Maccarone brace completes second half comeback

Brisbane Roar (4) Skapetis 30’, D’Agostino 69’, Maccarone 75’ (p.k), 88’
Peninsula Power (2) Briggs 2’, Strickland 38’
At A.J. Kelly Park, Redcliffe.

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Brisbane Roar have made it two wins from two in their 2017 pre-season campaign after a second half fight back saw the Roar defeat Peninsula Power 4-2 in Redcliffe on Saturday afternoon. A second half brace from new marquee Massimo Maccarone on his debut, with Nick D’Agostino and trialist Peter Skapetis also getting on the scoreboard.

Goals
0-1 (3’) It was a dream start for the home side with Dean Briggs free-kick from 35 yards beating Tomislav Bilic on the near post to give the home side an early lead.

1-1 (30’) Brisbane got themselves back into the game on the half hour mark through trialist Peter Skapetis after a defensive mix-up from the Peninsula defenders.

2-1 (38’) Peninsula restored their goal advantage minutes before the half time interval after some good work down the right hand side saw Thomas Strickland strike home from the edge of the box.

2-2 (69’) With Massimo Maccarone waiting to make his entrance on the bench, Nick D’Agostino levelled the scores from close range after a Matt McKay cross.

2-3 (75’) After a handball from a Corey Brown cross, Brisbane’s marquee man stepped up to the spot to score his first goal in Brisbane’s colours, sending Jake Reesby the wrong way in the Power goal.

2-4 (88’) Massimo Maccarone scored a late goal for the Roar as he rounded the substitute keeper in goal for Power as he finished off a well worked move.

First half youngsters
Brisbane fielded two distinctly different sides with the first half featuring a large number of players from the Young Roar side getting an opportunity to impress John Aloisi ahead of the new season. Amongst that group were first team duo Luke Devere and Mitch Oxborrow, in addition to former QPR and Stoke City attacker Peter Skapetis who is currently trialling with the squad.

The 22 year old attacker player the first half of the game, floating around the front third of the pitch for the Roar and looked lively enough to suggest he has something to offer. Of the Young Roar players who got the chance to start the game, Emilio Martinez looked the sharpest, while Rahmat Akbari played an unfamiliar deep lying midfield role after spending the NPL season playing in a no.10 role behind Nathan Yoon.

Second half changes
John Aloisi made 11 changes at the half-time break and in doing so reverted back to a more familiar looking line-up as the first team players got their chance to tune up ahead of Wednesday’s FFA Cup tie against Melbourne Victory.

Similarly to the Lions game, Brisbane played a 3-6-1 formation once again, although this week there was a slight change on the right hand side with Jack Hingert spending the second half on the right side of the back three while Dane Ingham played the more advanced wing backs role. Joining Hingert and Jade North in the back three was Thomas Kristensen, with the central midfielder looking at home in the heart of defence.

Going forward Brisbane looked more dangerous in the second half, with Nick D’Agostino looking sharp upfront with a handful of chances before he ultimately found the net seconds before being replaced.

The departure of D’Agostino paved the way for Brisbane’s new marquee man Massimo Maccarone to enter the fray, and it took the former Italian international just five minutes to open his goalscoring account in what was a lively cameo.

Peninsula pressure
In one of the biggest weeks in Peninsula’s history, the Power got off to a flying start thanks to a Dean Briggs free-kick and the home side caused the Young Roar side all sorts of problems in the first half with their midfield intensity a feature.

After a busy week which saw Peninsula make their FFA Cup debut on Tuesday, the home side found things more difficult in the second half against a stronger Brisbane side, although the attacking duo of Charles Mendy and Dean Briggs still carved out a couple of chances, although a free-kick past the near post is as close as they came.

Brisbane Roar XI (First half) – Bilic, Wellsmore, DeVere, Harris, Leck, Oxborrow, Akbari, O’Toole, Martinez, Skapetis, Yoon.
Second half XI– Freke, Hingert, Kristensen, North, Ingham, Caletti, McKay, Brown, Holman, D’Agostino (70’), Brady.
Substitutes– Maccarone (70’).
Unused substitutes– Sawyer, Beakhurst.

Peninsula Power XI- Reesby, Carseldine, Boyd, Spiandorrello, Cunha, Hurlin, Bonotto, Basson, Strickland, Briggs, Mendy.

Up next
After a pair of pre-season hit-outs against Brisbane Premier League opposition, competitive football is back with Melbourne Victory making the trip north to take on Brisbane in the FFA Cup Round of 32 on Wednesday night at Perry Park.


Roar start pre-season on winning note

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.

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1 game down and already some silverware in the trophy cabinet.

Goals 1-0
(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.

Formation
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.