Brisbane beats Mariners in Bathurst.

*Most if not all reading this probably watched the game on the live stream provided by Central Coast, so I’ll keep this relatively short.

Brisbane Roar: 2 (Miller, Brown)
Central Coast Mariners: 1 (Simon)

Brisbane have continued their solid pre-season with a 2-1 win over defending champions Central Coast in Bathurst this afternoon. An early goal from Liam Miller and a second half strike from Corey Brown put Brisbane 2-0 ahead before Matt Simon pulled a goal back for the hosts. Brisbane left amongst others Besart Berisha and Thomas Broich back in Brisbane giving some of the fringe players a chance.

Brisbane started by far the better side in the opening 60 minutes before tiring slightly in the latter stages. They took the lead on 12 minutes when Smith played a great ball down the left side for Corey Brown who cut it back to the penalty spot where it was met by new signing Liam Miller. The second goal came down early in the second half with some good rotation from the front three creating the opening.

Yeboah retained possession out wide right with some interplay with Franjic- with the right winger remaining in a central position for the attack. Brattan played it forward to Franjic, who turned and played in Brown to beat Pasfield. Matt Simon pulled one back almost immediately after Brisbane failed to deal with a low cross from the Mariners right side of attack.

After the match Brisbane assistant coach Luciano Trani hinted that the primary goal of the game was to get 90 minutes into the legs of the first team players on show, going on to say that they were good for 45 minutes but thought they suffered from heavy legs in the second.

Few notes on some individuals:
Smith: The captain had a stellar game at the back launching attacks and cutting out some dangerous Mariners attacks.

North- Played in an unnatural role in the middle of midfield, he did ok in a defensive sense but as you would expect didn’t offer much going forward.

Miller- He was really solid in the midfield for mine. With no McKay or Broich the onus was on the Irishman to be the creative fulcrum and he didn’t let anyone down. Scored making a good late run into the box and was good on the ball.

Brown- As he has done so far in pre-season, Corey Brown played on the left side of the attack and looked pretty handy in truth. He closed down really well and looked dangerous enough- not that he’ll play there when the season starts with Broich the incumbent.

Yeboah- Kwame started in the central strikers role and showed enough to suggest he could be the back-up striker going into the new season. He didn’t have a great deal of chances –he snatched at one-, but he did close down from the front well and also was strong on the ball.

Clut: Had a reasonable impact off the bench, but im only including him here to provide some info about him. Davante spent last season with the Wanderers youth team and is currently on trial with Brisbane- likely fighting for a NYL squad spot. He was also apart of the Nike skills academy which also saw Tom Rogic rise to prominence.

Up next: Brisbane return to Queensland tomorrow, before taking on Melbourne Victory next Saturday afternoon in Ipswich.

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