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Sky Blues and Roar in bore draw

Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC played out a bore 0-0 draw in front of an impressive Tuesday night crowd of 15,765 fans at Suncorp Stadium.

The home side dominated their more fancied opponents in possession but could not find the cutting edge that saw them put three goals past Central Coast Mariners on the weekend gone.

Twenty four minutes in, however, and Bernie Ibini nearly scored a speculative volley from outside the box. However, the striker who’s no stranger to spectacular goals this year, flashed the shot just wide of Jamie Youngs’ net.

Sydney again went very close with Milos Dimitrejevic placing a pin point cross onto the head of the returning Alex Brosque, with his shot saved via an exceptional parry by Young.

Half-time brought neither side respite with the mercury hitting 35 degrees at some points during the game, and the home side struggling to find their groove.

They would come out with some renewed vigour after the break, and a favoured son almost delivered just minutes into the second half.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Tue Dec 30, 2014, 8:00 PMStadium Suncorp StadiumAttendance 15,765Referee Chris Beath

Brisbane

Yellow Card84′ C.Brown

Sydney

Yellow Card15′ R.GrantYellow Card71′ P.Triantis

Luke Brattan pushed forward looking for the opener but his shot went high and straight at Vedran Janjetovic who was more than capable.

The final quarter of the game would prove to be the most entertaining period of the game, as on 77 minutes, the home side pushed forward with gusto in search of their first home win.

Substitute Brandon Borello won a corner, and the subsequent goal mouth scramble saw Jean Carlos Solorzano miss a golden opportunity to open the scoring after failing to connect with his head from a lofted ball.

Chris Naumoff had a snap shot on goal on 81 minutes deflected during a purple patch for the visitors. However, Janko’s resulting corner fell safely into the hands of the grateful Young.

The release of the ball shortly after did raise some contention as Corey Brown and Hagi Gligor went in for a 50-50 ball and the former collected the Sky Blue a tad late, resulting in a spectacular collision and a yellow card for the Roar youngster.

Solorzano had another chance in injury time to drive home a winner from distance, however the Costa Rican planted the ball in Row Z of the Den.

The draw sees the Roar four points adrift of the top six after today’s results, with Sydney also four points adrift of fourth place pending results over the next few days.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Year’ Votes
3 Adam Sarota (Brisbane Roar)
2 Nikola Petkovic (Sydney FC)
1 Jade North (Brisbane Roar)
Youth Corey Brown (Brisbane Roar)

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avatarKris is a freelance sports journalist, a two-time WA media guild award winner, and podcast host and writer for Ultimate A-League.

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