A tough away trip proved no barrier for Brisbane Roar Youth on Saturday evening as they collected their second big win on the bounce, beating Magpies Crusaders United 5-0 at Sologinkin Oval in Mackay.
Brandon McMorrow grabbed a crucial early goal in the 10th minute before Cyrus Dehmie sent Young Roar into the interval with a two-goal lead following a classic poachers’ strike in the 37th minute.
After the break, Ben Holliday put the game virtually out of reach with his first NPL Queensland Men’s goal for the year, McMorrow doubled his tally and Kane Gibbs iced the cake in the at the end by also notching his first of the season.
The scoreline was nothing less than deserved with Roar dominating proceedings, benefitting from sparkling pass selection, intensity and a desire to go forward at every opportunity.
Not surprisingly, Head Coach Chris Grossman was happy with the outcome.
“Quite happy with things,” Grossmann said. “Obviously the result was really pleasing.”
“It was another game where we started brightly,” he continued. “Once we got that second goal things opened up for us. But, yeah, really pleased with the way we set up.
“We spent some time on set pieces this week and that was rewarded with two of our goals. The players deserved it.”
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With Lions FC and Olympic FC playing out a 3-3 draw, Young Roar remain in third for now. Grossman encouraged his players to keep those contenders in their sights.
“It’s important we keep challenging and picking up points, like we did tonight, against sides in and around us,” he said.
“If you want to be in the top four, you have to beat the top four so for us that still remains our challenge.”
Grossmann also took the time to compliment the home side on the quality of their facilities, adding: “The pitch was outstanding. From the moment we arrived to the moment when we head home it has left us with nothing but positive experiences. I wish them all the best in the FFA Cup.”
Aside from his two goals, McMorrow was outstanding for the visitors, collecting Player of the Match plaudits from his colleagues.
“I felt confident coming into the game, we had good preparation in the dressing room and it was a good atmosphere which resulted in our excellent performance on the pitch,” he said.
When asked how the travel affected him as a player, McMorrow acknowledged that it was difficult but not too tough to overcome.
“It was a bit of a grind to get up in the morning but you gotta do what you gotta do,” he said.
“There are no excuses when you get onto the pitch so you have to push on and do the best you can do for the benefit of the team.”
There’s no let up in the standard of competition ahead as the boys now begin preparation for an intriguing game against highly-rated Logan Lightning at Cornubia Park next Saturday afternoon.
Brisbane Roar Youth – McMorrow 10’ – 0-1
McMorrow collects the ball from a short corner, takes off across the pitch and rifles home an inch-perfect shot inside the near post.
Brisbane Roar Youth – Dehmie 37’ – 0-2
Young Roar produce a neat combination play down the right flank, forcing a save from the keeper which ever-ready striker Dehmie pounces on from close range.
Brisbane Roar Youth – Holliday 60’ – 0-3
Following a break in possession, the ball is slung wide for Holliday who calmly finishes across the face of the keeper.
Brisbane Roar Youth – McMorrow 63’ – 0-4
McMorrow repeats his first half short corner routine with the same outcome, this time slotting his shot in at the far post.
Brisbane Roar Youth – Gibbs 89’ – 0-5
Luke Broderick plays Gibbs into the area. With a wall of defenders collapsing around him, he somehow manages to poke the ball home.
NPL 2021 Round 7: Magpies Crusaders United vs Brisbane Roar Youth
Sologinkin Oval, Mackay
Saturday 1st May
Magpies Crusaders United 0
Brisbane Roar 5 (McMorrow 10’ 63’, Dehmie 37’, Holliday 60’, Gibbs 89’)