Young stars shine bright for Brisbane

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Brisbane Roar’s National Youth League head coach Jacob Goodship has sung his praises for his young squad after defeating the Western Sydney Wanderers in the Y-League Grand Final.

The young Roar squad were crowned the youth champions of Australia after their convincing 3-1 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers at ANZ Stadium.

Brisbane’s coach Jacob Goodship was full of praise for his squad, and hopeful that some of his boys might get a call up to play in the first team based on their Grand Final performances.

“We know that these boys will have opportunities to step up and play in the A-League, and that’s the main thing, getting them to transition and make the next step,” he said.

“We’ve already seen through our interim coach Darren Davies, he’s willing to play these players, two of them have played in recent weeks.

“Hopefully today some of them put their names forward to do so in the next few weeks too.”

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When asked which of the players stood out for a possible first team selection, Goodship found it hard to narrow it down to just one or two of these young stars.

“Based on today, Macklin Freke made some incredible saves to keep us in the game, his distribution from his hands helped us in counter-attacks, so we’re very pleased with him.

“Aaron Reardon again was commanding, but to be honest all of the players did really well.

“Let’s not forget that we actually started with three players that we had to get out of school today, they’ve not even left school yet.

“This is a young group, this is a group that if they stay together and work together will hopefully be able to repeat the same feat next year, and realistically for the next three years.

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A jovial Goodship was also very pleased with his front third players, with all three of his attackers, Mirza Muratovic, Shannon Brady and Daniel Leck, getting on the scoresheet.

“We know that the three of them are dangerous, we have a lot of pace and quality, and to be fair they were provided with good quality chances time and time again from our midfield players and our fullbacks getting forward.

“The pleasing thing was the quality of the goals, particularly the second was an incredible move with a lot of involvement and passing in the build-up.

“We’re very dangerous in transition, we know we have quality in the final third and we create chances to score.”

A compelling 3-1 Grand Final win for the Brisbane Roar highlighted the quality of young players throughout the Y-League, showcasing the stars of tomorrow, today.

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Lani Johnson
Bachelor of journalism student from the University of Sydney covering Sydney FC. Passionate about writing and football.

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