Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar all tied up at Allianz Stadium

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Sydney FC’s clash with Brisbane Roar ended in a tight 1-1 draw after the Sky Blues managed to only just scrape one back during injury time.

The storm clouds rolled over Sydney just in time for the action to kick-off at Allianz Stadium.

With Sydney FC looking to extend on their longest winning streak of the 2022/23 season, the home side weren’t afraid to show their hunger right from the starting whistle. The Roar’s defensive line were under the heat for the first ten minutes of the match, with a couple of dangerous progressions arising from Sydney’s central midfield.

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Brisbane managed to make some progressions of their own, but it wasn’t long before Jordan Holmes was found under pressure again as the Sky Blues made a couple of consecutive strikes in his box.

However, it was Andrew Redmayne to be caught off-guard first when Nikola Mileusnic found a tight, slicing angle to the back of the net that put Brisbane Roar in the lead just ten minutes before half time.

With the visitors up in front, things started to loosen up for the home side, giving Brisbane a couple more opportunities to shake Sydney’s ground right before the first 45 came to an end.

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Despite some desperate chances on both ends, Brisbane Roar entered the second half with a firm hold on their 1-0 lead.

The Roar brought nothing but power into the second half, showcasing their danger on the break with some fierce advancements early on.

It didn’t take long for Sydney to clap back, bringing the home fans to the edge of their seats with a few promising opportunities on goal indicating that an equaliser may not be far off.

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It was a penalty chance for the Sky Blues that really got things going, however, Joe Lolley’s strike found nothing but the hands of Jordan Holmes.

As the match entered its final ten minutes of play, the field began to mirror the electric sky. Tensions were certainly heighted as Sydney got as close as you could possibly get when a fumble from Brisbane’s keeper had the ball sitting right on the goal line.

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The final minutes were mayhem as the home side scrambled for a last-minute equaliser, with break after break shut down by Brisbane’s solidified defence.

It was well into injury time when Sydney FC substitute, and former Brisbane Roar teammate, Alex Parsons, me finally found the back of the net, bringing the score line back to even.

Despite Brisbane’s dominance, Sydney managed to get out of jail, with a final score of 1-1.

Sydney FC 1 (Alex Parsons 90+5’) 

Brisbane Roar 1 (Nikola Mileusnic 34’)

 

Allianz Stadium

Referee: Lachlan Keevers

Assistant Referees: Lance Greenshields, Greg Taylor

Fourth Official: Hassan Jomaa

 

Sydney FC: Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), Rhyan GRANT, Jame DONACHIE, Alex WILKINSON, Diego CABALLO, Luke BRATTAN, Max BURGESS (Alex PARSONS 70’), Paulo RETRE (Patrick YAZBEK 70’), Anthony CACERES (Joel KING 86’), Joe LOLLEY, Patrick WOOD (Robert MAK 56’)

Unused Subs: Tom HEWARD-BELLE, Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH, Aaron GURD

 

Brisbane Roar: Jordan HOLMES (GK), Louis ZABALA, Scott NEVILLE, Tom ALDRED, Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, Taras GOMULKA (Rahmat AKBARI 65’), Jay O’SHEA, Kai TREWIN, Joe KNOWLES (Henry HORE 90’), Stefan SCEPOVIC (Robbie KRUSE83’), Nikola MILEUSNIC (Carlo ARMIENTO 65’)

Unused Subs: Macklin FREKE, Noah SMITH, Marcel CANADI

 

Feature Image Credit: Alen Delic

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Neve McGavock
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Studying a Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Covering Sydney FC for the 2022/23 season.

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