2017-18 R13 A-League Recap- Veterans help Brisbane end 2017 on winning note.


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Adelaide United (1) Blackwood 69’
Brisbane Roar (2) Ben Khalfallah 33’, Maccarone 45+1’
At Coopers Stadium, Adelaide

Brisbane Roar have finished 2017 on a winning note with a gutsy 2-1 win away from home in Adelaide on Saturday afternoon. First half goals from Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Massimo Maccarone sent Brisbane on their way before club captain Matt McKay was sent off for lashing out at Nikola Mileusnic right before halftime in his 250th game for the Roar.

Adelaide continued to press hard for goals in the second half but despite controlling possession and territory the home side could only manage the one strike in response, with George Blackwood scoring from close range.  John Aloisi’ men had to dig deep in the second half to hold out the rampaging Reds side and it’s a win which could see Brisbane make a surge up the table in 2018.

Key moments
33’ (0-1) Despite being under pressure for the majority of proceedings, Brisbane got themselves a shock opener after Isaias’ slip allowed Fahid Ben Khalfallah in, and the winger rounded Paul Izzo before slotting the ball into the back of the net for his first goal for Brisbane.

45+1 (0-2) Brisbane doubled their lead in first half stoppage time after a Fahid Ben Khalfallah through ball found Massimo Maccarone and the Italian showed plenty of composure to chip the ball into the corner of the net.

45+2’ (Red Card) Right on the stroke of half time, Brisbane captain Matt McKay was shown a direct red card for lashing out at Nikola Mileusnic following a 50-50 challenge. Initially the referee gave McKay a yellow card upon the advice of his assistant, however after a VAR review the sanction was upgraded to a red card.

69’(1-2) Adelaide got themselves a lifeline with 20 minutes remaining after Nikola Mileusnic’ shot bounced back off the post to George Blackwood who had a tap in from close range with the keeper out of play

Team News
Brisbane XI
– Young, Hingert, Pepper, Devere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Ben Khalfallah, Akbari, Skapetis, Maccarone.
Substitutions- Oxborrow for Akbari (45’), Gameiro for Skapetis (68’), O’Toole for Maccarone (90’)
Unused Substitutes– White, Leck.
Yellow Cards– Brown (23’), Ben Khalfallah (71’).
Red Cards– McKay 45+2’.

Adelaide United XI– Izzo, Strain, Elsey, Gulum, Garuccio, Isaias, Konstandopoulos, Adlung, Kitto, Mileusnic, Blackwood.
Substitutions– Garuccio for Marrone (56’), Absalonsen for Konstandopoulos (56’), Regan for Gulum (81’).
Unused Substitutes– Margush, O’Doherty.
Yellow Cards– Gulum (1’).
Red Cards– Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
Matt McKay made his 250th appearance for Brisbane Roar in all competitions in today’s game.

– McKay was also sent off for the 6th time in his Brisbane Roar career, and for the third time against Adelaide United.

– McKay’s red card was Brisbane’s 30th in all competitions.

– Fahid Ben Khalfallah becomes the 75th different goalscorer for Brisbane Roar in today’s 2-1 win over Adelaide United.

Up next
Brisbane Roar return home to start 2018 in back to back games against the two Sydney clubs. Brisbane will face defending champions Sydney FC on January 8, however first up they will take on Western Sydney Wanderers on January 5th.


W-League R9 recap- Raso and Toby secure priceless win in Perth


Brisbane Roar (2) Raso 59’, Toby 66’
Perth Glory (0)
1,046 at Dorrien Gardens, Perth

Brisbane Roar will enter 2018 on top of the W-League table after an important 2-0 win away from home against Perth Glory in a top of the table clash at Dorrien Gardens. Second half goals from Hayley Raso and Allira Toby ensured it was a successful trip across the Nullarbor for Mel Andreatta’s side, who hold a two point advantage at the top of the table with five rounds of the season remaining.

