Brisbane beat Olympic
Brisbane Roar’s pre-season preparations continue to gain momentum with the side securing a 4-0 training match win over Brisbane Premier League side Olympic FC at Goodwin Park.
Brisbane Roar-s pre-season preparations continue to gain momentum with the side securing a 4-0 training match win over Brisbane Premier League side Olympic FC at Goodwin Park.
Four goals in the first half were enough to see off the spirited Olympic side, who pushed their professional counterparts for the entire contest.
In contrast to Brisbane-s first pre-season clash against Brisbane City two weeks ago, there was no sluggish start to the contest.
The Roar controlled possession early, looking particularly sharp in the attacking third of the pitch.
After eight minutes Brazilian winger Henrique opened the scoring with a spectacularly hit shot into the top corner following some good lead-up work by debutant Kosta Barbarouses.
The first half also included Brisbane Roar debuts for defender Matt Smith and goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos.
Nine minutes after the opening goal, Brisbane doubled the lead courtesy of midfield metronome Massimo Murdocca.
Reinaldo created the chance for Murdocca by deftly controlling a Matt McKay chip into the box, holding off an Olympic defender before rolling the ball into the path of the Roar midfielder to smash into the top of the net.
Olympic were not totally overrun however, and Reggie Davani created a chance for himself midway through the half when he pounced on a missed clearance by Murdocca, but his shot sailed over the bar.
With four minutes left before the break Barbarouses scored his first Roar goal, beating the offside trap and latching onto a long ball from the back to round the keeper and walk the ball into the net.
Again Olympic showed they were not overawed by their opponents, with Davani again on the end of some scrambled defending, but eventually heading a deflected Hyuk-Su Seo shot onto the top of the bar.
Reinaldo then rounded out the scoring on the stroke of half-time, clinically finishing a Mitch Nichols cross.
The second half provided no goals, but did give fans the opportunity to catch a glimpse of another debutant in German import Thomas Broich.
Despite still suffering the effects of jetlag, Broich showed plenty of promising skill, movement and passing to excite Brisbane fans.
The pre-season program continues next Tuesday with a Roar Roadshow training match against Peninsula Power at A.J. Kelly Park, Kippa-Ring.
Player appearances begin at 5.10pm, with game kick-off at 7.15pm.
Check out all the off the field action at the Brisbane Olympic Photo Gallery