Brisbane’s unbeaten A-League run now at 36 games
Canada international Issey Nakajima-Farran and Albania’s Besart
Berisha scored two goals each as Brisbane beat Perth 4-0 to extend
its unbeaten streak in Australian football’s A-League to a record
Brisbane’s sixth win in eight matches preserved its six-point
lead over Central Coast at the top of the 10-team league and
surpassed the record 35-match unbeaten run of the Eastern Suburbs
rugby league club in the 1947 season.
Brisbane coach Ange Postecolou said ”tonight epitomized the
sort of football club we want to be.”
Central Coast beat the Melbourne Heart 3-1 to extend its
unbeaten streak this season to five matches while Adelaide and
Newcastle played out a 0-0 draw. The Melbourne Victory will play
Gold Coast and Wellington will play Sydney FC in Sunday’s
Saturday’s win was the 23rd in the streak and contained all the
hallmarks of the 18-month unbeaten run: precision passing,
attacking width and defensive pressure.
Berisha scored first in the 23rd minute when he finished a move
which began with a flick from Henrique to Thomas Broich, who
crossed perfectly for the striker. Broich also laid on the first
for Nakajima-Farran 10 minutes later, providing a pass which
allowed the Canadian to elude the defense and chip goalkeeper Danny
Nakajima-Farran had his second in the 41st minute with a
fortunate deflection of a cross from Ivan Franjic.
Berisha made it 4-0 on the stroke of halftime, scoring for the
ninth time this season to extend his lead at the top of the
competition’s scoring list after Broich and Henrique combined again
at the top of the box.
”Sometimes when (big) opportunities come along it doesn’t
always work out but all forces came together today,” Postecoglou
Central Coast and the Melbourne Heart looked set for a draw when
a 78th-minute header to Melbourne substitute Eli Babalj canceled
out Matt Simon’s opener on the stroke of halftime.
But Daniel McBreen put the Mariners in front with an 82nd-minute
penalty and veteran defender Patrick Zwaanswijk sealed the win
minutes later, marking captain Alex Wilkinson’s 150th A-League
”It was a difficult day at the office … but sometimes when
you don’t play great you then have to rely on your set-pieces,”
Central Coast coach Graham Arnold said.