Recap of Pre-Season clash with BPL Select

Brisbane Roar (4) – Petratos 31’, Maclaren 38, Bowles 85’, Leck 88’
BPL Select (0)

Goals

1) Dimitri Petratos 31st minute- A mistake in midfield from the BPL select side sees the Roar gain possession in a good position, and after some build up work from Brandon Borrello and Matt McKay, Petratos beat Jake Reesby with a powerful effort to make it 1-0.

2) Jamie Maclaren 39th minute- Flowing move from the Roar down the left hand side results in a tap in at the far post for Maclaren which put Brisbane up 2-0.

3) Daniel Bowles 86th minute- After an initial corner was cleared by the BPL Select side the ball fell to Jesse Daley on the right side near the corner flag, and his low cross allowed Bowles to tap in and make it 3-0 late on.

4) Daniel Leck 88th minute- Youngster Leck rounded out the scoring late on as fellow youth teamers Katebian and Daley combined to tee up Leck, with the BPL side switching off. 4-0 to the Roar.

Here’s a few thoughts on last nights game
Work to do– The biggest take away from the game is that while the team picked up their first win of the 2016 pre-season, there’s a lot of work to do before the team is ready to play before the round one game in October. While there were some good aspects to the play, there’s still a lot to work on, with ball movement slower than previous years while there was a lack of cutting edge for large periods as well.

Recruitment- Last night was also the first opportunity to see new signings Thomas Kristensen and Joey Katebian in action, with Kristensen playing 67 minutes while Katebian played the second half off the bench. Kristensen looked a handy enough acquisition playing the midfield- more on that later-, while Katebian struggled to have the same impact as Maclaren.

On recruitment, it was also evident that while the club has made three signing so far since the end of last season, there’s still a glaring need for more options before the season starts. Amongst those needs are a more experienced back-up for Jamie Maclaren, while an additional creative midfielder to add a bit of extra spark to the side could also be a useful addition. With three visa spots available to John Aloisi there’s plenty of scope to make further additions.

DeVere- The game against the BPL Select side was also the first chance to see Luke DeVere in action, with the central defender playing his first 45 minutes for the first team since his injury against Villarreal in June of last year. While there wasn’t a lot of defending to be done in the game, DeVere looked composed enough on the ball and did his defending duties well.

Midfield- The most interesting aspect of last night to watch was the midfield where the set-up seemed to be slightly different to last season with the departures of Steven Lustica and Corona seemingly changing the shape of the midfield. Last season it was primarily Corona as the deepest lying of the midfield two, with Petratos and McKay playing ahead of him in the midfield.

Last night however Matt McKay seemed to be sitting a little deeper, playing alongside Thomas Kristensen in a kind of duel pivot role, with Dimitri Petratos acting as a no.10 and Thomas Broich drifting from his left wing role centrally more often. It’s too soon to judge if the changes will be beneficial or not, or if it’s going to be a pattern this season but it was an interesting adjustment to see.

Youth- While we’ve only seen two pre-season games now –in addition to two more closed door games on the Gold Coast- one of the major themes of the pre-season has been the inclusion of youth in the squads. There hasn’t however been a regular group of youngsters included with 10 different youth team players getting a chance to prove themselves in first team action. Of the group, Konstandopoulos is the only one to have played in all four games and looks the best chance to secure a first team deal.

So far the following young players have been given their chance in the first team this pre-season; Cameron Crestani, Matthew Schmidt, Mark Rodic, Joe Caletti, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Jesse Daley, Joseph Champness & Jayden Prasad.

It will be interesting to see who features from here on out with just two confirmed games between now and the start of the season, although I’ll have more on the youth side later this week.

Line-ups
Brisbane Roar XI– Young (46’), Hingert (46’), DeVere (46’), North (71’), Brown, Kristensen (67’), McKay (67’), Petratos (46’), Borrello (46’), Broich (76’), Maclaren (46’).
Substitutes- Theo, Katebian, Pepper, Leck, & Oar (46’), Konstandopoulos & Rodic (67’), Crestani (71’), Daley (76’)
Unused Substitutes- Schmidt.

BPL Select first half XI- Reesby, Davies, Fujitani, Fetahagic, Shepherd, Jankovic, Bonotto, Briggs, Cheshire, Madle, Cameron.
Second half XI- Cuminao, Takahashi, Ryan, Nagta, Smith, Roper, Strickland, Brown, McCaskill, Campbell, Jomanday.

Up next- It’s two weeks of training for the Roar before their next trial against Central Coast Mariners on September 10th. For the BPL Select side they return to their clubs with the 2016 Semi-Final series set to begin next weekend.

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