Controversial penalty downs youthful Brisbane side

(Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

(Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Brisbane Roar
Melbourne Victory (1) Milligan 45+2
11, 582 at Lang Park, Brisbane

Brisbane: Young, Bowles, North, Jackson, Lambadaridis, Sarota, Lustica, Petratos, Theodore, Brady, Solórzano.
Substitutions: Polenz for North (46’), Yango for Theodore (72’), Pavlou for Jackson (83’)
Unused Substitutes: Chalmers, Danning.
Yellow Cards: Lustica, Yango.
Red Cards: Nil.

Melbourne: Thomas, Broxham, Delpierre, Ansell, Georgievski, Mahazi, Milligan, Valeri, Ben Khalfallah, Barbarouses, Berisha.
Substitutions: Thompson for Barbarouses (64’), Finkler for Mahazi (64’), Pain for Berisha (90+2).
Unused Substitutes: Spinella, Galloway.
Yellow Cards: Delpierre, Ansell, Broxham, Berisha, Thompson.
Red Cards: Nil.

A young and brave Brisbane Roar side went down 1-0 last night against Premiers-elect Melbourne Victory, but the youngsters were far from disgraced on the night.

A Mark Milligan penalty right on the stroke of half-time was enough to give the league leaders the result they were looking for, after George Lambadaridis was adjudged to have fouled Carl Valeri.

With perhaps more than one eye on Tuesday’s ACL encounter with Beijing, Frans Thijssen made a wrath of changes from the midweek team. The only survivors from the midweek team were Goalkeeper Jamie Young, defender Daniel Bowles and striker Jean Carlos Solórzano. Regulars including Broich, Brattan, McKay, Donachie and Kaluderovic were rested.

Coming into the side were a bunch of youngsters, with Lachlan Jackson, Patrick Theodore and Shannon Brady making their starting debut’s, while there were also rare starts for Adam Sarota and George Lambadaridis. On the bench were even more youngsters with teenagers Luke Pavlou and Abraham Yango amongst the substitutes.

Melbourne meanwhile made just one change from the side who played on Wednesday, with the injured Jason Geria making way for Rashid Mahazi. Leigh Broxham reverted back to right back for the visitors.

Melbourne started the game with the confidence of a side that sits top of the league, however despite their dominance they struggled to create the opportunities required.

It’s probably fair to say that it was the home side who had the better of the first half, with Brisbane hitting both the cross bar and the post in the opening stanza.

Dimitri Petratos took a short free kick on the edge of the box, and Steven Lustica’s shot was unlucky to hit the cross bar with Lawrence Thomas beaten in the Victory goal.

Jean Carlos Solórzano then followed up not long after with a deflected cross that went across the goal and cannoned into the post, with the visitors clearing the rebound.

It would however be the visiting side who would ultimately take the lead into the half-time break in the games most controversial moment.

With first half stoppage time nearly over, Victory worked the ball into the box and with Carl Valeri seemingly haven overran the ball, the referee’s assistant adjudged that fill in left back George Lambadaridis had clipped the Victory man.

Referee Ben Williams looked over at his assistant and gave the spot kick, despite replays showing that there was no contact between the two players. Milligan stepped up and beat Young for the games only goal.

The second half continued the pattern of the first with the visitors controlling the play, but failing to create clear chances, with their best falling to Fahid Ben Khalfallah who blazed over. Besart Berisha did find the net, however he was correctly ruled offside.

Brisbane’s, best and final chance of the half fell to Dimitri Petratos, but his long range shot proved little trouble for Thomas.

While the result wasn’t a particularly good one for Brisbane, the performance was a somewhat refreshing one given the amount of youth on show in orange shirts.

With three players making their starting debut, and another two making their full debuts off the bench, the young Roar side, which looked like a full blown NYL side by the end of it more than held their own with the league leaders.

Youngsters Lachlan Jackson and Daniel Bowles had a somewhat shaky start to the game , but by the end looked assured at the back and had kept the Victory front three in check for the most part.

Further forward Shannon Brady and Patrick Theodore weren’t afraid to express themselves, with a bunch of tricks on show in addition to their hard work.

George Lambadaridis held his own in an unfamiliar position, while the teenage debutants off the bench held their own in their late cameo appearances.

This of course wasn’t done however out of sentiment, and the success of this decision will be judged on Tuesday night when the senior players return to the side for the Beijing game- a game Brisbane must win to keep their ACL hopes alive.

Given that there is another quick turn around with Friday’s game against Newcastle, it cannot be ruled out that Frans Thijssen wont opt for a similar strategy with nothing on the line for either side in that game.

Finally- congratulations to Abraham Yango and Luke Pavlou, who last night became the 110th and 111th players to play for Brisbane Roar. With Lachlan Jackson that makes it three debutants in the past four days.

The debut of the trio, in addition to the season debut of Patrick Theodore take Brisbane to 31 players used throughout the season- which is a record for the club. The previous highest was 30 in the 2009-10 season.

Up next
Brisbane head to China with a mostly rested squad ahead of Tuesdays crunch ACL tie against Beijing Guoan. Anything less than a win and Brisbane will be eliminated from contention in Group G while 3 points will keep it alive ahead of the matchday 6 visit of Urawa.


2 Comments on “Controversial penalty downs youthful Brisbane side”

  1. I think you mean a raft of changes (meaning a lot ) not a wrath of changes ( meaning angry ?)

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