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Brisbane Roar Youth continued their fantastic goalscoring form as they went second in the NPL Queensland with a 5-1 win over Redlands United on Sunday night.
Eli Adams returned to the starting line-up in Cleveland and bagged himself a sparkling double with a goal in each half while Kane Gibbs, Ben Holliday and Hassan Ramazani also found the net after the break.
After an up-and-down start, Young Roar ran away with the game in the second half and increased their recent record to an incredible 22 goals scored in only four games.
With top scorers Cyrus Dehmie and Alex Parsons both starting in the A-League, Head Coach Chris Grossmann was elated with the way his squad stepped up to the plate.
“The amount of intensity we provided for the full 90 minutes was very pleasing,” Grossmann said.
“Really happy that we are able to give the likes of Kane Gibbs, Bavan Atwal and Sam Klein the opportunity to play because we’ve got some excellent young kids coming through.”
4 goals in the second half see our Young Roar secure all three points in Cleveland! 💪 pic.twitter.com/B6RlN0y972— Brisbane Roar Academy (@AcademyBRFC) May 16, 2021
If this was supposedly an under-strength outfit, nobody told the players as once again the BRFC Academy system proved its worth, something Grossmann was quick to point out.
“It’s hard work and understanding and knowledge as well as having such a great group of players which has been the key with the [Academy] system this season,” he said.
“I’m very, very confident with what we’ve got in the Academy at the moment.”
With Gold Coast Knights losing to Olympic FC over the weekend, Young Roar now move into second place on the NPL Queensland ladder.
However, there’s no room for complacency over the next few weeks with some tough games on the horizon.
“We want to push the likes of Olympic and Peninsula [Power] all the way so we know that we have to provide the intensity, discipline and structure for the full 90 minutes in every game,” Grossmann stressed.
“We play Gold Coast United this week and they are going to be a difficult game despite where they sit on the table right now, so we’ll just go about our preparation and try to get everything right on the day.”
Kick off in that game on Sunday is at 6pm at Coplick Family Sports Park.
Brisbane Roar Youth – Adams 21’ – 1-0
McMorrow passes wide to Adams who jinks across his defender and fires an unstoppable shot inside the near post for an early lead.
Redlands United – J. Gibbs 28’ – 1-1
Jesse Gibbs collects a deflected ball inside the penalty area, leaving Nathan Foster stranded, and calmly places the equaliser home.
Brisbane Roar Youth – K. Gibbs 53’ – 2-1
Adams shoots from the edge of the area and sees the ball flick off the back of a defender into the path of Kane Gibbs who finishes well with plenty of work to be done.
Brisbane Roar Youth – Adams 59’ – 3-1
Atwal plays a subtle pass behind the defence for Adams who rounds the keeper and places the ball home for his second goal of the game.
Brisbane Roar Youth – Ramazani 84’ – 4-1
Ramazani opens his goalscoring account for 2021 with a clever back-post header direct from an inswinging corner.
Brisbane Roar Youth – Holliday 90+3’ – 5-1
Young Roar sweep down the right. Holliday has his first shot saved by the keeper but completes the day’s scoring with a follow-up tap into the empty net.
NPL Men’s 2021 Round 9: Brisbane Roar Youth vs Redlands United
Compass Grounds, Cleveland
Sunday 16th May
Brisbane Roar 5 (Adams 21’, 59’ Kane Gibbs 53’ Ramazani 84’ Holliday 90+3)
Redlands United 1 (Jesse Gibbs 28’)