Brisbane and Melbourne play out entertaining Youth League opener

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Brisbane Roar (3) Walker 53′, Hore 71′, Ingham 74′
Melbourne Victory (3) Nabbout 2′, 68′, Karvelis 25′.
Goodwin Park, Yeronga.

Brisbane XI: Acton, Ferreira, Donachie, Jackson, Brady, Ingham, Lampard, Liftin, Theodore, Clut, Borrello.
Substitutions: Walker for Lampard (33’), Hore for Liftin (59’), Cronin for Brady (59’)
Unused Subs: Crickmore.

Melbourne XI: Thomas, Galloway, Ridesic, Karvelis, Murnane, J. Jeggo, L. Jeggo, Mahazi, Nabbout, Cristaldo, Makarounas.
Substitutions: Buceto for Cristaldo (60’), Proia for L. Jeggo (60’), Duzel for Karvelis (60’).
Unused subs: Coulter.

Brisbane Roar starting formation

Brisbane Roar starting formation

Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory have played out an exciting 3-3 draw at Goodwin Park this afternoon, with the hosts showing the fighting spirit to fight back from 2-0 down at half time, and 3-1 with just 20 minutes remaining. Andrew Nabbout gave the Victory the lead with a counter attacking goal very early in the game, before James Karvelis doubled the lead after a scrappy corner routine. Substitute Jaiden Walker gave Brisbane hope with a deflected long range effort from the left hand side before Brisbane were again burned by the pace of Nabbout on the counter. Brisbane refused to die however and substitute Mitchell Hore capped off a good team goal with a striker from just outside of the box, before a break down the right side from Patrick Theodore resulted in a tap in at the back post for Jai Ingham.

Victory controlled the opening half of the game both in a possession and territorial sense, with Brisbane struggling to create much in the opening half. That turned around in the second half with Brisbane controlling the majority of the play. Victory looked most dangerous when releasing Nabbout in behind down their left hand side, and the fringe first teamer gave Ferreira a torrid day at right back.

In the second half Brisbane adjusted with Patrick Theodore moving from a central role to a wide right role and he had much more joy out on the flank against Murnane, and as such Brisbane began to penetrate more which lead to the goals. Borrello worked his socks off upfront, however he just lacked the composure required when the chances fell his way late in the game. He did hit the bar with a long range thunderbolt in the first half however.

Few notes on a couple of individuals:Borrello: Worked extremely hard upfront making runs off the ball ,and his positioning wasn’t bad. He lacked service for the most part however, especially in the first half.

Theodore: Started the game in a #10 role and struggled to get on the ball and involved in the game, however he was shifted wide right when Cronin came on and he then managed to get himself in behind his defender to good effect.

Liftin: Im not sure if he was carrying an injury or something, but he didn’t seem to be himself today, which probably goes some way to explaining why he was subbed after an hour. It’s an opportunity missed however given the injuries to the first team atm.

Melbourne: They stacked their team with a host of fringe first teamers and Nabbout was by far the most impressive of the bunch. Young defender James Karvelis could be one to watch for the future however, he’s already got the frame of a central defender.

Up next:
Brisbane are at home once again next weekend, with a home game against Melbourne Heart next Saturday. Kick-off is once again set down for 2.30pm at Goodwin Park, Yeronga.

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2 Comments on “Brisbane and Melbourne play out entertaining Youth League opener”

  1. Peter Skalaris says:

    How did the Nike kid go Devante Clut?

    • Scott says:

      He did alright- played the full 90. played in the middle of the midfield, starting out in a more advanced role before taking over the sitting midfield role when Liftin went off


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