Around the Grounds: Roar turn it up to 11 to rock Gladstone

Irish forward Jay O’Shea hit four as Brisbane Roar ran riot in an 11-goal frenzy against a Gladstone Select XI.

Fellow Irishman Roy O’Donovan netted a double and Australian attacker Brad Inman scored his first goal in orange following a week-long camp in the Gladstone region.

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O’Donovan fired the warning signs in the first minute, putting the Roar one ahead, before Inman and English defender Macauley Gillesphey made it 3-0 after 16 minutes at Marley Brown Oval.

An effort from George Mells and two goals from O’Shea made it 6-0 at half-time and O’Donovan doubled his tally just after the hour mark.

A third from O’Shea, followed by Stefan Mauk’s strike, racked up nine and late goals from O’Shea and youngster Dauntae Mariner capped the 11-0 win for Robbie Fowler’s men.

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Petratos magic wins Jets’ first pre-season hit out

Dimitri Petratos scored directly from a corner as Newcastle Jets kicked off their 2019/20 pre-season campaign with a 1-0 win against Edgeworth FC.

The Jets talisman struck on 27 minutes, with no player claiming to get a touch, at Jack McLaughlan Oval.

Former Central Coast Mariner Matt Millar and ex-Western Sydney Wanderer Nick Fitzgerald made their first appearances for the Hunter men.

Steve Ugarkovic shot into the side-netting and Kaine Sheppard missed the target as Newcastle threatened early on, before Petratos’ set-piece made the break through.

Young goalkeeper Noah James made a double save, with help from the woodwork, to deny Eagles attacker Oliver Smith as Ernie Merrick’s men took a lead into the interval.

Ugarkovic rattled the crossbar in the second half but Petratos’ strike proved the be the decisive moment against the NPL Northern NSW side.

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Singh, Cacace celebrated at NZ Football Awards

Two Wellington Phoenix players and former star midfielder Sarpeet Singh were recognised at the annual New Zealand Football Awards.

Bayern Munich rising star Singh was handed the award for Men’s International Player of the Year, after signing for the German giants and making his first team bow in the four-time European champions’ pre-season friendlies against AC Milan, Arsenal and Real Madrid.

Flying full-back Liberato Cacace claimed the gong for Young Men’s Player of the Year following a breakout season in the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 for the 18-year-old.

Twenty-year-old striker Callum McCowatt was awarded Domestic Young Player of the Year for his performances for Eastern Suburbs before signing for the Hyundai A-League club.

Premier League striker Chris Wood of Burnley FC took out the overall Player of the Year award at the ceremony in Auckland on Saturday night.

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