Hyundai A-League Season 6

Kosta tames Fury
By Nick Guoth

A-League 2010/2011 - Round 19
8:15pm, Saturday 18 December, 2010 - Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville

North Queensland Fury FC 0
lost to
Brisbane Roar FC 2
(Kosta Barbarouses 7’, 76')

(Photo - Linked from FFA web site)

Brisbane Roar continued on their winning ways with Kosta Barbarouses netting twice in the Hyundai A-League match against the North Queensland Fury at Dairy Famers Stadium in Townsville. The New Zealander striker played extremely well and deserved the goals.

The opening half commenced with both teams wary of the other. The fact that the Fury has been a team that the Roar were unable to break down in the past may have provided one reason. Yet, one bit of poor defending unlocked the stalemate at the early stages of the match.

Seven minutes into the half, Thomas Broich noticed Kosta Barbarouses making a run. He sent a ball in behind the defensive duo of Brad McDonald and Mark Hughes. The attacker was the first to react, rounded the stranded Justin Pasfield and passed the ball into the empty net.

It appeared that the house may fall down for the home team, yet they made sure that the home fans were to be entertained. Still, it was Brisbane who could have doubled the lead at the quarter hour mark. This time Ivan Franjic watched as his shot slid off the top of the crossbar.

That awoke the Fury and from that stage on, the Roar rarely got a look in. Working the ball as we have seen all too often by their opponents, the Fury increased their possession dominance significantly during the rest of the half.

First Panagiotis Nikas ran in unchallenged, but dragged his shot low and wide. Then Jason Spagnuolo got into the action.

Spagnuolo’s defelcted cross found Gareth Edds at the far post. The ball surprised the midfielder and the best he could do was attempt to chest it towards goal. Michael Theoklitos got himself into the right place and palmed the ball away.

Spagnuolo himself had a good chance, winning the ball folowing a poor clearance. He drove towards goal and sent in a low shot that Theoklitos had to palm away for a corner.

While Spagnuolo had moved from the central attacking role to the left wing, it was his partner down the left, McDonald, who sent in three superb crosses, none of which were put away as they should have.

The fact that these passes went unrewarded showed all truly that the Fury lack any real central attacking weapons and will struggle to find the net. Brisbane, though, have too many. One such, Barbarouses, rounded all of the defence before forcing Pasfield to make a good save.

The half terminated with the Fury still attacking, yet without and apparent leadership and thus without any success. Brisbane were happy to soak up the pressure and then use their strikers to finish off the Fury. Fury coach Franz Straka noted the same problem and brought on Chris Payne at half-time. The new striker was the tonic required and caused no end of problems for the Roar defence.

As early as the fifth minute, following an Edds shot deflected for a corner, headed the resultant spot kick by Ufuk Talay over the bar. The ex-Sydney striker was providing a different type of player for the Brisbane defenders to deal with.

The substitution had another strange effect. The flowing passing movements of the first half disappeared, possibly also the stifling conditions playing a part.

Meanwhile at the other end, Barbarouses was showing why he is one of the top attackers in the league. His run into the box early on in the period was not rewarded when he shot over, and his cross to Broich saw his teammate shoot just passed the far post, although Hughes got a touch to make sure.

As the two coaches played with their substitutes to alter the tactics, the game settled down with neither side gaining any ascendancy. If anything, Brisbane had the edge, especially with Jean Carlos Solorzano coming more into the game.

In the last quarter, it was the Roar who were creating long passing movements. One such finished with Solorzano sliding in a ball with Barbarouses glancing the ball wide.

Then the Roar struck. Again it was Barbarouses the punisher. Yet, the New Zealander was also the creator as he passed the ball to his captain, Matt McKay and then ran through the somewhat static defence.

McKay played a soft ball into the space and the striker was one on one with Pasfield. He waited for the keeper to start to drop when he slid the ball between the keeper’s legs and into the empty net.

Barbarouses nearly got his hatrick when put through again past the defence. He rounded the oncoming keeper this time but his shot from a wide nagle only found the side netting. The goal finished the Fury, even with the coach trying to gee up his players.

While the Fury were struggling to get into the match, the Roar were keen to make sure that the clean sheet was maintained. Even when a long inoccuous ball fell fortunately to David Williams, Luke Devere was on hand to clear when the Fury striker got passed Theoklitos.

With the finish to the match, the chances of North Queensland making the finals was less and less likely, while for Brisbane, Asian Champions League for 2012 becons.

The result means that Brisbane head into the big home match against the Gold Coast on Boxing Day now ten points clear of Adelaide United. They also extend their unbeaten streak to seventeen games, dating back to Round six and the match against Melbourne Victory.

A-League 2010/2011 - Round 19
8:15pm, Saturday 18 December, 2010 - Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville

North Queensland Fury FC 0
lost to
Brisbane Roar FC 2
(Kosta Barbarouses 7’, 76')

    Crowd: tba


    North Queensland Fury FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Justin Pasfield (gk), 3. Brad McDonald, 5. Mark Hughes, 6. Ufuk Talay (c), 7. Gareth Edds, 11. David Williams, 12. Panagiotis Nikas (9. Eugene Sseppuya +70’), 14. Chris Grossman (15. Chris Payne +46’), 16. Simon Storey, 21. Jason Spagnuolo (18. Brett Studman +58’), 24. Ramazan Tavsancioglu

    Substitutes not used: 28. Sebastian Usai (rgk)

    Coach: Franz Straka

    Yellow Cards: Brad McDonald 43’
    Red Cards: Nil

    Brisbane Roar FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Michael Theoklitos (gk), 2. Matt Smith, 3. Luke Devere, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paartalu, 7. Kosta Barbarouses, 9. Jean Carlos Solorzano, 15. Matt McKay (c), 17. Mitch Nichols (8. Massimo Murdocca +64’), 22. Thomas Broich (14. Rocky Visconte +78’), 23. Milan Susak (4. Shane Stefanutto +64’)

    Substitutes not used: 20. Andrew Redmayne (rgk)

    Coach: Ange Postecoglou

    Yellow Cards: Nil
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Peter Green 8/10
    Assistant referees: Nathan Macdonald, Daniel Jones; Fourth official: Graham Buzzi

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 8/10

    BOTN Player Points :

    3. Kosta Barbarouses (BR)
    2. Mitch Nichols (BR)
    1. Mark Hughes (NQF)

    Report by Nick Guoth

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