A packed house at Eric Evans Reserve were treated to a thrilling 2-2 Foxtel Y-League draw between our Young Roar and Adelaide United on Sunday afternoon.
After conceding a goal in the early minutes, the Roar controlled most of the game, creating several good opportunities at goal.
As the game wore down to the latter stages, both sides struck very late with classy goals as Brisbane picked up a well-deserved point.
Head Coach Drew Sherman was rapt with his side’s fightback, after twice coming from behind.
“The pleasing thing is after 10-15 minutes, we got through their controlling phase and after that I thought we were dominant,” Sherman said.
“Our only danger from there was when we got tired later on with their counterattack.”
Adelaide came like a bull out of the gate in the opening minutes with forward Ninko Beric in the thick of the action. Beric missed a chance in the fourth minute, but he would find the back of the net just two minutes later.
After surviving the visitor’s offensive onslaught, Brisbane took control of the match with slick accurate passing and so fine ball movement.
By half-time, the Roar had generated genuine chances in front of goal and carried the momentum into the second half.
The hard work paid off just after the hour mark when the Young Roar moved the ball perfectly in transition, with forward Daniel Leck finishing off the assist from Nicholas D’Agostino.
Pacifique Niyongabire’s strike in the 85th minute then looked to have sealed the deal for Adelaide, but the Young Roar had other ideas.
Only minutes later, Shannon Brady came through, firing into the bottom corner past Reds keeper Cameron Cook.
After frantic play in added time, where the home side had their chance to win it, an entertaining Foxtel Y-League fixture finished in a 2-2 draw.
“Today we showed some character with the way we kept going to get the equalising goal late,” Sherman added.
“Games like this when you get the opportunity to play in different areas of the community is great to see the amount of support the Roar has in the areas outside of Brisbane.”
The Young Roar have a bye next week before they face Perth Glory at the Logan Football Complex on Saturday, 8 December (10:30am KO).
STORY OF THE GAME
- Adelaide had the ideal start with Ninko Beric scoring just after six minutes.
- Brisbane patiently worked back into the game and tied up the score thanks to Daniel Leck scoring in the 63rd minute
- Both sides had to settle for a draw after scoring goal apiece in the 85th and 87th minutes.
Foxtel Y-League 2018/19 — Round 3: Brisbane Roar Youth vs Melbourne City Youth
Eric Evans Reserve, Bundamba
Sunday, 25 November
Brisbane Roar Youth 2 (Leck 63′, Brady 87′)
Adelaide United Youth 2 (Beric 6′, Niyongabire 85′)