Roar fail to win one-sided affair against Victory

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Brisbane Roar struggled to capitilise against what looked like a spiritless Melbourne Victory side on Monday.

Despite the miserable weather conditions, Daily Moreton Stadium was buzzing with excitement for what was expected to be an ANZAC day blockbuster between 11th place  Roar and third-place Victory.

A surprising number of Melbourne Victory fans turned up at Brisbane’s fortress for the special occasion and ensured that their support was heard from the start.

After the traditional ANZAC Day ceremony, the match started with high tensions between the sides as four fouls were given in the first four minutes of the opening half.

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The rain only seemed to get heavier as the half progressed, forcing clumsy plays and creating unsuccessful passes.

Both teams struggled to create promising chances early in the half, but Brisbane proved to be the more dominant side by having the majority of possession.

Melbourne played passively, looking for opportunities to counter-attack Brisbane’s defence. However, Brisbane seized this chance to create promising shots for themselves but failed to hit the target out of their first four attempts.

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As the clock hit the 30-minute mark of the opening half, the game was filled with nothing but fouls, and the stadium was filled with shouts of disagreement on the referee’s decisions.

Brisbane’s star young gun, Henry Hore almost broke the deadlock as he came close with a volley from right in front of the Victory goal that went just wide of the goalpost.

Brisbane came close to taking the lead for the second time just before halftime through winger Alex Parsons whose attempt looked certain to ruffle the back of the net.

However, his shot from in front of the goal was put wide and high.

Parson’s shot proved to be the best chance for the Roar in the first half and doubled up to be the most promising chance for a goal from both teams.

After a half of only one weak shot on target, Melbourne Victory walked into the locker rooms looking spiritless and unlike a top-three team.

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The Roar started the second half the way they left the first, with high energy from the home side creating multiple chances in the opening ten minutes.

As Brisbane’s Tom Aldred’s header hit the underside of the Victory crossbar, players and fans alike scratched their heads as to how the ball didn’t settle in the back of the net.

Kai Trewin followed up with a promising chance of his own soon after Aldred’s attempt as his attempt seemed promising until he put it wide of the Victory goal.

Brisbane’s constant knocking on the door of Melbourne’s defence eventually paid off as youngster Parson’s shot found bottom corner after a low cross from the wing from Luke Ivanovic in the 54th minute.

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Melbourne continued to look spineless and struggled to break through Roar’s defensive prowess.

Although the Victory were able to register a couple of shots, the attempts were unthreatening as they all failed to hit the target.

Despite looking unenergetic the whole game, Victory found an equaliser 10 minutes after Brisbane broke the deadlock, through defender Brendan Hamill whose header found the top corner of the Roar net following a corner.

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Melbourne’s counter-attacking plan almost paid off for the away side soon after equalising, when Victory winger Marco Rojas found himself in on goal with just the Roar keeper to beat.

However, Jordan Holmes proved to be the hero for the Roar, as his outstretched save kept the scores level.

Both teams tried to desperately to find the goal that would give them the lead.

Jay O’Shea came inches away from scoring for Brisbane, as his attempt from outside the box almost burst through the top right corner of the Victory net, with 10 minutes left in the game.

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Scott Neville came close not long after, as a slip on the wet pitch and a crucial block from Victory defender Brendan Hamill cost him a goal that would’ve surely secured the three points for the Roar.

Victory keeper Ivan Kelava almost cost Melbourne the game in injury-time after carelessly slipping up on a back pass, that almost rolled into the back of the net after Juan Lescano’s attempt to chase down the loose ball.

The game ended 1-1 but certainly lived up to the expectations.

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Min-Gyu Shim
Bachelor of Journalism student at UQ, and a full time football fanatic. Covering Brisbane Roar for the 2020/21 season.

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