Live: Roar v Glory
Nanjing Night Net

Good evening folks. Pretty simple stuff tonight as the Roar host the Glory. Brisbane are off the back of a pair of losses and simply must win tonight to show they are the real deal this A-League season. There are seven rounds to go and the Roar have five at home. Coach Mike Mulvey knows there are precisely zero excuses tonight against the battling Glory. Lets see if his side responds.

Away we go and a little bit of room for Perth early. A quick goal would do them a few favours and that was close indeed! A quick grab from Michael Theo off the header from the corner. That could have made things interesting. Just think Brisbane need to be emphatic tonight but here’s another chance for Sidnei! Space galore and Theo with another key save! Great start from the Glory.

What an ordinary start this has been for Brisbane. Minds not on the job. Perth’s bus was an hour late. Maybe Brisbane ducked out for a quick lager to kill a bit of time. Brisbane setting up into their more familiar patterns now and McKay trying to thread the needle with that pass. Perth knock it clear. Two early chances for Sidnei but Theo was up to the mark.

So it’s settled into a midfield game now as the Roar try to eat up the possession and put some concerted pressure on the Glory goal. Perth up to it at the moment and not a great deal of zip in the Roar game just at this point. All going through Broich as usual.

Some action! Free to Brisbane and Broich and Petratos stalking the dead ball. The Glory wall is set, Petratos fires and it just goes high. Needed a bit more dip on that, the young man, and he would have been celebrating. No score at Suncorp but Perth with the best of the early chances. It’s been a largely dour affair aside from that early flourish.

Broich playing centrally thus far and all the attack heading down the right. It just isn’t clicking for Brisbane so far. Broich could shift back to the left at some stage – that’s when he tends to really open teams up. Not much width in the Roar attack and Perth looking fairly comfortable after 25 minutes. No score.

One for the purists, this game. No score after 31 minutes. Not much of anything really. We’re building to something, surely.

The Roar go right, right, right… then circle around the left. And it almost paid off but Petratos was in dream land. Dear oh dear. Broich fires across the flat cross and it burns across the turf. Petratos started his run, then stopped for some reason. He would have been greeted with a simple tap in but it sails past his feet. Massive chance there. Needed to attack that – still no score.

Brisbane just off once again tonight. Had the chance to really push on the counter there but players just dawdled down the field and looked at each other. Nothing doing for the would-be champions on their home turf.

Glory corner has too much carry and Theo can watch it curve on by the far post. What to make of Brisbane here? I thought they may just come out and make a statement in the first half tonight but if anything Perth have done the better. No score at the 44-minute mark and I can see a Mike Mulvey spray brewing.

HALFTIME Brisbane 0 Perth 0.

The Gremlins have hit HQ – Phil will be back in no time with the minute by minute – in the meantime, feast yourselves on the stats in the fully-functional live scoreboard!

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