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.

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