NPL QLD WRAP: Young Roar maintain top spot
Our ladder leading Young Roar continued their perfect start to the 2019 NPL QLD campaign with a 4-1 win over Redlands United at Cleveland Showgrounds on Friday night.
Shannon Brady opened the scoring in the seventh minute when he latched onto a Zach Duncan through ball and calmly finished past the onrushing keeper to put the Roar ahead.
Bryce Bafford doubled the visitors lead just three minutes later when he slotted home the rebound after the Redlands defence failed to adequately clear Mirza Muratovic’s initial effort.
Duncan grabbed his second assist of the night when he pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the Reds' penalty area before playing in Brandon McMorrow who made no mistake with the finish from a tight angle.
Muratovic bagged his third goal in as many weeks as he rounded out the scoring in stoppage time turning home Brady’s cross from close range with a first time finish.
The win leaves our Young Roar atop the NPL QLD standings, sitting on maximum points after three rounds of action.
They’ll look to continue their good form when they head to the Sunshine Coast to tackle the Fire at Kawana Western Precinct on Sunday (4pm KO).
The BRFC/QAS women also kicked off their NPLW Championship defence on Friday night going down 2-0 to Capalaba at John Fredericks Park.
A familiar face in Roar Westfield W-League star Abbey Lloyd, who’s signed with Capalaba for the 2019 NPLW season, marked her Bulldogs debut with a second-half goal.
The girls next travel down the M1 to take on Gold Coast United at Coplick Family Sports Park on Sunday (4pm KO).
Redlands United 1 (Kuboyama 27')
Brisbane Roar Youth 4 (Brady 7', Bafford 10', McMorrow 74', Muratovic 90+3')
Capalaba Bulldogs 3 (Lines 39, Lloyd 50, Couperus 77')