Holman returns to net Brisbane the three points

Brisbane Roar (2) Borrello 22’, Holman 90+3’
Western Sydney Wanderers (1) Kusukami 32’
13,058 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

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Brett Holman has returned from injury and given Brisbane a vital three points at home on Saturday night to kick-start the clubs busy upcoming schedule. The attacking midfielder came off the bench to score the winner in stoppage time after Brandon Borrello’s opener was cancelled out by Jumpei Kusukami.

Goals
22’ (1-0) Brisbane took the lead midway through the first half after a Daniel Bowles cross from the left hand side, with the ball finding its way to Brandon Borrello at the back post to score the opener.

32’
(1-1) Western Sydney got themselves back into the game after winning the ball in midfield, with Baccus playing the ball out to Mitch Nichols, who drew the defender before playing in Kusukami who beat Theo at the far post.

90+3’ (2-1) With the game winding down, Brisbane got a throw in around the halfway line and after a neat flick from Arana set Holman into some space, and Brisbane’s returning no.10 shot went through the hands of Janjetovic and into the back of the net.

Selection
With Corey Brown suspended a change at the back was required and Aloisi opted to go with the obvious by giving Daniel Bowles his first start of the season at left back, after his cameo against Wellington.

The aforementioned Brett Holman made his first appearance after going off with injury against Sydney FC back in November, while Thomas Broich returned to the starting XI after a rest last week. With the busy schedule now here Tommy Oar was given a break, with the winger deployed off the bench.

Even first half
The first half was a rather even affair, with precious few chances for either side apart from the two goals. It was a half that was played, and aside from the two goals scored and a foul by Scott Neville which could have been more than the yellow it received, was a very even contest.

Roar chances
Throughout the second half Brisbane began to assert more pressure on the Wanderers goal with a succession of corners penning the visitors inside their 18 yard box. The best chance arguably fell to Jamie Maclaren who was sharply played in by Thomas Broich, but equally sharp was Janjetovic who rushed off his line to deny the striker. West Sydney’s best chance to secure the three points arrived late in the second half when Brendan Santalab’s shot was turned past the far post.

Controversy
There were plenty of controversial moments in the game with the first arriving midway through the first half when Scott Neville clipped the heels of Thomas Broich. The German attacker was in through on goal and with no defender between Broich and the keeper it could easily have been interpreted as an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

Neville was eventually dismissed in the 81st minute for a second bookable offence on Manuel Arana. There were also a number of penalty claims in the game, with Brendan Santalab having the best shout after the striker was seemingly dragged back by Daniel Bowles just minutes after entering the game as a second half substitute.

At the other end of the park Scott Neville was perhaps lucky to avoid a handball decision against him after a Tommy Oar corner struck the defenders hand. It would perhaps have been a harsh call, but one that has been given before.

Line-Ups
Brisbane XI-
Theo, Hingert, North, DeVere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Petratos, Borrello, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutions- Oar for Petratos (70’), Arana for Maclaren (80’), Holman for Kristensen (84’).
Unused Substitutes- Young, Pepper.
Yellow Cards- Borrello.
Red Cards- Nil.

Western Sydney XI- Janjetovic, Neville, Cornthwaite, Aspropotamitis, Clisby, Baccus, Dimas, Nichols, Kusukami, Sotirio, Scott.
Substitutions- Santalab for Scott (57’), Martinez for Kusukami (68’), Antonis for Nichols (77’).
Unused Substitutes- Tyson, Hamill.
Yellow Cards- Neville, Sotirio.
Red Cards- Neville.

Up next
This is just the start of Brisbane’s busy fixture schedule, with the next game in this run on Tuesday night in the AFC Champions League qualifier against Philippines Champion Global FC.


Late Maclaren goal nets Brisbane first win of 2017

Wellington Phoenix (0)
Brisbane Roar (1) Maclaren 87′
6,405 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington

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(Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images AsiaPac)

 

Goal
87’ (0-1) The only goal of the game came with just three minutes remaining when Brandon Borrello capitalised on a mistake from Andrew Durante, and the winger cut inside from the right hand side drawing the attention of Glen Moss before passing to Jamie Maclaren who had an empty net in front of him.

Selection
Despite the loss down in Melbourne last week John Aloisi elected to start with the same side which meant Jamie Maclaren remained on the bench for the second straight week, with Manuel Arana preferred. For Wellington the selection was equally straightforward, with Des Buckingham sticking with the same team which defeated Melbourne Victory midweek.

