Hyundai A-League - 2012/2013 - Season 8

Wanderers roam around
around around, and
come away with Suncorp win
By Andrew Demack

2012/2013 Hyundai A-League - Round 17
4pm, Sunday 20 January, 2013
at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane Roar FC 1
(Mitch Nicholls 22’)
lost to
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 2
(Mark Bridge 65’, Youssouf Hersi 69')

Western Sydney Wanderers, the team which made its A-League debut only a few short months ago, has taken the maximum nine points in its games against last season’s champions Brisbane Roar.

The visitors defeated Brisbane 2-1 at Suncorp Stadium tonight, scoring twice in the second to take a deserved win over a tiring home team. Mark Bridge and Youssof Hersi scored the goals, but it was a team performance, led from the back by Nikolai Toper-Stanley, and from midfield by Aaron Mooy.

Brisbane started the brighter of the two teams, and generally dominated the first half. The Roar had three forced changes to their side.

Want-away Erik Paartalu went away during the week. According to the Courier Mail, big Erik will pocket $1 million playing for Tianjin Teda in the Chinese Super League for the next two seasons. Captain Matt Smith was injured, and new signing Jade North was judged not yet ready, so Matt Jurman and James Donachie lined up as the new central defensive pairing.

Luke Brattan, for so long Paartalu’s understudy, got the call up to play the role in the first team, probably for the rest of the season.

And the new-look side started brightly. As requested by this writer, Broich was played in attack, with both Murdocca and Nichols starting in midfield. Brattan’s incisive passing was a factor in Brisbane’s bright start, and he was also a factor in the opening goal. An exchange of passes between Halloran and Berisha on the edge of the area and Brattan surged into the box, but lost the ball. The rebound fell kindly to the feet of Mitch Nichols, and he poached a goal better than Jamie Oliver poaches an egg.

That was in the 22nd minute, and it was reward for a positive start. Brisbane were quicker into the challenges than the Wanderers, and dominated both field position and possession. The one weakness it seemed for Brisbane was that on several occasions they couldn’t start a move by passing out from the back, with both Donachie and Jurman looked a bit too laboured in possession.

So despite plenty of ball, Brisbane did not make any other clear-cut chances in the first half. Toper-Stanley and Beauchamp both managed to block shots, and Ante Covic comfortably handled anything from outside the box.

Western Sydney started the second half like Tony Popovic had promised the whole team an upgrade to business class on the way home. Mooy was catching Broich in possession, Bridge and Haliti and Hersi were starting to cause problems for the Roar defence. And the Brisbane midfield of Nichols, Murdocca and Brattan was looking tired.

Mike Mulvey responded by bringing on George Lambadaridis for Brattan, who was playing his first game in the A-League this season.

But the next major action was the equalising goal. Wanderers right back Jerome Polenz received the ball in hectares of space on the right. Mitch Nichols’ attempt to close him down was half-hearted at best, and Polenz breezed past him with a stepover and a shimmy, and set up Mark Bridge for the shot from the edge of the box. Bridge’s shot was low and well-directed, but hardly lethal. Theo however failed to turn it away and only palmed it into the net.

Almost immediately the visitors took the lead, with a cleverly taken goal. Substitute Dino Kresinger challenged with Matt Jurman for a high ball. The flick on by Kresinger went towards Shinji Ono, who was clearly offside.

Ono realised his positioning problem and let the ball run. In the meantime Hersi had chased past the static Roar defence, and although Jurman scrambled back towards the goal, Youssof Hersi took his chance with quite some skill and decisiveness.

Decisiveness has been the missing characteristic in Brisbane Roar’s play this season, and Halloran and Broich both had moments of indecision in the second half which cost the Roar chances to score.

Mulvey brought on Julius Davies for his debut with the Roar for the last 10 minutes, and he looked a lively customer with plenty of skill when in possession.

Overall, this was a much better performance for Brisbane than the last couple of weeks, even though the result was a negative one. With Smith and North to play in the centre of defence, the chances of Brisbane having some sort of positive impact in the last few weeks of the season ... well those chances are supermodel slim by now, but everyone loves a supermodel, right?



2012/2013 Hyundai A-League - Round 17
4pm, Sunday 20 January, 2013
at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane Roar FC 1
(Mitch Nicholls 22’)
lost to
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 2
(Mark Bridge 65’, Youssouf Hersi 69')

    Crowd: 11,917

    MATCH STATS:

    Brisbane Roar FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Michael THEO (gk), 3. Shane STEFANUTTO (c), 4. Matt JURMAN (26. Corey BROWN 81’), 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 7. Besart BERISHA, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 11. Ben HALLORAN (12. Julius DAVIES 81’), 15. James DONACHIE, 17. Mitch NICHOLS, 18. Luke BRATTAN (25. George LAMBADARIDIS 54’), 22. Thomas BROICH

    Substitutes not used: 20. Matt ACTON (rgk)

    Coach: Mike Mulvey

    Yellow Cards: Besart BERISHA 70’, Shane STEFANUTTO 72’
    Red Cards: Nil

    Western Sydney Wanderers FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Ante COVIC (gk), 3. Adam D’APPUZZO, 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5. Michael BEAUCHAMP (c), 6. Jermone POLENZ, 7. Labinot HALITI (9. Dino KRESINGER 63’), 8. Mateo POLJAK, 10. Aaron MOOY, 17. Youssouf HERSI (18. Iacopo LA ROCCA 83’), 19. Mark BRIDGE, 21. Shinji ONO
    Substitutes not used: 2. Shannon COLE, 20. Jerrad TYSON (rgk)

    Coach: Tony Popovic

    Yellow Cards: Adam D’Appuzzo
    Red Cards: Nil


    Referee: Matt Gillett 7/10 (annoyed the crowd a couple of times, but got the big calls right)

    BOTN Player Points:
    > 3. Nikolai Topor-Stanley (WSW)
    2. Aaron Moy (WSW)
    1. Luke Brattan (BR)

    Pitch rating: 6/10 (some bare patches, looked a bit bumpy)

    Game rating: 7/10

    Match report and ratings: By Andrew Demack

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