Adelaide United vs. Brisbane Roar  1 - 2


Valkanis: Wanderers defeat derailed Reds

7 April 2013 16:42

Adelaide United coach Michael Valkanis said their horror defeat to Western Sydney Wanderers in mid-season marked the beginning of the end.

Valkanis believes his side's Round 12 disaster against the eventual minor premiers was the writing on the wall for the Reds, who were ousted from the A-League finals on Sunday with a 2-1 elimination final loss to Brisbane Roar at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Nudging top spot at the time, United were thumped 6-1 by the Wanderers four days before Christmas and never recovered.

The faltering Reds won just one of their last eight matches, seemingly worn down after a gruelling 2012 Asian Champions League campaign which helped Adelaide gain early-season momentum and get a jump on many of their rivals.

"It's been a long season," Valkanis said. "The ACL was part of it as well.

"We had a good ACL. We started a lot earlier than all the other A-League clubs.

"We probably played 10-12 games more than everyone else.

"That helped kick-start our A-League season and we were ahead of a lot of teams.

"In Round 12, things started not going too well.

"That's when teams started overtaking us and we were losing a lot of games (after that)."

Valkanis was left to bemoan a wasted season and a frustrating elimination against the Roar, against whom the Reds conceded two sloppy goals.

"To concede a goal from a set piece, we should never concede that.

"The second one was a bit of ball watching.

"In finals you can't afford to do that.

"The second half, again, we took the game to them and it was a little bit better.

"We had some chances but couldn't put them away."

Valkanis appeared rankled at remarks in Adelaide's press today from his predecessor John Kosmina, with whom he reportedly shared a strained relationship, but the incumbent refrained from biting back.

In his weekly newspaper column, Kosmina smashed his old club, branding Jon McKain as 'Batman, charging around getting into fights', claimed playmaker Dario Vidosic is 'a wasted talent' and took a shot at Valkanis for being 'more conservative in his tactics than I was as a coach'.

"He (Kosmina) is entitled to say what he wants," said Valkanis, holding fire.

"It's his opinion. I prefer not to speak about what I think."

Valkanis also declined to immediately enter his hat into the ring for the full-time coaching gig next season, preferring to wait for a more appropriate time before weighing up his options.

"Not now," the interim manager said. "We're very disappointed with this result.

"We'll let the dust settle. It's about the club today - our season's over.

"It's not about individuals."


A-League: Adelaide United 1 Brisbane Roar 2

7 April 2013 11:52

Brisbane Roar recorded a convincing 2-1 elimination final win over Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium on Sunday.

A magnificent Luke Brattan goal was just reward for the visitors' extended front-third dominance before Ivan Franjic extended the lead moments before half-time.

Dario Vidosic scored at the death as United streamed forward but the Roar held their nerve and deserved victory.

Brisbane, who take on competition newcomers Western Sydney Wanderers in Friday's semi-final, have stepped up at the right time of the year but their victory came at a cost with as many as three players sustaining injuries.

Captain Thomas Broich sustained an injury to his left Achilles, defender Jack Hingert was stretchered off in the 65th minute after rolling his ankle, and Brattan looked sore when substituted near full-time.

The home side started nervously, with Osama Malik firing a shot five minutes in which, embarrassingly, almost cleared the top tier, while Marcelo Carrusca's wayward effort 10 minutes later was only marginally lower.

Less than a minute later, Bruce Djite went on a promising solo run but when it mattered, could not get a clean shot away.

United almost took the lead in the 25th minute when a Vidosic curler wobbled out of Brisbane goalkeeper Michael Theo's gloves and into the path of Jeronimo Neumann and Djite, who both did their best to scramble home an opener.

Roar captain Broich always looked a threat on the dead ball as Brisbane racked up the first six corners of the contest, their efforts finally rewarded when Brattan scored a stylish opener in the 27th minute.

The masterful set piece saw Broich swing a corner well away from goal, with Brattan on hand to volley home from just outside the penalty box.

The shot took a last-second ricochet of United defender Cassio, but was always on target and officially awarded to Brattan.

Everything was going the Roar's way until Broich hobbled off after sustaining an injury to his left Achilles while attempting to challenge Jeronimo, which saw the Brisbane skipper subbed off at half-time.

United almost equalised in the 43rd minute when Vidosic came agonisingly close to sliding in for goal from close range.

The Roar kept surging and were rewarded on the cusp of half-time when defender Franjic made it 2-0, guiding the ball into the corner from a Mitch Nichols cross.

Two close calls went begging for Djite and Jeronimo early in the second half and another Jeronimo opportunity in the 58th minute was denied by some outstanding Roar defence.

Brattan then had a chance to notch a brace when he beat Galekovic only to watch his effort roll across the face and wide of the post.

At the other end, Vidosic did his best to rally the Reds, producing some superb playmaking and a team-lifting goal in the 88th minute when he smashed his shot past Theo.

Tomi Juric's 90th-minute hit forced Theo into a desperate save as the Reds attacked with desperate intent in injury time, but Brisbane held on to keep their bid for a third straight title alive.


Mulvey not accepting favourites tag

5 April 2013 06:08

Mike Mulvey says there will be no favourite when his Brisbane Roar side meet Adelaide United in their A-League elimination final on Sunday.

Comments coming out of the Adelaide camp earlier in the week suggested the team which finished one place above Brisbane in the ladder were happy to claim the underdogs tag for this sudden-death fixture, due to the Roar's superior recent form and big-game experience.

Brisbane's preparation has been near-perfect, admitted Mulvey, but there would be no room for complacency against the Reds.

"This is finals football," he said.

"All I know is, and all I care about is, that our preparation is good.

"The opposition will turn up on the day, we'll turn up on the day, and it's 11 v 11 and see what happens from there.

"What you've got to concentrate on is your own preparation. If you do that well, then you're half a chance."

Adelaide United are too good a side for the Roar to claim to be favourites, according to the Brisbane coach.

"They've got some very, very good players," Mulvey said.

"I'm not into underdogs or overdogs, whichever way you want to look at it.

"The situation is it's a game of football, it's finals football."

The Roar will likely name an unchanged line-up for the clash at Hindmarsh Stadium, meaning five of the XI are players who did not start in last year's A-League Grand Final win.

This blend of experienced veterans and hungry youngsters is resulting in a highly-focused Roar team, Mulvey said.

"If you look at the people we've brought in, Jade North for example, he's actually won an A-League title before as well, so he brings that added experience from a different dimension," he said.

"Then there's some young lads like Jack Hingert, James Donachie, Luke Brattan, Steven Lustica. These are young boys who are very, very hungry.

"But the important factor is you've got to appreciate what it's like to have won something as well, and I think that's what we've got in this group, they appreciate that."

A-League table

# Team MP D P
3 16 +2 26
4 16 +0 23
5 16 +2 22
6 15 -7 19
7 16 -16 16

A-League table

# Team MP D P
6 15 -7 19
7 16 -16 16
8 16 -6 15
9 16 -9 13
10 15 -10 11