Roar feast on Gold Coast to lift Plate.

Brisbane Roar F.C. v Gold Coast United F.C.
A-League, Round 27
Suncorp Stadium
8:15 pm Saturday 12 February 2011

Brisbane Roar lifted the Premiers Plate with a 4-0 demolition of Gold Coast United as they returned home to Suncorp Stadium.

Finishing the regular season with a 25 match unbeaten streak put the icing on the cake in front a season high attendance of 20,831 as the Roar took the spoils for the first time in the M1 derby.

The electric atmosphere soon exploded into pure delight as Kosta Barbarouses gave Roar the lead after three minutes.

Erik Paartalu doubled the lead with a long range shot just before the break, while the busy Henrique made it 3-0 on 68 minutes with another fine strike.

Thomas Broich combined well with Barbarouses and Roar Captain Matt McKay to slot home the fourth with five minutes left on the clock.

The early goal for the Premiers was the ideal start and settled the home team’s nerves on this night of celebration. Barbarouses created space as he lost three defenders with his close control, before placing his powerful shot beyond Glen Moss in the United goal. The New Zealander was in the mood and fired in another shot a few moments later.

In return Gold Coast offered little for the opening 20 minutes. Successive tame free kicks from the boot of Peter Perchtold and some good work from Zeron Caravella all came to nothing.

Numerous fine saves from Moss seemed to encourage the rest of the Gold Coast team as their forays into to Roar territory brought smart goalkeeping from Michael Theoklitos as Anderson and the energetic Caravella sought an equaliser.

Both keepers excelled as the teams traded strikes on goal but with ten minutes of the first half remaining Paartalu made it 2-0.

The 6’4” midfielder was played in by a smart pull back from Broich that allowed the Estonian to unleash a firecracker of a shot that left Moss shell-shocked.

The quality of both goals showed the confidence gained from this long unbeaten run was sweeping through this Roar side. Every pass and every move was a perfect example of why Ange Postecoglou’s team are deserving Premier’s.

United started the second half with real intent. A Shane Smeltz free kick rattled the cross bar and Anderson further tested Theoklitos with a searing shot, showing the home side they would have to fight if they wanted all three points.

The pressure bore no fruit and Brisbane slowly started to gain the upper hand, with Henrique showing invention and Brioch pulling wide.

Caravella earned a booking on 55 mins after bringing down Mitch Nicholls, who was unable to continue and was replaced by Rocky Visconte minutes later.

Henrique had been all over the park throughout the game and got his reward after clever positioning in the box, the space he created allowed for a sharp shot to make it 3-0.

The A-League Premiers were enjoying the night and continued to play flowing football. The hardworking Brioch got the goal his performance merited as the Roar triumphed by an emphatic four goal margin.

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