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S Theoklitos
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M Smith
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S Stefanutto
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M Jurman
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I Franjic
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E Paartalu
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I Nakajima-Farran
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M Nichols
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J Meyer
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T Broich
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B Berisha
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A Redmayne
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S Hussain
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M Murdocca
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Preview: Brisbane Roar v Central Coast
Date: Saturday, October 8
Kick-off: 8.45pm AEDT, 7.45pm Local
Venue: Suncorp Stadium

Head-to-head
Played 23: Wins: Brisbane 12, Central Coast 3, Draws: 8

Previous encounter
Brisbane Roar 2, Central Coast 2 (Roar won 4-2on penalties), A-League Grand Final, March 13, 2011

History:
Brisbane Roar enjoy a dominant record over the Mariners - winning 12 and losing just three of their 23 matches - but it's their most recent encounter that will live long in the memory. The game I speak of is of course last season's decider where the Roar, trailing 2-0 deep into extra-time, scored twice in three minutes before going on to win on penalties. It was a cruel end for the Mariners but after the brilliant season Ange Postecoglou's side had it was a fitting end for the home side who deservedly took out the double.

The grand final thriller was just one of a number of exciting clashes between the two clubs in 2010/11, with the roar winning four and drawing the other two in six meetings. The two draws were arguably the best games of the season, a 3-3 stalemate at Gosford on January 12 before the Roar came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in the second leg of the qualifying final a month later. If this season-opener is half as good as last campaign's battles, it promises to be a must-see 90 minutes.

Form:
Past five matches:
Brisbane Roar: WDWWW
Central Coast Mariners: LWDLW

Hard to get a gauge on each side's form after more than a six-month off-season. The Roar finished their pre-season fixtures with a solid 3-0 win over Brisbane Premier League club University of Queensland a fortnight ago. With a number of new players Postecoglou has stressed the pre-season results mean nothing, more intent on seeing his new players gel into to the squad. The Mariners have also been fairly impressive throughout the pre-season, recording several strong wins, including good performances against Hyundai A-League rivals Wellington and Perth.

Match Committee:
The most exciting part of the opening round is seeing how both coaches will integrate their new signings into their respective sides. While the Mariners are fairly settled compared with the last season, the Roar have a host of changes to their squad. Defenders Mohamed Adnan, Matthew Jurman, Jack Hingert, midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran and attackers Kofi Danning and Besart Berisha will all be looking to make an immediate impact.

The Mariners have been dealt a blow with skipper Alex Wilkinson to miss the match after breaking his arm during the pre-season. Wilkinson is hopeful of being fit to return for the club's second round match against Gold Coast. Exciting midfielder Mustafa Amini will also miss the grand final replay through injury, meaning new midfield signings Adriano Pellegrino and Stuart Musialik will both be in contention for a starting berth.

Danger men:
Henrique - There's no doubt the Roar will be looking for more from the fleet-footed and skilful Brazilian this season. The man's whose penalty secured the championship last season will have to step up and fill the void left by the departures of Kosta Barbarouses and Jean Carlos Solorzano. Henrique only managed 14 appearances last campaign due to a mixture of injury and suspension but if he can stay on the field for long periods it will be a huge plus for the champions.

Michael McGlinchey - With Amini injured and Argentinian star Patricio Perez no longer in the squad, the onus will be on New Zealand international midfielder Michael McGlinchey to provide the attacking spark for Graham Arnold's side. The 24-year-old had an outstanding 2010/11 season, and showed why he had enough talent to come through the ranks at Celtic and debuted make his SPL debut as a teenager. McGlinchey not only chipped in with some vital goals last season but also created a few for the likes of Matt Simon and Daniel McBreen.

At the end of the day…
Both sides know each other's game plans very well after meeting on six occasions last season. The Roar will be full of confidence, not having lost any of their last 28 competitive matches as well as knowing the Mariners' inspirational skipper will be watching from the stands. But they are also without their main man from last season after Matt McKay's departure to Rangers in Scotland. The Socceroos midfielder was the heart beat of the Brisbane squad and how Postecoglou fills that void could go a long way to determining how their championship defence pans out.

