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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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