Bogeyman gets Roar again!
By ANDREW DEMACK:
Round 19, Hyundai A-League Season 2013-14
4pm, Sunday 16 February, 2014 – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Brisbane Roar FC 0
Newcastle Jets FC 1 (Adam Taggart 57′ (p))
Newcastle Jets might not have many achievements to cheer about in Season 9 of the Hyundai A-League, but they have one title that nobody will take away: Brisbane Roar’s bogey team.
Tonight Newcastle, for the second time this season, came to Suncorp and won.
And to tell the truth, the Jets were good value for their win, and maybe could have won by more.
There were two defining characteristics of this game, played in front of 13,000 slightly puzzled home fans, and about 30 travelling supporters from NSW.
1. It was hot (still over 32 degrees C at kickoff), and humid.
2. Neither side could find the net from open play.
The first factor surely influenced the second, but didn’t explain totally Adam Taggart’s two glaring misses in the first half, nor Besart Berisha’s failure to even get the most fleeting of touches on a Broich free-kick, after 16 minutes of the first half, which would have surely given Brisbane the lead.
I get the feeling that this lack-lustre performance has been on the way from Brisbane. For the past few weeks they have looked likely to suffer a loss, and now it has happened. Fortunately they are often better away from home, away from whatever pressure they feel from the home fans, and one would expect Mulvey and the team will react to this loss, and come out all guns blazing against Melbourne Heart this time next week.
The goal came early in the second half, when Josh Brillante, ball at his feet, was pursued into the penalty box by Shane Stefanutto. Stefanutto made the poor and inexplicable decision to push Brillante in the back, and the visiting Japanese ref, who had an excellent game, had no choice other than to point to the spot. Adam Taggart sent Theo the wrong way with his penalty.
Brisbane worked hard to fashion a couple of chances to equalise late in the game, with a Luke Brattan surge and lay-off to Henrique, but his shot bounced back off the woodwork.
Mark Birighitti’s clean sheet, and Newcastle’s hoodoo status over the Roar, were both absolutely intact.
The Roar should expect a chorus of ‘Can We Play You Every Week’ for their next visit to Hunter Stadium.
Brisbane Roar 0 lost to Newcastle Jets 1 (Adam TAGGART 57(p)’)
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 4pm local time
Referee: Takuto Okabe (Japan)
Brisbane Roar: 1. Michael THEO (gk), 2. Matthew SMITH (c), 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 7. Besart BERISHA, 8. Steven LUSTICA (10. HENRIQUE 64’), 13. Jade NORTH, 14. Diogo FERREIRA (16. Jean Carlos SOLORZANO 64’), 18. Luke BRATTAN, 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Dimitri PETRATOS (17. Matthew McKAY 76’)
Substitutes not used: 15. James DONACHIE, 20. Matthew ACTON
Yellow cards: Shane STEFANUTTO 58’
Red cards: Nil
Newcastle Jets: 1. Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 4. Kew JALIENS, 6. Zenon CARAVELLA, 8. Ruben ZADKOVICH (c), 9. Emile HESKEY (13. Joey GIBBS 77’), 11. Craig GOODWIN (16. Jacob PEPPER 72’), 12. Connor CHAPMAN, 15. Josh BRILLANTE, 17. James VIRGILI (24. Mitchell OXBORROW 86’), 21. Sam GALLAWAY, 22. Adam TAGGART
Substitutes not used: 19. Michael BRIDGES, 20. Ben KENNEDY (gk)
Yellow cards: Josh MITCHELL 22’, Kew JALIENS 52’
Red cards: Nil
3 – James Virgili (NJ)
2 – Dimi Petratos (BR)
1 – Zenon Caravella (NJ)