At the other end you know exactly what you're going to get from Arnold's troops. They will be well-organised, disciplined and hard to break down. It was a trait of their fantastic campaign last season and will again be key to their hopes. If the likes of Pellegrino, McGlinchey, Simon and Adam Kwasnik can gel quickly they will give the Brisbane defence plenty of trouble.

It will be a fascinating battle between the two best sides of last season who will be desperate to prove they can again match it with the big boys like Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC. The Mariners, who historically start the season very well, haven't spoken about it publicly but they will be hell-bent on gaining some revenge from last season's dramatic decider and that emotion might be enough to earn them at least a share of the spoils.
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93:00 The whistle sounds to end the game and the Roar run out 1-0 winners over the Mariners.
 
92:45 Meyer does well to extract the corner from Bojic, by kicking it straight into him and the ball goes out of play.
 
91:30 McBreen clashes into the back of Theoklitos, in a reminder from last season's grand final, where there was plenty of feeling between the two.
 
90:00 We have 3 minutes of stoppage time left in the match.
 
89:15 Danning has it once again, he lines up a shot at goal, but a big dive from Ryan pushing it away for a corner.
 
88:00 Danning is getting a lot of the ball after coming on as a sub.
 
86:45 The Roar are seemingly home as the Mariners continue to struggle in attack.
 
85:00 Griffiths heads off for the bench as McBreen comes onto the ground to replace him.
 
82:30 Danning takes it from the middle of the ground, he has a shot on goal and he over strikes it.
 
81:00 YELLOW CARD - Porter is awarded a yellow card after a very messy challenge on Broich.
 
78:45 Nakajima-Farran's night is over as Danning comes on to replace him.
 
77:45 Griffiths finds Rose on the touch line, he takes it into the box and has a shot on goal, but Theoklitos tips it over the crossbar.
 
75:15 The Mariners now have the task in front of them, they need to score 1 goal to level the scores and 2 goals for a victory.
 
73:00 The Roar are now in the box seat to extend their winning streak to 29 matches in a row.
 
71:15 GOAL ROAR - Nichols does the unthinkable and beats Ryan, he touch past the defender, Ryan dived to his right and Nichols kicks it to his opposite side.
 
68:00 It is a very even contest at the moment, with both teams right in this.
 
65:30 The Roar make their first change of the night, bringing on crowd favourite Murdocca for Berisha, the Mariners bring on Hearfield for McGlinchey.
 
63:15 Meyer is under pressure from Rose, he takes a shot on goal and it goes straight to Ryan.
 
60:00 Central Coast have been a different team since half time, they have given the Roar something to be concerned about.
 
57:45 The Mariners make the first change of the night, taking Baird off and replacing him with Kwasnik.
 
56:10 YELLOW CARD - Stefanutto is awarded a yellow card for a handball deep in defence.
 
55:00 Broich gets the ball to his advantage, heads towards the post centres the ball, but nobody is home.
 
53:15 A great chance by Meyer which forces Ryan to dive and push the ball over the crossbar.
 
50:45 Broich kicks it into the wall and the Mariners have a reprieve.
 
49:15 YELLOW CARD - Griffiths goes in hard on Broich about 5m from the box, the ref raises the yellow card and the Roar with a huge chance.
 
48:00 Simon crosses it for Baird, who heads it for goal, he beats the keeper, but he cannot beat Smith on the last line of defence.
 
46:50 The ball comes in for Berisha, but he just couldn't get enough onto it.
 
45:01 The Roar kick off to start us off for the second half.
 
45:00+1:00 The whistle sounds to end the first half and the scores are all tied up at 0-0 thanks to a mighty effort by Ryan in front of goal for the Mariners.
 
45:00 We have 1 minute of stoppage time left in the half.
 
44:00 The Mariners are starting to wrestle the momentum away from the Roar, late in the first half.
 
42:00 Simon gets himself in good position, has a shot at goal and forces Theoklitos to tip it over the crossbar.
 
39:15 Should the scores at half time still remain 0-0, the Mariners will have Ryan to thank as has been nothing short of brilliant tonight.
 
