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.


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 A-League Round 12 Match Preview- Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory


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Round 12 of the A-League and Brisbane Roar play their final home game for 2017 as Brisbane Roar take on Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium tonight.

Brisbane made a slow start on Sunday evening against the Victory and despite a second half fight back from the Roar, it was Melbourne who ran away with an important three points which propelled them back into the finals race.

The big story of the last week has been the continually growing injury crisis which sees nine players currently out with injuries as John Aloisi seeks to fight out reason for the lengthy list which has destabilised his squad so far this season.

The initial theory of the training ground being the root cause of the problem has been debunked however with independent experts coming in this week claiming the clubs Ballymore training base is up to standard, so the search for answers is now seemingly back at square one.

Injury Update
Michael Theo- Finger (2 weeks)
Avram Papadopoulos- Suspended (4 games)
Jade North- Groin (1 week)
Ivan Franjic- Quad (2 weeks)
Brett Holman- Knock (1 week)
Shannon Brady- Foot (TBC)
Eric Bautheac- Hamstring (6 weeks)

Recent Form– LDWLW
Top Scorer– Massimo Maccarone (5)

Team news
There is some relief from the injury crisis for John Aloisi with the return of Luke Devere from a knee injury along with attacking duo Corey Gameiro and Nick D’Agostino who both missed Sunday’s loss to Melbourne Victory. It wouldn’t be Brisbane Roar at the moment however if the injury list didn’t get a new name and the unfortunate player this week is Ivan Franjic, who is out with a quad injury which he picked up on Sunday evening.

Selection wise it’s likely that D’Agostino will return to the starting line-up in place of the injured Franjic, while Corey Brown could get his left full-back spot back from Connor O’Toole. Outside of that it’s unlikely that other changes would be made given the extensive injury list, however this could be a good time to give Massimo Maccarone a rest from the starting line-up.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI– Young, Hingert, Bowles, Pepper, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Skapetis, D’Agostino, Ben Khalfallah, Maccarone.
Substitutes– White, O’Toole, Oxborrow, Akbari, Gameiro.
Omitted- Devere, Leck.

The opposition
Perth Glory have seen a rather similar start to the season as the Roar, with a raft of injuries leading to inconsistent performances and a place just on the edge of the finals and playing catch-up as the halfway mark of the season arrives.

Perth’s form has been inconsistent this season however of their four wins, three were at home with Kenny Lowe’s side losing five of seven trips away from the west this season. Glory’s only win away from home this season was in November against City, with Perth 13 goals on the road this term.

At the weekend the Glory had a 1-0 win at home over Wellington Phoenix, with marquee Diego Castro capping another impressive performance securing the only goal of the game.

Recent Form– WLLWL
Top Scorer– Adam Taggart (3)

Team News
Andy Keogh is available for Kenny Lowe tonight after overcoming injury, as will Alex Grant who will strengthen a defence which has conceded more goals than anyone other than bottom placed Wellington this season. Young star Jacob Italiano is however out of tonight’s game as he concludes a transfer to German Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach, a path which former Brisbane attacker Kwame Yeboah took back in 2013.

Expected Perth Glory XI– Reddy, Walker, Grant, Lowry, Mills, Harold, Nichols, Wilson, Chianese, Castro, Keogh.
Substitutes– Feely, Poscoliero, Brimmer, Andreu, Knowles.
Omitted– Timmins, Mustafa.

All-Time Record against Perth Glory


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.

A-League Round 10 Recap- Stormy Stalemate on the Gold Coast


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Brisbane Roar (0)
Wellington Phoenix (0)
5,192 at CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast

Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix have shared the spoils in a dull stalemate on Saturday afternoon at CBUS Stadium on the Gold Coast. In the first A-League game back on the Coast since 2012, both sides struggled to create clear cut chances in a game of few highlights.

Massimo Maccarone had the best chances for Brisbane but couldn’t find the back of the net from close range, while former Roar duo Dario Vidosic and Andrija Kaluderovic had the best chances for the Phoenix.


32’ – First real chance of the game almost resulted in a penalty for the home side but Shaun Evans waved away the Brisbane protests as Corey Brown’s follow-up shot went over the bar.

35’- Eric Bautheac was played in by Matt McKay, however his low cross just evades Massimo Maccarone at the near post.

