Our Young Roar remain unbeaten in Queensland after an impressive come-from-behind victory against Perth Glory at Lions FC Stadium on Saturday morning.
The 2-1 win catapulted Brisbane into top spot of the Foxtel Y-League Conference A after five rounds.
Young Roar Head Coach Drew Sherman was pleased with his side’s play throughout the match and felt the Roar had the upper hand for the majority of the contest.
“I think we were on the front foot before they scored. The pleasing thing was to not only come back from one nil down, but to also hold on to our 2-1 lead,” Sherman said.
“In the first half, we should’ve put the game to bed. We scored two goals, hit the post a few times and were a constant threat.”
The game was an action packed affair from start to finish with all three goals scored inside the opening 25 minutes.
Perth pounced first in the eighth minute when Chris Harold scored from the penalty spot after Stefan Nigro was adjudged to have handled in the box.
The Young Roar bounced back quickly with slick transition play in the 19th minute – the ball found Shannon Brady who made no mistake to level the scores with Perth keeper Jackson Lee deflecting the ball into his own net.
Muratovic would give the home side the lead soon after, scoring his third goal of the season in the 25th minute to give the Young Roar a 2-1 advantage.
Both sides had more chances in the first half in an enthralling contest between two talented young sides.
After the break, the tension began to rise as both teams refused to give an inch in search of the all-important three points on offer.
As the minutes continued to tick away, Brisbane’s defence held firm and, in the end, closed out an impressive win.
Sherman, pleased with his team’s current position, remains focused on continuing to develop his talented young side and playing good football.
“The table obviously gives you an indication of where you’re at,” Sherman added.
“For us, it’s about individual performances and how that looks into a collective on any given day.”
Next round the Roar play Melbourne City after beating them 2-0 in their previous meeting this season, but that won’t translate to complacency.
“It’s going to be a difficult game for us – we know that,” Sherman stated.
“We’ve got a lot of belief in our players here at the club and we’re confident that if they perform well, they can beat anybody.”
The Young Roar face City in Melbourne on next Saturday, 15 December at C.B. Smith Reserve (3:30pm KO QLD time).
STORY OF THE GAME
- It was a fast start to Saturday’s Round 5 contest at Lions Stadium with three goals scored in the opening 25 minutes.
- The Young Roar showed great fighting spirit to come back from a goal down with Shannon Brady and Mirza Muratovic securing a vital three points for the home side.
- BRFC’s three overage players (Shannon Brady, Luke DeVere and Stefan Nigro) all played pivotal roles in controlling the game for the Roar.
- The Young Roar soared to equal top spot of the Foxtel Y-League Conference A after 5 Rounds.
Perth Glory Youth – Chris Harold 8’ 1-0
The visitors take the lead early in Saturday’s contest at Lions Stadium with Chris Harold converting from the penalty spot.
Brisbane Roar Youth- Shannon Brady 18’ 1-1
The home side hit back quickly as Shannon Brady finishes off a fast transition to level the scores early in the first half.
Brisbane Roar Youth- Mirza Muratovic 24’ 2-1
Muratovic scores his third goal of the season, firing a bullet of shot at goal and beating the keeper with power.
Foxtel Y-League 2018/19 – Round 5: Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory
Lions FC Stadium, Richlands
Saturday, 8 December