Brisbane Roar has played out a scoreless draw with Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Roar were unable to capitalise on chances created in a dominant first half but defended strongly in the second-half to pick up their first clean sheet of the season which pleased Head Coach John Aloisi.
“We dominated in the first half, created our chances and restricted them. In the second half, we didn’t keep the ball well enough and they had their opportunities," Aloisi said.
“I thought that both teams were desperate in their defending and to keep a clean sheet was important for us.”
The Roar controlled territory and possession during the opening 45 minutes and made most of the running, creating the better opportunities.
The home side created a handful of good chances for marquee striker Massimo Maccarone with the Italian going close to giving the Roar the lead on a number of occasions.
The combination between Brisbane’s four attackers had caused issues for the Mariners throughout the first half but it was Jack Hingert who joined in the foray, stinging the palms of Ben Kennedy with a well-hit volley early in the second stanza.
The Roar were forced to defend valiantly in the dying stages to hold on for its first clean sheet of the season, and they did just that.
Despite a last-gasp effort from Jade North following a corner, both sides were forced to settle for a point at Suncorp Stadium.
Goalkeeper Jamie Young was immense between the post in his 50th Hyundai A-League start for the Roar, making a number of crucial saves.
Frenchman Eric Bautheac (above) was also impressive in attack for the hosts and Aloisi says the winger will only get better with more Hyundai A-League experience.
“He was good and he is only going to get better, as is the understanding between him and his teammates. I know that he has a lot more left in him," Aloisi said.
STORY OF THE GAME
- Brisbane started brightly and carved a number of strong early chances, the best in the opening 20 minutes falling to Massimo Maccarone.
- The Glory had their best opportunity in the early stages of the second half but Jamie Young was on song to deny Daniel De Silva.
- Brisbane were forced to defend strongly in the final stages as the Mariners looked to attack on the counter. The home side had their fair share of opportunities however and were unlucky to not snatch a late win.
Brisbane Roar – Maccarone 9’
A curling cross from Eric Bautheac nearly opens the scoring as marquee striker Massimo Maccarone glances a header goalwards that is deftly saved by Kennedy.
Brisbane Roar – Maccarone 20’
Capitalising on a defensive blunder, Maccarone beats Kennedy with a looping shot but it glances just wide of the right post.
Central Coast Mariners – McGing 40’
Jamie Young parries Jake McGing’s header towards Antony Golec before the ball is cleared from danger by Jade North.
Central Coast Mariners – De Silva 50’
Jamie Young makes an impressive save to deny a curling shot from Daniel De Silva.
Brisbane Roar – North 90+3’
The Roar mount one final attack in the dying stages and a terrific corner from Fahid Ben Khalfallah pinpoints North in the middle and the defender is only denied by a reaction save from Kennedy.
Hyundai A-League 2017/18: Round 5 – Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Sunday, 5 November
Brisbane Roar 0
Central Coast Mariners 0