Maclaren sends Brisbane second with win over CityPosted: November 4, 2016
Brisbane Roar (1) Maclaren 11’
Melbourne City (0)
20,198 at Suncorp Stadium Brisbane
A quick recap this week but Brisbane Roar have made it three wins in a row with a 1-0 win tonight over Melbourne City in their 300th game in the competition. An early goal from Jamie Maclaren was enough to secure the points and send Brisbane ahead of City and into second on the table.
11’ (1-0) Tommy Oar beat the offside trap following a through ball by Thomas Broich, with the winger rounding Dean Bouzanis before his over-hit touch found it’s way to the onrushing Jamie Maclaren who slotted home into an empty net to score the games only goal.
In recent times and going back to the end of last season, questions have been raised over the solidity of Brisbane’s backline, however the defending tonight was spectacular and limited City to just a handful of corners in the final third despite their obvious firepower.
Corey Brown, a much maligned member of the back four was peppered for most of the night by Kamau and Brandan however he stood up extremely well in what is his best game for Brisbane, while DeVere and North marshalled one of the league’s best forward lines expertly.
It’s only one game and perhaps we’ll know more in future weeks with games against Sydney FC and a return clash against City in Melbourne, but the signs tonight are very encouraging.
The big attacking weapon tonight for Brisbane was the counter attack, where Aloisi utilised the pace of Maclaren and Oar to get in behind a City back three which struggled to deal with them. While the numerous counter attacking opportunities failed to deliver a goal, they did deliver chances and on another day could have resulted in the ball finding the back of the net.
City’s stuttering attack
Melbourne’s highly touted attacking threats have been extremely dangerous over the opening month of the season, but despite their advantage of possession they were unable to create a single shot on target in the 90 minutes. Brisbane’s solidity in defence deserves praise as mentioned above, however there’s no getting around the fact it wasn’t the best performance from those in the final third for City.
After a five day turnaround between game over the past week, Brisbane now have a full week to prepare for next Friday’s trip to Adelaide United. The hype between these two sides is likely to be Henrique’s first game against his former club, although Brisbane’s former Grand Final hero is unlikely to take part in the fixture due to injury.
Brisbane Roar- Theo, Hingert, North, DeVere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Holman, Oar, Broich, Maclaren
Substitutions- Petratos for Holman (74’), Borrello for Oar (77’), Arana for Broich (83’).
Unused Substitutes- Young, Bowles.
Yellow Cards- Maclaren, Brown, Borrello.
Red Cards- Nil.
Melbourne City- Bouzanis, Muscat, Jakobsen, Kilkenny, Rose, Retre, Brattan, Kamau, Brandan, Cahill, Fornaroli.
Substitutions- Caceres for Retre (71’), Fitzgerald for Kamau (73’), Franjic for Rose (84’).
Unused Substituted- Sorensen, Malik.
Yellow Cards- Brattan, Muscat.
Red Cards- Nil.