I’m a believer in academy talent: Moon

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Brisbane Roar coach Warren Moon has put total faith in the academy and National Premier League systems after fielding the Roar’s youngest side this year, with 13 players in the squad under the age of 23.

The young Brisbane Roar side proved they will be difficult to beat if they make finals, after defeating the premiership winning Melbourne City 3-0 at Dolphin stadium on Tuesday night.

“You either believe in them or you don’t, I believe in talent from the NPL and young players from our academy,” Moon said.

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Twenty-one-year-old superstar Alex Parsons signed his first professional contract with the Roar during the week and was quick to prove his worth, winning the side it’s first penalty and scoring Brisbane’s second goal of the night.

“We have got complete faith in the player and that’s why we did sign him, we are delighted for him but he’s a first team player and we need him to step up and have performances like tonight,” Moon said.

While victory was sweet, Moon remained realistic considering City made mass changes before the clash in order to rest key players ahead of finals.

“I’m really pleased with the performance but I think we have to look at the whole picture, they are the best team in the country right now and deservedly so, they won the Premiers Plate,” he said.

“I think we were pleased with the performance, but we need to take note that they had to rest a few key players.”

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The Roar had their own squad challenges with neither Tom Aldred or Macaulay Gillesphey featuring in the match due to niggling injuries.

“We had our own concerns going into tonight’s match, our own players missing,” Moon said.

“From a squad perspective, getting through tonight with three points and knowing we’ve got some pretty important players coming back puts us in a pretty good position leading into Sunday’s match.”

The Brisbane Roar’s next match is against fellow top six hopefuls Western Sydney Wanderers at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday.

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Angus Brien
Covering Brisbane Roar A-League and W-League matches during the 2020/2021 season. Currently studying Journalism at Queensland University of Technology. Big sports fan and lover of football.
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