Two teams, looking to keep the pressure on the top of the table met in a hotly contested match in Newcastle on Saturday evening. But the two teams couldn’t be separated, conceding some ground as Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar fought out a 1-1 draw.
It took just four minutes for Thomas Broich to start getting his eye in and have his first shot of the match. It came from just outside the box, but it was well saved by Mark Birighitti to keep the match scoreless.
But in the 13th minute it was the turn of the Jets to get a chance, and of course it was David Carney who had the opportunity. His powerful shot beat the keeper but could only find the crossbar, which let Brisbane off.
The post came to the rescue of Newcastle just four minutes later after an effort from Dimitri Petratos. He hit the shot powerfully and beat the goalkeeper but it only came off the post, allowing Brisbane to clear their lines.
Brisbane Roar started really getting all the momentum in the match as they held almost all of the possession. In the 27th minute Brisbane Roar nearly had the lead as a ball from Matt McKay was sent to Broich by McKay but his run was poorly timed and saw the offside flag raised.
The woodwork was putting in a man of the match performance as it was at it again in the 35th minute when Newcastle should have scored. Braedyn Crowley had a chance from point blank range but could only find the post, keeping it scoreless at halftime.
The second half started with as an end-to-end affair and in the 53rd minute Brisbane finally had the opening goal of the match. Brandon Borrello found Jamie Maclaren and slot the ball past Birighitti, this time without the post, giving the lead to the visitors.
Brisbane was continuing to look the more attacking side after the goal as they continued to control possession. Yet for all of their possession they struggled to create genuine chances, with their best efforts coming from set-pieces.
And the Roar was punished for their missed opportunities in the 71st minute as Newcastle had their equalizer, coming from a set-piece. The corner was sent in to Ben Kantarovski who headed it home past the keeper to get the Jets back in to the match.
Brisbane came hard in the final stages, but the Jets defence was determined to hold on to the point that they’d earned. And they completed the jobs, seeing both teams comfortably in the top six, but falling away from the Premiership race just slightly.