Brisbane beat Adelaide book meeting with the WanderersPosted: April 8, 2013
Brisbane Roar: (Brattan 27′, Franjic 45’+)
Adelaide United: 1 (Vidosic 88′)
Crowd: 10, 234 at Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Brisbane are into the A-League Semi-Finals after an impressive performance in Adelaide. First half goals from Luke Brattan and Ivan Franjic gave the visitors a half time lead before former Roar player Dario Vidosic made it close at the end. Brisbane now move on to face Western Sydney on Friday night, however there remains some doubt over injures- more on that in a moment.
Brisbane started the game brightly and for mine they controlled the opening half by controlling possession in the opponents half, while Adelaide only had the two chances in the first half- one they blazed well wide, and the other a goalmouth scramble which ended with Theo diving on the ball. On the whole Brisbane controlled the game for mine and it was well deserved when they took the lead with a creative set piece option that saw Brattan totally unmarked outside the box. The second goal right on half time was well deserved for Franjic who had another super impressive game on the right wing, but was also some poor defending and ball watching from Adelaide.
Brisbane also largely controlled the second half, albeit more on the counter with Adelaide throwing men forward trying to get back into the match. They had their chances to finish the game off, although substitutes Stef Nijland and Ben Halloran both spurned good opportunities. Adelaide were aggressive in their attempts to win the ball high up the park –and should have seen a red for Juric-, and they finally got their rewards with two minutes + stoppages to play when Vidosic was unmarked in the box before firing past Theo. It wasn’t the greatest defending in the world, with Franjic overloaded in a 2v1 with no cover. Adelaide had a couple of half chances in stoppage time, with the last falling to Galekovic who came forward at the death.
Brisbane were impressive once again yesterday, and continued their late season form by producing by far their best 45 minutes recently in the 1st half yesterday. Brattan was pulling the strings once again from the deeper lying role, playing some direct passes in behind for Franjic especially, in order to counter the high defensive line and pressure from the Adelaide side. The defensive pairing of Donachie and North were also once again impressive, especially the young Donachie who was playing his 1st finals game.
The sour note for Brisbane is that they’ve picked up 3 injures that could rob them of players that have been at the heart of the late season resurgence. Starting with the most serious, Jack Hingert picked up a pretty bad knock on his ankle and by all reports he’s highly unlikely to get back for the weekend. That in all likelihood means that Ivan Franjic, who’s been excellent further forward, would likely have to drop back into his old right back role with Halloran most likely coming in. That would take away one of the more potent parts of Brisbane’s recent run, with that right side providing a lot of offence in recent weeks.
Luke Brattan and Thomas Broich also picked up knocks in this one with Broich’s seemingly more serious, although both are likely to play. Missing either of those would be a massive blow to Mulvey and his team, as they’ve been the two creative fulcrums of his new looked team- Brattan the deeper lying out and Broich in and around the final third. We’ll find out later in the week but hopefully all three will be available for Friday night.
I was a little disappointed in Adelaide, for mine they were nowhere near their best and they’ll be disappointed to have flamed out like they have since the turn of the year when they were pushing for top spot. There seems to be a bit of unrest at the club right now –Galekovic strongly hinted today, before the chairman publically responded- and that more than likely had an impact on their performance and will make their offseason rather interesting.
Adelaide: Galekovic 7, Malik 6, Fyfe 6, Boogaard 6, Cassio 6, McKain 6, Carrusca 6, Vidosic 7, Neumann 6, Ramsay 6, Djite 6, Barker-Daish 6, Ferreira 6, Juric 6.
Up next: Brisbane will head south to take on Western Sydney Wanderers, for a spot in their 3rd successive A-League Grand Final on Friday night.