Chances
Brisbane started the game in a confident fashion controlling the possession but struggled to create clear cut chances, with Jack Hingert’s long range effort off the post the best of them. Roly Bonevacia then had Wellington’s best chance of the first half after an audacious flick around the defender just eluded him.

In the second half the chances dried up for both sides, with Wellington’ best chances arriving from set pieces , while Brandon Borrello going close before it was his cross which set up the winner.

Line-ups
Brisbane XI- Theo, Hingert, North, DeVere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Petratos, Borrello, Oar, Arana.
Substitutions- Maclaren for Arana (61’), Bowles for Brown (71’), Pepper for Petratos (90’)
Unused Substitutes- Young, D’Agostino.
Yellow Cards- Brown.
Red Cards- Nil.

Wellington XI- Moss, Tratt, Durante, Rossi, Doyle, Rodriguez, Lia, Bonevacia, Krishna, Barbarouses, Smeltz.
Substitutions- Finkler for Lia (56’), McGlinchey for Smeltz (56’), Watson for Krishna (89’)
Unused Substitutes- Italiano, Lowry.
Yellow Cards- Rossi, Tratt.
Red Cards- Nil.

Up next Brisbane return back to Brisbane for the first of three important home games which will go a long way to shaping how the season ends. An ACL qualifier against either Global FC or Tampines Rovers and a third and final regular season clash against Sydney FC await, although before that Brisbane will play Western Sydney on Saturday night.

A quick side note, Corey Brown’s second half yellow card means that he will be suspended for the Western Sydney clash due to a fifth yellow card.


Slow start costs Brisbane the points in Melbourne

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Melbourne Victory (3) Troisi 12, Rojas 17′, Berisha 26′ (p.k)
Brisbane Roar (2) Petratos 29′ O.G (Donachie) 42′
21,103 at AAMI Park, Melbourne

Brisbane Roar have failed to recover from a slow start as they slumped to a third straight defeat against Melbourne Victory on Friday night. Early goals to James Troisi, Marco Rojas and Besart Berisha invoked memories of the clash between the two sides at this time last season, before Brisbane made a comeback to enter the halftime break within touching distance.

A red card early in the second half to Besart Berisha for contact with the face of Luke DeVere –it looked a harsh call on the TV in truth- gave Brisbane a route back into the contest, however much like two weeks ago in Sydney the Roar struggled to create clear chances against ten men.

John Aloisi sprang a selection surprise with Jamie Maclaren and Thomas Broich dropped to the substitute’s bench, as Brandon Borrello started on the right wing and Manuel Arana started upfront. Arana struggled in what was just his second start of the season, with Maclaren’s potential impact off the bench negated by Victory’s defensive set-up after going down to ten men.

Goals
12’ (1-0) A free kick against Matt McKay on Besart Berisha, and James Troisi stepped up to curl his free-kick over the wall and into the top corner at the near post giving Michael Theo no chance.

17’ (2-0) Melbourne doubled their lead five minutes later after James Troisi beat two Brisbane defenders before whipping a cross-field ball to Marco Rojas, with Michael Theo misreading the cross leaving Rojas free to tap into an empty net.

27’ (3-0) Victory probably thought the game was over on the half hour mart after Besart Berisha was brought down by Luke DeVere, with the leagues all-time top goalscorer beating Michael Theo from the penalty spot.

30’ (3-1) Dimitri Petratos usurped the previous effort from Troisi with a stunning free kick from straight in front, sending Lawrence Thomas the wrong way and the ball into the top corner of the net.

41’ (3-2) Brisbane got right back into the contest after a Brandon Borrello cross was deflected into his own goal by James Donachie giving Brisbane a massive boost ahead of the half-time break.

Squads
Brisbane Roar– Theo, Hingert, North, DeVere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Borrello, Petratos, Oar, Arana.
Substitutes– Arana for Maclaren (57’), Kristensen for Broich (73’).
Unused Substitutes– Young, Bowles, Pepper.
Yellow Cards– North, DeVere.
Red Cards– Nil.

Melbourne Victory– Thomas, Geria, Ansell, Donachie, Broxham, Valeri, Bozanic, Troisi, Ben Khalfallah, Rojas, Berisha.
Substitutes– Georgievski for Geria (71’), Ingham for Rojas (81’), Ben Khalfallah for Austin (87’).
Unused Substitutes– Acton, Mahazi.
Yellow Cards– Troisi.
Red Cards– Berisha.

Up next- Brisbane’s two game road trip now sends them across the Tasman for a game Sunday week against Wellington Phoenix. The Nix will be playing their third straight home game in seven days in what is Brisbane’s only trip to New Zealand for the regular season.


