Brisbane take the honours in Sydney friendly


An own goal and a defensive error gave Brisbane Roar a strong lead in the first half in the friendly encounter against Perth Glory at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney today.

Glory fielded a starting side which included marquee Spaniard, Diego Castro.

Perth had possession for most of the first half but two goals in three minutes, gave Brisbane a strong lead going into the main break.

Glory threatened from several set pieces but was unable to find the back of the net, despite the towering presence of Rostyn Griffiths and Rhys Williams.

Brisbane got onto the scoresheet in the 35th minute after Josh Risdon scored an own goal. Brandon Borrello fed a ball into the box from the right wing into the path of Thomas Broich, who dummied, and Risdon who was on his tail hit the ball into the back of the net.

Three minutes later, a defensive mishap by Perth, saw former Glory striker Jamie Maclaren double Brisbane’s lead.

The second half, saw a few changes to Glory’s line-up and both teams created chances, but neither had the upper hand.

But in the 65th minute Dimi Petratos, was given enough space to fire a long range shot to beat Glory custodian Nick Feely.

Six minutes later, the Queenslanders extended their lead after they were awarded a free kick just outside the box. Petratos took the free which forced Feely to tip the ball onto the cross bar; However Broich followed up with the long range volley which rifled into the back of the net.

Adam Taggart came close a couple of times for Perth. His best chance came two minutes from time when Richard Garcia fed the ball into the six yard area, and Taggart fired forcing Roar ‘keeper Michael Theo to push the ball over the bar.

Glory’s first match of the Hyundai A-League season will take place on October 8 at nib Stadium against the Central Coast Mariners.