Late strike earns Roar a point in Melbourne
Brisbane Roar has played out an enthralling 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.
The Roar showed terrific character and put in an outstanding effort to regather after falling behind to a Besart Berisha goal late in the second half with an 84th minute Brett Holman strike ensuring Brisbane took a point out of a tightly-fought contest.
Head Coach John Aloisi was proud of his side's character to bounce back after conceding late in the match.
"This game showed that we’ve got a lot of depth because we have a lot of players out for various reasons and we lost two more in the lead-up to the game," Aloisi said.
"It shows that we have great character, this team never gives up. We will keep on fighting and improving. This team still has a lot to offer the season."
Brisbane began brightly and looked dangerous heading into attack with the best chances of the opening half falling to Avram Papadopoulos and Nick D'Agostino only minutes apart.
That attacking endeavour didn't ease in the second-half with the Roar making regular forays into the attacking third while defending valiantly at the other end of the park.
The late introduction of teenager Adam Sawyer saw him become the latest in a long line of Roar players to make their Hyundai A-League debut in the opening six matches of the season after Connor O'Toole also made his debut as part of the starting XI.
"Connor is a very talented left-footer and they are hard to come by. I thought he was outstanding, he was aggressive on the ball and calm in defence," Aloisi said.
"Adam Sawyer also got a taste of the action and we had four teenagers on the park tonight which is great for them and the football club."
The Roar return home to Suncorp Stadium on Friday, 17 November to face Melbourne City. Kick-off 6:50pm local QLD time.
STORY OF THE GAME
- Brisbane began brightly and looked dangerous heading into attack with the best chances of the opening half falling to Avram Papadopoulos and Nick D'Agostino.
- Eric Bautheac's left foot was proving to be a lethal tool from the wing with the French attacker whipping in regular threatening crosses.
- The game's two goals, the first through Victory striker Besart Berisha and the second from the feet of Brett Holman, came within five minutes of eachother in the late stages of the second half.
- The Roar fielded two Hyundai A-League debutants as well as four teenagers through the 90 minutes.
- Jacob Pepper is now one match away from his 100th Hyundai A-League appearance after a strong performance in the centre of defence.
Melbourne Victory - Berisha 79' - 1-0
The Roar can't fully clear the danger and Leroy George plays a through ball to Besart Berisha who finishes from close range.
Brisbane Roar - Holman 84' - 1-1
Jack Hingert attacks the ball at speed and races towards the byline before sliding a low ball to the goalmouth which Brett Holman taps home.
Hyundai A-League 2017/18: Round 6 - Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar
Saturday, 11 November
Melbourne Victory 1 (Berisha 79')
Brisbane Roar 1 (Holman 84')