Brisbane Roar recorded a third clean sheet in five games and moved back inside the A-League’s top six following a 0-0 draw at home to Central Coast Mariners on Wednesday night.
Jamie Young made some important saves in slippery conditions to cap off a solid team defensive performance and secure the side a well-earned point in what was their fifth game across a gruelling fortnight.
Joey Champness provided the brightest spark in attack with Brisbane’s three finest chances all coming from the in-form attacker’s right foot.
He appeared to have broken the deadlock in the 46th minute, but was judged offside after sliding a blocked Dylan Wenzel-Halls strike past Mark Birighitti.
Having fired another attempt precariously past the bottom left corner, Champness later went agonisingly close to claiming the winner when his dipping effort from the fringe of the box came back off the underside of the crossbar.
Academy products Cyrus Dehmie and Alex Parsons provided flair from the bench in a game that was decided fundamentally by the performance of the two defences.
The point means the Roar extend their impressive record against the Mariners to 20 games unbeaten – an A-League record for any team against a single opponent.
At the edge of a congested fixture list, Warren Moon’s men will look to capitalise on their strong away form as they return to the road against fourth-placed Adelaide United on Sunday evening at Coopers Stadium.
A-League 2020/2021 Matchweek 20: Brisbane Roar vs Central Coast Mariners
Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe
Wednesday, 12 May
Brisbane Roar 0
Central Coast Mariners 0