Late Penalty gives Roar win on Coast

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Brisbane Roar (2) Skapetis 10′, Maccarone 87′ (p.k)
China u-22 (1) Wei Shihao 18′

A late Massimo Maccarone penalty has given Brisbane Roar a 2-1 win tonight against a 10 men China u-22 side on the Gold Coast.

After recently experimenting with a back 3 in recent trial games, John Aloisi reverted to a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Jade North and Luke Devere reunited in the heart of defence.  Peter Skapetis, Shannon Brady and Brett Holman supporting Maccarone in attack with Mitch Oxborrow and Matt McKay controlling midfield.

Brisbane Roar opened the scoring in the 10th minute after a Brett Holman through ball found its way to Peter Skapetis and the new signing sent his shot across the keeper and into the back of the net to open the scoring.

China u-22 equalised in the 18th minute after Wei Shihao found the back of the net after being left free in the box.

Both sides had chances to take the lead approaching half time, with Skapetis denied a second and Tang Shi’ shot from the edge if the box was acrobatically saved by Young.

The second half saw tensions rise after challenges from both sides, with the drama resulting in red card for Chinese midfielder Wei Shihao after he picked up a second yellow card.

There was yet more drama however with Brisbane awarded a penalty after VAR intervened to award a penalty for shirt holding inside the box, which Massimo Maccarone dispatched into the bottom corner to give Brisbane the win.

Brisbane Roar XI- Young, Hingert, Devere, North, Brown, McKay, Oxborrow, Holman, Brady, Skapetis, Maccarone.
Substitutions– Caletti for McKay, O’Toole for Brown, Akbari for Holman, Martinez for Brady.

China u-22 XI- Li Haitao, Liu Hao, Liu Yiming, Liu Junshuai, Liu Yang, Yang Ailong, Ju Feng, Nau Song, Tang Shi, Ba Dun, Wei Shihao.
Substitutions- Weiz Jingzong for Nan Song, Su Yuanzie for Ba Dun, Zhau Dau, Tang Shi.

Up next Brisbane Roar will travel to Ballarat for a pre-season encounter with Melbourne Victory on Friday night.

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Victory defeat Roar in FFA Cup

Brisbane Roar (1) Skapetis 90’
Melbourne Victory (5) Austin 26’, Troisi 35’, Berisha 48’ (p.k), 74’, Milligan 52’ (p.k)
3,184 at Perry Park, Brisbane

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Brisbane Roar have bowed out of the FFA Cup at the Round of 32 stage for the third straight year, going down 5-1 to Melbourne Victory on Wednesday night at Perry Park.

A brace to former Brisbane striker Besart Berisha, in addition to goals from Mitch Austin, James Troisi and Mark Milligan were enough to send the 2015 Cup Winners into the last 16.

Goals
0- 1 (26’). Victory got in behind the Roar defence on the left with Kosta Barbarouses shot parried clear by Jamie Young into the path of Mitch Austin who had the easy task of putting the ball into the back of the net.

0-2 (35’) Melbourne then doubled their advantage ten minutes before the break after James Troisi capitalised on a defensive mix-up between Hingert and Kristensen, leaving Jamie Young stranded as his shot wound up in the bottom corner.

0-3 (48’) The game was essentially over three minutes into the second half after Jack Hingert was adjudged to have brought down Mitch Austin, with Besart Berisha converting the resulting penalty into the bottom corner.

0-4 (52’) Victory scored their second penalty in the space of four minutes, with Mark Milligan stepping up this time to convert after referee Chris Beath ruled that Jade North handled the ball inside the penalty area.

0-5 (74’) After an excellent through ball from James Troisi, Besart Berisha got his second goal of the game by coolly chipping Jamie Young from the of the 18 yard box.

1-5 (90’) Brisbane got themselves a consolation goal as the game ticked into second half stoppage time, with injury replacement Peter Skapetis getting himself a debut goal with his shot rocketing into the top corner.

Brisbane tested their new 3-4-3 formation once again tonight and while they’ve had success in two pre-season clashes today, this was the first test against A-League opposition. For Brisbane that meant the same starting XI which played the second half of Saturday’s win over Peninsula Power, with the only change being in goal where Jamie Young played in place of youngster Macklin Freke.

Victory meanwhile fielded arguably their strongest possible side for the contest, with only captain Carl Valeri missing from what otherwise was a strong side for last years Grand Finalists.

