Roar deny Melbourne City a goal for first time this A-League Men season

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Brisbane Roar have secured a well-earned point against the foremost team in the competition at Kayo Stadium, playing out a 0-0 draw with Melbourne City.

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The home side had plenty riding on this fixture against the best team in the A-League Men, needing a win or draw to keep pace with the top six.

Friendly fire saw Jordan Holmes undergo a concussion test in the first 10 minutes, but thankfully for Brisbane their primary goalkeeper remained on the pitch.

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The locals employed a proactive high press that largely restricted City’s usual dominance early in contests.

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Roar’s unified and decisive approach in defence forced long, misdirected balls from the ladder leaders on numerous occasions, although attacking opportunities for themselves remained hard to come by.

A sniping cross from Marco Tilio presented Jamie Maclaren with the first genuine chance of the game for either side in the 22nd minute, but Holmes was on board to save the day for the hosts.

With both attacks receiving greater opportunity, Brisbane produced narrowly missed chances of their own through skipper Thomas Aldred and young Joe Knowles.

Melbourne’s well-earned standing as the most formidable side in the competition didn’t deter Brisbane, who were able to keep pace with City and create their own avenues to goal throughout the scoreless first half, frustrating the visitors.

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Impetus at the start of the second stanza belonged to Melbourne City after creating consecutive chances for Tilio, Maclaren, Curtis Good and Matthew Leckie.

An industrious defence is what the Roar needed and it is what they delivered amidst very desperate circumstances as City began to stamp their authority in Redcliffe.

Second half proceedings were dominated by Melbourne, however their inability to capitalise on multiple chances reflected a team not at their ladder-leading best.

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Henry Hore very nearly orchestrated something against the run of play for the Roar when he placed a ball in Carlo Armiento’s path, who seemingly didn’t expect it to arrive.

Despite nearly three hundred more passes than their opposition, the all-conquering combinations of City failed to sync up.

Melbourne’s goalkeeper Thomas Glover stood tall amidst frantic shots from all angles inside the box in the dying minutes from Brisbane, while Maclaren was metres away from single handedly winning the game for his side with two minutes to play.

Brisbane scrapped away to ensure a fitting 0-0 draw with Melbourne City, who were kept scoreless for the first time in 2022/23.

Brisbane Roar 0

Melbourne City 0

Stadium: Kayo Stadium

Referee: Alireza Faghani

Assistant Referees: Ashley Beecham and Andrew Lindsay

Fourth Official: Adam Kersey

Brisbane Roar: Jordan HOLMES (GK), Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, Thomas ALDRED, Scott NEVILLE, Jack HINGERT (Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH 64′), Carlo ARMIENTO (Rahmat AKBARI 78′), Kai TREWIN, Connor CHAPMAN, Louis ZABALA (Henry HORE 64′), Joe KNOWLES (Ayom MAJOK 78′), Jay O’SHEA

Unused subs: Macklin FREKE (GK), Anton MLINARIC, Marcel CANADI

Melbourne City: Thomas GLOVER (GK), Scott GALLOWAY, Thomas LAM, Curtis GOOD, Scott JAMIESON, Richard VAN DER VENNE, Aiden O’NEILL, Marco TILIO (Andrew NABBOUT 68′), Matthew LECKIE, Valon BERISHA (Florin BERENGUER 78′), Jamie MACLAREN

Unused subs: Matthee SUTTON (GK), Nuno REIS, Callum TALBOT, Taras GOMULKA, Raphael BORGES RODRIGUES

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne City FC

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