The Courier-Mail

Eight goals is great for Roar striker

- MARCO MONTEVERDE @mar­cothe­journo

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.

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