NYL: Late Sibatuara goal secures win over Melbourne

Brisbane Roar (2) Sibatuara 19’, 94’
Melbourne Victory (1) Howard 70’
at Dunmore Park, Toowong.

Brisbane Roar have moved to within three points of National Youth League leading Perth Glory with an last minute winner against Melbourne Victory. A brace from Samuel Sibatuara was enough to cancel out Melbourne’s goal from George Howard. Brisbane went into the game with many of their more familiar names not involved, with Ben Litfin, Lachlan Jackson, Patrick Theodore and Devante Clut all left out which gave a couple of the younger youth team players their opportunity.

Brisbane took the lead after 20 minutes with a fantastic strike from outside the box from Sibatuara, which promoted a couple of follow up efforts in the proceeding moments. Infact for the remainder of the half, it was Brisbane in control of the game, with the visitors struggling to get into their attacking third. It could have been two or three at half time but for missed opportunities.

In the second half Brisbane continued along their dominance but again failed to capitalise, before Victory in one of their first attacks of the game scored. The visitors broke free down the left hand side before a cut back resulted in a tap in for Howard. That goal broke the momentum of the game, with the closing stages turning more into a stop-start affair which suited the visitors, who had the best of the game late on. They would however ultimately go home empty handed when Sibatuara got free down the left and beat Spinella in the Melbourne goal.

As mentioned the result see’s Brisbane climb into second on the NYL table, three points behind leaders Perth Glory who travel to Melbourne to take on third placed City tomorrow morning. Brisbane’s next NYL game is on December 28 away to City, while their next home game is on January 24 against the Wanderers. If you were wondering, the NYL also has an Asian Cup break which kicks in at the same time as the A-League. Brisbane have two games between now and then- the aforementioned Melb. City game on the 28th, and a trip to Sydney FC on January 4.

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