Brisbane Roar have continued their mid-season revival with a last-gasp 2-1 win over the battling Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium on Friday night.
The Roar opened the scoring through Jean Carlos Solarzano in Newcastle before substitute Radovan Pavicevic looked to have earned the Jets a point with a well-taken goal mid-way through the second half.
But the Roar stole all three points with virtually the last kick of the game with Thomas Broich’s free kick sneaking through a crowd of bodies before nestling in the back of the net.
WHAT THEY SAID
“To be honest we were pretty rubbish all night, we didn't deserve that. They worked hard and probably deserved something in the end. It wasn't good from us and we shouldn't have got three points but we did.” - Brisbane Roar captain Matt McKay
“That's pretty disappointing. It was a lot better than the Adelaide game I guess. I think we've always had that (spark) throughout the whole season. It hasn't changed tonight we always put the effort in every game we play and tonight was no different but unfortunately we lost right at the death.” - Newcastle Jets midfielder Zenon Caravella
0-1 (Jean Carlos Solorzano 36')
The Costa-Rican followed up last week’s winner against Wellington with a real poacher’s effort from a corner against the Jets. Thomas Broich swung in a dangerous ball and with Jets ‘keeper Ben Kennedy caught in no-man’s land, Solarzano produced a neat first-time volley with the outside of his foot into the empty net.
1-1 (Radovan Pavicevic 72’)
The young striker came off the bench for the hosts and made an almost immediate impact with his first goal in the Hyundai A-League. A hopeful long-ball fell into Pavicevic’s path and the 19-year-old showed good composure to round Roar custodian Michael Theo and slot into an empty net. Corey Brown should have done better to prevent the goal with his last ditch tackle failing to block the Jets striker’s effort.
1-2 (Thomas Broich 93’)
The German whipped in a dangerous free kick from the edge of the area and somehow made it’s way through a crowd of bodies before finding the back of the net. There appeared to be a slight touch from Jets defender Allen Welsh but Broich will undoubtedly claim the goal as his own.
Solorzano showed flashes of brilliance for the Roar but it was Jets youngster Andrew Hoole who showcased his immense potential with an energetic display for the hosts. In a match which lacked genuine spark, the 21-year-old was a willing runner for Phil Stubbins’ side and looked threatening in the final third. The Roar struggled to deal with the winger’s pace and incisiveness all night and the only thing missing from his performance was a goal.
Ben Kennedy was culpable for the Roar’s opening goal after failing to meet Broich’s cross but remains the only viable option for the club with the recent departure of Mark Birighitti.
But it was Edson Montano who would have left Phil Stubbins disconsolate after missing an absolute sitter in just the second minute.
Andrew Hoole provided a pinpoint cross following a well-worked short corner but Montano inexplicably skewed his header into the crossbar from just five yards.
The 23-year-old has netted just three goals for the season and won’t get an easier chance to add to his tally.
BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
The Roar dominated possession in Newcastle but failed to translate their ball retention into genuine goal-scoring opportunities. Solarzano and Broich showed glimpses of their quality in the final third but it will be interesting to see how Thijssen utilises new striker Andrija Kaluderovic in the coming weeks.
THE FINAL WORD
With all the controversy surrounding the Jets, Phil Stubbins’ men showed character and determination in the heart-breaking defeat. With a new-look side and external issues plaguing the club it will be interesting to see how the Jets back-up in the coming weeks.
For all their possession the Roar lacked a cutting edge in front of goal and will be looking for incisiveness if they are to trouble the top six in the second half of the season. With Luke Devere and Andrija Kaluderovic to bolster Frans Thijssen’s outfit in the following weeks, the Roar are more than capable of sealing an unlikely finals appearance.
Newcastle Jets: Kennedy, Neville (Welsh 92’), Regan, Kantarovski, Caravella, Hoole (Ki Je Lee 89’), Gallagher, Montano, Pepper, Cooper (Pavicevic 55’), Mullen
Brisbane Roar: Theo, Polenz, Stefanutto, Sarota (Lustica 79’), Brown (North 76’), Solorzano, Donachie, McKay, Brattan, Broich, Borrello
Scorers: Solorzano 36’, Pavicevic 72’, Broich 93'
Red cards: n/a
Yellow cards: Hoole 37’, Kantarovski 89’, Pavicevic 90’, Neville 90+2’
Conditions: 22 degrees, Fine
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