Glory overrun Brisbane in NYL

Brisbane Roar (2) Theodore 50’, Borrello 64’
Perth Glory (7) Makeche 15’, 88’, O’Brien 33’, Cernak 41’, Zahra 65’, 86’, O’Neill 94’.

Starting Line-ups:

Davies for Petratos (45’), Brady for Altundag (60’), Hore for Clut (45’)
Perth: Qua Qua for Barnett (60’), Radonich for Sam (60’), Robertson for O’Brien (60’)

I’ll keep this relatively short, but Brisbane have been well and truly brought back to earth with a 7-2 thrashing at home to Perth. To be fair to Brisbane, they did control a lot of the ball and territory for the entire game, it’s just they seemed to lack any real cutting edge or imagination to their play. Brisbane also started very sluggishly and the transition from attack to defence wasn’t anywhere near good enough and it allowed the Glory attackers a lot of time and space to run at the back 4 of Brisbane. Perth’s 1st and 3rd goals came from poor defensive transition, while the second was a piece of luck/misfortune that saw the ball deflect past keeper Crickmore.

Brisbane to their credit started the second half with much more energy and purpose and were rewarded with a quality strike from 25 yards by Patrick Theodore. Brisbane then proceeded to get themselves right back into the game when a through ball found Borrello –who had pierced the Perth offside trap to round Duncan and make it 3-2. They then shot themselves in the foot with a sloppy turnover playing out resulting in a goal for Adrian Zahra.

That goal really ended the Brisbane fight back as they never really threatened much from that point on, aside of a Julius Davies shot from just outside the box. Perth then ran over Brisbane in the final moments, adding 3 goals in the last 8 minutes of the contest. Zahra got his second of the game after some slack marking by Brisbane at the back post –Ferreira-. Makeche made it 6 beating Crickmore at the near post before Brandon O’Neill rounded out the scoring in stoppage time with a fantastic free-kick.

The game was in total contrast to last weeks win over Sydney; on that day Brisbane came out of the blocks firing whereas today it seemed like they weren’t into their game at all in the first half. Borrello, who was fantastic for an hour last week in the central role, was shunted out to the right to accommodate Samuel Altundag who had little influence on the game, while Petratos in the #10 role struggled to get involved either. Captain Ben Litfin made some reasonable runs forward from midfield but lacked the confidence and conviction to take the strike on.

Up next: The youth side are in Adelaide next weekend to take on the Reds on Saturday afternoon.


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