Hyundai A-League - 2010/2011 - Season 6

Roar still looking
for cutting edge, consistency
By Andrew Demack

2010/2011 Hyundai A-League - Round 10
7.45pm Saturday, 16 October 2010 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane Roar FC 1
(Reinaldo 77’)
drew with
Newcastle United Jets FC 1
(og. Matt Smith 19')

(Photo linked from FFA site)

As Brisbane Roar commenced a three-game home stint, my fellow BOTN correspondent for Queensland asked me how many points the Roar would get out these games.

I said nine points. He was more realistic and said seven.

Unfortunately for me, in football there’s no measurement that counts, other than putting the ball in the back of the net. So although Brisbane Roar dominated their home game against Newcastle United Jets on Saturday night from start to finish, the scoreline at the final whistle was 1-1, which means a point apiece.

Newcastle should have been full of beans after the good news about the securing the financial future of the club. However, the side put out on the field on Saturday night was short on cohesion and drive, Ruben Zadkovich aside.

The Roar started brightly, with good passing between Kosta Barbarouses and Thomas Broich, leading to a shooting opportunity for Reinaldo in the second minute. However, the chance was on Reinaldo's left foot, and the resulting attempt was comical.

Newcastle quickly fell into a fairly defensive mindset, which can happen to visiting teams at Suncorp. By A-League standards, Brisbane are good at keeping the ball, and at regaining possession through a high-tempo hustle if they lose the ball. As a result, Newcastle struggled to get out of their own half.

Brisbane’s team balance, to my eyes at least, wasn’t quite right. Postecoglu gave a start to Mitch Nichols ahead of Massimo Murdocca. It is true that Nichols is much more of a goal-scoring threat than Murdocca, but in my view Murdocca’s passing, energy and movement are key ingredients to opening the game up for others to score.

In the first half, McKay, Broich and Barbarouses were all prominent in creative play, and I think having Murdocca there as well may have torn holes in Newcastle that they couldn’t easily repair.

Nichols is better suited at this stage of his career to making an impact off the bench, with his direct running and good eye for goal.

Brisbane’s best early chance came to Erik Paartalu in the 11th minute, who fed Barbarouses, who played it wide on the right to Susak. Susak’s ball into the box came perfectly to Paartalu, but his sidefooted shot was turned away by Ben Kennedy.

In the 14th minute, Thomas Broich – who had an outstanding game – was put into space on the left by Matt McKay. Broich beat the fullback Elrich, but crossed instead of shooting, and could not pick out a Roar team-mate.

Then disaster struck the home team in the 19th minute. Jeremy Brockie and Zadkovich combined, and Brockie got free down the left for Newcastle. His cross was perfect, low into the zone of uncertainty. Matt Smith, running back in the area, and Michael Theoklitos, coming out from his goal-line, failed to communicate. The result: Smith managed to clear the ball into his own net.

The result of the first half was a tale of Roar pressuring the Newcastle goal, making quite a few good chances, but failing to convert. Paartalu had a good shot around the wall from a free kick, and Broich might have done better with a good chance from a cross in the 39th minute, but Newcastle led at half-time.

The second half continued in the same vein, with Newcastle happy to concede corner after corner. Brisbane’s lead-up playing was coming from McKay and Stefanutto, from Broich and Barbarouses, but very little was getting through to Reinaldo.

Just before the hour mark, Nichols was injured in a tackle, and this was the trigger for Massimo Murdocca to make his entrance.

Still the pressure built and built, but Brisbane were unable to find the finishing touch. Newcastle’s defence denied time and space to their opponents, and Ben Kennedy was in good shot-stopping form.

It seemed that a set-piece would be the most likely way for Brisbane to score. And the commonest set-piece in this game was the corner.

In the 77th minute, Broich swung in yet another corner from the left. And finally, this time Reinaldo got to the ball quicker than Kennedy, who found his path blocked by Luke DeVere. The big Brazilian powered the header from all of five metres, and the scores were level.

Of course, Brisbane still had the better of the game, searching for the winner, but it never seemed all that likely. Broich was out on his feet, and even Matt McKay seemed short of running by the end.

So just a single point from the first of this trio of home games. Roar fans will be hoping their team, which plays such attractive football, can score early against the Mariners on Wednesday night. Because then both teams will have to play.

2010/2011 Hyundai A-League - Round 10
7.45pm Saturday, 16 October 2010 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane Roar FC 1
(Reinaldo 77’)

drew with
Newcastle United Jets FC 1
(og. Matt Smith 19')

    Crowd: 10,191


    Brisbane Roar FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2. Matt SMITH, 3. Luke DEVERE, 4. Shane STEFANUTTO, 6. Erik PAARTALU (14. Rocky VISCONTE 75’), 7. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 11. REINALDO,15. Matt McKAY (c), 17. Mitch NICHOLS (8. Massimo MURDOCCA 58’), 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Milan SUSAK (5. Ivan FRANJIC 68’)

    Substitutes not used: 20. Andrew Redmayne (rgk)

    Coach: Ange Postecoglou

    Yellow Cards: Milan SUSAK 39’, Shane STEFANUTTO 57’, Matt SMITH 66’
    Red Cards: Nil

    Newcastle Jets FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2. Taylor REGAN, 3. Adam D’APUZZO, 5. Ljubo MILICEVIC (c), 7. Kasey WEHRMAN 10. Ruben ZADKOVICH, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 14. Labinot HALITI (19. Ali ABBAS 63’), 15. Sean ROONEY (9. Zhang SHUO 72’), 16. Jeremy BROCKIE (17. Marcello FIORENTINI 83’), 18. Marko JESIC

    Substitutes not used: 40. Matthew NASH (rgk)

    Coach: Branko Culina

    Yellow Cards: Ruben Zadkovich 24’, Ljubo MILICEVIC 35’, Tarek ELRICH 54’, Kasey WEHRMAN 61'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Jarred Gillett 7/10
    Assistant referees: Denis Silk, Ashley Beecham; Fourth official: Matthew Gillett

    BOTN Player Points:
    3. Thomas Broich (BR)
    2. Matt McKay (BR)
    1. Ruben Zadkovich (NUJ)

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 8/10

    Match Report and ratings: by Andrew Demack

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