Hyundai A-League - 2011/2012 - Season 8

Everything you want from a Sydney visit
By Adrian Demack

2012/2013 Hyundai A-League - Round 7
7:00pm, Friday 16 November, 2012
at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane Roar FC 4
(Thomas Broich 30', Erik Paartalu 33', Ben Halloran 44, Besart Berisha 57')
Sydney FC 2
(Allessandro del Piero 42', 49')

Great game, everything you want from a Sydney trip, ADP goals and 3 points.

Brisbane have weathered the Del Piero Storm in another goal-fest for both teams, the Roar coming out 4-2 winners in front of 22,970 fans at Suncorp Stadium.

Del Piero’s brace kept Sydney in the chase, but Brisbane were back in their attacking rhythm with Broich pulling the strings and Berisha scoring a contender for goal of the season.

Both sides were coming off horror starts to the season, Sydney’s culminating in the resignation of coach Ian Crook, Brisbane’s leaving the back-to-back champs bottom of the table after 6 games.

There were changes in both starting eleven’s, notably ex-Sydney player Jurman dropped to the bench for the Roar with Franjic sliding into centre-half and Hingert starting at right back.

Brisbane started strongly, holding the ball well and probing. They finished the game with 66% possession, but were even stronger than that in the opening exchanges.

The break through came on the half hour when the Roar were awarded a free 35 out on the left flank. Broich stood over the ball looking to curl it onto the head of a big man in the middle.

Delivering a great ball, it floated past, well, everyone, and settled in the back of the net. The pack was always looking to get a touch, and Necevski was waiting for it but it never came and landed past him in the goal.

Just three minutes later the Roar broke again through Broich, the German zigging and zagging on the byline before putting the ball in for Paartalu to head. The ball fell straight to Necevski, who could only palm it straight back at the ‘man mountain’ who flung a foot at it to send it into the roof of the net.

Brisbane were still in control, but in the 41st minute on a foray forward for Sydney, the ball was played square to Del Piero in acres of space. Just, acres. He could have retired and set up a ranch in the space he found himself in. The ‘little painter’ didn’t need a second invitation, lining up the 25 yard shot and drilling it past Theo.

Brisbane had been slow shutting him down all game and were made to pay, but didn’t seem to heed the warning, when just after the break, Del Piero played a simple one-two with Yau to set him free from stand-in centre-half Franjic’s grasp.

Theo wasn’t ever really a favourite in this one-on-one, but ADP just made him look down right stupid, dummying the shot and sending him to the floor before dinking it to the opposite post, just class by the most expensive man in Australian football.

But that only clawed in back to 3-2, as just before the break Brisbane increased their lead through Halloran. A corner, that went well of script, resulted in a long shot from ‘Least Likely to Score… Ever’ Massimo Murdocca, which deflected off a Sydney defender. Paartalu managed to keep it alive and rolled it to Halloran on the corner of the box.

The ex-Gold Coast start drilled the ball to the far post and beat Necevski with pace, scoring his first goal for his new club.

But this match saved the best for last with Besart Berisha scoring one of the goal of the season. Receiving the ball on the break just in the attacking half, he lists to the left, past four Sydney defenders until the edge of the area.

The worry always was that he was on his left, but the shot was nailed into the far corner, Necevski didn’t have a prayer. Just a magical solo effort which, you could say, left the Albanian a little pumped.

Brisbane continued to play the ball, Sydney’s pressing did actually improve with towards the end of the game, but it was too little too late.

The only Sydney fan who enjoyed himself was the one who ran onto the pitch and shook Del Piero’s hand. The Italian was hospitable enough to let the man give him a hug, before running away from the approaching stewards earning his $8000 fine.

Brisbane have had two big performances at home now, showing the league they’ve still got it, but they’ll need to string a few more wins together before even thinking about defending their title. It is undeniable however, that Brisbane need Broich and Berisha to be firing to win the big games.

Sydney are where they have been all year, Del Piero is giving them hope, but he’s almost playing alone. Yau was ineffective, Emerton played poorly and the backline seemed prone to panicking. They need to get a quality coach in and fast.

2012/2013 Hyundai A-League - Round 7
7:00pm, Friday 16 November, 2012
at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane Roar FC 4
(Thomas Broich 30', Erik Paartalu 33', Ben Halloran 44, Besart Berisha 57')
Sydney FC 2
(Allessandro del Piero 42', 49')

    Crowd: 22,970


    Brisbane Roar FC :
    Player listing:
    1 Michael Theo (gk), Matthew Smith (c), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paartalu, 7. Besart Berisha (18. Luke Brattan ‘82), 8. Massimo Murdocca, 10 Henrique (24. Nick Fitzgerald ‘78), 11. Ben Halloran, 19. Jack Hingert (4. Matthew Jurman ‘81), 22. Thomas Broich.

    Substitutes not used: 20. Matt Acton (rgk)

    Coach: Rado Vidosic

    Yellow Cards: Paartalu 71'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Sydney FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Ivan Necevski (gk), 2. Seb Ryall, 3. Fabio, 4. Pascal Bosschaart, 7. Brett Emerton (c), 9. Paul Reid (18. Trent McClenahan ‘46), 10. Alessandro Del Piero, 15. Terry McFlynn, 21. Yairo Yau (16. Joel Chianese ‘78), 22. Ali Abbas (12. Blake Powell ‘46), 23. Rhyan Grant

    Substitutes not used: 20. Vedran Janjetovic (rgk)

    Acting Coach: Steve Corica

    Yellow Cards: Fabio 19, Ryall 29, Del Piero 55, Yau 58, Emerton 89, Bosschaart 92'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Alan Milliner 8/10
    Assistant Ref 1: tba, Assistant Ref 2: tba; Fourth official: tba

    BOTN Player Points:
    > 3. Thomas Broich (BR)
    2. Allessandro del Piero (SFC)
    1. Besart Berisha (BR)

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 8/10

    Match Report and ratings: By Adrian Demack

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