40’ Wellington had a string of excellent chances approaching the half time break, with Matthew Ridenton, Andrija Kaluderovic, Daniel Mullen and Dario Vidosic all denied by some excellent saves by Jamie Young.

52’ – Some neat work on the right side between Franjic and Hingert played the latter in, however his cross to the back post was headed over the bar by Maccarone when it seemed easier to score.

89’- Final chance of the game fell the way of Corey Gameiro after he was played in by D’Agostino, however Lewis Italiano stood tall to deny the Roar substitute.

Team News
Brisbane XI
– Young, Hingert, Bowles, Pepper, Brown, Caletti, McKay, Bautheac, D’Agostino, Franjic, Maccarone.
Substitutions– Oxborrow for Bautheac (41’), Gameiro for Caletti (66’), Skapetis for Franjic (71’)
Unused Substitutes– White, O’Toole.
Yellow Cards– D’Agostino (7’), Bowles (21’), Skapetis (86’), Gameiro (90+5’)
Red Cards– Nil.

Wellington XI– Italiano, Galloway, Mullen, Rossi, Doyle, Paracki, Ridenton, Rufer, Vidosic, Parkhouse, Kaluderovic.
Substitutions– None.
Unused Substitutes– Smith, Rogerson, Singh, Abbas, Watson.
Yellow Cards– Doyle (86’), Mullen (90+4’)
Red Cards– Nil.

Up next
Brisbane return to their real home next Sunday afternoon against fellow strugglers Melbourne Victory in a clash which both sides will be desperate to win as they try to keep up with the top six. What state the Suncorp Stadium playing surface is in following tonight’s concert however remains to be seen.

2017-18 Round 10 Match Preview- Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix


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After a hard fought and much needed win away from home last weekend, Brisbane return home for the holidays with a run of five home games in six weeks, a run which starts tomorrow at the ‘home away from home’ of CBUS Stadium on the Gold Coast against Wellington Phoenix.

Goals from striker Massimo Maccarone and substitute Ivan Franjic were enough to guarantee the three points for Brisbane on a rainy afternoon on the Gold Coast and the Roar will no doubt be looking to use that win as the catalyst for a resurgence as the season reaches the 1/3 complete mark.

Wellington for their part will be looking to bounce back after another disappointing second half fade out at home after they coughed up a 2-0 halftime lead to Melbourne Victory last Sunday, going on to lose 3-2 thanks to a late James Troisi goal.

This will be the second time these two sides have faced off down on the Coast, with the first of those meetings occurring back in 2011 with the game moved from Suncorp Stadium due to the floods which engulfed Brisbane in January of that year. Two late goals from James Meyer were enough to give Brisbane the win on that occasion.

Injury Update
Michael Theo- Finger (2 weeks)
Luke Devere- Knee (10 weeks)
Avram Papadopoulos- Suspended (6 weeks)
Jade North- Groin (1 week)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (2 weeks)
Brett Holman- Knock (1 week)
Shannon Brady- Foot (TBC)

Recent Form WLWDD

Top Scorer Massimo Maccarone (4)

Team news
John Aloisi is expected to be afforded a rare luxury this week by naming an unchanged starting XI after last weekends win over the Wanderers. That should mean another start for young attacking duo Peter Skapetis and Nick D’Agostino, which would mean the likes of Corey Brown and Ivan Franjic will have to be content with a place amongst the substitutes bench for another week. Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Jade North and Brett Holman are expected to return in the next couple of weeks to increase the competition for places in the matchday squad.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI- Young, Hingert, Pepper, Bowles, O’Toole, Caletti, McKay, Skapetis, D’Agostino, Bautheac, Maccarone.

Substitutes- White, Brown, Oxborrow, Franjic, Gameiro.

Omitted- Ingham, Ben Khalfallah.

The opposition
Wellington have been fast starters in the A-League this season including when these two sides met in Round 4, however they have also been unable to finish off their good work by allowing teams back into matches. All up this season Darije Kalezic’s side have coughed up seven points from winning positions in just nine rounds, which would see the Nix comfortably in the top six if they closed out the games.

Recent Form LLWLD

Top Scorer Andrija Kaluderovic (7)

Team News
Today’s sudden departure of marquee attacking midfielder Gui Finkler leaves a massive hole in the Phoenix line-up, which is exacerbated by injuries for Michael McGlinchey and Roy Krishna picked up in last weeks loss to the Victory. Those injuries however will provide an opportunity for others with Adam Parkhouse, Ali Abbas and Hamish Watson all set for extended playing time in future weeks, while academy graduates Sarpeet Singh and Logan Rogerson also stand a chance of getting minutes.

