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Sublime second-half showing eases Ballarat to victory over hosts Brisbane

Sublime second-half showing eases Ballarat to victory over hosts Brisbane

Author: ZoeQ/Friday, September 29, 2017/Categories: Escape Travel AFA Cup

Atletico Brisbane hosted old rivals Ballarat in today’s second men’s match at the Escape Travel AFA Cup. The first half was a demonstration of excellent defence from both sides, going into half time at 0-0. Ballarat took over in the second half and dominated, giving them the 3-0 win at full time and the dream start. 

The first half saw both sides race out of the traps, giving the opposition very little time on the ball, eager to keep each other out. Atletico’s goal keeper Samuel Godbold made two exceptional saves, showing himself as an asset to the Brisbane side.

Ballarat and Brisbane both kept pressure and defensive structures to a maximum, leaving the match as a stalemate at the break.

Half Time: Atletico Brisbane 0-0 Ballarat FC

Ballarat went strong into the second half, scoring an early goal from number five Kevin Robertson. Brisbane’s defence dropped as did their heads, as not long after Robertson’s goal they conceded again from number two Liam Dawson. A finish oozing composure.

Brisbane fought back aggressively to find a way back into the match, however Ballarat’s defence was second to none. An unlucky ricochet from Atletico gave the Victorian team yet another goal. Brisbane quickly fatigued but still showed resilience going into fifth man to try score a few goals, however they weren’t successful in breaking down a resolute Ballarat defence.

The victory leaves Ballarat and Newcastle fighting for the top of the table, having both take away the win. Islanders and Brisbane now need to fight back in their second match to show they are still in with a chance. 

Full Time: Atletico Brisbane 0-3 Ballarat FC

Magic Moment - Atletico: Sam Godbold’s early save was a piece of first class goalkeeping.


Magic Moment – Ballarat: Ballarat’s magic moment was their first goal from Robertson. After scoring the first goal of the match their pressure and drive was absolutely phenomenal. 

POTM – Atletico: Samuel Lowrie was Brisbane’s best performer on the day.


POTM – Ballarat: Jake Francis was a key player for Ballarat, showing excellent composure on the ball to ease his team to victory.

Click here for a full match set of match statistics courtesy of Soccer Club Stats.

 
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