Saturday, January 23, 2010

Double blow costs Fury dearly

North Queensland Fury stayed ninth and Brisbane Roar eighth on the A-League ladder after they drew 1-1 in Townsville this evening.

Controversy preceded the match when Robbie Fowler refused to start on the bench for North Queensland Fury.

Fury coach Ian Ferguson felt his marquee player was jaded and planned to start him on the bench and bring him on for the last half-hour, but the former Liverpool star refused and sat in the stands with his child during the game.

Fury, and New Zealand, suffered a huge blow in the opening minutes when Jeremy Brockie sustained a suspected broken leg after a tackle by Michael Zullo.

Brockie was carried from the ground on a stretcher and taken to hospital by ambulance and looks doubtful for the World Cup.

Had Fowler been on the bench, he would probably have come on and played for most of the game.

After a goalless opening half, Brisbane Roar took the lead in the 48th minute through a header by Luke Devere.

Goalkeeper Justin Pasfield got to the ball but could not keep it out.

David Williams equalised in the 55th minute following a pass from Dyron Daal.

Zullo and Tommy Oar had some great shots saved by Pasfield, who was in excellent form.

The attendance was 7,610, which is the second biggest crowd for the Fury at home this season.

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