We were gifted with four goals, four Looney Tunes characters, and a whole lot of forgettable moments as Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City shared that spoils at Suncorp on Saturday.
Game day. A day I still look forward, as any normal person would, even though I know I’ll probably end up disappointed. After a stop at Arrivederci Pizza and a quick pint before the match, there seemed to be a little more orange getting around than usual. Arriving at the stadium you were greeted with actual queues at Gate A. Odd but encouraging.
The western stand was fairly full, but you wouldn’t know it from the TV footage pointing towards the stand in the sun.
Despite the four goals and physically being at the game, I had to watch a replay (living the dream) as there weren’t a lot of memorable, thrilling moments to recall outside the goals. Honestly though, the heat didn’t help.
It wasn’t even as hot as it could have/has been, but it was still uncomfortable. If the heat wasn’t enough to drive you to drink more $8 beers or $10 ciders, the speed of play and City possession did.
City asserted their possession dominance early, coupled with a few chances around goal. When Roar scored the breakthrough goal in the 34th minute the crowd was spurred to life and I almost dropped my cider.
The Roar had been poking around the box in the lead up like they were trying their luck on a night out in The Valley. After Jay O’Shea’s attempt was blocked by Rostyn Griffiths it fell into the path of Brad Inman would brilliantly shot it past the City defence in the box to make it 1-0.
Short lived jubilation for the home side as Craig Noone equalised five minutes later. It still hurts to see JMac playing against us but even more so when he gets the assist. His awareness was outstanding as he headed the ball into the path of Noone, who ran between two defenders and fired from close range.
Somehow, Brisbane pulled ahead before half time. I say somehow but Inman was on fire. Some quick footwork in the box and he managed to slice a shot through the City defence into the bottom left.
Leading in the first half is something I would like to get used to. Great to see Inman getting on the score sheet but City could have easily been ahead if it wasn’t for some outstanding saves from Jamie Young at the back.
HT: BRI 2-1 MCY
After the usual HT entertainment with some added Looney Tunes characters having a kick around (that sweet Village Roadshow sponsorship), it didn’t take long for the scores to level again.
Nathaniel Atkinson unleashed an empathic strike from the edge of the box to mark his first HAL goal. He then flossed… so there’s that.
After the equaliser it felt like City were happy with a point. There were still efforts on goal, but the play slowed down.
Not long into injury time and City went down to 10 men when Scott Galloway had to be helped from the field after injuring his ankle. As the moment his ankle rolled was replayed again and again on the big screen, you could hear the crowd wincing.
Roar were unlucky to not find the winner in the dying moments of the game and the ref didn’t help with his call for a goal kick instead of a corner.
The draw keeps City in striking distance for Perth Glory and the Nix while the Roar still dwindle towards the bottom of the ladder.
FT: BRI 2-2 MCY
By Bree Reidy