Roar look sharp in first hit-out

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Brisbane Roar: 8 (Henrique 25’, 38’, 49’, 56’, Broich 30’, 69’, O.G 85’ Petratos 87’)
Moreton Bay Jets: 1 (Forsyth 48’)

Brisbane starting XI: Theo, Hingert, Smith, Donachie, Stefanutto, Litfin, Lustica, Miller, Petratos, Broich, Henrique.

Brisbane Roar have kick-started their preparations for the 2014-15 season with a resounding 8-1 win over NPL Queensland side Moreton Bay Jets. Henrique started the pre-season in solid form, netting two goals in each half, while Brisbane’s marquee man Thomas Broich chipped in with a brace. Petratos netted the eighth and final goal five minutes from time, just after a Jets defender turned the ball into his own net.

The biggest positive to take from the game was the sharpness of attacking duo Thomas Broich and Henrique. They both looked extremely sharp with some great movement off the ball, and with better finishing could have ended up with another half dozen with better finishing. Young midfielders Devante Clut and Ben Litfin also had impressive games along with the more impressive Lustica who created a wealth of chances for the attacking players throughout the game.

There were a couple of slight injury concerns coming out of the game for Mulvey however, with Liam Miller going off midway through the first half, before Jack Hingert limped off with about 20 minutes to go. Both seemed precautionary and should see them still in contention for the trip to Perth to take on Stirling Lions in two weeks time.

Moreton Bay for their part weren’t the same attacking threat that they’ve been all season in the NPL Queensland, largely due to leading scorer Royce Brownlie and Jared Austin sitting the game out. Brownlie’s attacking partner Charles Mendy struggled to impact the game without the foundation Roar striker alongside him, as he was isolated with precious little support. They had their moments in the early stages of the second half with Dane Forsyth at the heart of their best moments, scoring their goal and having another cleared off the line by Donachie.

There aren’t any more confirmed fixtures between now and Brisbane’s trip to Perth for the FFA Cup round of 32 clash against Stirling Lions, although it would make sense for at least one more trial game going into what is an important game so early in the season.

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