58’ (0-1) Brisbane found the games opening goal just before the hour mark when the home side failed to clear their lines from a corner, and Hayley Raso was on hand to turn the ball into the back of the net.

66’ (0-2) A Katrina Gorry cross was turned home by striker Allira Toby to double Brisbane’s advantage.

Team News
Brisbane XI
– Arnold, Torpey, Polkinghorne, O’Brien, Pickett, Boureille, Gorry, Butt, Raso, Gielnik, Toby.
Substitutions- Lloyd for Toby (67’), Cheung for Gielnik (88’), Palmer for Pickett (90+2’).
Unused Substitutes– Worth.
Yellow Cards– Gorry (16’).
Red Cards– Nil.

Perth Glory XI– Maizels, S. Carroll, K. Carroll, Rigby, Frisbie, Stanton, Tabain, Rodriguez, Bolger, Billam, Hill.
Substitutions– Gibbons for Bolger (58’), May for Billam (68’).
Unused Substitutes– Aquino, Charalambous.
Yellow Cards– Nil.
Red Cards– Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brisbane remains unbeaten away from home in season 10 of the W-League, with four wins from four so far in 2017-18.

– Goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold has now picked up five clean sheets in the first eight games, the most for any Brisbane goalkeeper since Casey Dumont in season 3.

Up next
Brisbane Roar return home for their first game in 2018 or a home clash against Melbourne Victory who are coached by former Roar mentor Jeff Hopkins. The game is part of another double header with the A-League side, with the W-League game set to kick off at 4.20pm.

Meanwhile in the National Youth League Brisbane’s 2017-18 Conference A hopes have been dashed by a superior Melbourne City side earlier in the afternoon at Lanham Park in the Grange. A first half goal from Dylan Pierias sent the visitors on their way, before second half goals from Zachary Bates and Lucas Derrick rounded out a comprehensive win.

The result all but assures City of a spot in the Grand Final at the end of January, with the defending champions needing just three points from their remaining three games to secure the berth as Conference A Champions.

For the Roar it’s been a season of transition at the youth level, with many players making their first step up into the NYL and the injury crisis in the first team has seen many of the sides brightest talents withdrawn due to their services being required in the A-League. Despite the disappointing season results wise, it has been a good learning experience for what is an overall young playing group who figure to be pressing for a chance in the senior side over the next 12-18 months.

Brisbane Roar (0)
Melbourne City (3) Pierias 39’, Bates 52’, Derrick 82’
At Lanham Park, Grange

Up next
The Young Roar start 2018 away to Melbourne Victory on January 7th at Epping Stadium in a battle between the current 3rd and 4th placed sides in Conference A.

2017-18 A-League R12 Recap- Late sucker punch secures Glory for Perth

Brisbane Roar (1) Maccarone 38’
Perth Glory (2) Keogh 80’, Castro 82’
7,034 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

Brisbane Roar have rounded out their home 2017 schedule with a frustrating 2-1 loss at home to Perth Glory on Thursday night. Massimo Maccarone gave Brisbane the lead approaching half time before half time substitute Andy Keogh and Diego Castro combined to score twice in two minutes to steal the points away from home for the Glory.

38’ (1-0) A fantastic ball over the top from Fahid Ben Khalfallah found Massimo Maccarone making a run in behind the Glory defence and Brisbane’s marquee beat Reddy at the far post via a deflection to open the scoring.

80’ (1-1) Nick Feely’s long clearance over the top of the Roar side was picked up by Castro who managed to spring the offside trap before squaring the ball to Andy Keogh for a tap in.

82’ (1-2) Two minutes later Joseph Mills made a surging run down the left before crossing to Keogh, who returned the favour by teeing up Castro for the winner.

Team News
Brisbane XI– Young, Hingert, Pepper, Devere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Skapetis, D’Agostino, Ben Khalfallah, Maccarone.
Substitutions- Gameiro for Skapetis (61’), Oxborrow for Kristensen (80’), O’Toole for Devere (80’).
Unused Substitutes– White, Akbari.
Yellow Cards– Kristensen (50’), Gameiro (89’), Hingert (90+3’).
Red Cards– Nil.

