on in the 2nd. Id still like to see him get his chance in the 1st team, but that is looking less and less likely. Although this time last week Fitzgerald was still in favour, so you never know.

Theodore: A young attacker who played down the left flank. He did reasonably well out there and scored the 1st goal of the contest. He’s nowhere near 1st team ready but he had a reasonable game. The best I’ve seen from him this season.

 

Yeboah: Kwame is a player known to a lot of Roar fans following his solid performances this year and his pre-season cameos. He didn’t have his greatest game on Saturday, but he did a lot of tracking back for the team which is a positive. Although all that tracking back did blunt his attacking raids which were few and far between.

Next week: The youth are away to the Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday afternoon.
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Women’s:

Brisbane Roar 2: Gielnik 14′, Popovic 75′

Sydney FC 3:  Longo 20′, Kerr 29′, 61′

 
Ofcourse the youth game was only the curtain raiser to the bigger match of the day over at QSAC in the afternoon when Brisbane’s women’s team would play in their 5th consecutive finals series- the only team in the W-League to qualify for each finals series.

 

The girls got off to a fantastic start with Gielnik scoring an early goal and settling any nerves that might have been there for the ladies. Sydney however, despite that goal had the better of the opening exchanges and got their equaliser not long after through Longo. Sydney’s star performer of the afternoon was Matildas striker Sam Kerr who scored two goals either side of half time. The second of which was an outstanding goal from the left side cutting inside and placing it beautifully into the corner away from Kishi in the Roar goal.
Brisbane piled on the pressure in the final half hour, desperately trying to get back into the contest and they got their lifeline 15 minutes from time when Vedrana Popovic headed home from close range. Brisbane pressed frantically for the equaliser in the final 15 and were aided by a red card for Sydney’s Emma Kete. It wasn’t meant to be however as Tameka Butt spurned the best chance for the hosts in stoppage time as her shot went over the bar follwing a great run.

 

 

So Sydney go on to face Melbourne in next weekends W-League decider, the 1st final which Brisbane haven’t qualified for.  That however is no indication on the season the ladies had, they once again played some great football and despite not making the final, they did claim the W-League premiership for the second time. Congrats to Belinda Wilson and the girls for that, no doubt they’ll be back next season.

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