Brisbane Roar 6 (Kaluderovic 21’, Lustica 28’, 41’ & 79’, Clut 48’ and Borello 50’) Central Coast Mariners 1 (OG Bowles 64’)
The run down
The Central Coast Mariners have suffered a disappointing 6-1 defeat at the hands of Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium thanks to a Steven Lustica hat trick plus goals to Andrija Kaluderovic, Devante Clut and Brandon Borello.
The Mariners found themselves on the scoresheet after Daniel Bowles scored an own goal in the 65th minute.
In a match that displayed seven goals, the Mariners will need to bounce back during their nine day turnaround for next weekend’s final home game against Western Sydney Wanderers that is also John Hutchinson’s final home match of his career.
21’ KALUDEROVIC GOAL: Who else but Thomas Broich to set up the home side’s opener by lobbing a perfect ball over the Mariners backline to Kaluderovic who buried his one on one chance with ease.
28’ LUSTICA GOAL (1): Again, Broich was the provider who played a ball back to Steven Lustica, 25 yards out from goal. Lustica lined up the Mariners net and unleashed, the shot took a mean deflection on the way through that wrong footed Liam Reddy and doubled the home side’s advantage.
41’ LUSTICA GOAL (2): In superb fashion, Lustica hit a cracking shot from distance that stayed low and gave Reddy no choice as the ball flew into the bottom corner.
48’ CLUT GOAL: Solorzano blasted down the left wing with pace after a Mariners corner, substitute, Devante Clut was open in a dangerous position who was composed on the ball and tucked away his one-on-one opportunity.
50’ BORELLO GOAL: Borello pealed off to evade the Mariners’ backline with possession, he then turned to face goal and sent a powerful shot into the top netting of Liam Reddy to put the home side 5-0 up.
64’ OWN GOAL: Substitute Travis Major sent in a dangerous cross to Anthony Caceres, before having the time to control, Bowles attempted to make a clearance and inadvertently put the ball in his own net.
79’ LUSTICA GOAL (3): Lustica brought up his hat trick with a simple side footer past Reddy, the build up from Petratos was most impressive who used incredibly sharp feet to beat several Mariners defenders and put the ball on a platter for Lustica.
8’ FERREIRA SHOT: Fabio Ferreira looked to kick the proceedings off early with one of his direct runs into a dangerous position to pull the trigger on an impressive strike, unfortunately it was straight at Jamie Young.
17’ BROICH FOOTWORK: Broich danced in from the left flank between two Mariners defenders, his precision cross was on the mark but Brandon Borello’s marginally mistimed run into the box resulted in a missed opportunity.
19’ KALUDEROVIC SHOT: Like Ferreira, Kaluderovic made a direct run to the top of the box, the Serbian tried his luck with a powerful shot but a diving Reddy evaded the danger.
23’ SOLORZANO SHOT: Too much time in the box for Jean Carlos Solozano who steadied himself and sent a curling right footer on target, Reddy dove down to his left and parried the shot away from danger.
27’ KALUDEROVIC SHOT: The Serbian again looked to buy a ticket with a curling left footer from 20 yards out. Liam Reddy was too good and threw his outstretched body to the right to make an impressive save.
39’ ROSE & FITZGERALD COMBO: Josh Rose made a marauding run down the left flank and eventually found his way into the box, an opportunity presented itself for a shot but Rose opted for a pass to Fitzgerald who was swamped by young before he could shoot.
46’ CERNAK HEADER: The yellow and navy had a chance to jag one back just before the break after Isaka Cernak ran onto a header in the box but the Roar defence cleared the danger.
68’ REDDY SAVE: Substitute, Dimitri Petratos had a prime opportunity from point blank range to get on the scoresheet on the end of another impressive Solozarno cross. Petratos’ firm strike found the chest of Reddy.
76’ MONTGOMERY SHOT: Nick Montgomery looked to take proceedings into his own hands with a right foot curler from outside the 18. With the right intent and great shape his effort was just wide.
“The honest truth is that Brisbane were fantastic tonight and whenever you have a game that’s as one sided as it turned out to be it’s an unexpected situation.”
“We’ve had a number of performances that have shown improvement over the last few weeks and maybe today was just one step too far. The intention was there and perhaps the legs weren’t and that’s how it looked."
“We’ve got a long break until the final game against Western Sydney Wanderers and they’re very disappointed because they came into this game with a lot of belief.”
“Brisbane had more power, they had numbers around the ball quicker than we did. All the things we had intention to do we were outdone by a better football team today.”
“We’ve got a very tight group, we’ve got a few youngsters that need game time and aren’t quite ready to play long chunks of games but the only way for them to get ready is to play games.”
“It was a really tough game against a Brisbane team that had their tails up.”
“You learn more every day, up until today there has been a really positive shift in mentality, in performance and pay credit where it’s due, Brisbane were very good tonight.”
“(Zac Anderson) He’s sick, he’s just been taken away from the group with a virus so he was unable continue.”
Brisbane Roar 6
Central Coast Mariners 1
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Kazuyoshi Enomoto
Central Coast Mariners: 3.Josh ROSE, 5.Zac ANDERSON (14.Travis MAJOR 41’), 7.John HUTCHINSON (c), 8.Nick MONTGOMERY, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Nick FITZGERALD (15.Matthew SIM 71’), 12.Liam REDDY (gk), 23.Isaka CERNAK, 24. Hayden MORTON, 25. Eddy BOSNAR, 26.Fabio FERREIRA (16.Liam ROSE 59’)
Substitutes not used: 1.Matthew NASH (gk), 6.Brent GRIFFITHS
Yellow cards: Bosnar 19’, Hutchinson 28’, Morton 62’
Brisbane Roar: 3.Shane STEFANUTTO (c), 8.Steven LUSTICA, 9.Andrija KALUDEROVIC, 12.Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 13.Jade NORTH (5.Corey BROWN 54’), 14.Daniel BOWLES, 18.Luke BRATTAN, 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG, 22. Thomas BROICH (16. Devante CLUT 45’), (gk), 28.Brandon BORRELLO (23.Dimitri PETRATOS 65’)
Substitutes not used: 17.Matthew MCKAY, 36.Fraser CHALMERS (gk)