Melbourne City XI– Reddy, Walker, Poscoliero, Lowry, Mills, Wilson, Andreu, Harold, Castro, Nichols, Knowles.
Substitutions– Keogh for Knowles (46’), Feely for Reddy (69’), Torres for Andreu (73’).
Unused Substitutes– Grant, Chianese.
Yellow Cards– Mills (61’), Walker (71’), Keogh (75’)
Red Cards– Nil.

Up next
Brisbane are away from home following the Christmas period with a trip to Adelaide United on December 30th in a game which will be important

2017-18 R7 W-League Recap- Roar go top with win over City


Top of the table at Christmas(Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Brisbane Roar (2) Toby 61’, Gorry 72’
Melbourne City (0)
3,204 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

Brisbane Roar have returned to the top of the W-League table after a 2-0 win over defending Champions Melbourne City. Second half goals from Allira Toby and Katrina Gorry were enough to secure a first win over Melbourne City in the W-League for the Roar in the biggest win of the season to date.

61’ (1-0) Brisbane opened the scoring just past the hour mark on the counter attack, with Clare Polkinghorne stepping in to dissolve a dangerous City attack by taking the ball from Jess Fishlock before playing a long ball over the top of the City attack. Allira Toby got on the end of the perfect ball from the Brisbane captain and lobbed over the stranded Lydia Williams to open the scoring and cap of a good piece of play.

72’ (2-0) Brisbane doubled their lead with 20 minutes to play as Katrina Gorry’s free kick beat everyone and wound up going into the back of the net at the far post.

Team News
Brisbane XI
– Arnold, Torpey, Polkinghorne, Pickett, Tathem, Boureille, Butt, Gorry, Raso, Gielnik, Cheung.
Substitutions- O’Brien for Tathem (56’), Toby for Cheung (60’), Norrie for Gielnik (81’).
Unused Substitutes– Worth.
Yellow Cards– Nil.
Red Cards– Nil.

Melbourne City XI– Williams, Stott, Barnes, Kennedy, Catley, Luik, Kinga, Fishlock, Hatch, Dobson, Simon.
Substitutions– Crummer for Simon (73’).
Unused Substitutes– Hudson, Vlajnic, Jackson.
Yellow Cards– Kennedy (55’).
Red Cards– Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– This was Brisbane’s first win over Melbourne City at the sixth attempt, with the defending W-League Champions winning the previous five encounters.

Up next
Brisbane will be top of the W-League table at Christmas as the league enters the final six rounds of the competition, with the Roar resuming festivities over in the West against Perth Glory on December 29th in a top two battle.

2017-18 A-League R11 Recap- Slow Start costs Brisbane


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Brisbane Roar (1) Maccarone 56’
Melbourne Victory (2) Williams 12’, Barbarouses 19’

Brisbane’s second half fight back fell short on Sunday night at Suncorp Stadium as Melbourne Victory picked up a vital three points between two sides who are in an unfamiliar place on the table. Early goals from Rhys Williams and Kosta Barbarouses got the Victory on their way, with Brisbane striker Massimo Maccarone getting a goal back for the hosts.

Early Victory dominance and Goalkeeping heroics
Melbourne Victory started the game in a customary strong way, controlling the opening exchanges and it was left to Jamie Young to deny Kosta Barbarouses and Jason Geria from close range and it was little surprise when Rhys Williams opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a strong header from Leroy George’s corner. George then linked up with Barbarouses to score a classic Victory counter attack which doubled the lead, and but for Jamie Young the score could have been greater going into the half time interval.

