QAS move into fifth
The QAS kicked off proceedings with a spectacular goal resulting from an inch-perfect through-ball which found Brandon Borello. Borello, who timed his run well to stay onside, then performed some fancy footwork to shake off the NQ defender bearing down on him which then gave the winger time to line up his shot and curl the ball into goal.
Just two minutes later, Josh Riis claimed possession of the ball in the penalty area and, having drawn the NQ ‘keeper Kieran Gonzales from his line, Riis side stepped Gonzales and placed the ball past the defender on the line for the QAS’ second goal in as many minutes.
To add to the Razorback’s woes, the QAS found their third goal in a five minute period when a square ball was played into the goal mouth where an unmarked Riis ran onto it, making for an easy tap in for his second goal of the day.
The Razorbacks struck back in the 22nd minute after some messy and desperate defending by the QAS led to an NQ player being brought down in the box. Bronson Koppen stepped up to the mark to take the penalty and at the sound of the whistle, drove the ball low and the diving QAS ‘keeper Vincenzo Napuri had no chance of stopping it.
The visitor’s next goal also came courtesy of a dead ball situation when the Razorbacks were awarded a free kick 30 yards out, in front of goal. It was Ben Richardson who delivered the perfectly taken free kick which he curled just inside the upright, leaving the ‘keeper no chance to cover the ground to save it.
Not content to settle with his two goals, Riis brought up his hat-trick, and the QAS’ fourth, in the 37th minute when a loose ball fell into his path and, taking it on the half-volley, struck it sweetly into the back of the net.
The Townsville side looked like they might pull a goal back as the minutes in the first half dwindled, when an on-target shot was drilled hard at goal, but was stopped by a great reflex save from Napuri who did enough to keep the ball out and the score at 4-2 in favour of the QAS going into the half time break.
The Razorbacks didn’t have to wait too long after the break to score when, in the 57th minute, QAS failed to clear the ball from their area and the loose ball fell to the feet of an unmarked Jacob Crowley who had time to pick his spot and find the mark, taking the score to 4-3.
The game then settled into an open 50/50 fair and in the 75th minute looked like the Razorback’s would draw level when they rained shot after shot on the QAS goal. But all came to no avail with some desperate defending by the QAS denying them an equalizer.
Having missed an opportunity to level the scores, the Razorbacks were dealt a further blow when a great 1-2 movement between QAS’ Jordan Lambi and Brandon Borello led to Borello breaking through on goal and with a limited angle in which to find his target, Borello had the presence of mind to chip the advancing ‘keeper to score his second of the match and put any hopes of getting some points from the match out of reach for the Razorbacks.
In one final blow to North Queensland, the 92nd minute saw them go down to ten men when last defender, Thomas Orr, was deemed to have brought down Borello who was charging towards goal.
Fortunately for the visitors, the final whistle came soon after delivering the three points to the QAS who now sits three points above the Razorbacks in fifth place.The QAS now enjoys a weekend off before taking on Gold Coast in Round 20 of the QSL 2012 season.
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