Hyundai A-League - 2012/2013 - Season 8

Roar & Coast split the points
By Adrian Demack

2011/2012 Hyundai A-League - Round 19
7pm, Friday 1 February, 2103
at Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane Roar FC 2
(Besart Berisha 47', 69')
drew with
Central Coast Mariners FC 2
(Michael McGlinchey 8í, Daniel McBreen 80')

Brisbane and Central Coast have split the points at Suncorp tonight, finishing 2-2 with both teams dominating periods, but neither able to kill off the match.

The Mariners started well despite a make shift densive line up, with Sainsbury coming in at right back to cover the loss of the injured Bojic and Bozanic covering the ground usually trodden by Montgomery, out suspended for this encounter.

Brisbane also had changes, with Lustica and North both handed debuts as well as dynamic new loan signing Nijland on the bench. This meant Halloran was pushed to the bench and Donachie dropped all together, along side last weeks lone goal scorer Meyer, who must feel very hard done by.

But Halloran wasnít restricted to the bench for long, with Murdocca twisting his ankle in the early stages. But not before the Mariners made it count.

With Murdocca off the field and the substitution still not ready, the Coast broke against 10 with Sterjovski being released down the line. Whipping a dangerous ball in, Jurman could only manage to flail a foot out to stop it reaching McBreen.

This did however put it straight in the path of McGlinchey, who didnít need a second invitation to strike, smashing it past Theo to give the visitors the lead within 8 minutes.

The rest of the half consisted of niggly fouls, not-so-much fouls, and a lot of yellow cards. Lucien Laverdure finished the match with eight names in his book, in what one may call a lavish refereeing display.

But the teams werenít really doing anything, so someone had to make it interesting. It just wasnít gelling for the Roar and the Mariners seemed content to take this one at a cantor.

But that changed quickly in the opening minutes of the second stanza. Broich gathered a wayward corner, faked with his left and dinked with his right to Berisha at the near post, who in turn got the perfect direction on the header to level the scores.

It was the classic combination between the two, something that the Roar have desperately been missing this season, but when they do string them together, there isnít a defence in the competition that can cope.

This began a sustained period of pressure for the home side, and when Mulvey added new boy Nijland to the mix in the 64th minute, it seemed Brisbane had found another foil to play through.

During the week the 24 year old PSV player had told the media how keen he is to play as a central striker, but his telling contributions in this game were from the centre of the park, where he would turn away from pressure and release intelligent passes forward.

Such a pass came for the Roarís second, when Nijland sent Stefanutto into acres of space. The experienced left backís cross along the floor was met by the run of Berisha at the near post, beating Ryan and Zwaanswijk to turn it into the net. Brisbane had turned it around and were looking chalk and cheese from the team in the first half.

And then, they kind of just stopped.

Credit to the Mariners, you do get the feeling watching the Mariners that they are just an incredible machine. They donít have highs and lows, they are just a consistent surge, you can sometimes get above them, but you then have to keep it up for the full 90, because they donít stop and will eventually make you pay.

And this year the player doing it is a 35 year old who only scored twice all of last season, just for the extra layer of humiliation. Daniel McBreen is playing out of his skin, but his form isnít dipping. Every week heís lethal, every week itís perplexing as to where this player has been the last few seasons.

But heís here now and made Brisbane pay in the 80th minute. Following a set piece given away by North (who didnít have an outstanding debut and looked very very slow, even for the A-League) the Roar never managed to clear. In the ensuing chaos it bobbled out to McBreen at the top of the box, and you knew exactly where that ball was going to settle.

Brisbane tried to snatch the winner, but it was too little too late. So probably a fair result, but neither team will be too happy. The Mariners showed their remarkable consistency, and Brisbane showed some new flair to go with the old. Whether itís enough to make a meaningful drive to the finals remains to be seen.

2011/2012 Hyundai A-League - Round 19
7pm, Friday 1 February, 2103
at Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane Roar FC 2
(Besart Berisha 47', 69')
drew with
Central Coast Mariners FC 2
(Michael McGlinchey 8í, Daniel McBreen 80')

    Crowd: 10,604


    Brisbane Roar FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Michael Theo (gk), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 4. Matthew Jurman (19. Jack Hingert +46í), 5. Ivan Franjic, 13. Jade North, 8. Massimo Murdocca (11. Ben Halloran +9í), 17. Mitch Nichols, 18. Luke Brattan, 7. Besart Berisha, 14. Steven Lustica (9. Stefan Nijland +64í), 22. Thomas Broich
    Substitutes not used: 20. Matthew Acton (rgk)

    Coach: Mike Mulvey

    Yellow Cards: Besart Berisha 13í, Matt Jurman 30í, Steve Lustica 34í, Ivan Franjic 42í, Shane Stefanutto 83'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Central Coast Mariners FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Mathew Ryan (gk), 2. Daniel McBreen, 3. Joshua Rose, 5. Zachary Anderson, 6. Patrick Zwaanswijk, 7. John Hutchinson (c), 9. Bernie Ibini, 11. Oliver Bozanic (17. Anthony Caceres +60í), 14. Michael McGlinchey, 16. Trent Sainsbury (13. Brent Griffiths +90'+4), 21. Mile Sterjovski (19. Mitchell Duke +56í)
    Substitutes not used: 20. Justin Pasfield (rgk)

    Coach: Graham Arnold

    Yellow Cards: Oliver Bozanic 32í, Trent Sainsbury 55í, Michael McGlinchey 86í'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Lucien Laverdure 5/10
    Assistant referees: Brad Hobson, David Walsh; Fourth official: Matt Gillett

    BOTN Player Points:
    3. Michael McGlinchey (CCM)
    2. Besart Berisha (BR)
    1. Thomas Broich (BR)

    Pitch rating: 6/10

    Game rating: 7/10

    Match report, and ratings: By Adrian Demack

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