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.

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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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2016 FFA Cup Round of 32 Match Review

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Perth Glory (2) Djulbic 13’, 20’
3,028 at Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane’s 2016 FFA Cup campaign has ended at the first hurdle last night with a 2-0 loss against Perth Glory ending their cup hopes. A first half double from Perth central defender –both at set pieces- from Dino Djulbic was enough to send the two time cup finalists through to the last 16.

Early Set-Piece problems
As mentioned both of Djulbic’s goals came from set pieces with the first coming from a free header in the 13th minute from a cross just outside the 18 yard from Nebosa Marinkovic. The second, just seven minutes later came as a result of a goalmouth scramble after a corner wasn’t cleared by the Roar defenders. Set piece defending was a problem for John Aloisi’ side for the majority of the evening and an area which will need to be improved upon before the new season begins in October.

Attacking intent
While there was limited final end product on the night, the intent to get the traditional elements of the Brisbane style of play remained within the teams performance. While Brisbane had more possession of the ball -54% to 46%- that failed to translate into clear cut chances with just the 8 shots on goal, none of which were on target.

Part, if not all of this can be explained away by the fact Brisbane were playing just their second game of the pre-season and were lacking a bit of sharpness, meanwhile Perth have spent time recently in the Philippines for a three game tour. Despite that, the Roar will need to do a lot better when the season rolls around in October.

Oar impresses
While Brisbane didn’t create any chances of note throughout the night, it was Tommy Oar who looked the most likely Brisbane player to do so. While he was effective out on the left in the first half, I thought he was better once moved into the central creative role when Broich came on for Petratos. Broich also offered a spark off the bench but was clearly lacking in match sharpness.

Stats & Facts
Last night Jacob Pepper and Nathan Konstandopoulos made their club debuts for Brisbane Roar, becoming the 116th & 117th players to play in a professional game for the Roar. Last night was also a milestone for Jack Hingert, who played his 100th game for Brisbane. The breakdown on that is as 89 games in A-League, 8 Asian Champions League games and 3 FFA Cup matches.

Line-ups
Brisbane XI: Theo, Hingert, Bowles, North, Brown, Pepper, Petratos, McKay, Borrello, Oar, Maclaren.
Substitutions: Konstandopoulos for Pepper (54’), Broich for Petratos (60’).
Unused Substitutes: Young, Rowles, Champness.

Perth XI: Reddy, Risdon, Grant, Djulbic, Warren, R. Williams, Griffiths, Marinkovic, Harold, Knowles, Keogh.
Substitutions: Reiners for Knowles (61’), Wilson for R. Williams (68’), Garcia for Harold (89’).
Unused Substitutes: Feely, A. Williams.

Stats
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Up next
For Brisbane the next game will be a closed doors practice game against Sydney FC on the Gold Coast next Saturday –August 20th-. The next competitive game, or match that the public will be able to attend at this stage is the Round 1 game against Melbourne Victory on October 7th. It’s likely there will be additional games between now and Round 1, details on those will be available here if and when they are announced.


Brisbane to host Glory in last 32 of FFA Cup

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Brisbane Roar have been drawn against fellow A-League side Perth Glory in the FFA Cup Round of 32. The fixture, for which the details will be announced in the coming days will be Brisbane’s first home tie in the competition and the second straight year the Roar have drawn an A-League opponent in the last 32.

The dates and venue for the game will be confirmed in the coming days, with Suncorp Stadium, QSAC, Robina Stadium and Perry Park all likely considerations.

Elsewhere in the State there are home games for Redlands United and Far North Queensland Heat, while Brisbane Strikers and Surfers Paradise Apollo will being their campaigns on the road.

The tie of the round from the Queensland perspective has to be the debut of NPL Queensland ladder leading Redlands United, who will host 2015-16 A-League double winners Adelaide United, most likely at Perry Park.

FNQ will also get a first home game at the third time of asking, drawing a home tie against NPL Northern NSW side Edgeworth Eagles, following trips to Melbourne and Sydney in previous years.

Brisbane Strikers however weren’t so lucky, drawn away from home for the third consecutive year in the Round of 32, this time facing a trip to the Northern Territory to take on Shamrock Rovers Darwin.

Surfers Paradise Apollo, Queensland’s surprise qualifier for the last 32 have been given a tough debut on the national stage, facing a trip to the nations capital to take on Canberra Olympic.

