Late winner sees Brisbane end regular season in stylePosted: April 25, 2015
Brisbane Roar (2) Danning 70’, Jackson 86’
Newcastle Jets (1) Montano 77’
8,693 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Brisbane: Young, Polenz, Bowles, Jackson, Lambadaridis, Lustica, Sarota, Petratos, Theodore , Brady, Solórzano.
Substitutions: Danning for Theodore (68’), Pavlou for Sarota (75’), Yango for Brady (90’).
Unused Substitutes: Chalmers, Schmidt.
Yellow Cards: Sarota.
Red Cards: Nil
Newcastle: Kennedy, Cowburn, Regan, Mullen, Ki Je, Pepper, Welsh, M. Cooper, Alivodic, Hoole, Montano
Substitutions: Burgess for M. Cooper (52’), T. Cooper for Pepper (72’), Gallagher for Montano (84’).
Unused Substitutes: Solari, Kantarovski.
Yellow Cards: Ki-Je, Alivodic.
Red Cards: Nil.
A late goal from Youth team graduate Lachlan Jackson gave Brisbane a winning farewell to their home and away season last night, with the Roar defeating the Jets 2-1.
Jackson’s late winner, in just his second start for the Roar was the third goal in 15 crazy minutes with Kofi Danning and Edson Montano cancelling each other out.
Brisbane made just one change from last weeks game against the Victory, with Jerome Polenz coming into the side for Jade North who was rested after two games in four days earlier in the week. That meant the ‘roar cubs’ got another chance to shine on the big stage.
Newcastle meanwhile went with the same side which came so close to taking a point off Sydney FC last week. A lot of the build up was surrounding claims that Brisbane were disrespecting the competition due to the amount of players rested, but both teams youth filled line-ups acquitted themselves well.
The game itself was a very open one with the field becoming stretched early on and both sides going for it and creating chances. Steven Lustica had the better chances for the Roar, hitting the post early on in addition to an effort later in the half which forced a good save.
The midfielder then hit the post for a second time towards the end of the half from 25 yards, in what was a strong attacking performance from the midfielder.
Newcastle’s best chances of the half fell to Serbian import Enver Alivodic, however he was wasteful in front of goal. Andrew Hoole also stung the palms of Jamie Young, forcing a smart save.
Both teams pushed for a goal in the second, however after Lee Ki-Je wasted a chance at one end, substitute Kofi Danning got on the end of a miscued Solórzano shot at the back post to turn the ball home and open the scoring.
Brisbane’s defence then went to sleep with Edson Montano unmarked in the box, tapped home past young after Travis Cooper headed the ball down to the Ecuadorian.
Brisbane then scored what would ultimately be the winner 5 minutes from time with a scramble in the box fell to Lachlan Jackson who turned the ball into the back of the net from close range.
The drama wasn’t over however, with Daniel Mullen coming up with arguably the miss of the entire first decade of the A-League, sending the ball over the bar from barely a metre out. Luckily for him he was ruled offside.
Jean Carlos Solórzano had the games final chance, however the Costa Rican’s effort wasn’t much better than Mullen’s, getting his wires crossed after a good run on the counter from young Abrahim Yango.
Up next: It’s finals time for season 10 of the A-League, and the only certainty is that Brisbane will be on the road on Friday night, with the opponent to be decided this weekend. Currently, Brisbane would be headed across the Tasman to start the finals, however that could all change depending on who finishes 3rd.
-Adelaide will finish 3rd if they beat Melbourne City, and Wellington Phoenix loses to Sydney FC.
– Wellington Phoenix will finish 3rd if Adelaide fail to beat Melbourne City, and Wellington draw/lose with Sydney FC.
-Sydney FC will finish third if they lose to Wellington Phoenix.
Whoever they face, the Roar will have a luxury they’re unaccustomed to of late –preparation time- with a full seven days between games. The regular season is now over, now it’s finals time.