Brisbane Roar FC have suffered a 2-0 defeat against top-of-the-table Sydney FC on Friday night at Allianz Stadium in the Hyundai A-League.
The Roar were forced to pay for not capitalising on chances created in the first half as the Sky Blues made the most of their opportunities with a goal either side of half-time to take the three points.
Head Coach John Aloisi says his side must be far more clinical in front of goal after wasting several clear-cut opportunities in the opening 45 minutes.
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“They’re a well-organised side, and they’re strong. For us to create chances is a positive sign, but we need to be putting them away,” he said.
“You don’t get many chances against a Sydney FC side so when you do get them, you need to put them away and then it could become a different game.
“We got caught on the break. That’s their game and they’re a dangerous team.”
The Roar found the target on five occasions in the opening 45 minutes to Sydney’s two but it was the hosts who made the breakthrough on a quick counter from midfield as Sky Blues’ Captain Alex Brosque calmly finished to make it one-nil.
Dimitri Petratos threatened the Sky Blues’ goal on numerous occasions throughout the first half forcing Sydney goalkeeper Danny Vukovic into several strong saves.
The Roar’s intent to recover the deficit was evident with the introduction of Spaniard Manuel Arana early in the second half. His looping volley almost brought about an equaliser, but the Spaniard’s effort rebounded back into play off the underside of the crossbar with Vukovic beaten in the Sydney FC goal.
Sydney doubled their advantage through Milos Ninkovic in the 63rd minute before Sydney skipper Alex Brosque was shown a red card for a second bookable offence.
With an extra-man advantage, Brisbane dominated possession but were unable to create any real clear-cut opportunities in the final 30 minutes of the match as Sydney FC deservedly took all three points.
Brisbane Roar FC finish 2016 in third place on the Hyundai A-League ladder.
The Roar return home to Suncorp Stadium to face Newcastle Jets on Saturday, 7 January 2017. Kick-off 4:35pm (QLD Time).
Sydney FC 2 (Brosque 36′, Ninkovic 63′)
Brisbane Roar 0
Sydney FC: 4.Alex WILKINSON, 5.Matthew JURMAN, 6.Joshua BRILLANTE, 7.Michael ZULLO, 9.Bobo (18.Matt SIMON 80′), 10.Milos NINKOVIC (22.Sebastian RYALL 89′), 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 20.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 21.Filip HOLOSKO (11.Bernie IBINI 63′), 23.Rhyan GRANT
Unused substitutes: 17.David CARNEY, 31.Thomas MANOS (gk)
Yellow cards: Alex BROSQUE 23′, 65′, Joshua BRILLANTE 31′, Michael ZULLO 56′, Matt SIMON 95′
Red cards: Alex BROSQUE 65′ (second yellow card)
Brisbane Roar FC: 1.Michael THEO (gk), 3.Luke DEVERE, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 11.Tommy OAR (15.ARANA 56′), 13.Jade NORTH, 17. Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT (28.Brandon BORRELLO 709′), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS
Unused substitutes: 4.Daniel BOWLES, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk)
Yellow cards: ARANA 88′
Red cards: Nil