Brisbane Roar Youth have secured a 4-1 win in an intense PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland fixture against Moreton Bay United at Cleveland Showgrounds on Tuesday night.
The Young Roar controlled proceedings from the start and four first-half goals was enough for the side to record their fourth victory of the 2016 PS4 NPL QLD season.
Nick D'Agostino opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Joseph Champness was fouled in the area, before Jesse Daley doubled the Young Roar's advantage with an exquisitely struck free-kick.
Moreton Bay's Jordan Farina reduced the deficit to one from the spot following a foul on captain Scott Stewart before D'Agostino's second goal and a late first-half strike from Nicholas Panetta extended the Young Roar's lead to three goals at the break.
Intricate play between Young Roar captain Jesse Daley and Joseph Champness created a number of attacking opportunities throughout the first half, most notably in the lead-up to the penalty that lead to Brisbane's first goal.
Both defenses proved more difficult to break down in the second half, with chances few and far between for either side.
Moreton Bay increased their intensity after the break, but the Young Roar's strong defence ensured that keeper Tomislav Bilic was rarely threatened.
PHOTOS by ANDREW SHAW
Goals & Highlights
9': CHANCE ROAR: Jesse Daley whips a devilish free-kick from the left wing and it cannons out off the right upright.
13': GOAL ROAR: Joseph Champness is fouled in the area and referee points to the spot. Nick D'Agostino sends Bon Scott the wrong way from the ensuing penalty and puts the Young Roar in front. 1-0
18': YELLOW CARD MORETON BAY : Daley is brought down by a strong challenge from Scott Stewart which earns the Moreton Bay captain a yellow card.
22': GOAL ROAR : From an almost identical spot to where his effort hit the upright early in the game, Jesse Daley curls a beautifully hit free-kick into the top corner at the near post. 2-0
25': YELLOW CARD MORETON BAY: Alex Janovsky interferes with play as the Young Roar look to take a free-kick quickly.
28': CHANCE MORETON BAY: Janovsky breaks into the area but can't quite curl his shot inside the near post and finds the side of the net.
32:' GOAL MORETON BAY: Danny Kim fouls Scott Stewart at the top of the 18-yard box and Moreton Bay are awarded a penalty. Jordan Farina steps and finishes coolly. 2-1
42': GOAL ROAR: Jayden Prasad crosses in from the right-wing as D'Agostino breaks into the area. The Young Roar striker doesn't have to break stride and taps in from 5m. 3-1
45': GOAL ROAR: Nicholas Panetta receives the ball on the edge of the area before rounding a group of defenders and finishing into the roof of the net with his left foot. 4-1
48': YELLOW CARD ROAR: Cameron Crestani earns a yellow card for a strong challenge on Jordan Farina.
58': YELLOW CARD MORETON BAY: Crestani is fouled by half-time substitute Taiga Ishikura, earning him a caution.
85': YELLOW CARD MORETON BAY: Aaron Reardon receives a yellow card after fouling Taiga Ishikura with a strong sliding challenge.
The Young Roar's electric start saw them build a match-winning lead in the first half. Led by captain Jesse Daley, Brisbane's intricate passing, lightning quick ground-speed and pressure when closing down opposition players saw them dominate the opening stanza, finding the net four times.
Brisbane Roar Youth Coach JOSH MCCLOUGHAN : "I think the first 45 was some of the best stuff we've played this year.
"We worked really hard in the front third and it's probably the first time we've capitalised on all the opportunities we've created.
"They started to apply more pressure (in the second half) and credit to the boys because I still thought their reaction in transition and their press was outstanding and the intensity was really good for the whole 90 minutes.
"Tonight, when we got those opportunities, we took them and that puts you in a good place.
"As far as the boys are concerned, they're happy but not getting carried away as we've got another big game on Sunday and they're really looking forward to that one."
Moreton Bay United Coach DAVE HARRIS: "We were very poor tonight. I think we just didn't close to distances between us and the ball carrier, something that the Roar did very well and pressed us hard.
"They were camped in our defensive third for the majority of that first half.
"We've just got to get back to things we do really well and re-group. Tonight was just one of those nights."
The Young Roar return to Cleveland Showgrounds to play a rescheduled fixture against Redlands United FC on Sunday, 12 June (3pm KO) before travelling to Toowoomba Grammar School to face SWQ Thunder FC on Sunday, 19 June (2pm KO).
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland Round 13, Brisbane Roar Youth v Moreton Bay United FC, Cleveland Showgrounds, Tuesday, 7 June
Brisbane Roar FC Youth 4 (D'Agostino 13' p, 42', Daley 22', Panetta 45')
Moreton Bay United FC 1 (Farina 32' p)
Brisbane Roar FC Youth: 3.Cameron CRESTANI, 4.Mark RODIC, 9.Nicholas D'AGOSTINO (22. Dylan WENZEL-HALLS 81'), 11.Jayden PRASAD, 12.Joseph CHAMPNESS (7.Dane INGHAM 35'), 13.Connor O'TOOLE (2.Matthew SCHMIDT 78'), 15.Jesse DALEY, 18.Aaron REARDON, 20.Tomislav BILIC (gk), 23.Nicholas PANETTA, 24.Danny KIM
Unused substitutes: 1.Andre JANNESE (gk), 19.Daniel LECK
Yellow cards: Cameron CRESTANI 48', Aaron REARDON 86'
Red cards: Nil
Moreton Bay United FC: 1.Bon SCOTT (gk), 2.Reyze KELLY ( 15.Taiga ISHIKURA 46'), 3.Scott STEWART (c), 4.Matthew BYRNE, 6.Liam PREVITERA, 7.Jordan FARINA, 8.Matthew CAPELO (10.Joey MASUDA 63'), 11.Jackson HALL (12.Sebastian KALOS 46'), 13.Finn BEAKHURST, 14.Alex JANOVSKY, 19.Jacob MITCHELL
Unused substitutes: 16.Jacob FULLUCK, 20.Ryan ATKINS
Yellow cards: Scott STEWART 18, Alex JANOVSKY 25', Taiga ISHIKURA 63'
Red cards: Nil
Referee: Jason Crow; Assistant Referee 1: Zijad Ahtemovic; Assistant Referee 2: Ryan Mooney; Fourth Official: Daniel Olson