37:30 Ryan with superb reflexes, saves what should have been a Berisha goal.
 
36:00 Broich runs into the box, he is to the left side of the goal, he has a shot, but Porter slides in and concedes the corner.
 
33:30 Central Coast need to get into the play as it only seems to be a matter of time before the Roar will see the back of the net.
 
31:15 Zwaanswijk tackles Berisha from behind, bringing him down just outside the box and the ref awards the resulting free kick.
 
29:00 The Mariners are just hanging on against the might of what is the Brisbane Roar.
 
26:30 Nichols goes in low and hard, but Ryan pulls out a brilliant save, to keep the Mariners on even pegging.
 
25:00 Nichols is one on one with Ryan, he gets past him, he has a shot at the open goal, but he hits the post and it ricochets back into play.
 
23:45 Broich centres it for Meyer inside the box, but he kicks it across the face of goal and it goes out for a goal kick.
 
22:30 YELLOW CARD - Baird lunges in at Paartalu and with studs showing, the ref has no option but to raise the yellow card.
 
21:00 Berisha ends up taking the free kick and his shot on goal flies way over the crossbar.
 
19:30 Grifftiths dives in low on Nakajima-Farran, bringing him down and giving away a free kick 10m from the box.
 
17:45 Bozanic works it onto his left foot but his shot on goal ends up fizzling.
 
16:00 Brisbane have had the bulk of the possession in the last 5 minutes, as they chip the ball around waiting for an opportunity on goal to open up.
 
13:30 The Roar are starting to steady after a slow start to the game.
 
11:00 Baird takes it from the midfield, he has space to move, he enters the box, but his shot on goal is pushed away by Franjic.
 
09:15 Porter is playing in an unfamiliar role in defence.
 
086:00 D. McBreen enters the game and replaces R. Griffiths.
 
080:00 K. Danning enters the game and replaces I. Nakajima-Farran.
 
080:00 B. Porter gets yellow.
 
072:00 M. Nichols has scored a goal for Brisbane Roar!
 
07:30 YELLOW CARD - Bojic goes in crudely in a tackle attempt and is given a yellow card as a reward.
 
066:00 M. Murdocca enters the game and replaces B. Berisha.
 
066:00 T. Hearfield enters the game and replaces M. McGlinchey.
 
057:00 S. Stefanutto gets yellow.
 
057:00 A. Kwasnik enters the game and replaces M. Baird.
 
05:45 Bozanic has a shot on goal, but it it cut off inside the box by Nichols.
 
049:00 R. Griffiths gets yellow.
 
03:15 It has been a slow start to the game from both teams.
 
023:00 M. Baird gets yellow.
 
01:45 The rain has eased off, but conditions are still pretty slippery.
 
007:00 P. Bojic gets yellow.
 
00:01 The Mariners kick off and we are underway.
 
00:00 Welcome to Lang Park for the Grand Final replay between the Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners.
Home Team Statistic Away Team
1 Goals 0
0 Shots 0
0 Shots Off 0
0 Corners 0
0 Offside 0
0 Fouls 0
1 Yellows 4
0 Reds 0
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Referee: C. Beath
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Roar win GF re-match
Six months after their epic 2010-11 Hyundai A-League Grand Final win, Brisbane Roar repeated the dose over the Central Coast Mariners with a 1-0 victory at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

Defending champions Roar dominated for the majority, showcasing their superior passing game and movement, and playing patiently until Mitch Nichols rifled home the game's only goal in the 72nd minute.

The Mariners were outclassed all over the pitch but their physical defence and fast-start counter-attacking was enough to keep them in the running and ensure the season-opener did not lack for quality.

For those still counting, the victory took the Roar's undefeated streak in the A-League to 29 games.

Nichols hit the woodwork in the first half and Brisbane's new-look attacking three of Issey Nakajima-Farran, Besart Berisha and James Meyer gelled well enough to demand another scintillating performance from prodigious 19-year-old Central Coast keeper Matt Ryan.

Playing without former captain and midfield star Matt McKay, the Roar covered his absence seamlessly, with Nichols and German star Thomas Broich combining well in the midfield.

