Goals and home-town talents feature in Brisbane Roar trial

BALL BATTLE: Western Pride's Peter Drager fights for the ball with Brisbane Roar striker Julius Doe in Wednesday's trial match at Toowoomba Grammar School.
BALL BATTLE: Western Pride's Peter Drager fights for the ball with Brisbane Roar striker Julius Doe in Wednesday's trial match at Toowoomba Grammar School. Nev Madsen

SPECTATORS were treated to plenty of goals as Brisbane Roar recorded a 5-2 pre-season trial win over NPL Queensland club Western Pride Wednesday at Toowoomba Grammar School.

Playing in front of a youthful crowd of about 1000 spectators, the Roar and Pride banged in six first half goals between them before the Toowoomba crowd got to watch some of the city's own players in the second stanza.

The youth-focused Roar squad, playing without the likes of Matt McKay and Thomas Broich who were in the crowd, took the lead after five minutes with a goal from Brandon Borrello.

But an upset looked possible after half an hour following Pride goals from Russell Woodruff and Peter Drager.

Those thoughts were short-lived though as Borrello slotted his second in the 31st minute before the Roar added two more goals before half-time to hold a 4-2 lead at the break.

A 66th minute goal from Roar midfielder Ben Litfin was the only scoring in the second half, but the Toowoomba crowd got to cheer on home-town talents as Hiroshi Imai, Keagan Sheridan, Tom Fanning and Ben Barrowclift were all substitutes for the Pride.

 

Western Pride coach Kasey Wehrman was happy with the showing from the Toowoomba players in a new team.

"Keagan and Benny both played well, both of the stoppers," Wehrman said.

"They were really carrying the ball through right through the midfield and weren't scared to do that so I thought they fit in quite well.

"Hiroshi seems to have a bit of a name for himself out here. He got a few claps when he was coming on."

Imai received a warm welcome when he was substituted on in the 62nd minute.

Roar coach Mike Mulvey was happy seeing his young players do well against quality opposition.

"If you think of the depth of our whole group then that's very pleasing today, to see that we put a lot of young kids in who have stepped up and played the Brisbane Roar way," he said.

"We passed the ball well, we moved well and we brought players in who have not really had the opportunity to play in front of a half-decent crowd and in front of NPL opposition.

"It was a good exercise for us and hopefully the people here of Toowoomba have enjoyed the game."

Wednesday's game was the start of what is almost Brisbane Roar week in Toowoomba as the club's W-League team will play at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Saturday against the Australian under 17 women's team.



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