Brisbane begin title defence with a loss

All class ( Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

All class ( Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)


Brisbane Roar 1 (Broich 20’)
Adelaide United 2 (Djite 33’, O.G 56’)
16,195 at Lang Park, Brisbane

Brisbane: Young, Donachie, North, Smith, Stefanutto, Miller, Brattan, McKay, Petratos, Kurtishi, Broich.
Substitutions: Henrique for Kurtishi (76’), Lustica for Miller (78’), Solórzano for Donachie (90’)
Unused subs: Acton, Hingert.
Yellow Cards: Kurtishi (27’), McKay (72’)
Red Cards: McKay (72’)

Adelaide: Galekovic, Boogaard, McGowan, Elrich, Isaias, Carrusca, Jeggo, Goodwin, Sanchez, Djite, Cirio.
Substitutions: Kamau for Djite (84’), Marrone for Carrusca (89’), Ferreira for Cirio (93’)
Unused subs: Hall, Konstandopoulos.
Yellow Cards: Jeggo (17’), Isaias (19’), Boogaard (57’), Marrone (95’)
Red Cards: Nil.

Adelaide started off the game in the ascendency in the early moments with a fine save from Jamie Young denying Bruce Djite. It however didn’t take long for the Roar to get themselves into the game and they began to work some openings, particularly down the left side through Thomas Broich and it was that man who opened the scoring after 20 minutes. Isaias was guilty of dragging back Matt McKay earning himself a caution close to the sideline near the edge of the box, and the resulting free kick take by Broich alluded everyone and went into the net at the back post.

Despite the game settling into a rhythm where neither side were creating a lot, Adelaide got themselves back into the contest after a sloppy pass out of defence from McKay was picked off and the Reds quickly moved the ball to Bruce Djite who beat Young with a top strike from 25 yards. The goal had elements of Brisbane’s typical play about it, with the Reds employing a similar style of pressing in the front third to Brisbane which created the opportunity and stifled Brisbane for large parts of the game.

The second half was much the same for the most part with neither side really creating anything of note, aside of Adelaide’s winner. The goal itself was a mistake from Donachie at the back post who put himself into the wrong position, however the cross in from Cirio was into the perfect position with the Young defender and goalkeeper not on the same wave length. Brisbane didn’t have any clear chances in the second half beside a couple of set pieces on the edge of the box- one of which they nearly worked a neat quick set piece play, while Petratos blazed over with the other.

The biggest talking point of this one however was the refereeing with Mike Mulvey in the postgame press conference making his thoughts about the decisions clear. It wasn’t just Mulvey who was frustrated with some of the decisions in the game, with Matt Smith, Thomas Broich and McKay –getting to him in a moment- making their feelings known throughout the game. The first thing I’ll say about McKay is that that he’s an experienced player and he should of known better, and he left Brisbane short today on the park just at a time in the game when they were gaining some momentum. We’ll probably never know what Matty exactly said, but it must have been rather strong for Williams to go from giving him a caution for dissent, to a straight red card about 3 seconds later. It goes without saying that Williams is a less than consistent referee and he no doubt missed some calls (Smith being shoulder barged on the edge of the box for one), however I thought the Henrique penalty shout was one that he got right; it was a risky tackle from behind from Elrich, but I thought that he got the ball.

Individually I thought that Thomas Broich was the pick of the bunch for the Roar today, with his quality on show both out on the left and in the middle. I also thought that Jamie Young did very little wrong despite conceding twice, making a couple of solid saves- particularly that early save from Djite. On the more negative side, I thought Kurtishi had a quiet game and he seemed to still be struggling fitting into the Brisbane game plan against A-League opposition. It’s still far too early to be writing him off, but it wasn’t the greatest start. I also thought that Donachie didn’t get forward enough on the right hand side, and he’s obviously not a natural right full back- I think that Jack Hingert might find himself in the starting side next weekend.


Milestones and statistics:
– Jamie Young and Mensur Kurtishi made their A-League debut’s for Brisbane Roar today, making them the 103rd and 104th players to play for Brisbane in the A-League respectively.
-Matt McKay’s red card was his fourth red card over his years with Brisbane, with his last coming in round 26 of the 2009-10 season- also against Adelaide United.

Match Statistics:
*via Fox Sports Football Match Centre.

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In the earlier game of the day it was equally disappointing for Brisbane with the visitors bouncing back from a big defeat last weekend to pick up a 2-1 win over Brisbane this afternoon. Former Brisbane player Hannah Beard opened the scoring before Tameka Butt equalised right on half time with her first goal of the season. Larissa Crummer then headed home in the wrong net to give the Wanderers the victory, despite Brisbane’s efforts to grab an equaliser late on. This season hasn’t gone according to plan for the ladies and today was a snapshot of that. Still, there’s more than enough time to turn things around and get into the finals.

 Up next:
In the A-League Brisbane will head west to take on the Glory who enjoyed a 2-1 win over Wellington in the other game today. They’ll do so without the suspended Matt McKay and will be hoping to get their title defence back on track. Meanwhile in the W-League Brisbane will be at home in a Grand Final replay against the Victory as the competition reaches the halfway mark. That will be next Sunday afternoon at Perry Park, and the Roar will be desperate for all three points as they sit in 7th place after five games with just the one win.


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