Roar pull off miracle
HOW SWEET IT IS: Roar captain Matt McKay, centre, and teammates celebrate their victory over Central Coast in the A-League Grand Final EVEN as gutted Brisbane spectators began l eaving Suncorp Stadium late in the A-League grand final yesterd a y , R o a r c o a c h A n g e Postecoglou still braced himself for one final twist.
However, few would have predicted what happened next.
Down 2-0, Brisbane remarkably scored two goals in the final four minutes of extra time to force a penalty shoot-out – then claimed it 4-2 to bring the 50,168-strong crowd to its feet.
To come into an A-League grand final with a record 27-game unbeaten record was something special.
But to pull off a stunning comeback in extra time and claim a maiden title was ‘‘ extraordinary’’, according to Postecoglou.
‘‘ We looked down and out,’’ he said.
‘‘ But I was sitting there filing through the amount of times that we have found something this year.
‘ ‘ And I thought it just wouldn’t surprise me if this group of players found what they needed. and Pedj Bojic missed, sparking jubilant scenes not seen since the Brisbane Strikers won the national title at the same venue way back in 1997.
‘‘ You could see that a few of the boys had stopped believing, and it ( self belief) had been a trademark of our team,’’ Roar captain Matt McKay said of his side in extra time.
‘‘ I told the boys at the start of the second period of extra time, ‘ no-one can tell me you can’t score two goals in 15 minutes of football’ – and they believed.’’
For all their dominance, only one title interested the Roar at the Suncorp sell-out – 2010-11 A-League champions. And in keeping with their season, they got what they wanted.
‘‘ The one question mark about this team leading into this final was that they had n o t w o n a n y t h i n g , ’ ’ Postecoglou said. ‘‘ That was fair enough. ‘‘ But there is no doubt that this team has been a champion team – they certainly showed champion qualities.’’