Both sides started the game with an attacking mindset as they swapped corners in the opening stages. Shannon Brady had the first chance of the game on 16 minutes after he was played in by Brett Holman, with Lawrence Thomas making a smart save on his near post.

It was however the Victory who opened the scoring after Kosta Barbarouses shot was parried into the path of Mitch Austin, with the Victory winger unmarked and able to capitalise on the opportunity.

Victory then doubled their advantage ten minutes before the break after James Troisi capitalised on a defensive mix-up between Hingert and Kristensen.

The game was decided in five second half minutes from the penalty spot with Besart Berisha and Mark Milligan beating Young. Firstly it was Hingert who brought down Austin in the box, before minutes later Jade North was adjudged to have handled the ball.

Berisha then got his second of the evening to make it 5-0 with 20 minutes to play after he lobbed Jamie Young after the through ball from Troisi.

Brisbane rescued a consolation goal late on through debutant Peter Skapetis, whose shot flew into the top corner of the net.

Stats and Facts
– Peter Skapetis became the 129th player to represent Brisbane Roar after entering the game as a second half substitute, and just the 10th player to score on debut for the club.

– Massimo Maccarone became the 130th player to represent Brisbane Roar after entering the game as a second half substitute, while Mitchell Oxborrow became the 131st.

– Brisbane Roar have now lost their last four games in the FFA Cup, and are still winless against A-League opposition in the Cup.

– Tonight’s 5-1 result is the equal biggest ever loss Brisbane have faced at the hands of the Victory, equalling the 4-0 loss from Round 15, 2015-16.

Coaches quotes Brisbane Roar boss John Aloisi- “We tried to play our football and we made a couple of mistakes and they punished us. The first two goals were poor ones to give away. Second half we wanted to start strongly but two penalties changed the game”

Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat- “We knew we were looking reasonably sharp –in pre-season-, but you only really find out when you face A-League opposition and we were good value for the result tonight”.

Brisbane Roar XI- Young, Hingert, Kristensen, North, Ingham, Caletti, McKay, Brown, Holman, Brady, D’Agostino.
Substitutions– Skapetis for Ingham (57’), Maccarone for D’Agostino (61’), Oxborrow for Brady (71’).
Unused Substitutes- Bilic, Reardon.
Yellow Cards– Ingham, D’Agostino.
Red Cards- Nil.

Melbourne Victory XI- Thomas, Geria, Williams, Donachie, Nigro, Broxham, Milligan, Troisi, Austin, Barbarouses, Berisha.
Substitutions- Ingham for Berisha (76’), Hope for Troisi (80’), McGlip for Milligan (82’)
Unused Substitutes- Hatzikourtis, Theoharous.
Yellow Cards– Williams.
Red Cards- Nil.

Up next
For Brisbane Roar the FFA Cup is over for another year, with the next competitive game not coming until October when the A-League season begins.


2017 FFA Cup Preview- Brisbane Roar vs. Melbourne Victory

After having their 2016-17 A-League campaign ended by the Victory back in April, Brisbane will get the chance for some revenge tomorrow night in their first competitive game of the 2017-18 season as the two clubs face off once again in the FFA Cup Round of 32.

And while there isn’t anywhere near as much on the line tomorrow night at Perry Park the game will provide an important first test for John Aloisi’ side as they continue preparations for the new season.

FFA Cup History
Brisbane Roar
2014- Lost in Round of 16 to Adelaide United
2015– Lost in Round of 32 to Western Sydney Wanderers
2016– Lost in Round of 32 to Perth Glory

Brisbane Roar have struggled in the Cup since the competitions inception, winning just one game in the Cup since 2014 and losing at the first hurdle in the last two editions. You have to go back to July 2014 for Brisbane’s sole FFA Cup win, a 4-0 win over West Australian NPL side Stirling Lions. A Round of 16 exit beckoned that year against eventual Cup winner Adelaide before Round of 32 losses to Western Sydney and Perth in the last two years.

Melbourne Victory
2014- Lost Quarter-Final to Perth Glory
2015- Beat Perth Glory in Final
2016- Lost Semi-Final to Melbourne City

While the Roar have struggled in the Cup over the years, Melbourne Victory have been a perennial contender, never failing to reach the quarter finals and winning the Cup in the second edition back in 2015.

