Sledg­ing spurred on goal­keeper

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

ROAR goal­keeper Michael Theok­l­i­tos has cred­ited the sledg­ing of Mariners ri­val Daniel McBreen for spark­ing his penalty shoot-out hero­ics which clinched Bris­bane’s A-League ti­tle.

T h e o k l i t o s s a i d t h e ‘‘ chirpy’’ McBreen’s cut­ting words when Cen­tral Coast led 2-0 in ex­tra time back­fired as they spurred him on for two clutch saves.

Tellingly, the first, a magnificent div­ing ef­fort to the left, came with McBreen on the spot when the shoot-out was locked at 2-all at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

Theok­l­i­tos made the most of the chance to get in the face of the striker and re­turned serve with a lengthy ver­bal spray be­fore his shot.

‘‘ There was a bit of ban­ter dur­ing the game and ob­vi­ously they were 2-0 up in ex­tra time and were quite chirpy,’’ Theok­l­i­tos said.

‘‘ When we equalised I let him know about it and ob­vi­ously he was step­ping up to t a k e t h e p e n a l t y a n d I thought there was def­i­nitely one per­son who’s not scor­ing and that’s Daniel McBreen.

‘‘ So when I did save it I let him know about it as well.’’

Af­ter Roar skip­per Matt McKay put the home side up 3-2, Theok­l­i­tos pro­duced a s e n s a t i o n a l o n e - h a n d e d parry of Pedj Bo­jic’s lofted at­tempt to vir­tu­ally seal the cham­pi­onship.

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