The Young Roar played out an entertaining 2-2 draw against Redlands United at AJ Kelly Park last Sunday afternoon in the final match of the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland regular season.
Goals in the first half to captain Adam Sawyer and midfielder Rahmat Akbari had the Young Roar on top with a comfortable lead at half time.
Sawyer was dismissed early on in the second proceedings following a second yellow card, with the visitors taking full advantage of the extra man with Graham Fyfe and Feli Sheriff scoring to ensure last seasons champions shared the points.
Brisbane Roar Youth v Redlands United FC. Sunday, 20 August at AJ Kelly Park.
Brisbane Roar FC 2 (Sawyer 28’; Akbari 40’)
Redlands United 2 (Fyfe 67’; Sheriff 70’)
Half-time: 2 - 0
SEASON IN REVIEW
In a season with both highs and lows for James Robinson’s side, the young brigade of Brisbane Roar Football Club can hold their heads up high following a year that brought invaluable experience and countless learning opportunities.
The benefits of competing in Queensland's premier club football competition has not only helped the squad develop, but continues to provide a pathway for footballers in Brisbane and throughout the state to progress to the next level.
For the Young Roar, the emergence of a handful of youngsters remains the highlight of the season for the PS4NPLQLD side.
2017 has seen individual and collective improvement from the young brigade and saw a number of players transitioning to, or being given opportunities in Brisbane’s Hyundai A-League side.
Dane Ingham and Emilio Martinez have recently signed playing contracts with Head Coach John Aloisi’s senior squad, while Rahmat Akbari, Aaron Reardon, Daniel Leck and Adam Sawyer have all featured in Orange during the 2017/18 Hyundai A-League pre-season.
The Young Roar's exciting attacking brand of football presented the players in the final third with plenty of opportunities. Striker Nathan Yoon showed a keen eye for goal throughout the season with the forward finishing as Brisbane's leading marksman with 10 goals to his name.
With the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland season drawing to a close, the next focus for James Robinson's squad is the Foxtel National Youth League competition beginning in late 2017.
The Young Roar can look back at what has been this season with optimism and now prepare for what is to come.
One thing is for sure; the future is bright for the next generation of footballers at Brisbane Roar Football Club.