Young gun scores hat-trick as Brisbane Roar fire past Lions FC in the FFA Cup

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The Brisbane Roar are through to the quarter-finals of the FFA Cup after beating Lions FC 4-0 at Lions Stadium on Sunday.

The Roar opened the game playing with a high tempo and knocked the ball around with real purpose. Brisbane’s promising 19-year-old Cyrus Dehmie looked dangerous from the off using his pace to make inroads behind the Lions defence.

A darting run from Rahmat Akbari down the right flank early on lead to a dangerous ball into the Lions box. Dehmie got to the ball ahead of defender Matija Simic, who brought him down for an undeniable penalty.

Corey Brown was then clinical from the spot lasering the ball into the top left corner and sending Luke Borean the wrong way to give Roar the lead after five minutes.

Lions grew into the game after falling behind. Some nice interplay between forwards Alex Flechtner and Joseph Duckworth on the edge of the box resulted in a shot from Flechtner that sliced across goal going narrowly wide of the post.

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The Roar were forced into an early first-half substitution when Jack Hingert went down injured in the 30th minute.

Borean was continually tested in the Lions goal throughout the first half but remained solid to keep the deficit at one.

Heading towards half time, Lions pushed forward effectively and had two seperate penalty shouts waved away by the referee in the final five minutes of the half.

Lions were energised coming out after the break with Joseph Duckworth taking control of a defensive header on the edge of the 18-yard box and striking a crisp volley only narrowly wide of Macklin Freke’s goal.

The Roar capitalised on their advance however, with Jesse Daley sending a through ball behind the Lions defence that Dehmie raced onto and calmly tucked it into the bottom right corner for his first senior goal with the Roar.

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Lions began to push more players forward as they chased the game and the Roar broke on the counter. A lofted pass over the defence saw Dehmie again one-on-one with Borean where he cheekily chipped the on-rushing keeper.

As Lions faded out of the game, Dehmie bullied his way past the defence running after a through ball and promptly cannoned the ball into the right side of the net to seal his hat-trick in the 84th minute.

The Roar now move on to the quarter-finals in their quest for the FFA Cup, while Lions’ season comes to a close.

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Brisbane Roar 4 (Brown 8’) (Dehmie 50’ 78’ 84’)

Lions Stadium

Lions FC: Luke BORREAN (GK), Andrew THOMPSON, Matija SIMIC (C) (Nathan SHEPHERD 45’), Tommy JARRAD (Jacob MINETT 80’), Alex FLETCHNER, Ethan DOCHERTY (James BATY 55’), Joseph DUCKWORTH, Shaun CARLOS (Noah MCGRATH 80), Maximillian MIKKOLA, Jean Carlos SOLORZANO (Jordan FARINA 67’), Finn BEAKHURST

Unused Subs: Ryan MURPHY (GK)

Brisbane Roar: Macklin FREKE (GK), Scott NEVILLE, Corey BROWN (Nicolas OLSEN 78’), Thomas ALDRED (C), Rahmat AKBARI, Ville Matti STEINMANN, Nikola MILEUSNIC (Alexander PARSONS 60’), Jesse DALEY (James O’SHEA 60’), Jack HINGERT (Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH 30’), Kai TREWIN, Cyrus DEHMIE

Unused subs: Jordan Holmes (GK), Jackson HART-PHILLIPS, Louis Zabala

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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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