Sledging spurred on goalkeeper
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.