National Youth League - 2009/2010 - Season 2

Brisbane gains some respect in bottom of table clash at AIS
By Nick Guoth

2009/2010 National Youth League - Round 18
3:00pm, Saturday 2 January, 2010
at AIS Athletic Track, Canberra

Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) 0
lost to
Brisbane Roar FC 2
(Isaka Cernak 14', 55')

(Eli Babalj, Matt Mundy, and Kenneth Dougall)

The Brisbane Roar attained their third win of the season following a two-nil victory in warm conditions at the AIS Athletic Track. The result still leaves Brisbane sitting second last in the league.

The AIS commenced the game, as they have too often in the past, having conceded an early goal. Although the AIS provided the opening salvo of the game when Terry Antonis volleyed wide, it was at the other end that the damage was done.

Some poor defending at the edge of the penalty area allowed Timothy Smits to slide the ball in to Isaka Cernak. With only Aaron Lennox, the AIS goalkeeper, to beat, the forward rounded his opponent and slid the ball into the empty net.

The goal did little to encourage the AIS to attack, as they continued to play the ball around at the back and send long balls to the wings. Unfortunately, their defence had a habit of finding the opponents as well.

At the other end, one of Roar's four over-age players Smits sent a cracker of a shot from 30m out that bounced off the cross-bar and up into the air. Lennox, although beaten by the original shot, recovered to tip the falling ball over the bar for a corner.

Lennox was called into action again with ten minutes left of the period, saving at the feet of Kenneth Dougall. When the ball spilled to Antony Schiavo, the Roar player failed to find the target with the goal begging.

The play of the game did not alter much in the second period, with Cernak again adding his name to the score card early in the period. Just ten minutes following the break Luke Bratten sent a long ball from half-way over the defence for Cernak to run on to. He faced Lennox and slid the ball just inside the far post.

The AIS did have the ball in the net when Antonis pounced on a rebound from a stinging Marc Warren shot. Unfortunately, Antonis was ruled to be in an offside position at the time of Warren's shot.

It was a small respite for the AIS as Brisbane continued to attack in waves. From a freekick outside of the box, Stefan Vrbesic found the crossbar, the ball rebounding back into play and cleared.

AIS probably had the final chance of the game with just over ten minutes left. Eli Babalj, who has apparantely signed with the new Melbourne franchise, got behind the defence and ran on towards goal. His shot, was less impressive, sliding past the left upright.

Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) 0
lost to
Brisbane Roar FC 2
(Isaka Cernak 14', 55')

    Crowd: 150


    AIS :
    Player listing: 20. Aaron Lennox (gk), 4. Marc Warren, 5. Sam Gallaway, 6. Patrick Dixon, 7. Terry Antonis, 8. Eli Babalj, 10. Nikola Stanojevic (c), 11. Christopher Bush, 13. Kamal Ibrahim (26. Aaron Paterson +59'), 19. Curtis Good (17. Kevin Dawson +46'), 22. Jake Barker-Daish (24. Scott Mellish +59')

    Substitutes not used: 30. Lachlan Tibbles (rgk)

    Coach: Jan Versleijen

    Yellow Cards: Aaron Paterson 75'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Brisbane Roar FC :
    Player listing: 1 Matt Ham (OA) (rgk), 3. Alistair Quinn (8. Jordan Farina +60'), 4. Michael Ryan, 5. Daniel Bowles (c), 6. Matthew Mundy (OA), 7. Luke Bratten, 12. Kenneth Dougall, 13. Isaka Cernak, 14. Andrew Packer (OA) (2. Matthew Byrne +60'), 15. Antony Schiavo (10. Stefan Vrbesic +60'), 16 Timothy Smits (OA)

    Substitutes not used: 20. Luke Muir (gk)

    Coach: Rado Vidosic

    Yellow Cards: Isaka Cernak 20'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Kris Griffith-Jones tba/10
    Assistant Referees: Alyson Flynn, Christian Mehl; Fourth Official: Brett Woodford

    BOTN players to watch:
    3. Isaka Cernak (BR), 2. Luke Bratten (BR), 1. Terry Antonis (AIS)

    Ground rating: tba/10
    Game rating: tba/10

    Match Report and ratings, and photos: Nick Guoth

(Andrew Packer turns with Chris Bush chasing)

(Nikola Stanojevic Iskaka Cernak Antony Sciarvo)

(Michael Ryan skips past Kamal Ibrahim)

(Chris Bush and Andrew Packer)

(Michael Ryan leaps over Chris Bush)

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