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Roar outclass lacklustre Mariners

Brisbane Roar have inflicted a substantial 4-0 thumping on the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday afternoon, pushing the Queensland club back into first place and extending their undefeated run over the Mariners to six games.

Goals to Jade North, Jamie Maclaren, Corona and Henrique sealed a simple win for Brisbane, who seem to have returned to the winning ways they were enjoying before several key players departed for Olyroos duties over a month ago.

For John Aloisi, a re-energising 3-1 victory over Sydney at Allianz Stadium last week would’ve buoyed spirits in the Queensland capital and, as a result, the Brisbane manager chose to name an unchanged squad.

The Mariners were also coming into this clash off the back of a 3-1 away win, and that important victory over Wellington (and the performance of marquee star Luis Garcia) seemed to have restored some amount of belief in the Central Coast squad.

Tony Walmsley made two changes to his starting line-up, with Francesco Stella excluded in favour of club captain Nick Montgomery, and Mitch Austin left out after picking up a back injury in the warm-up. Matthew Fletcher was elevated from the bench to take Austin’s place, and defender Tomi Uskok drafted into the squad as a substitute.

The opening twenty minutes provided little in the way of highlights, as both teams struggled for fluency in the middle of the park. The Roar, in particular, were placing immense pressure on the back four of the Mariners, but the visitors absorbed plenty and prevented Brisbane from finding a clear shot on goal.

Central Coast had a half chance after 9 minutes, when Josh Bingham’s toe poke was well smothered by Michael Theo, but after 20 minutes — and with their first chance of the game — the Roar took the lead.

Match Details Full match details »

Brisbane

Goal20′ J.NorthYellow Card27′ D.PetratosGoal36′ J.MaclarenYellow Card46′ C.BrownGoal59′ CoronaPenalty72′ Henrique (Pen)Yellow Card90′ J.North

Central Coast

Red Card71′ H.Ascroft

After Matt McKay was felled by Nick Montgomery on the left wing in the 20th minute, a free kick from Corona was swung deep to back post, and headed centrally by James Donachie. Jade North then capitalised on some poor defensive work to outmuscle both Jake McGing and Jacob Poscoliero and flick a header past Paul Izzo for the opener.

Brisbane almost made it 2-0 just five minutes later but, after some patient lead-up work by Brandon Borrello on the right wing, Thomas Broich’s low shot from a cut-back was saved by Izzo, and then cleared away at the last minute by a desperate Mariners’ defensive line.

The Roar started to turn the screws, taking the upper hand in both shots on goal and possession as the Mariners started to succumb to the constant pressure.

Dimitri Petratos was the next to take a shot on Izzo’s goal, but the effort from distance around the half hour mark lacked both power and accuracy. Jamie Maclaren, too, went close minutes later, but his near post effort was well covered by Izzo.

Maclaren’s decision making would be far superior with his next chance, however, as he blasted the ball past Izzo into the far corner to make it 2-0 in the 36th minute.

Following a cleared corner, Corey Brown, North and Petratos combined to swing a ball dangerously toward the penalty spot. Maclaren reacted the quickest after the ball spilled free, finishing strongly past a bemused Mariners goalkeeper.

Despite the introduction of Luis Garcia, little changed after the half time break, with the Roar continuing to look to increase their lead.

It would take just 14 minutes for Brisbane to make it 3-0 and seal the points, with influential midfielder Corona finding the back of the net.

Broich advanced down the left wing and cut inside before spotting Corona open at the top of the penalty area, with the Spaniard thumping a first-time effort low and into the bottom corner.

The game then took an even worse turn for the Mariners on 71 minutes.

Maclaren was found with a long ball into the penalty area and, as he attempted to control the ball, was felled in the box by substitute Harry Ascroft. Referee Matthew Conger took no time in pointing to the spot, and little more in reaching into his pocket to issue Ascroft with a straight red card.

Henrique stepped up to take the spot kick, sending Izzo the wrong way to score his 6th goal of the season and enlarging the lead to four goals.

Central Coast had a chance to pull a goal back in the 77th minute, when Brad McDonald escaped in behind the Roar defence. With Theo advancing, McDonald lifted a shot up and over the goalkeeper, but disappointingly the effort drifted wide of the open goal.

Brisbane went searching for a fifth goal in the latter stages and, despite not finding it, seemed more than pleased when referee Conger blew the final whistle to signal yet another impressive home win for the Roar.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Corona (Brisbane Roar)
2 Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar)
1 Jade North (Brisbane Roar)

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avatarJustin is a passionate football fan, and the Editor-in-chief of Ultimate A-League.

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