On that Cup run the then A-League Champions beat NSW opposition in the form of Balmain Tigers and Rockdale City to make the quarter finals, before defeating defending Cup champions Adelaide United to reach the last four. After beating NPL Victorian side Hume City in the semi-final, a 2-0 home win over Perth Glory saw them crowed winners for the first time. Last season they put up a gallant defence of their title, reaching the semi-finals once again before losing to eventual winner and cross-town rivals Melbourne City.

What have they done lately?
3-0 v Port Melbourne (Goulding, Theoharous, Waring)
5-0 v Bentleigh Greens (Barbarouses x3, Berisha, Austin)

Like most teams in the A-League Melbourne have been playing friendly games to build up some match fitness in the early days of their pre-season campaign and like the Roar they enter this FFA Cup clash with two wins out of two so far.

Team News
Brisbane Roar
The only confirmed absentee for Brisbane is Michael Theo, with John Aloisi confirming in the press today the shot stopper would miss the clash against his former side due to a bout of the flu. Also unlikely to feature is another ex Victory man, with Fahid Ben Khalfallah at long odds to line up against his former teammates as the Roar gradually bring him along.

Corey Gameiro is another who is unlikely to feature, although apart from those three it should be a strong Brisbane squad in the Cup tomorrow night after Massimo Maccarone received his international clearance overnight.

With Theo out it looms as an early chance for Jamie Young to stake his claims for the goalkeeper berth this season, while with Gameiro and Ben Khalfallah unlikely to play and Maccarone still building match sharpness, there could be a chance for youngsters Shannon Brady and Nicholas D’Agostino to impress from the start.

Likely Brisbane Roar XI– Young, Ingham, Devere, North, Hingert, Kristensen, McKay, Brown, Holman, Brady, D’Agostino.
Substitutes– Bilic, Caletti, Oxborrow, Martinez, Maccarone.

Melbourne Victory
Victory are set to bring a mixture of senior first team players and youngsters from their youth team for the clash, with Mark Milligan the only confirmed absentee after the midfielders international clearance failed to arrive in time. Of the youngsters, Christian Theoharous made his senior debut for the Victory at Suncorp Stadium in Round 24 last season, while Pierce Waring and Cameron McGlip were on the bench that night.

Likely Melbourne Victory XI- Thomas, Geria, Williams, Donachie, Broxham, Valeri, Nigro, Troisi, Austin, Barbarouses, Berisha.
Substitutes- Acton, Deng, Theoharous, Ingham, Waring.

Stats and Facts
– Corey Gameiro, Mitchell Oxborrow, Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Daniel Leck, Aaron Reardon, Rahmat Akbari and Emilio Martinez could make their competitive debut for Brisbane Roar in this fixture. They could become the 129th, 130th, 131st, 132nd, 133rd, 134th and 135th players to represent the club.

– Brisbane Roar have failed to beat A-League opposition in the FFA Cup, losing in three previous games against A-League sides in the Cup.

– Perry Park is set to become the 33rd different venue Brisbane has played a competitive game at, and the fourth venue to host a Brisbane Roar home game.

All-Time Record against Melbourne Victory

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Maccarone brace completes second half comeback

Brisbane Roar (4) Skapetis 30’, D’Agostino 69’, Maccarone 75’ (p.k), 88’
Peninsula Power (2) Briggs 2’, Strickland 38’
At A.J. Kelly Park, Redcliffe.

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Brisbane Roar have made it two wins from two in their 2017 pre-season campaign after a second half fight back saw the Roar defeat Peninsula Power 4-2 in Redcliffe on Saturday afternoon. A second half brace from new marquee Massimo Maccarone on his debut, with Nick D’Agostino and trialist Peter Skapetis also getting on the scoreboard.

Goals
0-1 (3’) It was a dream start for the home side with Dean Briggs free-kick from 35 yards beating Tomislav Bilic on the near post to give the home side an early lead.

1-1 (30’) Brisbane got themselves back into the game on the half hour mark through trialist Peter Skapetis after a defensive mix-up from the Peninsula defenders.

2-1 (38’) Peninsula restored their goal advantage minutes before the half time interval after some good work down the right hand side saw Thomas Strickland strike home from the edge of the box.

2-2 (69’) With Massimo Maccarone waiting to make his entrance on the bench, Nick D’Agostino levelled the scores from close range after a Matt McKay cross.

2-3 (75’) After a handball from a Corey Brown cross, Brisbane’s marquee man stepped up to the spot to score his first goal in Brisbane’s colours, sending Jake Reesby the wrong way in the Power goal.

