Brisbane hold hapless Macarthur to a draw

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Brisbane Roar has split the points with Australia Cup champions Macarthur FC in round one of the A-League Men season after a 0-0 draw at Suncorp Stadium.

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After easing their way into the opening game of the season, Roar began to stamp their authority with repeated forays forward that capitalised on the Bulls’ initial sluggishness in defence.

The opening 15 minutes of the contest produced a plethora of golden opportunities for Brisbane, including for the Roar’s 2020/21 Golden Boot winner Riku Danzaki, who wasn’t far away from snaring a skilful opener.

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Roar were proactive in the first half of their season, with a Carlo Armiento cross producing a Charlie Austin deflection that very nearly gifted Joe Knowles his first goal in Roar orange.

All of the home side’s hard work was nearly undone after a brain fade from captain Tom Aldred left Al Hassan Toure alone with goal-keeper Jordan Holmes in the box.

Moments later, the ever-dangerous Toure bobbed up again to serve Anthony Carter a chance on a silver platter, which The Bulls’ striker failed to finish.

Despite the 50-50 possession split, Roar created eight scoring chances to Macarthur’s three and produced six corners to none.

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The home side’s strong start didn’t manifest on the scoreboard, but they would’ve been pleased to go in level at the break with last week’s Australia Cup winners, nonetheless.

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A tremendous Holmes’ save on Carter, who took the brunt of a head clash just on half-time, kept scores even at the 54th minute mark.

Toure’s challenge yielded Austin a header opportunity in his first A-League Men match, only to be denied by the sturdy Filip Kurto.

The second half generated fewer chances for both sides as the deadlock persisted until the final whistle.

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Round one at Suncorp Stadium left the starved Roar home fans wanting more as the second stanza meandered into a lengthy holding pattern where neither side could penetrate effectively.

Brisbane will return to Suncorp Stadium next Friday against an ominous Melbourne City side, while Macarthur will pursue their first win when they face Adelaide United at Campbelltown Stadium.

Brisbane Roar FC 0

Macarthur FC 0

Stadium: Suncorp Stadium

Referee: Adam Kersey

Assistant Referees: Andrew Lindsay and David Walsh

Fourth Official: Jack Morgan

Brisbane Roar: Jordan HOLMES (GK), Scott NEVILLE, Thomas ALDRED, Connor CHAPMAN, Riku DANZAKI, Charles AUSTIN, Carlo ARMIENTO (Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS 64’), Jack HINGERT (Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH 71’), James O’SHEA, Kai TREWIN, Joseph KNOWLES (Nikola MILEUSNIC 71’)

Unused subs: Macklin FREKE (GK), Rahmat AKBARI, Jesse DALEY, Cyrus DEHMIE

Macarthur FC: Filip KURTO (GK), Jake MCGING (Matthew MILLAR 46’), Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, Tomislav USKOK, Daniel DE SILVA, Ulises DAVILA, Ivan VUJCA, Jerry SKOTADIS (Kearyn BACCUS 67’), Al Hassan TOURE, Anthony CARTER (Lachlan ROSE 80’), Daniel ARZANI (Craig NOONE 60’)

Unused Subs: Nicholas SUMAN (GK), Jake HOLLMAN, Charles M’MOMBWA

Feature Image Credit: Brad Inman

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