Stale draw in Brisbane

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Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners have played out the first goal-less match of the season in a disappointing and frustrating afternoon at Suncorp Stadium.

Massimo Maccarone was in the thick of the action early on having multiple moments in and around the Mariners box but could not convert on early Roar momentum.

The Roar continued to press forward as Brett Holman deftly skipped past Josh Rose and Wout Brama as he made his way into the area but his shot was abruptly blocked by a scrambling Central Coast defence.

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Maccarone again was on hand again as a gilt-edged opportunity fell into his lap following a Mariners deflection, his one-timed lobbed effort evading the advancing Ben Kennedy and the back of the net in what was a golden chance for the Italian veteran.

An initial Eric Bautheac strike in the 32nd minute ended up with the Italian again on the deck as shouts for a potential penalty resulted in an animated and livid John Aloisi on the sideline at the lack of VAR intervention with replays indicating Maccarone being incorrectly ruled offside.

Danny De Silva was inadvertently handed the ball on a platter in front of goal in the opening minutes of the second stanza and for all money should’ve given the visiting side the first goal of the match if not for a stunning Jamie Young save to deny the Mariners youngster.

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De Silva was proving to be a dangerous man to handle again testing the Roar defensive line with a 70-metre lung-busting run on the counter-attack only for his shot to hit the side netting.

Again De Silva was centre stage, this time a glancing header forcing an amazing reflex save from Young despite the raised flag on the dynamic Central Coast number 10.

Tensions grew as the match wore on with both sides unable to carve out any real momentum in their desperation to notch their first win of the season.

Jade North was denied late on by another moment of goalkeeping brilliance as Kennedy saved a late winner to end a frustrating afternoon for both teams.

Central Coast will face the high-flying Sydney FC to kick-off Round 6 A-League action as they search for their first 3 points of the season.

Brisbane Roar travels to Melbourne on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium also looking to right the ship of a less than inspiring start to a season that has turned into a major worry for Aloisi’s men.

Brisbane Roar FC 0
Central Coast Mariners 0

Suncorp Stadium (11,485)

Referee: Daniel ELDER
Assistant Referee: Ashley BEECHAM and Andrew LINDSAY
Fourth Official: Adam KERSEY

Brisbane Roar FC: 21. YOUNG Jamie (GK), 2. INGHAM Dane, 6.PAPADOPOULOS Avraam, 9. MACCARONE Massimo, 10. HOLMAN Brett (70′ GAMEIRO Corey), 13. NORTH Jade, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid, 16. OXBORROW Mitchell (84′ PEPPER Jacob), 17. MCKAY Matt, 19. HINGERT Jack, 22. BAUTHEAC Eric (83′ SKAPETIS Petros)

SUBSTITUTES: 31. WHITE Brendan (GK), 8. PEPPER Jacob, 11. GAMEIRO Corey, 24. O’TOOLE Connor, 33. SKAPETIS Petros

Central Coast Mariners: 1. KENNEDY Ben, (GK), 3. ROSE Joshua 4. MCGING Jake, 5. GOLEC Antony, 6. HIARIEJ Tom, 7. HOOLE Andrew, 9. ASDRUBAL (87′ BUHAGIAR Trent), 10. DE SILVA Danny, 11. PAIN Connor (74′ APPIAH-KUBI Kwabena), 15. BARO Alan (52′ ROSE Liam), 23. BRAMA Wout

SUBSTITUTES: 20. PEARCE Adam (GK), 12. BUHAGIAR Trent, 13. APPIAH-KUBI Kwabena, 14. BERRY Adam, 16. ROSE Liam

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Josh is in the final stages of a journalism degree at The University of Queensland. In the meantime, he'll continue praying for Arzani's knee.

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