Pre-Season 2016 Preview- Brisbane Roar v Central Coast

Tomorrow Brisbane Roar will play their final pre-season game against an A-League side before the start of the season, in a clash against Central Coast Mariners at Spencer Park.

Brisbane’s pre-season has been a mixed one so far with just the one win from three clashes, and they’ll be looking to secure a win against an A-League side before the season starts.

Omori factor
The most intriguing element of this clash is the news that Japanese born left back Hiroki Omori will play some part in the clash as trial, with the view to potentially joining the Roar for the upcoming seasons should things go well.

Omori, 26, was a member of the Brisbane Strikers squad in this seasons NPL Queensland campaign, making 17 appearances in 2016 with one goal to his name.

Where Omori really caught the eye however was in the clubs run to the Round of 16 in the FFA Cup, where his performance against Melbourne City at Perry Park forced John Aloisi to give him the chance.

It’s unknown at this stage if Omori will start or come off the bench, but Full-Back is a position that Brisbane are a little light on in with only Jack Hingert, Corey Brown and youngster Connor O’Toole as options in the roles.

Brisbane selections
While Omori is set to play some part in the game, it’s been reported that midfield duo Thomas Kristensen and Brett Holman will miss the game. Kristensen has according to reports has been on a light training program, while Holman only started training this week and is not yet ready for game time.

The rest of Brisbane’s side however is fit and available for selection, and for them this game looms as an important one as it’s the last major hit-out before the start of the new season next month and could be a vital one in shaping the starting line-up for the game against Melbourne Victory.

Mariners’ preseason
The big news from down in Gosford over the off-season was the sacking of Manager Tony Walmsley following the Mariners 2-1 loss to Green Gully in the FFA Cup.

In Wamsley’s place is Paul Okon, who arrives on the Central Coast after a stint with the Australian u/20’s side. Arriving so late in pre-season however has meant that he’s relying on the group recruited by Walmsley, and it will be interesting to see how they line up tomorrow.

So far under Okon the Mariners have played two games this week on Tuesday with the a win and a draw from two clashes against a Capital Football select side in which the Mariners played a half squad in each game.

Squads
Brisbane
– 1. Michael Theo, 3. Luke DeVere, 4. Daniel Bowles, 5. Corey Brown, 7. Thomas Kristensen, 8. Jacob Pepper, 9. Jamie Maclaren, 10. Brett Holman, 11. Tommy Oar, 13. Jade North, 17. Matt McKay, 19. Jack Hingert, 20. Shannon Brady, 21. Jamie Young, 22. Thomas Broich, 23. Dimitri Petratos, 24. Connor O’Toole, 25. Kye Rowles, 26. Nicholas D’Agostino, 28. Brandon Borrello, 29. Joe Caletti, 33. Joey Katebian, 39. Nathan Konstandopoulos.

Central Coast– 1. Ivan Necevski, 2. Storm Roux, 4. Jacob Poscoliero, 5. Harry Ascroft 6. Blake Powell, 7. Fabio Ferreira, 8. Nick Montgomery, 9. Roy O’Donovan, 10. Mickael Tavares, 11. Connor Pain, 12. Trent Buhagiar, 13. Kwabena Appiah, 14. Adam Berry, 15. Brad McDonald, 16. Liam Rose, 17. Josh Bingham, 19. Jacques Faty, 20. Paul Izzo, 21. Michael Neill, 22. Jake McGing, 24. Jake Adelson, 28. Matthew Fletcher, 40. Tom Heward-Belle.

Brisbane Roar vs. Central Coast Mariners
Saturday September 10th
Spencer Park 3.00pm

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