Expected Wellington Phoenix XI- Italiano, Mullen, Durante, Rossi, Doyle, Paracki, Ridenton, Abbas, Vidosic, Parkhouse, Kaluderovic.

Substitutes– Smith, Galloway, Rufer, Singh, Watson.

Omitted- Rogerson.

2017-18 Record v Wellington Phoenix
Round 4– Wellington Phoenix 3-3 Brisbane Roar

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brendan White will become the 137th player to represent Brisbane Roar if he makes his debut in this match.

All-Time Record against Wellington Phoenix


A-League Round 9 Preview- Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar

After last weeks disappointing showing against Sydney FC, Brisbane make their second successive trip to the Harbour City as they take on Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday evening.

John Aloisi will no doubt be hoping for more form his senior players in this game after they failed to fire against the defending Champions last week, and in truth for the first third of the season.

Western Sydney for their part are beginning to show signs of clicking under new boss Josep Gombau, who will no doubt be looking forward to his first home fixture as Wanderers boss after taking over last month.

Injury Update
Shannon Brady- Foot (TBC)
Luke Devere- Knee (10 weeks)
Brett Holman- Knock (1 week)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (2 weeks)
Jade North- Groin (1 week)
Avram Papadopoulos- Suspended (TBC*)
Michael Theo- Finger (2 weeks)

* The decision on how many games Papadopoulos would serve for his red card was reserved, with a decision expected to be made next week.

Recent Form– LWDDD

Top Scorer- Massimo Maccarone & Avram Papadopoulos (3)

Team news
The poorly timed suspension of Papadopoulos left Brisbane in a real hole at the back with all four central defenders unviable, however the unexpected return of Daniel Bowles after just two Youth League appearances is a blessing for John Aloisi.

As is the return of Corey Brown who has missed the last five games after picking up a hamstring injury at home to Newcastle in Round 3. Further forward the return of Peter Skapetis adds to Aloisi’ options, however that is offset by the news Brett Holman will miss out after picking up a knock last week.

Nick D’Agostino is likely to take his place in the starting side, with Corey Gameiro likely to return to the bench after his two goal effort on Sunday in the NYL.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI- Young, Hingert, Pepper, Bowles, Brown, Caletti, McKay, Ben Khalfallah, D’Agostino, Bautheac, Maccarone.
Substitutes- White, Franjic, Oxborrow, Skapetis, Gameiro.
Omitted- Ingham, O’Toole.

The opposition
As mentioned Western Sydney are starting to find their feet under new manager Josep Gombau, although like Brisbane they will be looking to bounce back from a defeat last weekend to Adelaide United.

That loss however has been the only one of the campaign to date for the Wanderers, with a succession of draws -Western Sydney have drawn five of their first seven games- hindering their progress so far in 2017-18.

Recent Form– LDDDD

Top Scorer
– Oriol Riera (4)

Team News
After Robert Cornthwaite was somewhat controversially sent off last week for a handball on the advice of the VAR Josep Gombau will need to reshuffle is defence, with Brendan Hamill and Jonathan Aspropotamitis in contention for a start at the heart of defence.

In addition to that forced change, it’s likely that Kearyn Baccus will return to the starting line-up for this game in place of Jacob Melling. Former Brisbane midfielder Steven Lustica will however not feature having played in the Youth League on Friday night against Sydney FC.

Expected Western Sydney Wanderers XI- Janjetovic, Risdon, Thwaite, Aspropotamitis, Llorente, Baccus, Bonevacia, Kusukami, Cejudo, Sotirio, Riera.
Substitutes- Hall, Hamill, Melling, Bridge, Santalab.
Omitted– Clisby, Lustica.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– ANZ Stadium will become the 34th venue Brisbane Roar have played a competitive game.

– So far in 2017-18, John Aloisi has utilised 25 players, with Daniel Bowles set to become the 26th in just 9 games (all comps). Last year Brisbane used 28 players in all comps.

– Brendan White will become the 137th player to represent Brisbane Roar if he makes his debut this weekend.

– Brisbane Roar are winless in their last 8 games away from home (all comps).

All-Time Record against Western Sydney Wanderers