Liberty A-League Preview: Brisbane Roar v Canberra United 

Brisbane Roar’s Liberty A-League squad will be looking to continue their winning form when they face Canberra United on Saturday at Perry Park.  

The Roar currently sits second on the ladder with four other teams securing wins during the first round of the competition.  

Head Coach Garrath McPherson was encouraged by his side’s result and believes the Roar is focussed on achieving a successful outcome again this week.  

“We are a team that wants to try and win the ball back quickly and we feel we’ve got the weapons up front to chase and to hunt the ball,” he said.  

“Kajsa [Lind] really shored up our back defence, which is why we brought her in. She’s a great communicator, she’s so calm on the ball with great mobility.”  

Credit: Kyoko Kurihara

It’s always a thrilling match when Canberra United and Brisbane Roar go head-to-head. 

The two sides have had some memorable matches over the last 15 seasons of the Liberty A-League including the two Grand Finals (2008/09 and 2011/12) and 2010/11 Semi-Final penalty shootout. 

The team from the Capital comes into this match off the back of a 2-2 draw with Perth Glory in their opening round fixture. 

McPherson believes that team cohesion and stress management will be key to successfully seeing this weekend’s game through.  

“There can be some uncharacteristic errors in those high-pressure moments…we’re back on the pitch and putting the team in situations where they have to see out a result,” he said.  

“Having played more minutes together and having the opportunity to assess performance and reflect should, in itself, brings a more cohesive unit.  

“Brisbane is a team that a lot of other clubs want to measure themselves against and often we will see teams lift because of that, so there’s never an easy game.  

“Canberra is another match, we’re looking forward to it because it’s another game for us, another opportunity for three points and a chance to celebrate together as a team,” McPherson added.  

Credit: Kyoko Kurihara

The Roar have lost once in their last ten meetings against Canberra so they will hope to continue that fine form for the home crowd this Saturday.  

Catch all the action between Brisbane Roar and Canberra United  live on Paramount+ and 10Play.