Brisbane round out preparations with win

Brisbane Roar (3) Broich 24, Maclaren 35’, 83’.
NPL Queensland u-23 select (1) Duckworth 58’

Brisbane Roar have competed their pre-season campaign for 2016-17 with a 3-1 win over an NPL Queensland u-23 select side at QSAC on Saturday afternoon.

A brace from Jamie Maclaren and a third from Thomas Broich secured the win for Brisbane, with Western Pride’s impressive striker Joseph Duckworth getting a goal for the select side.

Goals
1) Thomas Broich 24’ (BRI)- Brisbane’s marquee man opened the scoring for Brisbane midway through the first half with a bullet header reminiscent of his effort in the semi-final win over Melbourne. The goal was one of a few efforts on goal from Broich on the day, with the left winger seemingly more intent on taking a strike on goal this season.

2) Jamie Maclaren 35’ (BRI)- New signing Brett Holman linked up with Petratos on the right hand side, before a cut back found Jamie Maclaren free in the box to finish from close range and double the lead.

3) Joseph Duckworth 58’ (NPL)- The young NPL select side got a goal for their hard work around the hour mark when Olympic midfielder Sam Cronin played in Western Pride attacker Joseph Duckworth who calmly beat the onrushing Young and slotted it in at the far post

4) Jamie Maclaren 83’ (BRI)- Maclaren got his second of the game late on to secure the win for Brisbane following a defensive mishap which left Sunshine Coast goalkeeper Sam Nickolls, with Maclaren left with the simple task of tapping into an open goal to get himself a brace.

Brisbane’s big off-season signing Brett Holman made his first appearance for the club since signing earlier this month, playing the opening half and showing glimpses of the talent which saw him have a successful European career.

The other big buy of the off-season however was a surprising no-show, with Thomas Kristensen a late scratching from the Roar with John Aloisi not prepared to take any risks ahead of round one.

As is now accustomed in these pre-season games, some of the clubs talented youngsters got their chance to show what they can do. Defensive duo Mark Rodic and Aaron Reardon both looked assured against the best of the NPL side and showed they could be useful if counted on, particularly Rodic on the right hand side where there’s a lack of options.

That lack of options saw Daniel Bowles deployed on the right with regular RB Jack Hingert shifted over to  the left in perhaps an eye towards testing out plan B if required this season, although neither Bowles nor Hingert looked overly comfortable in their new roles.

For the NPL Select side the standout was undoubtedly Duckworth, who goal aside worked hard and put the Brisbane backline under pressure for most of the game.

The likes of Sam Cronin and Finn Beakhurst also impressed on the day and they along with the full 18  man NPL select side now will be waiting to see if they can follow in Harrison Sawyer’s footprint and use the game to catapult themselves into the Young Roar squad.

Duckworth however could elude the clutches of the Roar with the young striker included in the NPL National pathway program where one lucky player will win a contract with Sydney FC for the upcoming National Youth League season.

Brisbane Roar XI- Young, Bowles, North, DeVere, Hingert, Pepper, McKay, Holman, Petratos, Broich, Maclaren.

Substitutions- Konstandopoulos for Holman (46’), Rodic for North (46’), Caletti for McKay (68’), Reardon for Bowles (70’).
Unused Substitutes- Theo, Kristensen, Katebian, D’Agostino.

Yellow Cards- Pepper 64’, 90+1’
Red Cards- Pepper 90+1’

NPL Queensland u-23 select- Vitikangas, Lyvidikos, Smith, K. Halliday, Brix, Pavlou, Cronin, Litfin, Hore, Duckworth, Beakhurst.

Substitutions- Nickolls for Vitikangas (46’), Capelo for Brix (62’),  Halliday for Beakhurst (62’), Pavlou for Walker (62’), Thomas-Remijo for Cronin (62’), Sibatuara for Hore (75’), Nucifora for Duckworth (80’)

Yellow Cards- Lyvidikos (76’)

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