Battling Brisbane beaten to glory

Another battling performance by the Brisbane Roar Youth team has ended in heartbreak, going down 3-2 to Perth Glory at Clipsal Stadium.

Another battling performance by the Brisbane Roar Youth team has ended in heartbreak, going down 3-2 to Perth Glory at Clipsal Stadium.

Despite pegging the home side back twice in an entertaining second half, the Roar succumbed to some poor defensive errors to again be left without points despite deserving more from the contest.

The match was played in sweltering conditions with temperatures hovering in the high-30s for much of the contest, conditions in which concentration were to play a big part.

The first half was an evenly fought contest until Perth began to turn the screw on the young Brisbane side in the closing stages and were rewarded with the award of a penalty on the stroke of half time.

Big French striker Eugene Dadi stepped up to the spot and calmly dispatched his kick to give the Glory momentum heading into the break.

The advantage was short-lived however as the Roar, as is often the case, came out firing in the second stanza as Stefan Vrbesic restored parity two minutes after the restart.

Again the Glory pounced on a defensive error, this time Glen Trifirio profiting from the generosity of the Brisbane rearguard to restore the lead.

Brisbane again bounced back quickly as Josh McVey scored his fourth of the season with a thunderbolt from just outside the box.

Perth were not to be denied though and Ludovic Boi - the lone scorer for Perth when the sides met in Round 2 - threw himself at a Tom Amphlett cross, connecting with a diving header to secure the points for the home team.

A positive out of the match for first team coach Ange Postecoglou was Massimo Murdocca-s full shift as he creeps closer to a first Hyundai A-League appearance of the season.

Stand-in coach Ken Stead said he was pleased with the effort of his side, saying it was some of the best football the team had played all season.

“I thought we played very well in the first half, although I did give them a roasting at the break,” Stead said.

“In the second half we created enough chances to win three or four games, but there were too many bad defensive mistakes for my liking.”

Perth Glory 3 (Eugene DADI 45-, Glen TRIFIRO 47-, Ludovic BOI 64-) Brisbane Roar 2 (Stefan VRBESIC 47-, Joshua McVEY 56-)

Saturday, 5 December 2009 at Clipsal Stadium, Perth

Referee: Peter Chapman

Perth Glory Youth: 1.Alex PEARSON (gk), 2.Ryan PEARSON, 3.Steven HESKETH (c), 4.Sam MITCHINSON, 6.Dean EVANS, 7.Cameron EDWARDS, 8.Andrija JUKIC (OA) (14.Glen TRIFIRO 46-), 10.Million BUTSHIIRE, 11.Ludovic BOI (8.Andrija JUKIC (OA) 90-), 12.Jimmy DOWNEY (OA) (5. Josh RISDON 46-), 15.Eugene DADI (OA) (13.Tommy AMPHLETT 46-)

Substitutes not used: 20.Jason SALDARIS (gk)

Yellow Cards: Steve Hesketh 12-

Red Cards: Nil

Brisbane Roar Youth: 1.Matthew ACTON (gk), 2.Matthew BYRNE, 4.Michael RYAN, 5.Daniel BOWLES, 6.Tim SMITS (OA), 7.Massimo MURDOCCA (OA), 8.Isaka CERNAK, 11.Joshua McVEY, 12.Kenneth DOUGALL (3.Alistair QUINN 63-), 14.Bob MALCOLM (OA), 15.Anthony SCHIAVO (10.Stefan VRBESIC 46-)

Substitutes not used: 20.Luke MUIR (gk)

Yellow Cards: Isaka Cernak 44-, Joshua McVey 44-

Red Cards: Bob Malcolm 90+2-