Brisbane Roar’s new leading man: Cyrus Dehmie

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Sunday’s FFA Cup Round of 16 fixture was a coming-out party for Brisbane Roar’s newest strike weapon Cyrus Dehmie. 

The 19-year-old had a dream afternoon against Lions FC grabbing a second-half hat-trick leading the line for the Roar as they won 4-0. 

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Dehmie’s electric pace and strong physicality was on show from the opening minutes, constantly making in-roads behind the Lions backline and leaving defenders in his wake. 

Through his hat-trick Dehmie displayed a variety of delightful finishes. 

His first goal was a right-footed shot calmly put beyond Lions goalkeeper Luke Borean with the ball nudging the inside of the post as it crossed the line.

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His second was effortless, with two defenders clipping at his heels, Dehmie nonchalantly chipped the ball over the onrushing keeper into an open net.

To seal his hat-trick, Dehmie controlled a lofted through ball with his chest into the 18-yard box and lashed home a crisp left-footed half-volley.

Dehmie also got in front of Lions defender Matija Simic to earn Brisbane’s penalty kick early on in the first half. 

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With the Roar only scoring 36 goals through 26 games of the 2020/21 A-League season, inserting some clinical finishing would have been a priority for coach Warren Moon during the off-season.

After his showing on Sunday, it seems as though Dehmie, a product of the Roar’s academy, is the perfect man to fill that void this season. 

Dehmie, who played for the Roar’s NPL team during the 2021 season, scored 22 goals across 19 games in Queensland’s second tier, finishing second in the NPL Queensland golden boot race.

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It is this form that saw him promoted to the first team for the FFA Cup Round of 16 fixture. 

Dehmie rewarded Moon’s faith and more, exhibiting exactly why he should be the man to lead Brisbane’s attack for the 2021/22 A-League season.

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Bill Hedley
Journalism under graduate at the University of Queensland. I have been a die-hard football player and fan for the past 16 years and am now a passionate multimedia Journalist, covering Brisbane Roar for the 2021/22 A-League season.

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