Brisbane end 2016 with loss in Sydney

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Sydney FC (2) Brosque 36’, Ninkovic 63’
Brisbane Roar (0)
16,510 at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney.

Goals
36’ (1-0) Sydney opened the scoring 10 minutes before the break with a well crafted move resulting in Alex Brosque scoring against his former side.
62’ (2-0) The home side then doubled their advantage on the back of a Brisbane mistake as Milos Ninkovic found the back of the net.
Wasteful Brisbane
While it’s unfair to say that Brisbane were poor tonight and in truth showed they could trouble the league leaders, they were far too inefficient to get anything out of the game. Petratos, Maclaren and Borrello combined to spurn the Roars best chances, while Manuel Arana hit the crossbar with his effort. The fact that Brisbane failed to create one clear cut chance in the final 20 minutes against a 10 man Sydney side sums up Brisbane’s ability to create in the final third.

Strong Sydney While we are all lamenting the profligacy of Brisbane upfront today, we’ve got to give some credit to Sydney who put in another strong showing tonight which extended their unbeaten streak to 13 matches. The front four in particular for Sydney combine well and have a strong understanding, while Wilkinson and Jurman were comfortable at the other end of the park.

Despite that however, the Sky Blues did reconfirm their position as the most cynical side in the competition with 16 fouls and four cards picked up on the night from Shaun Evans. It’s not just the number however it’s the nature and context of the fouls which make them so cynical, mostly to stop counter attacks.

Brisbane XI- Theo, Hingert, North, DeVere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Petratos, Oar, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutions- Arana for Oar (56’), Borrello for Hingert (69’).
Unused Substitutes- Young, Bowles, Pepper.
Yellow Cards- Arana.
Red Cards- Nil.

Sydney XI- Vukovic, Grant, Wilkinson, Jurman, Zullo, Brillante, O’Neill, Holosko, Ninkovic, Brosque, Bobo.
Substitutions- Ibini for Holosko (63’), Simon for Bobo (79’), Ryall for Ninkovic (89’).
Unused Substitutes- Manos, Carney.
Yellow Cards- Brosque, Brillante, Zullo, Simon.
Red Cards- Brosque.

p Next Brisbane return home for a clash with 5th placed Newcastle Jets in the Saturday late afternoon game. Here’s hoping the playing surface at Suncorp Stadium is of similar standard to that of the Sydney Football Stadium tonight, which recovered well from back to back concerts earlier this month.

 


Brisbane unbeaten in 9 after win in Gosford

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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.

W-League
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′

 


Brisbane complete hat-trick of wins over Adelaide

Brisbane Roar (4) Kristensen 28′, 30′, Broich 55, Maclaren 85′ (P.K)
Adelaide United (0)

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Brisbane Roar have made it three wins out of three this weekend against Adelaide United, running out 4-0 winners in today’s clash which concluded round 10 of the A-League.

A brace from Thomas Kristensen gave Brisbane a 2-0 half time lead, before a Thomas Broich header and a penalty from Jamie Maclaren rounded out the scoring.

After an even opening to the match in which neither side were able to create clear goal scoring opportunities, it was Thomas Kristensen whose diving header from a Tommy Oar cross opened the scoring just shy of the half hour mark .

The two combined again moments later as a flowing counter attacking move was tucked away by the midfielder after a good cross from Oar found him at the near post.

There were suspicions of offside in the build up with Adelaide defenders believing that Tommy Oar was offside, although replays showed that the Brisbane winger was level with the last man.

Things went from bad to worse for Adelaide early in the second half when Tommy Oar got his second assist of the afternoon, with his free kick headed home by Thomas Broich who registered his first goal of the new season.

James Holland perhaps had the best chance for Adelaide to get a goal back, but his effort could only find the crossbar.

As the game was winding down Brisbane were gifted the chance of a fourth goal after Petratos’ shot hit the hand of former Brisbane flyer Henrique.

Jamie Maclaren the stepped up to dispatch the spot kick, sending the ball into the roof of giving Eugene Galekovic no chance.

A big talking point ahead of the game was the playing surface at Suncorp Stadium with the grass noticeably patchy at the northern end of the ground,  and although in truth it played well it’s not a good look for the league.

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It’s looked worse after a concert (Twitter/@marksurfers

Brisbane XI- Young, Hingert, North, DeVere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Oar, Petratos, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutions- Borrello for Broich (58’), Arana for Oar (70’), Bowles for Hingert (74’).
Unused substitutes- Bilic, Pepper.
Yellow Cards- DeVere.
Red Cards- Nil.