The Roar made a cautious start, playing across their backline deep within their own area, and the first excitement came in the seventh minute when Pedj Bojic was shown a yellow for an ungainly, momentum-breaking tackle on Roar import Nakajima-Farran.

A solid 11th-minute build-up between Nichols and Broich had the Roar threatening, but the visitors responded with their best chance of the half, counter-attacking through Michael Baird who tested Michael Theoklitos with a powerful shot.

Brisbane's relentless pressure pushed them into the ascendancy, and the Mariners lost some discipline, with Rostyn Griffiths lucky to escape booking for an infringement on the edge of the box, before Baird became the second man in the book for an over-zealous challenge.

Brisbane's pressure looked sure to yield a first goal in the 25th, but after Nichols took a delightful ball from Nakajima-Farran and skipped past Ryan, his snap back at goal was cruelly denied by the post.

Meyer - elevated to start after Henrique was ruled out with an ankle injury earlier in the week - became the next man rebuffed by the Mariners keeper when his close-range effort in the 53rd minute was confidently parried away for a corner.

The two grand final combatants went raid for raid through a high-quality 20-minute spell, before the valiant Mariners had their tyres let down by Nichols' confident late strike.

Both sides held their intensity to the final whistle, but despite Central Coast's effort and the impact of exciting Roar substitute Kofi Danning, scores remained at 1-0 to the end.

Brisbane 1 (Nichols 72)
Central Coast 0
Crowd: 13,467
Home Team Statistic Away Team
1 Goals 0
0 Shots 0
0 Shots Off 0
0 Corners 0
0 Offside 0
0 Fouls 0
1 Yellows 4
0 Reds 0
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Possession
Referee: C. Beath
93:00 The whistle sounds to end the game and the Roar run out 1-0 winners over the Mariners.
 
92:45 Meyer does well to extract the corner from Bojic, by kicking it straight into him and the ball goes out of play.
 
91:30 McBreen clashes into the back of Theoklitos, in a reminder from last season's grand final, where there was plenty of feeling between the two.
 
90:00 We have 3 minutes of stoppage time left in the match.
 
89:15 Danning has it once again, he lines up a shot at goal, but a big dive from Ryan pushing it away for a corner.
 
88:00 Danning is getting a lot of the ball after coming on as a sub.
 
86:45 The Roar are seemingly home as the Mariners continue to struggle in attack.
 
85:00 Griffiths heads off for the bench as McBreen comes onto the ground to replace him.
 
82:30 Danning takes it from the middle of the ground, he has a shot on goal and he over strikes it.
 
81:00 YELLOW CARD - Porter is awarded a yellow card after a very messy challenge on Broich.
 
78:45 Nakajima-Farran's night is over as Danning comes on to replace him.
 
77:45 Griffiths finds Rose on the touch line, he takes it into the box and has a shot on goal, but Theoklitos tips it over the crossbar.
 
75:15 The Mariners now have the task in front of them, they need to score 1 goal to level the scores and 2 goals for a victory.
 
73:00 The Roar are now in the box seat to extend their winning streak to 29 matches in a row.
 
71:15 GOAL ROAR - Nichols does the unthinkable and beats Ryan, he touch past the defender, Ryan dived to his right and Nichols kicks it to his opposite side.
 
68:00 It is a very even contest at the moment, with both teams right in this.
 
65:30 The Roar make their first change of the night, bringing on crowd favourite Murdocca for Berisha, the Mariners bring on Hearfield for McGlinchey.
 
63:15 Meyer is under pressure from Rose, he takes a shot on goal and it goes straight to Ryan.
 
60:00 Central Coast have been a different team since half time, they have given the Roar something to be concerned about.
 
57:45 The Mariners make the first change of the night, taking Baird off and replacing him with Kwasnik.
 
56:10 YELLOW CARD - Stefanutto is awarded a yellow card for a handball deep in defence.
 
55:00 Broich gets the ball to his advantage, heads towards the post centres the ball, but nobody is home.
 
53:15 A great chance by Meyer which forces Ryan to dive and push the ball over the crossbar.
 
50:45 Broich kicks it into the wall and the Mariners have a reprieve.
 
