Mac­carone’s vic­tory bid

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT / CLASSIFIEDS - MARCO MONTEVERDE

BRETT Hol­man is ex­cited about what Mas­simo Mac­carone can bring to the Bris­bane Roar ta­ble this sea­son.

The Roar’s hopes of a suc­cess­ful 2017- 18 cam­paign, which of­fi­cially starts with tonight’s FFA Cup clash against Melbourne Vic­tory at Perry Park, rest heav­ily on how well mar­quee men Hol­man and Mac­carone com­bine in at­tack.

The pair worked in uni­son for 20 min­utes last Satur­day, with Mac­carone scor­ing two goals in a mem­o­rable sec­ond­half cameo as the Roar beat Bris­bane Pre­mier League club Penin­sula Power 4- 2 at AJ Kelly Park.

The Roar’s task will be tougher tonight against a Vic­tory side that will in­clude the likes of Be­sart Ber­isha, James Troisi, Kosta Bar­barouses and Rhys Wil­liams.

But with 37- year- old former Ital­ian in­ter­na­tional striker Mac­carone set to be in­volved af­ter re­ceiv­ing his visa clear­ance, there is an air of con­fi­dence in the Roar camp.

“He’s been do­ing well,” Hol­man said of the ex- Em­poli marks­man.

“The way we want to play is def­i­nitely dif­fer­ent from the Ital­ian style of foot­ball but you saw the glimpses, what he had on the week­end, and you see his aware­ness of foot­ball and once he gets that lit­tle bit more sharp­ness, that lit­tle bit more fit­ness, he’ll be good.”

Roar coach John Aloisi said tonight’s match pre­sented Mac­carone with a chance “to see what the A- League’s all about against an op­po­si­tion that are nor­mally there or there­abouts at the end of the sea­son”.

“He’ll be in­volved ( tonight), which is great news for him and an­other step in the right di­rec­tion for him to get games un­der his belt,” Aloisi said.

Hol­man vowed that the Roar would “go for it” against the team that ended Bris­bane’s hopes of grab­bing A- League glory last sea­son in the fi­nals se­ries.

FNQ Heat are also in FFA Cup ac­tion tonight, tak­ing on fel­low NPL club Sydney United at Eden­sor Park.

NEW BOY: Mas­simo Mac­carone and the Bris­bane Roar will take on the Melbourne Vic­tory in the FFA Cup.

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