Here’s the full 2016 FFA Cup Round of 32 draw
Brisbane Roar vs. Perth Glory
Newcastle Jets vs. Melbourne Victory
Wellington Phoenix vs. Western Sydney Wanderers
Melbourne Knights vs. Cockburn City
FNQ Heat vs. Edgeworth Eagles
Shamrock Rovers Darwin vs. Brisbane Strikers
MetroStars vs. Bentleigh Greens
Canberra Olympic vs. Surfers Paradise Apollo
Devonport Strikers vs. Lambton Jaffas
Bonnyrigg White Eagles vs. Manly United
Hume City vs. Marconi Stallions
Blacktown City vs. Sydney United
Wollongong Wolves vs. Sydney FC
Redlands United vs. Adelaide United
Green Gully vs. Central Coast Mariners
Floreat Athena vs. Melbourne City

Times, dates, venues & broadcast details to be confirmed later in the week. The Round of 32 is scheduled to have four match days, featuring four games each, starting July 26 and concluding August 10th.


FFA Cup Draw Preview

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Tomorrow afternoon the draw for the 2016 FFA Cup Round of 32 takes place in Sydney, with teams all across the country eagerly anticipating who they may draw. For the member federation clubs, it’s especially exciting to consider the possibility of hosting one of the ten A-League clubs at their ground.

For Brisbane Roar, the FFA Cup Round of 32 marks the start of the new campaign, with this game set to be the first competitive hit out of the 2016-17 season. In the two previous seasons, Brisbane have drawn away ties in the Round of 32, with a trip to Perth to take on Stirling Lions in 2014, before an all A-League tie against Western Sydney last year.

Throw in Brisbane’s round of 16 clash with Adelaide, and the Roar have played all three of their games in this competition on the road, yielding a return of one win and two defeats.

Brisbane however wont be the only side from Queensland represented in the draw, with perennial qualifiers Brisbane Strikers and Far North Queensland Heat once again navigating their way through the rounds to reach the national stage for the third consecutive year.

This time around they will be joined by a pair of newcomers, with Redlands United taking the second Brisbane Zone berth, while Surfers Paradise Apollo caused the shock of the qualifying rounds by beating Gold Coast City, South West Queensland Thunder and Sunshine Coast FC to reach the national round of 32.

For the five Queensland sides, and the remaining 27 from Australia –and New Zealand- all eyes now turn to the draw, however changes to the draw procedure throw things up in the air more than in previous seasons.

With the Roar finishing third in the A-League last season, in years gone by that would have guaranteed another game on the road against a member federation club, however with the FFA changing that rule it’s now possible they could draw an A-League opponent for the second straight year.

This year, the ten A-League clubs will be throw into one pot, with three all A-League ties, while four clubs will be drawn to play against member federation clubs. The other 18 member federation clubs not drawn to play an A-League side will be drawn in one of nine all member federation ties.

In the draw, each club has been issued a specific number which represents them, for Brisbane Roar that is number 2. Below is the full 2016 Round of 32 entry list, and accompanying draw number.

A-League
1) Adelaide United, 2) Brisbane Roar, 3) Central Coast Mariners, 4) Melbourne City, 5) Melbourne Victory, 6) Newcastle Jets, 7) Perth Glory, 8) Sydney FC, Wellington Phoenix, 10) Western Sydney Wanderers.

Member Federation
11) Bentleigh Greens (VIC), 12) Blacktown City (NSW), 13) Bonnyrigg White Eagles (NSW), 14) Brisbane Strikers (QLD), 15) Canberra Olympic (ACT), 16) Cockburn City (WA), 17) Devonport Strikers (TAS), 18) Edgeworth Eagles (NSW), 19) FNQ Heat (QLD), 20) Floreat Athena (WA), 21) Green Gully (VIC), 22) Hume City (VIC), 23)Lambton Jaffas (NSW), 24) Manly United (NSW), 25) Marconi Stallions (NSW), 26) Melbourne Knights (VIC), 27 MetroStars (SA), Redlands United (QLD), 29 Rovers Darwin FC (NT), 30) Surfers Paradise Apollo (QLD), 31) Sydney United (NSW), 32) Wollongong Wolves (NSW).

The order of the draw will be as follows
– 3 all A-League ties (6 teams)
– 9 all Member Federation ties (18 teams)
– 4 A-League v Member Federation ties (8 teams)

The draw will be broadcast live on Fox Sports News and live streamed on the FFA Cup website. Here’s hoping for a couple of home ties here in Brisbane for the Queensland teams, and hopefully a first ever home tie for the Roar should they draw an A-League side.


FFA Cup Round of 32 Preview- Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Brisbane Roar

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It’s been almost a month since Brisbane played their high profile friendly against Liverpool, and while they lost that game there was a lot to like about the way the roar played on the night. It’s now time however to put on a similar performance in the first competitive game of the season in the FFA Cup clash against the Wanderers.

So far Queensland sides have done well in the Cup, with Lions and Palm Beach advancing to the last 16 with wins over Croydon Kings and South Melbourne respectively, while the Strikers lost in extra time on the road in Victoria against Hume City. Queensland’s other representative in the last 16 from the local league’s, FNQ Heat of Cairns travel to Melbourne to face Oakleigh Cannons tonight, so best of luck to them.