49:15 YELLOW CARD - Griffiths goes in hard on Broich about 5m from the box, the ref raises the yellow card and the Roar with a huge chance.
 
48:00 Simon crosses it for Baird, who heads it for goal, he beats the keeper, but he cannot beat Smith on the last line of defence.
 
46:50 The ball comes in for Berisha, but he just couldn't get enough onto it.
 
45:01 The Roar kick off to start us off for the second half.
 
45:00+1:00 The whistle sounds to end the first half and the scores are all tied up at 0-0 thanks to a mighty effort by Ryan in front of goal for the Mariners.
 
45:00 We have 1 minute of stoppage time left in the half.
 
44:00 The Mariners are starting to wrestle the momentum away from the Roar, late in the first half.
 
42:00 Simon gets himself in good position, has a shot at goal and forces Theoklitos to tip it over the crossbar.
 
39:15 Should the scores at half time still remain 0-0, the Mariners will have Ryan to thank as has been nothing short of brilliant tonight.
 
37:30 Ryan with superb reflexes, saves what should have been a Berisha goal.
 
36:00 Broich runs into the box, he is to the left side of the goal, he has a shot, but Porter slides in and concedes the corner.
 
33:30 Central Coast need to get into the play as it only seems to be a matter of time before the Roar will see the back of the net.
 
31:15 Zwaanswijk tackles Berisha from behind, bringing him down just outside the box and the ref awards the resulting free kick.
 
29:00 The Mariners are just hanging on against the might of what is the Brisbane Roar.
 
26:30 Nichols goes in low and hard, but Ryan pulls out a brilliant save, to keep the Mariners on even pegging.
 
25:00 Nichols is one on one with Ryan, he gets past him, he has a shot at the open goal, but he hits the post and it ricochets back into play.
 
23:45 Broich centres it for Meyer inside the box, but he kicks it across the face of goal and it goes out for a goal kick.
 
22:30 YELLOW CARD - Baird lunges in at Paartalu and with studs showing, the ref has no option but to raise the yellow card.
 
21:00 Berisha ends up taking the free kick and his shot on goal flies way over the crossbar.
 
19:30 Grifftiths dives in low on Nakajima-Farran, bringing him down and giving away a free kick 10m from the box.
 
17:45 Bozanic works it onto his left foot but his shot on goal ends up fizzling.
 
16:00 Brisbane have had the bulk of the possession in the last 5 minutes, as they chip the ball around waiting for an opportunity on goal to open up.
 
13:30 The Roar are starting to steady after a slow start to the game.
 
11:00 Baird takes it from the midfield, he has space to move, he enters the box, but his shot on goal is pushed away by Franjic.
 
09:15 Porter is playing in an unfamiliar role in defence.
 
086:00 D. McBreen enters the game and replaces R. Griffiths.
 
080:00 K. Danning enters the game and replaces I. Nakajima-Farran.
 
080:00 B. Porter gets yellow.
 
072:00 M. Nichols has scored a goal for Brisbane Roar!
 
07:30 YELLOW CARD - Bojic goes in crudely in a tackle attempt and is given a yellow card as a reward.
 
066:00 M. Murdocca enters the game and replaces B. Berisha.
 
066:00 T. Hearfield enters the game and replaces M. McGlinchey.
 
057:00 S. Stefanutto gets yellow.
 
057:00 A. Kwasnik enters the game and replaces M. Baird.
 
05:45 Bozanic has a shot on goal, but it it cut off inside the box by Nichols.
 
049:00 R. Griffiths gets yellow.
 
03:15 It has been a slow start to the game from both teams.
 
023:00 M. Baird gets yellow.
 
01:45 The rain has eased off, but conditions are still pretty slippery.
 
007:00 P. Bojic gets yellow.
 
00:01 The Mariners kick off and we are underway.
 
00:00 Welcome to Lang Park for the Grand Final replay between the Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners.
Home Team Statistic Away Team
1 Goals 0
0 Shots 0
0 Shots Off 0
0 Corners 0
0 Offside 0
0 Fouls 0
1 Yellows 4
0 Reds 0
0%
0%
Possession
Referee: C. Beath
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