2-4 (88’) Massimo Maccarone scored a late goal for the Roar as he rounded the substitute keeper in goal for Power as he finished off a well worked move.

First half youngsters
Brisbane fielded two distinctly different sides with the first half featuring a large number of players from the Young Roar side getting an opportunity to impress John Aloisi ahead of the new season. Amongst that group were first team duo Luke Devere and Mitch Oxborrow, in addition to former QPR and Stoke City attacker Peter Skapetis who is currently trialling with the squad.

The 22 year old attacker player the first half of the game, floating around the front third of the pitch for the Roar and looked lively enough to suggest he has something to offer. Of the Young Roar players who got the chance to start the game, Emilio Martinez looked the sharpest, while Rahmat Akbari played an unfamiliar deep lying midfield role after spending the NPL season playing in a no.10 role behind Nathan Yoon.

Second half changes
John Aloisi made 11 changes at the half-time break and in doing so reverted back to a more familiar looking line-up as the first team players got their chance to tune up ahead of Wednesday’s FFA Cup tie against Melbourne Victory.

Similarly to the Lions game, Brisbane played a 3-6-1 formation once again, although this week there was a slight change on the right hand side with Jack Hingert spending the second half on the right side of the back three while Dane Ingham played the more advanced wing backs role. Joining Hingert and Jade North in the back three was Thomas Kristensen, with the central midfielder looking at home in the heart of defence.

Going forward Brisbane looked more dangerous in the second half, with Nick D’Agostino looking sharp upfront with a handful of chances before he ultimately found the net seconds before being replaced.

The departure of D’Agostino paved the way for Brisbane’s new marquee man Massimo Maccarone to enter the fray, and it took the former Italian international just five minutes to open his goalscoring account in what was a lively cameo.

Peninsula pressure
In one of the biggest weeks in Peninsula’s history, the Power got off to a flying start thanks to a Dean Briggs free-kick and the home side caused the Young Roar side all sorts of problems in the first half with their midfield intensity a feature.

After a busy week which saw Peninsula make their FFA Cup debut on Tuesday, the home side found things more difficult in the second half against a stronger Brisbane side, although the attacking duo of Charles Mendy and Dean Briggs still carved out a couple of chances, although a free-kick past the near post is as close as they came.

Brisbane Roar XI (First half) – Bilic, Wellsmore, DeVere, Harris, Leck, Oxborrow, Akbari, O’Toole, Martinez, Skapetis, Yoon.
Second half XI– Freke, Hingert, Kristensen, North, Ingham, Caletti, McKay, Brown, Holman, D’Agostino (70’), Brady.
Substitutes– Maccarone (70’).
Unused substitutes– Sawyer, Beakhurst.

Peninsula Power XI- Reesby, Carseldine, Boyd, Spiandorrello, Cunha, Hurlin, Bonotto, Basson, Strickland, Briggs, Mendy.

Up next
After a pair of pre-season hit-outs against Brisbane Premier League opposition, competitive football is back with Melbourne Victory making the trip north to take on Brisbane in the FFA Cup Round of 32 on Wednesday night at Perry Park.


Recap of RSF Academy Forum

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On Friday night the Roar Supporters Federation hosted another fans forum, this time with the focus on youth development and Brisbane’s new academy which is set to launch in January 2018. Academy director Drew Sherman was the guest speaker on the night at the QUT Kelvin Grove campus as he outlined the work that’s been done so far, and the planning behind scenes to get the academy up and running.

You can watch our live steam of the night on our Facebook page. Alternatively, here’s some notes from the night.

Sherman opened the forum by talking about how the club wanted to be the most successful as possible and the need to have the best players available in order to do that by either spending large up front transfer fees to acquire them, or by investing in the development of youngsters. After going through the pros and cons of each strategy, Sherman outlined the clubs view that developing players is the best approach and one of the reasons for the launch of the academy.

Discussion then turned to the structure of the academy, with the program starting when they enter the program full-time at the age 12 and taking them through to the end of their schooling at age 17. Sherman also outlined that there is a linear approach to the academy with the possibility for players to move up and down over the years, with the support of Football Queensland and partner clubs in the NPL vital to this.

In the age groups below the start of the academy, the approach is to work with the NPL clubs across the state and offer support such as the SAP program to help develop their own programs in order to reach as many players as possible.

