Brisbane round out NYL home schedule with win over Central Coast.Posted: February 2, 2013
Brisbane Roar: 2 (Doe 8’, Dougall 33’)
Central Coast Mariners :0
Brisbane have rounded finished their home NYL commitments on a positive with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Central Coast, and tbh the score line doesn’t illustrate the difference between the two. Brisbane controlled the match from the outset dominating the league leaders in every possible way- shots, possession, territory- everything.
Brisbane started strongly from the outset and got the rewards for their early dominance when Julius Doe found the net in the 8th minute. Doe got on the end of a nice cutback from captain Corey Brown following a nice ball from Lambadaridis to pick out the left backs run. Doe had another chance just minutes later when his shot from outside the box when through the keepers hands but onto the crossbar.
Brisbane played some impressive stuff in the opening half and they got their reward when they doubled their money 10 minutes from halftime when a beautiful one-two between Meyer and Matt Thurtell lead to the latter being clipped inside the box. Midfielder Ken Dougall stepped up and placed the ball in the corner of the net.
The second half saw Meyer, Dong-Hyun and Doe begin to consistently break the Mariners high defensive line multiple times. The trio however were unable to add to the scoring with a combination of poor finishing and wrong decisions leading to the chances going begging.
Brisbane however did get the chance to put the game to bed midway through the 2nd half when the Mariners conceded a second penalty of the afternoon. Julius Doe stepped up to take this one and unfortunately for him he blasted his penalty wide of the goal. Brisbane however weren’t made to rue their wastefulness and held on to the 3 points to end their home campaign in fine fashion. Their remaining 3 games of the season are all on the road against Sydney, AIS and Newcastle.
Few notes on some individuals:
Acton: Didn’t exactly have a lot to but was vocal and did what was required.
Donachie: Looked assured enough at the back and cut out attacks when called upon. 50/50 between he and Brown to be called up next weekend to replace Jurman after his suspension.
Archibald: Continuing his transition from DM to CB and looked ok back their. His passing abilities in the role were a key in Brisbane’s attempts to play out from defence.
Brown: Looks beyond this level now, but with Stefanutto in fine form right now he’s likely to have to be content with youth football for now. Did extremely well today though, especially in the 1st half as he continually got forward.
Lambadaridis/Dougall: The duo looked composed in the midfield for mine. Lambadaridis looks the more polished and Dougall gave the ball away a bit too much- much to coach John Sime’s frustration.
Doe: Impressive, but as a 1st team player you’d expect no less. Looked really good in the opening 20 out on the right side however was switched to the left at the drinks break and wasn’t as effective from then on. Nice goal early on, however his shooting (and general play) is still inconsistent and he’s definitely no penalty taker.
Dong-Hyun: Urgh. I keep waiting for him to stand out in the NYL and press a claim for the NYL but it’s just not happening for him. He was constantly offside today thwarting many good counter attacking opportunities. When he wasn’t offside he failed to beat the 1st man with his crosses/dribbles.
Thurtell: 1st time I’ve seen him this season and he looked pretty handy really. Linked up really well with Meyer and midfielders and his one-two with Meyer for the lead-up to the 2nd goal was really good. 1st time I’ve seen him play as a #10 too which was interesting.
Meyer: James could so easily have been disgruntled to be dropped after last week, but if he was he didn’t show it. He was actively chasing down from the front, constantly making runs in behind the defence and was unlucky not to score.
**Proia was nowhere to be sighted, while Yeboah was suspended after a red card last week.