Roar pull off mir­a­cle

Townsville Bulletin - - Sports -

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.’’

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