It was different to have a Saturday night fixture in Brisbane. It’s often we get relegated to Sunday afternoon football or Friday night games, thankfully the night brought a cool change in temperature, instead we weren’t getting cooked like Bunnings snags on a BBQ in Brisbane heat.
Going into the match after a 2-2 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers, Brisbane were out for the win. Aloisi knew we needed it for the moral and confidence of the players and for the sanity of the fans. It was a relief to know that Fornaroli didn’t travel to Brisbane because we all know what happened when he travelled for FFA Cup, the less we think about that long endurance the better! In my opinion we haven’t had the best start of the season and I’m still unsure if Brisbane played well or Melbourne City played bad.
After good possession in the first fifteen minutes, finally Taggart hit the target with a great goal from a corner from Bautheac. It definitely had the crowd on their feet because Brisbane scoring a goal at Suncorp seems to be a past-time. At this point I was sure we were going to do a typical Brisbane and concede a goal, however going into the halftime break we were still ahead by one goal.
It was quiet unusual to see the dynamics in our midfield working, as McKay played fairly strong number 10 role and has improved from his previous few games. With Pepper being dropped and Bowles coming in to the back line alongside Hingert, Papadopolous and O’Toole we seemed strong with our lifesaver Young between the posts.
I’m quite a fan of this defence line as it seemed to really work, especially our left and right fullbacks being able to push forward towards goal. Melbourne didn’t really give too much havoc to our back line and it was a relief for us as we could push forward and create our chances.
In the second half, we really kept the tempo going and provided the goods in the 77th minute with Taggart again slotting another one past the keeper. Notable mention to the goal celebration whilst I think everybody but Melbourne City supporters were on their feet feeling the roar go through a 3/4 empty Suncorp Stadium. A disappointing attendance for a Saturday night game at Suncorp.
Because no matter how loud the active support is, the empty seats drown out the noise. It was a good game to attend and finished the way I always like to leave Suncorp. 3 points, a few goals and my traditional Hingert Selfie. Let’s hope our luck continues in Adelaide on Friday night. Its going to be a big test for Brisbane. I say, bring it on!
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By Teegan Walsh