The unbeaten Brisbane Roar Youth continued their excellent form in front of goal with a strong 6-0 win over Brisbane Strikers at Perry Park on Sunday evening.
Josh Moreland scored his first goal of the season, closely followed by his second, before Alex Parsons also netted to secure a commanding half-time lead.
Eli Adams made the score four in the 51st minute then, with the game all but won, Parsons scored twice mroe, including a penalty, sending him top of the NPL Men’s Golden Boot ladder.
With four games played, the Roar are first on the table with the best goal difference, the second-best defensive record and several dominant performances to their credit.
“I’ve been open since the start of the season about our goal being to finish in the top four,” Head Coach Chris Grossmann remarked when asked about being in such a great position.
“We’ve had a good start, but that’s all it is. The challenge this season has been to deliver consistent performances and to be competitive week in, week out.”
Despite putting six goals away against one of Brisbane’s traditional powerhouse clubs, Grossmann said there was still plenty of room for improvement.
“We created a lot of opportunities off the back of some disciplined defensive work, so not capitalising on more of those chances was a little frustrating,” he said. “It’s something we will be working on during the week off, but finishing with a clean sheet is pleasing.”
With seven goals in four matches, Grossmann was quick to praise Parsons but also warned about complacency with plenty of competition from both the A-League and NPL squads.
“I’m really pleased with the depth we have within the group and the older players like Alex now have pressure from [the A-League team] but also from players like Josh Moreland, who I thought was terrific,” he stated.
“It’s the opportunity to play in the A-League and also competition for places within our group that continues to drive the improvement.”
With Young Roar not eligible for the FFA Cup, the boys have a weekend off over the Easter break before returning to the park the following Friday, 9 April for a blockbuster game away against Gold Coast Knights.
Brisbane Roar – Moreland 19’ – 1-0
Young Roar attack down the right and square the ball. The first shot is blocked but Moreland is on hand to fire home the rebound.
Brisbane Roar – Moreland 32’ – 2-0
Grossmann’s side once again storm down the right. Moreland arrives at the far post with plenty of work to do before scoring from close range.
Brisbane Roar – Parsons 36’ – 3-0
Adams catches the Strikers backline square then squirts the ball across field for
Parsons who comfortably converts for a three-goal lead.
Brisbane Roar – Adams 51’ – 4-0
The right flank provides even more currency when Parsons rifles in a cross for Adams to nonchalantly head past the goalkeeper.
Brisbane Roar – Parsons 72’ – 5-0
Cyrus Dehmie creates space, setting up another great cross which Parsons chests into the back of the net with the keeper stranded.
Brisbane Roar – Parsons 85’ – 6-0
Dehmie surges through a crowd of players and is brought down for a penalty. Parsons makes no mistake from the spot, finishing off his hat-trick as a result.
NPL 2021 Round 4: Brisbane Roar vs Brisbane Strikers
Perry Park, Brisbane
Sunday 29th March
Brisbane Roar 6 (Moreland 19’, 32’, Parsons 36’, 72’, 85’, Adams 51’)
Brisbane Strikers 0
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