Brisbane Back to Beating Bottom

By Adrian Demack:

Hyundai A-League 2013-14 Round 21

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Friday, 28 February 2014, 7pm


Brisbane Roar FC 3 (Ivan FRANJIC 57’, Liam MILLER 80’, Thomas BROICH 85’)


Perth Glory FC 1 (Shane SMELTZ 90+1’)


Brisbane Roar have stormed back into the winners circle with a 3-1 triumph over the languishing Perth Glory.

The league leaders took some time to warm up after suffering back to back losses for the first time this season, but impressed their dominance in the second half, pushing the gap back to seven points at the top.

Perth came into this game on the back of even more worrying form, having not won in six games prior, but started off spritely with Sidnei benefitting from some loose defending by Socceroo squad member Ivan Franjic.

Twice Sidnei skipped away down the left, but both time his finishing left a bit to the imagination. Those are the chances the Glory were playing for, unfortunately after the first 10 minutes, they didn’t present themselves as much as they had been hoping.

Brisbane from kick off looked better than the team beaten successively, possible due to the introduction of Petratos to the starting XI. The Sydney defect has a claim to best off season pick up for the Roar, especially if we just pretend McKay was on loan for a few seasons.

The Jordan-numbered right winger (all the kids want the 23) had an energetic first half, however it was when his energy failed him and he didn’t chase in a cross from Broich at the far post, that will have manager Mulvey scratching his head.

However in the second half, the screw was turned and the drought breaking goal was found through the unlikely source of Ivan Franjic’s head.

On the 56th minute, Broich delivered a brilliant ball to the far post from a set piece. Both Berisha and Franjic were after it, with the latter connecting to squeeze it inside the post.

After this Perth made the unusual move of changing a plan that had worked reasonably well and decided to chase the game. Taking off two defensive midfielders for much more attack minded ones would ultimately hand the Roar the victory.

This loss of shape meant the Roar comfortably held possession and turned on some charm, however it was a defensive error which lead to the second, somewhat calamitous goal.

O’Neill, who had paired with Gallas at centre half, managed to trip over the ball under pressure from Miller, leading to a break away. Miller had Berisha in support, but mystifyingly laid it off to him before really drawing the ‘keeper.

But even more mystifyingly, Berisha then dinked the ball over the oncoming Vukovic, into Miller’s path, who miscontrolled and took the ball backwards.

Miller then adds to the mystery even further by trying to pass it back to Berisha, only for Vukovic to stick a leg out and flick the ball up. This time, Miller looks and sees that its an open goal, much like it has been for the last 10 seconds, and puts it into the net. Both men collapse in a pile of relief/laughter/embarrassment.

And after that head scratcher, Thomas Broich decides to remind everyone he’s still on the pitch and is given an acre of space thanks to the 84 year old centre half opposite. ‘Mozart’ doesn’t need more invitation and unleashes a 25 yard screamer into the top corner.

Late on the glory did get a consolation goal after Smith’s switch was poorly hit, Smeltz latched on with maybe his first touch in 90 minutes and put it past a furious Theo.

This victory can hopefully calm the speed wobbles for the table toppers, as for the Glory, getting off the bottom might be a struggle, let alone finals football.
Match Details:
Crowd: 10,896

Brisbane Roar: 1. Michael THEO (gk), 2. Matthew SMITH (c), 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 7. Besart BERISHA, 11. Liam MILLER 13. Jade NORTH, 17. Matthew McKAY (8. Steven LUSTICA 82’), 18. Luke BRATTAN, 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Dimiti PETRATOS (10. HENRIQUE 88’)

Substitutes not used: 15. James DONACHIE, 16 Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 20. Matthew ACTON

Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Cards: Nil

Perth Glory: 1. Daniel VUKOVIC (gk), 2. Jack CLISBY, 3. Brandon O’NEILL, 5. Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 7. Jacob BURNS (c), 8. Nebojsa MARINKOVIC (14. Steven McGARRY 60’), 9. Shane SMELTZ, 16. SIDNEI Sciola MORAES, 17. Chris HAROLD (20. Daniel DE SILVA 75’), 19. Joshua RISDON, 36. William GALLAS

Substitutes not used: 10. Jamie MACLAREN, 18. Jack DUNCAN (gk), 28. Davydas SERNAS

Yellow Cards: Nebojsa MARINKOVIC 5’, Rostyn GRIFFITHS 46’

Red Cards: Nil

Referee: Ben Williams

Pitch: 5/10

Game: 7/10

Best Players:

3. Thomas Broich (BR)

2. Dimitri Petratos (BR)

1. Jade North (BR)