Brisbane wraps up Premiership in dramatic fashionPosted: March 23, 2014
Brisbane Roar 1 (Brattan 92’)
Melbourne Victory 0
at Lang Park, Brisbane
Brisbane Roar have secured the Premiership in typically dramatic fashion with a last minute long range effort from Luke Brattan proving the difference in what was a tight and entertaining night of football. The result means that Brisbane have won the first piece of silverware of the season –their second premiership- and will return to the Asian Champions League next season. More on all of that later though.
Onto the actual game, and although it was close, on another day Brisbane could have had four or five, with a combination of snatching at chances and some impressive saves from young Lawrence Thomas keeping Victory in the game. It was probably one of the best games we’ve seen at Suncorp for a while, with both sides attempting to play football in their styles, as opposed to one side sitting deep and looking to spoil.
Brisbane created a host of chances in the game and could easily have had the game in hand if Broich, Petratos, Miller and Henrique had found the target in the opening half. Brisbane continued along in the second half and had by far the better chances in the game with Broich, Miller and Henrique all going close in the second half before Brattan finally found the back of the net. The performance was typical Brisbane Roar with possession, forward play and width all in evidence. Player wise, McKay, Broich and Henrique were brilliant going forward, as was Solórzano in his cameo.
One of the key match-ups in the game was always going to be Brisbane’s left back Diogo Ferreira up against inform Victory attacker Kosta Barbarouses, and it was the ex Victory utility who won the battle. His one v one defending in the first half when he completely ground to a halt a fantastic chance for the ex Brisbane attacker was fantastic, and in general he covered Victory’s attempts to get in behind him well. He also offered a lot going forward as well, and was unlucky not to beat Thomas at the near post.
In general the Victory were looking to do what a number of sides have done this season, absorb pressure and hit Brisbane in transition. They had their moments, but the timing of their runs in the front third were off last night, possibly due to fatigue given their schedule. Milligan however had a fantastic game in the middle of the park, tracking back and making a host of key interceptions. The keeper did well for himself as well, and looks to have ousted Nathan Coe for the time being.