Sport

Brisbane Roar goal scorer Berisha cops it from all corners

Besart Berisha of the Roar celebrates after scoring a goal during the round 21 A-League match between the Brisbane Roar and the Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium on February 17, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.
Besart Berisha of the Roar celebrates after scoring a goal during the round 21 A-League match between the Brisbane Roar and the Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium on February 17, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. Bradley Kanaris / Getty Images

THE criticism towards Roar striker Besart Berisha has come in spades this season.

At times he has lacked the same impact he had in Brisbane's championship-winning 2011/12 campaign, when he finished with 19 goals in the regular season.

Fox Sports commentator Robbie Slater reflected that the 27-year-old had not played well in 2012/13 before Sunday's match against Wellington.

Call his contributions unfashionable, but with the current competition 21 rounds old, the fact is the charismatic Albanian has found the back of the net 12 times.

He scored the decisive goal that put his side ahead 2-0 against the Phoenix on Sunday, putting him equal second on this season's goal scorers' list alongside the Victory's Marco Rojas.

At this stage last season, Berisha had only scored one extra goal, with 13.

Roar coach Mike Mulvey, whose recent signing of Dutch attacker Stefan Nijland was seen by some as a threat to Berisha's immediate future, is certainly one that has been impressed with his striker's output.

"He's scoring goals. He scored a goal (against Wellington)," he said.

For all his ability, Mulvey also credited Berisha for his toughness against the Phoenix.

"He got a whack in the first half and he was a little bit tender at half-time, but he managed to soldier on," he said.

"And he got us that really important second goal. It gave us a little bit of breathing space."

In Berisha's defence, the Roar's service to him from the midfield hasn't been as slick as it was last season, when they played some delightful attacking football under former mentor Ange Postecoglou.

But with 2011/12 Johnny Warren Medal winner Thomas Broich beginning to find some impressive form as the stand-in captain, Mulvey believes his team is showing gradual improvements in the way it is using the ball.

This will only help Berisha in his efforts to score more goals, with his seventh-placed team facing an uphill battle to make the finals, and only six rounds left.

"Our plan in the second half (against Wellington) was to try and keep possession and get the second goal," Mulvey said.

"He helped us very early on in getting that so I was very pleased with him."
 

Topics:  a-league besart berisha brisbane roar football soccer



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

COMMENT: Toy Run builds solid reputation

Give them a complimentary wave or a toot of the car horn.

Give them a complimentary wave or a toot of the car horn

Police find replica weapon on Ipswich 'gunman'

ILLEGAL: One of the replica hand guns seized by police at a Lagoon Grass property.

The 30-year-old was seen carry the replica on Thorn St

Tiny tot's struggle touches big hearts

BIG HEARTS: After the QT's article sharing toddler Mayana's story the community quickly offered the cash needed to help her to play in water for the first time.

Ipswich community answers her family's call for help

Local Partners

Nominations now open for next Member for Lockyer

Following Ian Rickuss' announcement that he will not be contesting the next state election, the LNP is today opening nominations for the seat of Lockyer.


What's on this weekend

TapeScape

Five things to do in Ipswich

Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

The best live music gigs in the city and surrounds

Doco tells the story of Aussie surfboard pioneers

Gordon Woods (far right) in a 1966 ad for his surf shop. He is the subject of a documentary about the Brookvale Mafia airing on Foxtel.

THE Brookvale six were united in the love of their craft.

Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper happy as baby looms

Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper are in an "extremely happy place"

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

The best live music gigs in the city and surrounds

Schoolyard friendship inspired pet project

LET'S DANCE: Sunhaus is this week's featured band in our Emerge series.

Sunhaus on The Beach Boys, their debut EP and songwriting

Brad Pitt bids to keep custody battle private

Brad Pitt will go to court to keep his custody battle private

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

REVEALED: Timeline for CBD redevelopment

The new redevelopment of the CBD will take place in stages.

Lindsay gives the good oil on when the work will begin

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

PHOTOS: World class CBD to lift Ipswich

An artist's impressions of the future Ipswich city mall.

Grand plans to transform city heart unveiled today

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!