Disjoined Brisbane attack
For most of the season Brisbane have been searching for fluency in the front third and that was once again on display Sunday night with the Roar lacking cohesion going forward. On one of the rare occasions Brisbane found fluency, Matt McKay played in Massimo Maccarone for a 1v1 with Lawrence Thomas and he dinked the ball over the top of the keeper. The introduction of youngsters Rahmat Akbari and Daniel Leck added a spark to the front third, but it wasn’t enough.

Even more Injuries
Brisbane’s lengthy injury list has been in the spotlight this week and while there has been good news with the long awaited return of Thomas Kristensen, the list continues to grow with both Ivan Franjic and Peter Skapetis being withdrawn under injury concerns. Add to that the recent injuries to both Joe Caletti and Nick D’Agostino and it seems like a never ending run.

Youngsters get their chance
The upside of injuries is the chance for youngsters to make the breakthrough into the first team and the latest players to get their chance are Rahmat Akbari –who has had a taste of A-League action earlier in the season- and Daniel Leck who made his debut for the senior side off the bench. Both showed plenty to suggest they have a future in the game and with the injury situation seemingly worsening by the week there’s a good chance the duo may get another chance to impress on Thursday night against the Glory.

12’ (0-1) Victory opened the scoring after Rhys Williams rose highest to meet Leroy George’s corner and headed the ball into the top corner leaving Jamie Young with no chance.

19’ (0-2) Melbourne doubled their lead with a classic Victory counter attack with George finding space on the left and playing a perfect low cross over to Barbarouses on the right hand side of the penalty area who couldn’t miss from point blank range.

56’ (1-2) Brisbane Roar got themselves a lifeline after Matt McKay picked up the ball on the halfway line and played the ball in behind the defence for Massimo Maccarone to run onto, and the Roar’s marquee man dinked the ball over the onrushing Thomas to get a goal back for the home side.

Team News
Brisbane XI– Young, Hingert, Pepper, Bowles, O’Toole, McKay, Oxborrow, Franjic Skapetis, Ben Khalfallah, Maccarone.
Substitutions– Akbari for Franjic (60’), Kristensen for Oxborrow (64’), Leck for Skapetis (67’).
Unused Substitutes– White, Brown.
Yellow Cards- Franjic (27’), Bowles (81’)
Red Cards- Nil.

Melbourne Victory XI– Thomas, Geria, Deng, Williams, Broxham, Valeri, Sanchez, Troisi, George, Barbarouses, Berisha.
Substitutions- Nigro for Broxham (45’), Ingham for George (71’), Hope for Sanchez (89’).
Unused Substitutes– Acton, Theoharous.
Yellow Cards- Deng (55’), Thomas (91’).
Red Cards- Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Daniel Leck becomes the 137th player to represent Brisbane Roar in a competitive game. Leck also becomes the 27th different player used in the first team this season.

Up next
Brisbane Roar have little time to pick themselves up following this latest setback, with their final home game of 2017 on Thursday night against Perth Glory who had a much needed win at home against Wellington Phoenix on Saturday night.

NYL 2017-18 R5 Recap- Niyongabire brace sinks Young Roar

Brisbane Roar (1) Devere 41’
Adelaide United (4) Konstandopoulos 28’, Niyongabire 64’ & 90+2’, Irabona 66’
At Lanham Park, Grange Thistle

Brisbane Roar have suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Adelaide United on Saturday morning at Lanham Park in Round 5 of the National Youth League. A first half goal from Kristin Konstandopoulos got the Reds on their way before Luke Devere got a goal just before the half time for the home side capitalising on a period of dominance.

A double change at half time changed the game for the visitors with Pacifique Niyongabire and Aladin Irabona combining to score twice in five minutes to give Adelaide a comfortable 3-1 lead, before Niyongabire rounded out the scoring in stoppage time.

From the first team perspective both Luke Devere and Dane Ingham started the game with Devere playing 64 minutes in his return from injury with a massive knee brace on, while Ingham played the full 90 minutes at right back in his first playing time since going away with the New Zealand National Team back in early November.

