Brisbane stretch unbeaten streak
Brisbane Roar’s unbeaten start to the season has stretched to four matches following a 0-0 draw with the Newcastle Jets at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
Brisbane Roar-s unbeaten start to the season has stretched to four matches following a 0-0 draw with the Newcastle Jets at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
Brisbane were looking for a third consecutive win but had to settle for the draw despite playing against 10 men for the final 10 minutes of the match.
The result means Brisbane has kept a clean sheet in all four of its Hyundai A-League matches this season.
After an initial settling period in windy conditions, Brisbane began to gradually gain control of the game with their confident passing game coming to the fore.
However, it was the home side with the first effort on goal after eight minutes, when the Jets pounced on a loose ball in the middle of the park to break forward.
Michael Bridges found himself on the end of the move and after cutting across the edge of the box unloaded a shot on goal which Michael Theoklitos turned around the post.
Newcastle continued to look dangerous on the break, even with Brisbane controlling much of the possession.
The Jets threatened again a short time later with a very long range effort from a free-kick by Marco Jesic, but the strike went well wide of Theoklitos- goal.
Brisbane were getting balls into the Newcastle box, but couldn-t quite find that killer final pass to put a striker in on goal.
German midfielder Thomas Broich swung a tempting free-kick into the Jets- defensive area, but no Brisbane player was able to get onto the end of it.
Shane Stefanutto was harshly adjudged to have fouled Jesic on 31 minutes and the Jets player took the free-kick but it was gobbled up by Theoklitos.
Brisbane broke down the other end, Henrique this time lobbing the ball into the box towards Broich but the German waited for the ball to drop and Kasey Werhman snuck in to head the ball safely to Ben Kennedy in the Newcastle goal.
When Brisbane did find a body in the box, in this case Kosta Barbarouses, Newcastle had bodies in the way to block the efforts on goal.
The away side were beginning to turn the screws on the hosts, Matt McKay whipping another free-kick into the box, but again Brisbane couldn-t take advantage of the bouncing ball.
Newly-naturalised Australian Reinaldo had the first effort of the second stanza just after the restart, but his show was deflected wide by the Newcastle defence.
McKay was next to threaten a minute later when he spotted Kennedy off his line, but his shot from outside the box, following some good hassling work by Barbarouses, went over the bar.
Reinaldo went even closer on 52 minutes when he got onto the end of McKay corner, his attacking header crashed into the bar but bounced away from the line.
After a good opening to the second half by the away side, the Jets were the side who began to wrest control of proceedings.
Both defences were holding firm as the half wore on as both sides began to send more bodies forward in search of a vital goal.
Massimo Murdocca was introduced into the contest on 69 minutes as he replaced Reinaldo, who made a solid contribution in his second match back from injury.
Two minutes later and Brisbane were almost behind at Newcastle strung together passes across the Roar penalty area but the cross flashed across face of the goal eluded Jeremy Brockie on the far post.
Jean Carlos Solorzano was handed his debut by coach Ange Postecoglou, but it was Henrique who threatened to open the scoring with a well-struck left-foot shot from distance that whistled just past the post.
At the other end Theoklitos pulled off a fantastic save on his near post to deny Ali Abbas as the match began to open up.
Ruben Zadkovich was then given his marching orders by referee Kris Griffiths-Jones for a lunging tackle on Luke DeVere which earned him his second yellow card of the match.
Substitute Mitch Nichols came close to opening the scoring when he combined with Massimo Murdocca on the edge of the box, but his shot was well saved by Kennedy.
Broich then had a chance 30 seconds later, but unmarked on the edge of the box he pulled his shot wide of the goal.
In a frantic final 10 minutes, both teams continued to pour forward looking for the vital goal to take the points, with 10 seconds to go Erik Paartalu cut into the box on his left foot, but his shot summed up the match as it was easily dealt with by Kennedy.
Newcastle Jets 0 Brisbane Roar 0 EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3. Adam D-APUZZO, 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5. Ljubo MILICEVIC 6. Ben KANTAROVSKI (19. Ali ABBAS 68-) 7. Kasey WEHRMAN 8. Michael BRIDGES (c), 10. Ruben ZADKOVICH, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 16. Jeremy BROCKIE (13. Sasho PETROVSKI 82-), 18. Marko JESIC (9. Zhang SHOU 68-)
Substitutes not used: 40. Matthew NASH (gk)
Yellow cards: Ruben ZADKOVICH (30-, 81-), Tarek ELRICH (45-), Kasey WEHRMAN (75-)
Red cards: Ruben ZADKOVICH (81-)
Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2. Matt SMITH, 3. Luke DEVERE, 4. Shane STEFANUTTO, 6. Erik PAARTALU, 7. Kosta BARBAROUSES (9. Jean Carlos SOLORZANO 76-), 10. HENRIQUE (17. Mitch NICHOLS 84-), 11. REINALDO (8. Massimo MURDOCCA 69-), 15. Matt McKAY (c), 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Milan SUSAK
Substitutes not used: 20. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk)
Yellow cards: Erik PAARTALU (21-), Jean Carlos SOLORZANO (86-)
Red cards: Nil