NPL Report: Plenty of positives for Young Roar

Young Roar Head Coach James Robinson says there are plenty of positives to take out of Saturday night’s entertaining 2-2 draw against Brisbane City.

The Roar Under 20 side, featuring three 16-year-olds in the starting lineup, were forced to settle for their first deadlock of the season following a match that featured an abundance of chances and could have gone either way.

The Young Roar took a one-goal lead into the second half after a dominant first period in which Mirza Muratovic and Bryce Bafford both found the back of the net at the end of two slick team moves.

Seiji Shizuno pulled the hosts level shortly after the break with a tap-in at the near post before the Young Roar weathered regular attacking forays from City, with goalkeeper Macklin Freke immense between the posts.

Robinson says his side’s reaction after going behind early in the first half, and then defending valiantly in the latter stages, was impressive.

“It was definitely a game of two halves. The response [after conceding early] was fantastic – seeing us dictate the play in the first half was great,” Robinson said post-match.

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“Credit to Brisbane City - they came out [in the second half], pressed us a bit higher, forced us into mistakes and then capitalised on it.

“We knew that they were going to come out like that in the second half, and we now need to be able to absorb that pressure and then expose our opponents. It’s another learning curve for us and they threw absolutely everything at us.”

The Young Roar managed to create a few chances of their own on the counter with Rahmat Akbari thundering a shot against the crossbar partway through the second half before Jyi Oakes also came close to finding a stoppage-time winner.

“You can take a lot of positives out of this performance and that’s what we’ll do – we know we need to keep improving, but a lot of great things happened against City,” Robinson continued.

“We countered really well and created some opportunities. We know we’re not going to dominate a game for the full 90 minutes, but we should be able to weather some storms, absorb pressure and get set ourselves. “

Moreton Bay United’s 3-2 triumph over Magpies Crusaders FC sees the Jets edge the Young Roar on goal difference in second place on the NPL Queensland ladder.

The Young Roar now face Brisbane Strikers at Perry Park on Saturday night (6pm KO).



National Premier Leagues Queensland Round 6: Brisbane City FC v Brisbane Roar FC Youth
Corporate Travel Management Stadium, Newmarket
Saturday, 10 March

Brisbane City FC 2 (Hugo 4', Shizuno 55')

Brisbane Roar FC Youth 2 (Muratovic 18', Bafford 29')

Half-time: 1-2