Brisbane wins at the death

Brisbane Roar (4) Borrello 63′, Ingham 68′, 85′, 90+2′
Adelaide United (3) Costa 22′, 28′, 88’ p.k
at Goodwin Park, Yeronga

Starting Line-ups:
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Substitutions:
Brisbane: Ingham for Altundag (46’), Crestani for Lampard (60’), Hore for Brady (60’).
Adelaide: O’Doherty for Bladen (60’), Skull for Konstandopoulos (60’), Lino for Mileusnic (60’).

Brisbane Roar has come back from 2-0 down to win a 7 seven goal thriller in injury time this morning at Goodwin Park. After the A-League clash between the two sides last night, both sides put some of the bench players back into the youth competition. Brisbane included goalkeeper Matt Acton, Brandon Borrello and Patrick Theodore, while Adelaide included four of their own including Jordan Elsey who scored the winner last night.

Brisbane started the game off in the ascendancy with and created a couple of good chances in the early minutes. Young full-back Jaiden Walker hit the post from the edge of the box before Brandon Borrello’s follow up was blocked. In truth he was on his heels when the chance came, and if he was following in after the shot the chance would be been easier. Barely a minute later youngster Devante Clut played in Shannon Brady down the right hand side however Izzo was out quickly to block.

From there on the young Reds controlled the game in similar style to the first team with some high press and good possession play. Josep Gombau who was in attendance –as was Mike Mulvey and the rest of the Brisbane coaching staff- was noticeably happy with the defensive press. Youngster Anthony Costa, who has featured of the bench in the A-League in recent weeks, then opened the scoring midway through the first half who got on the end of a cut back by Bruce Kamau. Costa then netted a brace after some lax marking left him completely free on the edge of the six yard box from a corner from the left hand side.

Adelaide continued their dominance early in the second half up until the hour mark where there is always a slew of changes given the competitions rules of giving players a minimum of 30 minutes game time. Just after that time the Reds aggressive, high pressing, energetic game plan began to see it’s consequences as Adelaide began to sit back more and more. Brisbane then proceeded to capitalise and work themselves back into the game when Brandon Borrello got in behind his marker and slotted home into the bottom corner to half the deficit just after the hour. Just five minutes later Brisbane were level when Jai Ingham rifled one past Izzo into the corner of the net. Brisbane were thoroughly in control at this stage controlling the flow of the game, however they had nothing more than half chances, until Clut found Borrello with about 10 minutes remaining. Unfortunately the young striker’s composure deserted him and he muffed the chance.

In what was a frantic finish, Ingham put Brisbane in front, making a good run down the left hand side beating two defenders Adelaide got forward for what was a rare attack in the second half, and young defender Sam Cronin handled the ball while attempting to clear the ball, and the referee pointed to the spot. The impressive Anthony Costa then proceeded to beat Acton and give the Reds back the lead with three minutes of regular time remaining.

That however wasn’t the end of the drama with young defender Jordan Elsey –last night’s match winner- received his second yellow card for grabbing the ball on the ground leaving the Reds a man down as the 4 minutes of stoppage time commenced. Brisbane then would go on to net a winner in the final minute as Ingham got a hat trick of his own after a good move down the right hand side lead to a chance on the left that the former Olympic FC youngster took.

Just finally, a few notes on some individuals in and around the first team set-up.

– Acton looked solid enough in goal, there weren’t a great deal of saves to make outside of the goals, however he did make one good save off Costa early in the first half.
– Defender Lachlan Jackson has emerged as the best option for a defender if one is required in recent weeks with injury and suspensions depleting the depth in that part of the park.
– Of the midfielders, it seems to be a battle between Clut and Theodore for the spot on the bench as a midfielder. For mine Theodore is slightly better right now. Captain Ben Litfin should also be in the discussion.
– Hat-trick hero Jai Ingham produced a brilliant display down the left hand side today after coming on, but it was an Adelaide side which appeared to be running on empty by the time he came on. He is one to watch for the future, however im not sure he’s ready just yet.
– I was watching Borrello closely today given the first team opportunities that are on offer in the first team as a back-up striker and although he did well on the left side cutting inside, I thought his touch at times was a tad off. He did take his goal well when the opportunity came in the second half after being moved inside however. Altundag –who started as striker in the first half- didn’t have his greatest game it should be said.

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