Roar Youth record win
A persistent Brisbane Roar Youth has been rewarded with three points at Ballymore Stadium courtesy of a 2-1 win over the Newcastle Jets.
A persistent Brisbane Roar Youth has been rewarded with three points at Ballymore Stadium courtesy of a 2-1 win.
The win enabled the young Roar side to secure back-to-back victories for the first time this season and they were forced to do it the hard way, coming from a goal down to grab the points.
Luke Brattan had the first opportunity of the match after four minutes when he tried to curl the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box, but he didn-t quiet have the elevation to beat Dion Shaw in the Newcastle goal.
A long clearance from the Jets defence almost brought the home side undone a minute later when Mirjan Pavlovic ran onto the long ball, but a perfectly timed tackle from Michael Ryan stopped him in his tracks and James Virgili blasted the loose ball over the bar.
Newcastle again went close a short time later when Pavlovic-s bustling run and lay off to Brodie Mooy opened up the Roar defence, but Mooy-s shot took a deflection on the way to goal and missed the target.
In an attacking opening to the game Tim Smits then skimmed the top of the crossbar with a perfectly timed header on the penalty spot from a Brattan corner.
Brisbane were maintaining excellent possession in the opening 20 minutes of the match, controlling the play with crisp , accurate passing.
However the direct Newcastle side were a danger and Ryan again had to be on his guard when Jesse Pinto was given too much space on the edge of the box.
The Roar defender-s intervention sent the ball over the bar rather than into the top corner it was headed.
From the resulting corner though, the Jets did take the lead when Pavlovic powerfully headed the ball into the Brisbane goal.
Newcastle were turning the screws on the hosts and Virgili blew a golden opportunity to double the lead on 32 minutes when he screwed his shot wide of the goal when one-on-one with Matt Acton in the Roar goal.
Brisbane began to work their way back into the contest with five minutes left in the half, but all they had to show for their efforts was a long-range Smits shot which drifted wide of the goal.
Antony Schiavo looked to get Brisbane back on with a shot which deflected just past the post after the restart following a neat one-two move with Smits on the edge of the box.
With neither side taking full control of the second period, opportunities were few and far between.
Pavlovic looked to double his tally on 58 minutes when he controlled well and turned in the box, but his shot dipped just over Acton-s goal.
Schiavo was then brought down right on the edge of the box when Scott Balderson grabbed his foot but Luke Brattan couldn-t make the most of the opportunity with the first shot hitting the wall and the strike off the rebound being dealt with by Shaw in the Jets goal.
Matt Acton was forced into a sharp save on 71 minutes and his teammates would have appreciated the effort after Smits drew the sides level two minutes later.
Daniel Bowles looped a ball into the Newcastle penalty area that the defence failed to deal with and Smits attacked the ball with purpose, heading home from close range.
Newcastle were bent on regaining the lead, putting Brisbane under enormous pressure and creating several chances, the best of which Virgili flashed just wide of the mark from a tough angle.
However, Brisbane were next to hit the front, Smits doubling his tally for the match.
The Roar striker won the possession on the edge of the box, shrugged off the Newcastle defence and launched the ball into the top corner.
There were nervous moments when the fourth official held the board aloft to indicate five added minutes at the end of the half, but the young Roar side maintained good possession to deny Newcastle the opportunity to take anything from the match.
Sunday 17 January 2010 Brisbane Roar 2 (Tim Smits 73-, 81-) Newcastle Jets 1 (Mirjan Pavlovic 21-) Ballymore Stadium, Herston Referee: Matthew Skinner
Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Matt ACTON (GK), 2. Matthew BYRNE (14. Albert EDWARD 61-), 3, Alistair QUINN, 4. Michael RYAN, 5. Daniel BOWLES, 6. Calum O-CONNELL (9. Tyler THURTELL 61-), 7. Luke BRATTAN, 10. Stefan VRBESIC, 12. Ken DOUGALL, 15. Antony SCHIAVO (8. Jordan FARINA 61-), 16. Tim SMITS (OA).
Substitutes not used: 20. Luke MUIR (GK)
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil
Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Dion SHAW, 2. Jon GRIFFITHS, 3. Mario SIMIC, 5. Scott BALDERSON, 6. Taylor REGAN, 7. William ANGEL (12. Matthew SIM 57-), 8. Brodie MOOY (4. Umut TOKDOGAN 61-), 9. James VIRGILI, 10. Mirjan PAVLOVIC, 11. Jesse PINTO, 13. Fabian IACOVELLI (14. Jason NAIDOVSKI 57-).
Substitutes not used: 20. Robbie KOLAK (GK).
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil