Eight goals is great for Roar striker
OLYROOS striker Jamie Maclaren has broken his Roar duck in style, scoring eight goals in Brisbane’s 10-0 thrashing of a Gold Coast Premier League XI in yesterday’s trial at Southport.
The opposition was lightweight, but Roar coach John Aloisi said Maclaren’s haul would boost the confidence of the former Perth Glory marksman after his failure to score in pre-season games against Liverpool and Melbourne Victory, and an FFA Cup clash against Western Sydney Wanderers.
“Goals are goals and when you’re a striker, it’s your job to score,” Aloisi said.
“Jamie’s a genuine goalscorer and this is great for him. It doesn’t matter about who we were playing.”
Maclaren and Roar teammates James Donachie and Brandon Borrello leave today for Australian under-23 duty in Turkey and Macedonia.
The Roar’s next trial is on Saturday week against fellow A-League club Newcastle Jets at the Cleveland Showgrounds.
Meanwhile, the battle for the NPL Queensland premiership has been delayed after heavy rain on Saturday forced the postponement of matches involving title contenders Moreton Bay Jets and the Brisbane Strikers.
A decision will be made today regarding the rescheduling of the Jets’ clash with South West Queensland Thunder, and the match between the Strikers and Northern Fury.