Adelaide XI- Galekovic, Elrich, La Rocca, McGowan, Garuccio, Makarounas, Holland, Carrusca, Henrique, Mileusnic, Guardiola.
Substitutes- Cirio for Makarounas (60’), Kitto for Mileusnic (60’), Mells for Carrusca (80’).
Unused Substitutes- Hall, Regan.
Yellow Cards- Makarounas, Elrich, Henrique.
Red Cards- Nil.

As mentioned at the start this makes it three wins from three this weekend for Brisbane Roar over Adelaide United, with both the National Youth League and W-League sides picking up 3-2 wins.

Both games were eerily similar with Brisbane running out to 3-0 leads before the visitors clawed their way back into the game.

In the NYL it was a Nick  D’Agostino brace in addition to a third from Joey Katebian in which secured the points, while in the W-League the goals came from Katrina Gorry, Tameka Butt and Allira Toby.

The results are important for both the Roar sitting 2nd in the Conference A NYL standings behind Melbourne City, while in the W-League they sit just two points from the top of the league.

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Good weekend all around (Twitter/DTD_Matt)

 


Brisbane escape with point in Western Sydney

Western Sydney Wanderers (1) Kusukami 56’
Brisbane Roar (1) Maclaren 18’ (p.k)
11,201 at Spotless Stadium, Sydney

Brisbane Roar have escaped Western Sydney tonight with a point after picking up their third straight draw of the season with a 1-1 draw tonight with the Wanderers. Jamie Maclaren’s 18th minute penalty was cancelled out by Jumpei Kusukami’ first goal in the A-League.

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(Mark Kolbe/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Goals
18’ (0-1) After a heavy touch trying to control a cross from Arana on the right hand side, Jamie Maclaren was clumsily brought down by goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson and referee Adam Fielding pointed to the spot. Maclaren picked himself up and blasted his penalty straight down the middle to open the scoring. The penalty itself was one of those classic 50-50 calls which in this case

56’ (1-1) Western Sydney started the second half in the ascendency and were rewarded for their play when Jack Clisby and Nico Martinez combined down the left hand side, with the left back squaring the ball across the face of goal for Jumpei Kusukami to slot home from close range.

The opening stages of the saw both sides have their chances, firstly with Mitch Nichols’ header going straight at Theo before Manuel Arana linked up neatly with Holman, whose chance was denied by Tyson.

After spending the week in the headlines for off-field reasons Jamie Maclaren found himself in the headlines once again, with the striker winning and then converting a penalty to put Brisbane into the lead. The strike is Maclaren’s 8th in 5 A-League games against Western Sydney for the Roar and his 23rd goal for Brisbane in 33 appearances.

Western Sydney were able to get into the ascendency early in the second half and made their dominance pay off with an equaliser from Kusukami, and probably should won the game as Nico Martinez and Brendon Santalab both going extremely close to a winner.

The final chance of the game fell to Dimitri Petratos, whose free kick was turned past the post by Tyson in goal for the Wanderers.

For the second week in a row Brisbane can thank Michael Theo for coming away from the game with a point, with the five time A-League winner making a string of important saves off the likes of Martinez, Nichols, Jumpei and Santalab. All up Brisbane’s #1 made 10 saves on the night and has justified the faith shown in him by Aloisi after his run of injuries in recent years.

At the other end of the park, Manuel Arana made his first start for Brisbane and while he faded before being substituted after an hour, in the first half he showed signs that has plenty to offer in future weeks, especially the linkup play for the Holman chance early on. While it’s fair to suggest that he switched off on their goal by not tracking Clisby’s overlapping run there’s also others you can point at later in the move, and overall he added to the way Brisbane were trying to play with his direct style.

Brisbane Roar- Theo, Hingert, DeVere, North, Brown, Pepper, McKay, Holman, Arana, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutions- Oar for Arana (63’), Petratos for Holman (73’).
Unused Substitutes- Young, Bowles, Konstandopoulos.
Yellow Cards- Pepper.
Red Cards- Nil.

Western Sydney Wanderers-  Tyson, Neville, Borda, Aspropotamitis, Clisby, Pinatares, Dimas, Nichols, Kusukami, Martine, Bulut.
Substitutions- Baccus for Pinatares (55’), Santalab for Bulut (70’), Lustica for Nichols (89’).
Unused Substitutes- Redmayne, Hamill.
Yellow Cards- Borda, Dimas, Bulut.
Red Cards- Nil.

Up next
Brisbane are halfway through a two game road trip and will be heading to Melbourne for the first time this season with a game against Melbourne City on Saturday night at AAMI Park. Having not beaten Melbourne City –the Heart- since Round 15 of the 2010-11 season, three points away is long overdue.