Sherman then went on to outline eight key areas upon which the academy is judged under the academy’s performance plan.

  • Facilities
  • Operations
  • Recruitment
  • Medical
  • Coaching
  • High Performance
  • Player welfare/Education
  • Finance

    While the youth team will transition to the new training base down in Logan upon its completion, the academy’s operations will remain at QUT Kelvin Grove campus for the next five years, with travel considerations for players from all parts of the greater Brisbane area a factor in the decision.

    As part of the timeline to launch the academy, each of the above criteria will be audited by the FFA to ensure they meet the required levels prior to the launch date.

    Talent Identification
    In terms of talent identification, Sherman outlined they use both internal and external scouting mechanisms, with the internal scouting taking place at partner clubs throughout the NPL system. Externally to that there are currently six scouts who cover football of all levels and competitions in South-East Queensland, covering on average 120 games per month to ensure players don’t get missed.

    Players who are recommended are then brought into a trial day to be compared with others from the same age group in order to identify the best players. It’s a practice that is currently being used to help start the academy, however Sherman indicated it’s one which would be limited to players entering at the u-12 level moving forward once the academy is up and running.

    Teams in the academy
    When the academy gets up and running next year, Brisbane’s will have teams from u-12’s right through to the u-19’s with each group set to feature roughly 18 players, although the number may vary depending on talent in a particular year.

    Each team will play up one age group in order to suitably challenge the players in their development and to provide flexibility for players to move up or down depending on the need. The clubs u-16’s side will be competing in the u-18’s competition, with the u-17’s competing in the u-20 competition and the senior youth side comprised of u-19’s players.

    With player welfare in mind, Sherman outlined that players accepted in the program to remain in the system through the end of their schooling. There isn’t going to be much chopping and changing each year, with players outside the system having to be better than those in the academy if they are to be brought in.

    Coaches
    Currently there are four full-time coaches as part of the academy, with Drew Sherman and current Young Roar Manager James Robinson headlining the group. Former Brisbane Roar youth graduate and first team player Chris Grossman is also part of the group, as is goalkeeping coach Brodie Sams.

    In addition to the current staff they are currently looking for coaches at each level of the academy with three different sets of criteria being emphasised. Ideally the aim is to have an experienced youth coach leading each age group, assisted by a young up and coming coach who has potential moving forward and further assisted by an experienced player looking to make their way into coaching after retirement.

    Timeline of the academy
    Below is a rough timeline of how the academy has been built up to this date, and what will take place between now and when the program officially launches next year.

    February- Drew Sherman arrives as Academy Director
    March- Met NPL clubs to understand climate of football in South-East Qld, develop strategy.
    April– Developed talent id network.
    May– Started training ground discussions and talent id process.
    June– Confirmed medical and sports science infrastructure + further age group trials.
    July- More aged group trials + academy partnership discussions. Started staff recruitment.
    August- Developing state-wide talent id network
    October– Full-time staff begin and successful players notified of placements. Audited by FFA.
    Oct-Dec– Develop programs for partner clubs
    Jan 22, 2018- Academy program officially launched.

    Partner clubs
    When discussing Partner clubs, Sherman outlined that the club must have at least one of the following to be considered for a partnership.

    – Commitment to youth development
    – A plan for youth development
    – A history of youth development

    Clubs without those things aren’t compatible with the program according to Sherman, while for those that are plans are being worked on to ensure the best situation moving forward.

    The other requirement for partner clubs is that the environment has to be both accessible for people and inclusive, with the program to cover both male and female players.

    A question from the floor asked how the NPL clubs view Brisbane’s academy with Sherman outlining that the response has been overwhelmingly positive, with a number of clubs signing up to be partners of the academy.

    Sherman went on to say that of the 28 clubs set to make up the expanded NPL set-up in 2018, only three had a problem with the program. Amongst others, NPL Queensland clubs Olympic FC and Gold Coast City were mentioned as clubs who would be part of the partner club set-up.


Attributes of a Brisbane Roar player
The final question of the night was surrounding what makes up a Brisbane Roar player and what attributes were the club looking for when bringing players in, with Sherman outlining that commitment, character and competency were the three most important areas. In terms of on field however there were three main areas that were important; personality traits, skill and speed.

Personality Traits– Work-ethic, body language, ability to take on instructions, reaction when ball is lost, ect.
Skill– first touch, passing, 1v1 defending, ect.
Speed– physical speed + speed of thought.