A-League Men returns with late drama after World Cup break

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Jay O’Shea ensured a Brisbane Roar claimed a 1-1 draw with Adelaide United at Kayo Stadium in the first game back since the World Cup break for the A-League Men.

Both sides enjoyed open and proactive play in the early stages under the Friday night lights.

Golden opportunities were squandered as each team looked to shake off the evident rust from a month’s hiatus due to the World Cup.

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Brisbane’s season long trend of trailing in possession persisted in the first third of the match with Adelaide owning 65 per cent of the ball.

Captain Ryan Kitto’s long-range shot was a speculative effort, but his strike was indicative of United’s increased access to the goals as the first stanza wore on.

No scoreboard rewards materialised despite Adelaide’s 10 shot to two dominance 35 minutes into the game.

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Alexander Popovic’s header drifted toward the back post as Adelaide’s fifth corner nearly broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time.

United’s goalkeeper Joe Gauci was left sprawling after denying a clean Jay O’Shea volley, but both sides failed to penetrate the net.

Proceedings throughout the scoreless first stanza at Redcliffe belonged to the visiting Adelaide side.

United came out firing in the second half with three consecutive but unsuccessful strikes on goal within one segment of play.

Riku Danzaki mistimed a prime chance in front of goal for Brisbane in the first 10 minutes post the interval.

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Minutes later it was the skipper Thomas Aldred’s turn to pounce, but his header again was astray in both a frustrating and promising stretch of play.

The home side continued to press through chances for subs Joe Knowles and Henry Hore.

All Roar’s momentum was undone by Adelaide’s own subs.

Nestory Irankunda’s cross was positioned perfectly for George Blackwood’s sweet and straight header as United broke the deadlock with 18 minutes left to play.

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Brisbane and Charlie Austin’s best chance to hit back arrived on a platter within moments but the tiring former Premier League striker sliced the ball and left the field soon after.

Salt was very nearly rubbed into the wound when Irankunda’s brilliant burst was halted by a desperate Macklin Freke to keep Roar alive.

Isaías’ second yellow infringement saw him sent from the field with only a minute to go before injury time.

Late drama ensued as O’Shea was gifted the chance to equalise with a penalty in the dying stages.

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The experienced campaigner held his nerve to level the scores at 1-1 in a cool and calm display under the most immense pressure.

Brisbane’s late comeback has prevented Adelaide from four consecutive victories in season 2022/23.

Brisbane Roar 1 (O’Shea 90′)

Adelaide United 1 (Blackwood 72′)

Stadium: Kayo Stadium

Referee: Alex King

Assistant Referees: David Walsh and Andrew Lindsay

Fourth Official: Casey Reibelt

Brisbane Roar: Macklin FREKE (GK), Jack HINGERT, Scott NEVILLE, Thomas ALDRED, Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS (Cyrus DEHMIE 89′), Riku DANZAKI, Kai TREWIN, James O’SHEA, Rahmat AKBARI (Henry HORE 60′), Nikola MILEUSNIC (Joseph KNOWLES 60′), Charlie AUSTIN (Carlo ARMIENTO 77′)

Unused subs: Jordan HOLMES (GK), Connor CHAPMAN, Louis ZABALA,

Adelaide United: Joe GAUCI (GK), Ryan KITTO, Lachlan BARR, Alexander POPOVIC, Javi LOPEZ, Jaunde PRADOS LOPEZ (Nestory IRANKUNDA 46′), Isais SANCHEZ CORTES, Ethan ALAGICH, Joshua CAVALLO (George BLACKWOOD 63′), Hiroshi IBUSUKI (Louis D’ARRIGO 78′), Ben HALLORAN (Nicholas ANSELL 90′)

Unused subs: James DELIANOV (GK), Panashe MADANHA, Jonny YULL

Feature Image Credit: Brisbane Roar

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Liam Cook
Aspiring football enthusiast. Covering Brisbane Roar in 2022/23.

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