Roar hoodo continues for Coast

by Chris Dunkerley:
Hyundai A-League – Season 12 – 2016/2017 – Round 3
5:35pm, Saturday 22 October, 2016 – Central Coast Stadium

Central Coast Mariners FC  0
lost to
Brisbane Roar FC  1 (Thomas Kristensen 33′)

A single goal in the 33rd minute by former Danish International Thomas Kristensen saw Brisbane  Roar’s long term hoodoo over the Mariners at Gosford continue.

The Central Coast Mariners team, now under Paul Okon, started their first game at Central Coast Stadium in over 6 months sitting equal on the lower end of the table with the northern team –  and  hoping to start in front of fans with a positive performance after just a draw and loss so far this season.

The 7,073 fans were perhaps tentative, after the pain of season 11.

With both teams wanting to play possession football, it was the higher tempo of the visitors that told early as the Coast backline were continually forced back and struggled to play out.

Having said that, in the 3rd minute however returning winger Fabio Ferreira took the long ball option, and Roy O’Donovan indicated his intent with a free run into the area but Brisbane’s custodian Michael Theo was awake to it and had no trouble taking the ball. A minute later Blake Powell’s shot in the area was blocked.

That was it, until the 18th minute when O’Donovan headed near but it was palmed for a corner.  The Roar continued to press but were not able to really test the Mariners ‘keeper.

Returning former Socceroo Brett Holman lifted a free kick in the 24th minute from the right to the left where Jamie Maclaren had drifted, taking haf-a-dozen yellow shirts out of the equation. As he focused in on goal just outside the area under late pressure from Storm Roux, Mariners ‘keeper Paul Izzo came out to block the shot with his feet.

It was the Roar players tempo and determination that told in the 33rd minute for their goal.  Losing the ball in midfield the Mariners were unable to cope with pace down the right, and unable to clear the cross, with Izzo well off his line in an attempt to intervene, Kristensen was able to steer to bal unhindered into the net. 0-1

14 minutes after the break Jamie Maclaren had a chance for Brisbane when his touch on a through ball steering it upwards toward goal, from in the box, was tipped over the bar by Izzo.

The Roar lost possession in the 61st minute after a Thomas Broich free kick and with a kick counter attack the Coast almost caught out Theo, who came well out of his area,

Three minutes later Maclaren was in on the left, but his angled shot was parried by Izzo. Again in the 84th minute the two players were involved with the same non-result.

It wasn’t a high standard game, nor high standard officiating, but Brisbane will be well pleased with the 3 points and Paul Okon was work still to do to get his team playing the style and standard we demands.

Match details

Crowd:  7,073

Central Coast Mariners FC

20. Paul IZZO (gk), 2. Storm ROUX, 6. Blake POWELL, 7. Fabio FERREIRA (12.Trent BUHAGIAR +62′), 8. Nick MONTGOMERY (c) (14. Adam BERRY +68′), 9. Roy O’DONOVAN, 10. Michael TAVARES (3. Scott GALLOWAY +81′), 11. Connor PAIN, 19. Jacques FATY, 21. Michael NEILL, 22. Jake MCGING
Unused substitutes: 1 .Ivan NECEVSKI (rgk), 17. Josh BINGHAM

Yellow cards: Jacques FATY 61′, Connor PAIN 76′
Red cards: Nil

Coach:  Paul Okon

Brisbane Roar FC

1. Michael THEO (gk),  3. Luke DEVERE, 5. Corey BROWN, 7. Thomas KRISTENSEN, 9 .Jamie MACLAREN (33. Joseph KATEBIAN +89′), 10. Brett HOLMAN (28. Brandon BORRELLO +85′), 11. Thomas OAR, 13. Jade NORTH, 17. Matt MCKAY (c), 19. Jack HINGERT, 22. Thomas BROICH
Unused substitutes: 4. Daniel BOWLES, 8. Jacob PEPPER, 21. Jamie YOUNG (rgk)

 Yellow cards: Luke DEVERE 53′, Corey BROWN 63′
 Red cards: Nil

Coach: John Aloisi

Ratings and Points
Match  7/10
Pitch  8/10

Referee:     6/10
Referee: Adam Fielding
Assistant Referee 1: Ryan Gallagher, Assistant Referee 2: Scott Edeling; Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

Player points:
3. Brett Holman (BR)
2. Michael Tavares (CCM)
1.  Luke de Vere (BR)

Photo:  Lowenna Rappo, for BOTN