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Roar down Mariners to notch up third straight win

A pair of second-half penalties have pushed Brisbane Roar to a 2-0 win over the Central Coast Mariners tonight in Gosford. Jean Carlos Solorzano and Andrija Kaluderovic were both successful from the penalty spot, as the Roar jumped back inside the top 6 at the expense of Melbourne City.

Both teams came into the contest off the back of late wins in round 16; the Mariners getting past Adelaide with a second-half double from Nick Fitzgerald and Josh Rose, and Brisbane fortunate to grab three points in the dying moments against the Jets, courtesy of an own goal.

Roar manager Frans Thijssen made just the one change to his starting side from the Newcastle match, with Jade North returning in place of veteran Shane Stefanutto. New signing Andrea Kaluderovic would have to be content with a spot on the bench, but would make his debut in the 77th minute when he was substituted on for the injured Jean Carlos Solorzano.

Phil Moss also made just the one change to his team, with Mitchell Duke’s transfer to J.League club Shimizu S-Pulse handing a belated Central Coast debut to Portugese winger Fabio Ferreira, after last week’s “gentlemen’s agreement” meant that the former Adelaide United player missed out on facing his former side.

Ferreira would be straight into the action as well, as he found his way into the box from a rapid counter-attack down the right wing. Despite being nudged off the ball, and pleading to referee Kris Griffiths-Jones for a spot kick, a penalty was not forthcoming.

Despite that opportunity, it would be the Roar who would start the stronger of the two teams. Solorzano, in particular, was able to find plenty of space in behind the Mariners’ defence, although his effort in the 6th minute could’ve been better, as a poor touch resulted in the ball trickling out for a goal kick.

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Yellow Card30′ S.Roux


Yellow Card42′ C.BrownPenalty50′ J.Solorzano (Pen)
Penalty90′ A.Kaludjerovic (Pen)

Brisbane’s best chance of the opening half, though, fell to Brandon Borrello just two minutes later. After some sterling work by Jerome Polenz on the left wing, a cross whipped in to the back post found the young striker in space, but his effort was disappointingly blazed over from close range.

The Mariners went close to an opener of their own in the 16th minute, after a poor clearance allowed Nick Montgomery to fire in an accurate cross to find John Hutchinson unmarked in the penalty area. If not for the fact that the ball was slightly behind the Mariners captain, he surely would’ve done better with the chance, as his headed effort was tame and easily gathered by Michael Theo.

The remainder of the first half proved to be overwhelmingly lacklustre, as the rain teemed down in Gosford. Both the Roar and Mariners enjoyed long periods of possession, however both had little to no impact in the final third of the field.

A 41st minute chance to Thomas Broich was the last real opportunity of the half, as he had chested down a poor clearance from an out-of-position Liam Reddy just outside the penalty area. Despite having Borrello unmarked at the spot, the German chose to go it alone, with his shot comfortably saved by a relieved Reddy.

Brisbane were out of the blocks quickly in the second half. Matt McKay went close in the 48th minute, as his shot from outside the box forced Reddy to concede an early corner.

From the ensuing play, a ball back into the box inadvertently struck the outstretched arm of Eddy Bosnar, giving referee Griffiths-Jones no choice but to award the penalty. Solorzano duly converted the spot kick with a thumping drive into the left corner, racking up his 5th goal from his last 6 A-League games.

After the goal, the Roar didn’t take their foot off the accelerator — smothering the Mariners across the park, and controlling almost 80% of possession in the first 15 minutes after half time.

Luke Brattan was the big difference in the second half, as his presence pushing forward allowed the Roar to mount attack after attack. Even Brattan himself got in on the act, with his 65th minute free kick from distance forcing Reddy to tip the ball over the bar for yet another corner. There’d be another corner minutes later, as McKay’s through ball to Solorzano dribbled off the Costa Rican’s boot and into the path of Borrello, whose shot was deflected out by Reddy.

The tide began to turn from there, however, as the Mariners worked their way back into the contest. Youngster Anthony Kalik looked particularly impressive after being brought on in the 71st minute, providing plenty of pace and enthusiasm up forward for the home side.

Fitzgerald went close to equalising twice in the final 10 minutes. Firstly, in the 81st minute, his shot rocketed narrowly over the bar after the ball had been cleverly chested into his path by Matt Simon. Then, from a free kick by Matt Sim, Fitzgerald’s flick on header flashed wide of the back post as the game ticked over into injury time.

At the other end, however, a mistake by Kalik would seal the points for Brisbane. After going to ground and conceding possession to Thomas Broich in the penalty area, the youngster left his leg hanging out and brought down the German for the simplest of penalty decisions. Kaluderovic converted the spot kick on debut, and in doing so wrapped up all three points for the visitors.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Year’ Votes
3 Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar)
2 Jacob Poscoliero (Central Coast)
1 Jean Carlos Solorzano (Brisbane Roar)
Youth Jacob Poscoliero (Central Coast)

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  • Tom

    Although the referee had no choice with the first penalty, I thought his second penalty decision was poor. There clearly was no contact. Poor refereeing spoils a contest and kills an entertaining game yet again.

  • britesparke

    What a buy Ferreria is for the Mariners. Did some damage early but ultimately had to be replaced. BTW: Love the changes to the site and the Getty images being posted from matches. Great stuff!