City all but end Brisbane’s finals hopes

(Robert Cianflone/Getty Images AsiaPac)

(Robert Cianflone/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Melbourne City
(1) Germano 5’
Brisbane Roar (0)
9,561 at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

Brisbane Roar: Young, Bowles, North, Stefanutto, Hingert, Clut, Brattan, Lustica, Borrello, Petratos, Solórzano.
Substitutions: Nil.
Unused Substitutes: Chalmers, Polenz, Jackson, Sarota, Kaluderovic.
Yellow Cards: Nil.
Red Cards: Nil.

Melbourne City: Velaphi, Retre, Kisnorbo, Jaliens, Clisby, Germano, Paartalu, Koren, Brown, Dugandzic, Kennedy.
Substitutions: Novillo for Brown (30’), Williams for Dugandzic (50’), Murdocca for Kennedy (56’). Unused Substitutes: Redmayne, Ramsay.
Yellow Cards: Brown, Paartalu, Clisby, Novillo.
Red Cards: Nil.

Brisbane’s finals chances have taken a massive hit after a third successive defeat in the league has left them eight points behind sixth placed Melbourne City, with just four rounds remaining.

An early goal from Jonatan Germano was enough to ensure a win for the home side which could result in their second ever finals berth, and Brisbane’s first missed finals series since 2009-10.

The goal came early in the piece with a cross from the left hand side met by Kennedy, and his header came back off the post to Germano who tapped in from close range.

Despite the early set back, Brisbane controlled the majority of the game having large spells in possession throughout the game, they just didn’t make any of them count.

The best chance the Roar had in the game fell to youngster Brandon Borrello having his shot saved at the near post after some good work on the right hand side.

Outside of that however there was very little to write home about for the Roar, who looked toothless in the front third and are clearly missing injured duo Henrique and Thomas Broich.

Injury has been a theme of recent weeks and things got worse in the warm up with Jerome Polenz withdrawing from the game at the last minute, resulting in Jade North- who hasn’t trained in almost a month- being thrown in and forced to play 90 minutes.

Substitutions have been a topic in recent weeks and once again Frans showed an unwillingness to utilise them, instead opting to leave the XI who started the game on for the whole time, citing that they were playing well.

This isn’t the first time Brisbane has failed to use a substitute in the league, with none used in the Round 19 clash of the 2006-07 season against Adelaide United.

The result now means that Brisbane face a minor miracle to make the top six, with some tough games still to play and time running out. The focus now surely turns to Asia, with three games on the continent to salvage something out of this season which has gone well and truly pear shaped.

Elsewhere yesterday in the NPL Queensland Brisbane Roar played their first home game of the season and handed out a 12-0 drubbing to Western Pride.

Six goals from midfielder Mitchell Hore was more than enough for the Roar to win the game, with additional goals from Patrick Theodore, Abraham Yango, Jesse Daley, Conor O’Neill (x2) and Shannon Brady icing on the cake.

I wasn’t able to get down to the game due to it crossing over with the fans forum on Saturday afternoon, but the result makes it two draws and a win for the Roar in three games in this years competition, with two games in hand on the rest of the comp.

Brisbane Roar (12) Hore (15’, 31’, 33’, 40’, 48’, 58-p.k), C. O’Neill (69, 86- p.k), Theodore (24’), Daley (42-p.k), Yango (45+1’), Brady (89-p.k).
Western Pride (0)
At Perry Park, Brisbane


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