Brisbane Roar Youth started with a flourish and never looked like losing when they eased past Sunshine Coast Wanderers 4-0 at Ballinger Park on Sunday.
An early own goal set the tone for the contest which was effectively over by halftime with Brisbane taking a 3-0 lead through goals from Rhys Gray and Cyrus Dehmie.
Keegan Jelacic won a penalty then converted from the spot, putting the game and result out of reach of their opponents in the 56th minute.
“I was impressed with the application of the lads and their delivery of our game plan yesterday,” said Coach Chris Grossman after fulltime.
“We went into the game knowing SCW are a real threat with their approach and from past experiences knew a bright start was crucial.”
Grossman was particularly impressed with his young side and their ability to execute.
“The lead up play to Cyrus’s goal was very pleasing to watch and these are areas which we have been working hard on which last year we didn’t have the belief or quality to execute.
“I’m delighted for Dom Horwood, Jackson Hart-Phillips, Nathan Foster and Louis Zabala who made their first starts of the year for us and put in a fantastic shift,” Grossman continued.
“It is really encouraging to know we are developing some quality depth which is highlighted by young Sam Klein who made his NPL debut for us yesterday.”
Off the back of this result, the Young Roar will look to make it three-in-a-row to start the season with the defending champions up next and the head coach is up for the challenge.
“I look forward to the challenge against last year’s champions this Saturday night which will be another great test for our young but growing group.”
Kick-off is at 7:15pm on Saturday at Lions Stadium in what is sure to be a benchmark encounter for both sides.
Brisbane Roar – Own Goal 3’ – 1-0
Roar push hard early. Under heavy pressure from Keegan Jelacic, Sunshine Coast Wanderers deflect the ball into their own net.
Brisbane Roar Youth – Gray 7’ – 2-0
Brisbane continue a period of sustained pressure giving space for Gray on the right who fires home one of the goals of the season from long range.
Brisbane Roar – Dehmie 32’ – 3-0
Dehmie breaks thru midfield, fakes to pass, dummies the fullback and slams the ball home for a sensational solo goal.
Brisbane Roar – Jelacic 56’ pen – 4-0
Jelacic collects the ball from Dehmie, probes into the box but is scythed over. He dusts himself down, steps up and easily converts the spot kick.
Brisbane Roar Youth 4 (OG, Gray, Dehmie, Jelacic)
Sunshine Coast Wanderers 0