Words: Phil Davis
Image: Josh Springfield Photography
Brisbane Roar Youth returned to second place on the NPL Queensland ladder with an impressive 5-0 win over Eastern Suburbs in Round 14 action at Heath Park on Sunday evening.
Sam Klein opened the scoring in the 13th minute with his debut NPL Men’s goal, triggering wild celebrations amongst his team-mates, and from then until the full-time whistle blew it was the Cyrus Dehmie show.
The young striker, fresh from signing an A-League scholarship contract, was unstoppable, scoring twice, providing assists for Eli Adams and Louis Zabala and generally causing havoc every time he took possession.
But victory didn’t come from the boot of one man, as the team returned to the winning list by virtue of their trademark high-tempo football despite an uneven surface hampering play.
Aside from a nervy moment or two early in the game, the result was never in doubt.
“There’s no such thing as an easy win, particularly when you start slowly like we did,” Head Coach Chris Grossmann said. “But in the end I think the scoreline reflected the dominance of our performance.
“It was great to get back to winning ways and great to keep a clean sheet. Maybe we could have been a bit more clinical, but I’m really happy with the result.”
With the race for the top four starting to hot up, Grossmann has set out standards for the brand of football he likes his team to play.
“To compete with the top four teams, we need to play at a high intensity level for as long as possible in every game,” he asserted.
“There’s no reason we can’t do that with the players we have.”
Young Roar next travel to Ballinger Park on the Sunshine Coast this Sunday, 4 July to play an in-form Wanderers outfit, who sit sixth following a 2-1 win over Capalaba FC.
Welcome back, Harry Talbot! 👏— Brisbane Roar Academy (@AcademyBRFC) June 28, 2021
Nine months on from injuring his ACL, the Young Roar star returned to the pitch on Sunday with a 20-minute cameo for our U23s 💪
Thanks also to superfan Richard Roar for helping to celebrate Harry's recent birthday 🥳 pic.twitter.com/LYlo7vhR1h
Brisbane Roar Youth – Klein 12’ – 1-0
Klein brings down a fabulous long ball from Jackson Simpkin with a stunning first touch and opens his NPL Men’s account with a tidy finish.
Brisbane Roar Youth – Dehmie p.26’ – 2-0
Dehmie surges into the penalty area, gets taken out by a defender then steps up to convert his fourth spot-kick of the season.
Brisbane Roar Youth – Adams 33’ – 3-0
Dehmie’s pace is too much for the Tigers backline allowing him to get in behind and challenge the keeper, creating a tap-in for Adams.
Brisbane Roar Youth – Dehmie 53’ – 4-0
Adams lays off a back heel for Dehmie who slides across the six yard box, outfoxes two defenders and slots the ball across the goalkeeper for his 14th goal of the season.
Brisbane Roar Youth – Zabala 88’ – 5-0
Jackson Hart-Phillips zips a pass to Dehmie who puts Zabala in on goal with a deft flick, an opportunity which the captain seizes, sliding home a finish in off the far post.
NPL 2021 Round 14: Brisbane Roar Youth v Eastern Suburbs
Heath Park, East Brisbane
Sunday 27th June
Brisbane Roar Youth 5 (Klein 12’, Dehmie p.26’ 53’, Adams 33’, Zabala 88’)
Eastern Suburbs 0