Hard-fought draw sign of a different Roar side, claims Moon

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Jay O’Shea’s clutch penalty conversion gave Brisbane Roar a hard-fought draw against Adelaide United on Friday night at Kayo Stadium.

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Brisbane coach Warren Moon said his side’s ability to come from behind to salvage a point from the game was nerve-wracking, but also indicative of a maturing team.

“Tough way to go through the emotions of a football match,” Moon said post-game in reference to the last-minute equaliser.

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The manager was particuarly pleased with Roar’s fightback after a lacklustre start.

“We didn’t start well. Most people who saw that could see we were getting our arses kicked in that first 20 minutes,” he said.

“The boys showed great character and resilience to keep fighting and in the end we’ll take the point, it’s a fair result.”

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With next to no injury time remaining, Moon could barely look as O’Shea lined up his penalty attempt, but says he was always confident it would go through.

“We’ve not had the best luck with penalties this year, we’ve missed a couple,” Moon said.

“Given the time in the game I knew that was our chance.”

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“Jay’s pretty reliable and it’s all good because we got the point.”

That solitary point was enough to reassure Moon that his men have developed as a collective since their last campaign.

“We want to be resilient and hard to beat, this is a game we would’ve lost last year.”

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Liam Cook
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