2016 FFA Cup Round of 32 Match Review

Brisbane Roar (0)
Perth Glory (2) Djulbic 13’, 20’
3,028 at Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane’s 2016 FFA Cup campaign has ended at the first hurdle last night with a 2-0 loss against Perth Glory ending their cup hopes. A first half double from Perth central defender –both at set pieces- from Dino Djulbic was enough to send the two time cup finalists through to the last 16.

Early Set-Piece problems
As mentioned both of Djulbic’s goals came from set pieces with the first coming from a free header in the 13th minute from a cross just outside the 18 yard from Nebosa Marinkovic. The second, just seven minutes later came as a result of a goalmouth scramble after a corner wasn’t cleared by the Roar defenders. Set piece defending was a problem for John Aloisi’ side for the majority of the evening and an area which will need to be improved upon before the new season begins in October.

Attacking intent
While there was limited final end product on the night, the intent to get the traditional elements of the Brisbane style of play remained within the teams performance. While Brisbane had more possession of the ball -54% to 46%- that failed to translate into clear cut chances with just the 8 shots on goal, none of which were on target.

Part, if not all of this can be explained away by the fact Brisbane were playing just their second game of the pre-season and were lacking a bit of sharpness, meanwhile Perth have spent time recently in the Philippines for a three game tour. Despite that, the Roar will need to do a lot better when the season rolls around in October.

Oar impresses
While Brisbane didn’t create any chances of note throughout the night, it was Tommy Oar who looked the most likely Brisbane player to do so. While he was effective out on the left in the first half, I thought he was better once moved into the central creative role when Broich came on for Petratos. Broich also offered a spark off the bench but was clearly lacking in match sharpness.

Stats & Facts
Last night Jacob Pepper and Nathan Konstandopoulos made their club debuts for Brisbane Roar, becoming the 116th & 117th players to play in a professional game for the Roar. Last night was also a milestone for Jack Hingert, who played his 100th game for Brisbane. The breakdown on that is as 89 games in A-League, 8 Asian Champions League games and 3 FFA Cup matches.

Line-ups
Brisbane XI: Theo, Hingert, Bowles, North, Brown, Pepper, Petratos, McKay, Borrello, Oar, Maclaren.
Substitutions: Konstandopoulos for Pepper (54’), Broich for Petratos (60’).
Unused Substitutes: Young, Rowles, Champness.

Perth XI: Reddy, Risdon, Grant, Djulbic, Warren, R. Williams, Griffiths, Marinkovic, Harold, Knowles, Keogh.
Substitutions: Reiners for Knowles (61’), Wilson for R. Williams (68’), Garcia for Harold (89’).
Unused Substitutes: Feely, A. Williams.

Stats
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Up next
For Brisbane the next game will be a closed doors practice game against Sydney FC on the Gold Coast next Saturday –August 20th-. The next competitive game, or match that the public will be able to attend at this stage is the Round 1 game against Melbourne Victory on October 7th. It’s likely there will be additional games between now and Round 1, details on those will be available here if and when they are announced.

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