Brisbane Roar delivered an emphatic warning to their A-League rivals in their final pre-season hit-out, thumping NPL Queensland Premiers Olympic FC 11-1 at Goodwin Park on Sunday.
Brazilian pocket rocket Henrique scored a hat-trick in a half hour cameo on his return from injury for Roar, his haul adding to braces from Thomas Broich, Matt McKay and starting striker Kwame Yeboah. Midifielder Ben Litfin and substitute Brandon Borello added a goal apiece for Roar while Olympic youngster Carter Glockner netted the consolation goal on an otherwise disappointing afternoon for the hosts.
Despite the impressive result, Roar manager Mike Mulvey downplayed the final score following the match.
“The scoreline is immaterial,” Mulvey said, “The main aspect of today is to get 90 minutes into some people’s legs.”
“Olympic gave us a few problems which we had to solve, but we were particularly clinical in the final third which is very pleasing to see.”
Despite it being the last run before their A-League opener against Wellington Phoenix, Mulvey said his side would finalise their preparations in-house over the next fortnight.
“We still got two weeks to go. We’ve got three conditioning sessions in that time, so there’s still a lot of hard work and you can take nothing for granted in this game.”
Roar controlled early possession against Olympic, however the hosts fashioned the first genuine chance when Tim Smits picked the pocket of McKay in his own half, the ex-Roar striker drawing a lunging save from Michael Theo on the ensuing counter attack.
McKay made amends two minutes later when he found Broich unmarked at the penalty spot for the opening goal; Yeboah and Litfin then combined to double the advantage on 18 minutes with a give-and-go through the heart of the host’s defensive line.
Roar manager Mike Mulvey rested several key players for the match, offering a surprise start to 17 year old triallist Devante Clut, who saw his driven attempt bounce off the crossbar midway through the half.
On the half hour Ivan Franjic snuck in behind the Olympic line, drawing the goalkeeper’s attentions before squaring to Yeboah, who finished confidently on the burst for a three goal half-time lead.
Broich secured his second shortly after the restart before McKay side-footed home from Franjic’s cross to open his account in the 55th minute.
Yeboah made sure of his double four minutes later with a strong first time finish amidst traffic from yet another piercing Franjic cutback.
Henrique was introduced on the hour mark with immediate results, the diminutive attacker producing a delicate finish over substitute Olympic shot-stopper Matt Lugo five minutes later. He netted his second courtesy of substitute right-winger Shannon Brady’s cutback four minutes later, before McKay got in on the double act on 72 minutes with a low finish to take the score to 9-0.
Olympic saw their moment in the sun when Glockner controlled a sharp pass across the box from Costa Psaros, the composed youngster shuffling past a defender before hitting an assured shot past Theo.
Roar responded immediately though as Henrique fired home his hat-trick before the Brazilian capped of his cameo by turning provider to substitute Brandon Borello for Roar’s final goal.
The ten goal margin failed to flatter, however Olympic’s blushes were spared by several telling first half stops from goalkeeper Mario Aparicio, including a full-stretched save to his left to deny a first half Franjic penalty.
Olympic FC 1 (Carter GLOCKNER 77′)
Brisbane Roar 11 (Thomas BROICH 10′ 50′, Ben LITFIN 18′, Kwame YEBOAH
31′ 59′, Matt MCKAY 55′ 72′, HENRIQUE 65′ 69′ 78′, Brandon BORELLO 87′)