Late Brattan strike halts home winless streakPosted: January 25, 2014
Brisbane Roar 2
Wellington Phoenix 1
13,889, at Lang Park, Brisbane
Brisbane: Theo, Hingert, North, Smith, Stefanutto, Ferreira, Brattan, Clut, Petratos, Broich, Henrique.
Substitutions: Donachie for Hingert (64’), Ingham for Clut (72’), Borrello for Ferreira (84’).
Unused Substitutes: Acton, Brown.
Yellow Cards: Ferreira, Broich
Red Cards: Nil
Wellington: Moss, Boxall, Durante, Sigmund, Muscat, Lia, Riera, Hicks, Boyd, Brockie, Huysegems.
Substitutions: Bertos for Boyd (46’), Krishna for Brockie (68’), Caira for Hicks (79’)
Unused Substitutes: Italiano, Rufer.
Yellow Cards: Boxall, Bertos
Red Cards: Nil.
Wellington opened the scoring midway through the opening half following on from some good pressure by the visitors. The goal itself however came from transition play however when they caught Brisbane high up the park in on the attack. They got the ball from the defensive left back corner into the midfield and then out to Boyd on the right wing in two passes eliminating the entire midfield from the play. Huysegems run on the shoulder of North was intelligent, however I still thought it was poor marking and defending from North but well created from Wellington.
Brisbane’s goals were also very well created; however unlike the tap-in from Huysegems they were in addition spectacular finishes. The first goal for Clut came from Broich’s h-t switch from the centre to the left with his chip to Henrique creating the space. The winner was just a brilliant strike from Brattan from sort of a second phase of play following Petratos’ shot.
Brisbane played alright in the first half but like recent home games they lacked the cutting edge in the front third, with the only real chances of the half coming late on when Henrique missed from point blank range, and Broich hitting the bar. In the second half after Broich and Henrique switched there was a lot more space for Broich and in turn Brisbane found themselves creating better opportunities. They definitely overran Wellington however and deserved the win in the end.
Wellington started the game off brilliantly in the opening half with their high pressure and pressing game limited Brisbane to only half chances in the opening half, until the very end when Henrique fired wide from six yards. The visitors definitely had the better chances in the first half with the goal along with a good chance for Vince Lia where he hit the post along with another golden chance which forced a good save from Theo. They did tire however in the second half noticeably due to the humidity last night.
– Devante Clut and Jai Ingham became the 101st and 102nd players to play for Brisbane Roar. They became the 7th and 8th players to debut this season after Liam Miller, Dimitri Petratos, Brandon Borrello, Diogo Ferreira, Patrick Theodore and Matt Acton.
– Devante Clut became the 8th Brisbane Roar player to score on his debut game. He joins Alex Brosque (Season 1, Round 1), Michael Baird (Season 1, Round 1), Simon Lynch (Season 2, Round 1), Dario Vidosic (Season 2, Round 1), Robbie Kruse (Season 3, Round 7), Charlie Miller (Season 4, Round 1) and James Meyer (Season 6, Round 26).
Up next: Brisbane are at home once again next weekend, as they take on Central Coast next Sunday afternoon. This will be the 33rd time Brisbane have played the Mariners, and also the first time we’ve played them in Brisbane on a Sunday since a certain afternoon in 2011.