Title defence ends in Adelaide

Not this time (Morne de Klerk/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Not this time (Morne de Klerk/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Adelaide United (2) Goodwin 7’, Goodwin 87’
Brisbane Roar (1) Broich 27’
20,155 at Adelaide Oval

Brisbane: Young, Polenz, Donachie, Bowles, Brown, Brattan, McKay, Clut, Broich, Borrello, Kaluderovic.
Substitutions: Solórzano for Clut (74’)
Unused Substitutes: Chalmers, Hingert, Lustica, Petratos.
Yellow Cards: Nil.
Red Cards: Nil.

Adelaide: Galekovic, Elrich, McGowan, Boogaard, Malik, Isaias, Jeggo, Carrusca, Goodwin, Sanchez, Cirio.
Substitutions: Mabil for Carrusca (70’), Palanca for Sanchez (74’), Watson for Goodwin (89’).
Unused Substitutes: Izzo, Kamau.
Yellow Cards: Nil.
Red Cards: Nil.

Brisbane’s title defence is officially over after last nights 2-1 loss to Adelaide United last night. A late Awer Mabil goal was enough to send the home side through to the Semi-Finals and Brisbane out of the finals.

The game was an extremely open and entertaining one, with both sides on the front foot creating chances from almost the first minute.

The home side took the lead in just the 7th minute with a 25 yard free-kick from Craig Goodwin finding the back of the net. It was a great strike from the Adelaide winger, however Young’s positioning for the strike wasn’t the best as he was forced to back track before diving. Donachie’s foul that gave the Reds the chance was also largely unnecessary.

Brisbane began to create their own openings with just the final ball missing, however they got back on level terms thanks to a defensive error. Dylan McGowan under hit his back-pass to Galekovic and Broich pounced on it, placing his shot into the bottom corner.

Despite perhaps not being at his best for the Goodwin strike, Young went on to make a string of impressive saves to deny Adelaide the lead for a second time. First up was a diving save from a free kick in first half stoppage time which came from an acute angle.

The Roar custodian then went on to deny Cirio and Craig Goodwin who had shots from the edge of the box that Young acrobatically tipped past the post. In terms of shot stopping, it was arguably Young’s best performance of the season.

It was far from one way traffic however, with Brisbane having their own good spell just after, with Kaluderovic inches away from a tap in. Only Galekovic, who had already fumbled the ball could deny the Roar, with his outstretched hand preventing the ball from crossing the line.

Adelaide however would be the side to go on and win the game with Awer Mabil finishing off a counter attack from a Brisbane corner, with Young unable to keep the ball out of the net.

Corey Brown is coping a lot of heat for his role in the Adelaide winner and his overall performance after he was caught in possession up field for the winner while getting given the run around by Sergio Cirio and Pablo Sanchez all night.

In truth it was a typical Corey Brown performance, reasonably good going forward in possession, but lacking awareness and stability in defence. The problem is for mine he hasn’t developed much since he first broke into the side three years ago.

Regardless of that however the title defence, and the 10th A-League campaign for Brisbane Roar is over. It’s been a campaign that never really got going in truth and there’s a lot of work to be done if things are to turn around in season 11. More on that later.

Up next
One last chance to make something of this season with the crunch ACL Matchday 6 tie at home to Urawa on the Gold Coast. Tuesday night. Brisbane will need to beat Urawa, hope Suwon beat Beijing and overcome a four goal hit on goal difference to go through.

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