Roar, Mariners play out stalemate in Youth LeaguePosted: February 1, 2014
Brisbane Roar 0
Central Coast Mariners 0
At Goodwin Park, Yeronga
Chalmers, Walker, Jackson, Cronin, Crestani, Clut, Sibatuara, Hore, Theodore, Ingham, Altundag.
Substitutes: Cox (G.K), Daley, Litfin, Brady.
Bradasevic, Esposito, Forbes, Odell, Curran, Vorster, Verity, Dixon, Pandurevic, Whyte, Ferguson.
Substitutes: Liiband (G.K), Everitt, Vlastelica, McFarlane.
For the second straight weekend, there really isn’t a great deal to report as both sides had precious few chances with neither side having the required cutting edge in the front third. Both sides however did hit the woodwork with striker Altundag for bring hitting the bar with a fine effort, while minutes later Vorster hit the bar before Brisbane right-back Jaiden Walker cleared off his line. Both sides had some other chances, but in truth they lacked the quality and composure when they rolled around.
The visitors had by far the better of the play in the opening half, with their high pressing game resulting in Brisbane struggling to play out, and turning it over. When Brisbane did get it forward, the combinations of the front third were off, and they turned the ball over. The second was more even, with Brisbane coming back into the game more, although in truth neither side can claim to have dominated the play. Player wise, Mariners attacking midfielder Jesse Curran was the standout for the visitors creating several chances in transition which Steven Whyte failed to capitalise on. Brisbane was Devante Clut became more influential in the second half after he was relieved of his holding midfield duties to get further forward. Jai Ingham on the other hand was kept relatively quiet.
Brisbane are in the harbour city next weekend, however while the A-League boys take on the Wanderers on Friday, the youth team will take on NYL leading Sydney FC on Sunday afternoon. The sky blues have only lost the one game this season, however that was up here in Brisbane in round 5 when the Roar tore them apart in the first half.