Brisbane Roar (2) Shannon Brady 60’, Rahmat Akbari 89’
Lions FC (0)
At Lions Stadium, Richlands
Brisbane Roar have won the inaugural heritage shield with a 2-0 win over Brisbane Premier League side Lions FC 2-0 last night in Richlands last night. Second half goals from Shannon Brady and Rahmat Akbari were enough to get the Roar’s pre-season campaign off to a winning note and avenge the 1-0 loss the last time the two clubs met in the 2013 pre-season.
(60’) Brisbane opened the scoring on the hour mark with some tidy combination play down the right hand side resulting in Jack Hingert’s cross being slotted home by Shannon Brady.
2-0 (89’) With referee Chris Beath all set to blow the full-time whistle, Emilio Martinez – a recent addition to the Young Roar squad- played an inch perfect through ball for Young Roar teammate Rahmat Akbari beating substitute Lions keeper Sam Long to secure the win.
The first major surprise of the night was noticeable right from the kick-off with John Aloisi sending his side out in an unfamiliar 3-4-3 shape as opposed to the 4-2-3-1 formation he utilised throughout all of last season.
The new looked formation saw Dane Ingham take up another new role on the right side of the back three, with Luke Devere central and Jade North on the left. That released both Jack Hingert and Corey Brown into more advanced wing back roles, with midfield pairing Matt McKay and Thomas Kristensen anchoring the midfield. Brett Holman and Shannon Brady provided the width on the right and left sides respectively, flanking young striker Nicholas D’Agostino who got the start up-front with marquee signing Massimo Maccarone watching on from the sidelines.
Lions pressure & penalty
With the Brisbane backline still adjusting to the new formation, the home side started strongly with striker Sekou Jomanday providing a handful for the Roar in the opening stages, firstly going down after a challenge from Luke Devere in the penalty area before sending his shot wide moments later.
That early pressure paid dividends for Lions in the 23rd minute when Henry Hore was brought down by Jade North in the penalty area. Brisbane custodian Michael Theo proved to be too good for Nathan Shepherd however, diving to his left to deny the Lions full-back the opening goal.
While the home side continued to work hard in the second half trying to force home an equaliser they found half time substitute Jamie Young as difficult to beat as Theo in the first half, with Shaun Carlos coming the closest when his shot hit the post.
Second half subs
As expected in these early pre-season games there was a string of second half substitutions made, with a mixture of players from the Young Roar set-up joined by a pair of trialists hoping to earn a position in the squad.
Former Newcastle and Perth midfielder Mitch Oxborrow, and Spanish winger Guillermo Torres both got around half an hour to press their case to John Aloisi for a more permanent spot in the Brisbane set-up.
Oxborrow, 22 was a bit part player with Perth Glory last season making five appearances for the club before he was released at the conclusion of the season. A return to Newcastle beckoned with the midfielder joining NPL NNSW side Broadmeadow Magic before being given an A-League lifeline by Brisbane last week as an injury replacement for Daniel Bowles.
Torres, 21, is a Spanish attacker who previously played youth team football in England with Bolton Wanderers. Both players looked handy enough, with Lions keeper Luke Borean denying Torres a goal after his point blank header was deflected over for a corner.
Of the young players who entered the fray, Rahmat Akbari and Emilio Martinez made the biggest impression, with the duo combining for the second goal in the dying stages of the game.
Akbari, who’s scored 4 goals in 18 games this season in the NPL and has been amongst the most impressive Roar players this season, while Martinez is a new arrival in the set-up having recently joined after a stint with the Western Sydney Wanderers. Martinez also is a graduate of the same competition which first gave Tom Rogic his breakthrough into the professional game.
Brisbane Roar- Theo, Ingham, Devere, North, Hingert, Kristensen, McKay, Brown, Holman, D’Agostino, Brady.
Substitutions- Young for Theo (46’), Reardon for North (46’), O’Toole for Brown (46’), Akbari for Holman (61’), Oxborrow for Kristensen (61’), Torres for D’Agostino (61’), Leck for Brady (61’), Martinez for McKay (61’), Sawyer for Devere (61’).
Unused Substitutes- Bilic, Yoon.
Lions FC- Borean, Thompson, Jarrad, Simic, Shepherd, Reardon, Carlos, Cokell, Davie, Hore, Jomanday.
Substitutions- Cosgrove for Cokell (46’), Piper for Reardon (51’), Exon-Taylor for Davie (51’), Kim for Simic (63’), Sargent for Thompson (63’), Gaffney for Carlos (73’), Diaz for Jomanday (73’), Rucker for Shepherd (80’), Smith for Jarrad (80’), Webster for Hore (80’), Long for Borean (80’).
Unused Substitutes- Nil
Up next– Pre-season action continues with another hit-out against BPL opposition in the form of Peninsula Power at A.J. Kelly Field in Redcliffe on Saturday August 5th.