Focusing on the Roar however, tonight’s game is Brisbane’s third in the competition, after they made it past Stirling Lions of WA at this stage last season before losing to Adelaide in the last 16 last year down in Adelaide. This also represents the third straight road game for the Roar in this competition, should they get through tonight a home game would be nice should they draw an A-League side.

Brisbane obviously go into this game short on match conditioning with just the Liverpool game under their belts, however improvement and progression on the performance against the Reds should be expected with an extra month of training under their belts. The off-field dramas of recent months could well play a factor, however for 90 minutes at least they need to put that out of their minds and put in a performance.

The starting line-up will likely be very similar to that which took the field against Liverpool with experienced trio Michael Theo, Jean Carlos Solórzano and Henrique all still out injured which presents another chance for the younger brigade. Matt McKay however is set to feature having returned to training after being rested from the Liverpool game, with Steven Lustica likely to be the unlucky man to make way. The one interesting area selection wise could be in the full-back roles, with Jerome Polenz likely to be pushing for a start, which could either see Jack Hingert dropped or shifted to the left hand side.

Brisbane Roar squad
1) Michael Theo, 3) Shane Stefanutto, 5) Corey Brown, 6) Jerome Polenz, 8) Steven Lustica, 9) Jamie Maclaren, 13) Jade North, 14) Daniel Bowles, 15) James Donachie, 16) Devante Clut, 17) Matt McKay, 18) Luke Brattan, 19) Jack Hingert, 20) Shannon Brady, 21) Jamie Young, 22) Thomas Broich, 23) Dimitri Petratos, 27) Mitchell Hore, 28) Brandon Borrello, 29) Patrick Theodore, 38) Cameron Crestani, 39) Tomislav Bilic, 40) Abrahim Yango.

Western Sydney are probably a bit further along in their preparations for the new season having had a pair of trial matches recently to tune up for this game, and they’ll be looking for a first ever win in the competition after being dumped out by Adelaide City at this stage a year ago. Their form in those trial games however was sketchy, with a 3-0 win over Mt. Druitt before losing to Central Coast 3-2 in Coffs Harbour on Friday.

Despite those games however, Tony Popovic is still bringing his squad together after making wholesale changes in the closed season with a couple of imports either yet to arrive or having just arrived. It’s unlikely that their new imports will feature in the game, but the hosts still have a good squad of players to choose from who will be desperate to rebound from a sub-par season domestically last time out.

Western Sydney Wanderers squad
1) Dean Bouzanis, 2) Shannon Cole, 3) Scott Jamieson, 4) Nikolai Topor-Stanley, 5) Brendan Hamill, 6) Mitch Nichols, 7) Romeo Castelen, 8) Dimas Delgado, 9) Federico Piovaccari, 11) Brendan Santalab, 12) Scott Neville, 14) Golgol Mebrahtu, 15) Kearyn Baccus, 16) Jaushua Sotirio, 17) Alberto Aguilar, 18) Andreau Guerao, 19) Mark Bridge, 20) Andrew Redmayne, 21) Jacob Pepper, 22) Jonathan Aspropotamitis, 23) Daniel Alessi, 33) Josh MacDonald, 36) Liam Youlley.

All-Time Record against Western Sydney Wanderers
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Tonight’s FFA Cup clash can be seen live on Fox Sports, with the game scheduled as the main game meaning we should see the majority, if not all of it. I believe there will also be a live stream on the Fox Sports website should they cut away to another game. Also don’t forget that Fields of Dream tonight will have a feature on the Roar. Fields to Dream airs at 6.30, pre-game from 7.00 with kick-off at 7.30pm.


Theo, Solorzano out of Cup Clash

Still Injured (Pic credits: Jono Searle)

Still Injured (Pic credits: Jono Searle)

Via Marco: Brisbane Roar are set to be without Goalkeeper Michael Theo and striker Jean Carlos Solórzano for next Tuesday’s FFA Cup Round of 32 clash with Western Sydney Wanderers down in Penrith. The duo both missed last months 2-1 loss to Liverpool.

Theo, who made just four competitive appearances last season due to a serious wrist injury is being left out, with the coaching staff opting for a more conservative approach in order to make sure he doesn’t re-injure the wrist. It’s likely that Theo will return to action via the pre-season games which were confirmed yesterday.

Solórzano meanwhile missed the Liverpool clash with a foot injury is far less certain to feature in the pre-season, while missing the first game is also a possibility.

Jamie Young will once again play in goals for the Roar, while new signing Jamie Maclaren will be expected to deliver the goals in the absence of Solórzano.

Brisbane’s young chargers will  also get another chance to impress on the big stage, with Young Roar goalkeeper Denver Crickmore likely to be seated on the bench for the clash. One of the club’s young forwards like Abrahim Yango, Shannon Brady or Nicholas D’Agostino are also likely to get their chance off the bench.