Brisbane unbeaten in 9 after win in GosfordPosted: December 18, 2016
Central Coast Mariners (1) O’Donovan 57′
Brisbane Roar (2) Petratos 33′, Maclaren 77′
6063 at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Brisbane Roar have made it 9 games unbeaten following a 2-1 win over Central Coast Mariners this evening taking them back into third on the A-League ladder.
After controlling the opening exchanges, Brisbane opened the scoring just past the half hour mark thanks to Dimitri Petratos’ first goal of the season. A hand ball on the edge of the area by Liam Rose, Dimitri Petratos stepped up to take the set piece opportunity and his free kick went into the top corner at the far post leaving Paul Izzo no chance.
Central Coast Mariners came back into the game after the half time break and were rewarded for their efforts by Roy O’Donovan, with the Irish striker expertly picked out by Fabio Ferreira on the counter attack.
In response John Aloisi introduced Thomas Broich to proceedings and Brisbane’s marquee man was instrumental in the winning goal. After controlling a cross field switch of play with his first touch, Broich proceeded to float a cross to the back post for Jamie Maclaren to nod home his first headed goal in the A-League.
Central Coast pushed for a winner at the end of the game but were denied by Brisbane’s back four who along with late substitute Jacob Pepper were able to see out the game.
Brisbane Roar XI- Theo, Hingert, DeVere, North, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Petratos, Borrello, Oar, Maclaren.
Substitutes- Arana for Borrello (67’), Broich for Petratos (71’), Pepper for Maclaren (85’).
Unused Substitutes- Young, Bowles.
Yellow Cards- Nil
Red Cards- Nil
Central Coast Mariners XI- Izzo, Galloway, Ascroft, McGing, Neill, Rose, Montgomery, Powell, Ferreira, Pain, O’Donovan.
Substitutions- Berry for Rose (46’), Buhagiar for Pain (77’), Appiah for Powell (85’).
Unused Substitutes- Necevski, Peterson.
Yellow Cards- O’Donovan.
Red Cards- Nil
This evenings win over the Mariners capped off a busy day with all three Brisbane Roar sides in action away from home, with the National Youth League side down in Melbourne while the W-League side joined the A-League side in Gosford for a double-header.
The trio of games started in Gosford with the Brisbane Roar women’s team taking on Canberra and looking for revenge from their loss earlier in the season .Unfortunately for Mel Andreatta’s side, defensive errors cost them as the host side Canberra United ran out 5-1 winners on the day.
Two goals each for Nickoletta Flannery and Ashleigh Sykes, in addition to a Stephanie Ochs penalty gave Canberra a comprehensive win and the season double over Brisbane. The only consolation for Brisbane came with Emily Gielnik’ stoppage time goal, but it was too little, too late.
Canberra United (5) Flannery 13’, 53’, Sykes 50’, 56’, Ochs 28’ p.k
Brisbane Roar (1) Gielnik 90+2
National Youth League
In the second game of the afternoon Brisbane Roar moved to the top of the Conference A standings following a 2-1 win against Melbourne Victory.
Goals from Nicholas D’Agostino and Connor O’Toole were enough to cancel out Joshua Hope’ first half strike.
The win, coupled with Adelaide United’s win over Melbourne City see’s Brisbane sit top of Conference A with four matches remaining in the season.
Melbourne Victory (1) Hope 23′
Brisbane Roar (2) D’Agostino 13′, O’Toole 87′