Young Roar kick-off NPL campaign with a bang


Building on their Championship-winning Foxtel Y-League campaign, our Young Roar have moved equal top at the summit of the NPL Queensland ladder after two rounds of competition.

Away wins over Western Pride and SWQ Thunder in the space of five days sees the Young Roar sitting alongside Brisbane City and Peninsula Power as the only sides to have taken maximum points from the first two rounds.

Goals from Mirza Muratovic, Cooper McCormack and Jyi Oakes secured a 3-1 win over the Pride in an impressive shift on the opening night.

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The boys followed on from that performance with a high-scoring 5-2 victory over SWQ Thunder at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Saturday.

Daniel Leck lead the way with a hat-trick while Shannon Brady and Muratovic, who bagged his second in as many games, also got on the scoresheet.

Leck’s hat-trick at the weekend leaves him level in second on the goal scoring charts, just one shy of the league’s leading scorer Jordan Farina.

The five-goal rout also earned Leck & teammate Jay Barnett a spot in the NPL QLD Round 2 Team of the Week.

Leck & Barnett were two of three players with Hyundai A-League experience to feature in Saturday’s win in Toowoomba, alongside Shannon Brady.

Barnett is also one of three BRFC Academy products to have made a Hyundai A-League debut in what is proving to be a fruitful season for the Young Roar.

Barnett and defender Aaron Reardon both made their first top-flight appearances in recent weeks while Izaack Powell became the club’s youngest ever player aged just 16 years, 361 days when he appeared in Friday’s win over Sydney FC.

Our Young Roar will look to continue their good form as they make away trips to face Redlands United on Friday, 15 February and Sunshine Coast Fire on Sunday, 24 February before the first home game of the season against Peninsula Power on Saturday, 2 March.

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