Friday, October 30, 2009

The mouse that roared

Eighth-placed Brisbane Roar drew 1-1 with ninth-placed Newcastle Jets in a tame A-league match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane this evening.

You could have fired a shotgun in the stadium and not hit anyone as just 7,509 showed up at what is an excellent venue.

Brisbane even lowered ticket prices in an attempt to attract more spectators.

The visitors took the lead in the 32nd minute when Haliti outjumped Franjic and headed home a Bridges right-wing cross.

Three minutes later, a cross by Oar was handled by D’Apuzzo and Brisbane’s Van Dijk equalised from the penalty, beating keeper Kennedy with a low shot to his right.

Oar was always dangerous on the left wing and sent over some tantalising crosses.

Van Dijk could have headed the winner a minute from the break from one such cross, but Kennedy tipped the ball over the bar for a corner.

Brisbane had 61 per cent of the possession but could not make it count.

Craig Moore was Brisbane’s man-of-the-match.

He said there was nothing wrong with his side’s commitment, but the team lacked guile.

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