City, Roar share the points in NPL

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Brisbane City
1 (Biggins 12’)
Brisbane Roar 1 D’Agostino (43’)
Brisbane Roar and Brisbane City played out a 1-1 draw last night at Spencer Park in Round 3 of the 2015 NPL Season. City captain Mat Biggins opened the scoring early on, before Nicholas D’Agostino levelled the scores right on half-time.

Brisbane’s starting side lacked star names with none of the fringe A-League players included on the night, there was however quality and experience in the Roar ranks with Ben Litfin, Patrick Theodore and Lachlan Jackson amongst the starting XI. Regular youth goalkeeper Fraser Chalmers however wasn’t involved after being called-up to the senior side for cover after the injury to Michael Theo.

Brisbane started the game in a positive fashion with Patrick Theodore having an excellent chance to open the scoring early on, however his shot hit the side netting. It was City however who took the lead after 12 minutes when the hosts hit the Roar on a counter attack, and Mat Biggins beat onrushing Brisbane keeper Denver Crickmore to open the scoring.

The goal didn’t derail the young Roar side however, with the visiting side having the majority of possession throughout the opening half and it was just reward when the got an equaliser right on half time. Roar opened up the hosts down the left hand side before Patrick Theodore ran to the by-line and cut the ball back for young striker Nicholas D’Agostino to finish from close range and beat Matt Stein in the City net.

The second half saw both sides have a spell of dominance with Roar starting the half on the better note but couldn’t find a way past Stein, before City had had a header cleared off the goal line midway through the half.

Things then turned back towards the Roar when fullback Luke Janesse was sent off for a second yellow card in the 83rd minute. The second yellow was particularly daft with the City defender throwing the ball away in order to prevent a quick free-kick.

Roar pushed for a winner late on but lacked the composure in the front third to create the chance which would give them the win. Their best chance of the half fell to youngster Jesse Daley, whose shot went just over the bar following some nice build-up play.

The point is Brisbane’s second draw in two games to start the new season following last Saturday’s 2-2 draw in Toowoomba against South West Queensland Thunder. Up next in the NPL for the Roar is a local derby against Brisbane Strikers next Saturday evening, kicking off at Perry Park from 6.00pm.

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