Theo and Roar break sky blue streak

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Brisbane had their work cut out for them at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night but managed to break Sydney’s six game winning streak and finish with a 1-1 draw.

A slow start to the game saw Roar hold possession predominantly in their own half, with Sydney FC heaping on the pressure. An early goal by Josh Brillante gave Sydney the lead, the midfielder hitting the top corner from 20 yards out in the 13th minute.

Despite the rough start, Brisbane worked their way into the match, holding up a strong defence against the Sky Blues and giving Daniel Vukovic plenty of pressure.

Consecutive attempts by Thomas Broich and Thomas Kristensen failed to meet the back of the net, sending them wide and high respectively.

A failed back pass by Jack Hingert in the 37th minute sent the ball straight into the path of Bobo, who’s resultant shot was well deflected by the approaching Roar ‘keeper Michael Theo.

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Just seconds later, yet another shocking pass by Brisbane Roar landed with Alex Brosque for a second attempt band again it was Michael Theo who stepped up to deny Sydney FC.

On the 39th minute mark Kristensen had the whole stadium off their seats when he broke through Sydney’s defence and blasted a shot into the side netting, beating Vukovic at the far post to make it 1-1.

 

Socceroo legend Jamie Maclaren took the field for Kristensen in the second half followed by Manuel Arana subbing on for Dimitri Petratos.

Despite plenty of pressure by Sydney, Theo managed to fend off all further attempts on goal including a freekick by Brillante.

The final 20 minutes of the game saw David Carney take the field for Filip Holosko, followed by three off target shots from the Roar by Holman, Maclaren and Arana.

In the 77th minute confusion over an earlier withdrawn call by the ref saw Rhyan Grant escape with a yellow card after bringing down Maclaren. Fans, players and coaches were all under the impression the first card stood and therefore should have induced a red.

Stoppage time began with Bernie Ibini taking a freekick for Sydney but man of the match Theo stepped up again to maintain a full time score of 1-1.

Both sides put on a great performance for the 17,322 in attendance and proved themselves likely contenders for this year’s Grand Final clash.

Brisbane Roar 1 (Brillante 13’)
Sydney FC 1 (Kristensen 39’)

Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 17,322

Referee: Alan Milliner
Assistant Referee 1: Ryan Gallagher
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Lindsay
Fourth Official: Kurt Ams

Brisbane Roar: 1. THEO Michael (gk), 3. DE VERE Luke, 5. BROWN Corey, 7. KRISTIENSEN Thomas, 10. HOLMAN Brett, 11. OAR Thomas, 13. NORTH Jade, 17. MCKAY Matthew, 19. HINGERT Jack, 22. BROICH Thomas, 23. PETRATOS Dimitri
Substitutes: 4. BOWLES Daniel, 8. PEPPER Jacob, 9. MACLAREN Jamie, 15. ARANA Manuel, 21. YOUNG Jamie (gk)

Sydney FC: 1. VUKOVIC Danny, 4. WILKINSON Alexander, 5. JURMAN Matthew, 6. BRILLANTE Joshua, 7. ZULLO Michael, 9. Bobo, 10. NINKOVIC Milos, 13. O’NEIL Brandon, 14. BROSQUE Alex, 21. HOLOSKO Filip, 23. GRANT Rhyan
Substitutes: 11. IBINI-ISEI Bernie, 17. CARNEY David, 18. SIMON Matthew, 22. RYALL Sebastian, 31. MANON Thomas (gk)

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