Brisbane Roar Youth emerged as comprehensive 6-1 victors over Capalaba FC on Sunday night in a high-tempo performance highlighted by a second-half hat-trick from Cyrus Dehmie.
Eli Adams put Young Roar into the lead in the 10th minute but it was Brandon McMorrow’s first goal of the season, with almost the last kick off the first half, which struck a vital blow to the morale of the competitive Bulldogs team.
After the break, rising star Dehmie struck a treble, punctuated by a fine Louis Zabala finish, as Chris Grossmann’s collected their second six-goal haul of the campaign.
Fernando Perez Rodriguez scored a consolation goal for Capalaba late in the game but there was no taking away from a slick Young Roar performance.
Despite the scoreline, Head Coach Grossmann insisted there was still room for improvement.
“I think we started well,” he said. “We probably didn’t see pictures which we’ve been talking about at training all week.
“Where we could hurt them, where we could threaten them, we didn’t quite see those pictures clearly enough in the first 20 minutes,” he continued.
“When we did see those pictures and things we could exploit, we went from strength to strength.”
But there was more than enough shown on the day to secure three points, in particular from the players who stepped into roles vacated by missing team-mates.
“I was delighted with our defence,” Grossmann emphasised. “Jackson Simpkin, Hassan [Ramazani] were great, Rhys Gray who has been away all week at school camp was excel-lent as well.
“Jackson Hart-Phillips, Nathan Foster coming in without as much football under his belt as he would probably like. I’m really happy with the way they dealt with a direct Capalaba side.
“One or two of the boys said that our team last year would have probably lost that game which gives you confidence in what we’re doing – building and instilling confidence into the team.”
Ultimately, another three points were collected with Grossmann attributing the terrific result to the genuine talent pool within the squad.
“In those moments when we came to be judged and determine the outcome of the game, we were good enough to make the opportunities count.”
After six games, Young Roar are riding high in third place on the NPL Queensland’s Men ladder going into a match-free weekend as FFA Cup action takes centre stage.
The team’s next assignment takes them to Mackay for what is sure to be a thrilling encounter in front of a vocal Magpies Crusaders United supporter group.
NPL 2021 Round 6: Brisbane Roar vs Capalaba Bulldogs
Max Haynes Field, Capalaba
Sunday 18th April
Brisbane Roar 6 (Adams 10’, McMorrow 45+2’, Dehmie 47’, 65’, 84’, Zabala 68’)
Capalaba Bulldogs 1 (Rodriguez 90’)