Young Roar come from behind to beat Heat


Young Roar has come from behind to beat Far North Queensland Heat 4-2 today at Perry Park in Round 6 of the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland competition.

The Heat took an early lead through Alex Smith, who turned his shot past Roar keeper Bilic in the 10th minute.

The lead didn’t last long, with the Young Roar evening it up from the penalty spot seven minutes later. After being taken down by Heat’s keeper Kevin Ward, Roar’s Nicholas D’Agostino made no mistake from the spot, burying his shot in the bottom left corner.

The Young Roar kept their momentum going, with D’Agostino getting his brace in the 27th minute. A promising run and shot from Dais forced a save from the Heat keeper, with the rebound falling to D’Agostino to put the Roar up 2-1.

Down 2-1 at the break, the Heat were ruing several missed opportunities, including two shots when through on the Roar keeper that sprayed wide of the goal.

The Heat had a golden opportunity to even the score just minutes into the second half, when Smith was brought down in the box. Brisbane custodian Bilic pulled out a brilliant save, diving full length to his right to deny O’Hare’s penalty.

O’Hare made up for the miss minutes later, however, when a miscommunication left Bilic stranded well off his line, giving O’Hare an easy header in the 51st minute.

The Heat created several opportunities during a dogged second half, but couldn’t find a goal to take the lead. They were made to pay in the 83rd minute, when Young Roar’s Austin Ludwik finished off a well-worked free kick`, tapping in from two yards out after several quick passes in the box.

Sam Sibatuara put the result beyond doubt in injury time, running past a tired Heat defence and curling his shot into the bottom left corner.

The win is a welcome return to the winners circle for the Young Roar, who will travel to Moreton Bay to take on the Jets next Sunday.

Brisbane Roar Youth 4 (Nick D’AGOSTINO 17′, 27′, Austin LUDWIK 83′, Sam SIBATUARA 90+2′)
FNQ Heat 2 (Alex SMITH 10′, Crois O’HARE 51′)