Perhaps with a hint towards tomorrow, midfield duo Rahmat Akbari and Adam Sawyer were left out of today’s game, while Daniel Leck was withdrawn at half time after a brief chat with Aloisi. Given the injury concerns in the first team, it stands to reason that atleast one of the trio will feature in some capacity tomorrow.

28’ (0-1)
Adelaide midfielder Kristin Konstandopoulos opened the scoring for the visiting Adelaide side with a chip over Roar keeper Freke after a prior shot in the box was blocked.

41’ (1-1) Brisbane got their equaliser just before the half time break with Luke Devere scoring from close range from a second phase play at a short corner. 61’ (1-2) Half time substitute Niyongabire scores a tap in after a mix-up in the Brisbane backline.

64’ (1-3) Adelaide’s second half time substitute made it 3-1 just minutes later, scoring from close range following a counter attack.

90+2’ (1-4) Niyongabire scores a tidy second for the game late in second half stoppage time following a good run.

Team News Brisbane XI– Freke, Beakhurst, Reardon, DeVere, Trewin, Ingham, Bafford, Driver, Leck, Yoon, Muratovic.

Substitutions– Saint for Leck (46’), Wellsmore for Reardon (53’), Aloisi for Devere (66’).

Unused Substitutes- Griffiths.

Adelaide XI– Richards, Crout, Warland, D’Arrigo, L McCabe, K Konstandopoulos, Devereux, Armiento, H McCabe, Beric, Brook.

Substitutions– Niyongabire for Brook (46’), Irabona for Armiento (46’)

Unused Substitutes– Cook, Nunn.

Up next
The National Youth League breaks for the Christmas weekend before launching into the second half of the season with a home game against Melbourne City on December 29th and after today’s result the Young Roar will need a win in order to keep their hopes alive of a first Grand Final berth. Kick-off is at 4.30pm at Lanham Park.

W-League 17-18 R7 Recap- Gilliand hat-trick sinks Roar in Redcliffe

Brisbane Roar (0)
Newcastle Jets (3) Gilliand 16′, 31′ & 39′
1,282 at A.J Kelly Park, Redcliffe

Brisbane’s three game winning streak has come to an end with Newcastle Jets recording a 3-0 win in Redcliffe on Sunday afternoon.

A first half hat-trick from Arin Gilliand did the job for the Jets as they withstood a barrage of attacks from the Roar.

Try as they might however there was to be no way past Britt Ekerstrom in the Jets goal despite the best efforts of Brisbane’s star studded attack who h featured Emily Gielnik in the starting line-up for the first time this season.

16′ (0-1)- Mackenzie Arnold charged forward off her line, but her clearance only went as far as Arin Gilliand who found the empty net to open the scoring.

31 (0-2)- A swift counter attack down the left and Gilliand was on hand to score her -and the Jets- second of the game.

39 (0-3)- Gilliands third of the game arrived after an excellent through ball from Emily van Egmond found the winger, and she evaded the onrushing Arnold to complete the hat trick. Team news

Brisbane Roar XI– Arnold, Torpey, Polkinghorne, O’Brien, Pickett, Boureille, Gorry, Butt, Raso, Wai Ki Cheung, Gielnik.
Substitutions– Lloyd for Cheung (63′), Norrie for Butt (68′), Tathem for O’Brien (89′)
Unused Substitutes– Worth.
Yellow Cards– Polkinghorne
Red Cards– Nil.

Newcastle Jets XI– Eckerstrom, Orgill, Prior, Davis, Brewer, Huster, Wheeler, van Egmond, Kingsley, Stengel, Gilliland.
Substitutions– Vine for van Egmond (59′), Nenadovic for Kingsley (84′), Petratos for Orgill (92′)
Unused Substitutes- Coelho.
Yellow Cards– Nil.
Red Cards– Nil.

Up next
Brisbane Roar are at home one again in Round 8 of the W-League as they take on Melbourne City on Sunday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium as part of a W-League/A-League double header. Kick off is at 3.30pm.