Brisbane Roar draw with Gold Coast United in NPL Men’s

Brisbane Roar’s Saturday night contest against Gold Coast United remained scoreless after an exciting 90 minutes of football was played at Coplicks Family Sports Park in the NPL QLD. 

Roar Head Coach Chris Grossman is pleased with his squad’s efforts after not conceding to Gold Coast United after beating competition favourites Gold Coast Knights 3-0 in Round 1. 

 “Having a look at the first game of the season, Gold Coast United were excellent against Gold Coast Knights. We knew we were going to have to be difficult to break down and improve on from last week,” Grossman said.  

Grossman thought that the Roar put on a commendable performance in what was a thrilling game of football with countless goal opportunities and chances created, especially following their 1-0 loss against Brisbane City in the first round where they fought through to the last minute with nine men.  

 “Our first game was quite an encouraging one, obviously beaten right at the death which was very disappointing but going into Round 2, we knew Gold Coast United would be very difficult, it’s a tough place to go,” he said.  

 “Coming away with a point, we were quite happy. We haven’t conceded a massive number of goals early on, we just need to find the back of the net but that is something we’ll work on over the next couple of weeks. We need to make sure we’re not conceding goals.”  

 He believes his team needs to make some minor adjustments relating to transitional play and decision-making in the front third, and is confident that when they cement those foundations, goals will come.   

 “We just need to sharpen up a little bit and tidy up and I think we’re not too far away defensively,” Grossman said.  

 Brisbane Roar face Peninsula Power this Friday and Grossman anticipates the trip to Redcliffe will be a difficult game for his squad, but his eyes are on the three points.  

 “There’s no easy games this year, I think the first two rounds have shown that. Every game has got its different bits and pieces you have to look at, have to analyse, and really put a game plan in place to maximise points.” 

 “We’ll be doing exactly that going into this weekend’s game and I’m excited, it’s a really good test. Our boys have put two really good rounds of football in and hopefully we continue that Friday night.”  

 KO is at AJ Kelly Park 8:30pm. The NPL U23’s KO from 6:30pm. Entry is free.