Pride gives Roar side trial scare

FINE FINISHER: Skilful Western Pride goal scorer Peter Drager (left) duels with Brisbane Roar’s Julius Doe during yesterday’s trial match in Toowoomba.
FINE FINISHER: Skilful Western Pride goal scorer Peter Drager (left) duels with Brisbane Roar’s Julius Doe during yesterday’s trial match in Toowoomba. Neville Madsen

WESTERN Pride led Brisbane Roar at one point in the first half, but were overrun 5-2 in their trial game against Brisbane Roar yesterday at Toowoomba Grammar School.

The Roar fielded a youth-focused squad against the Pride in one of their three trial matches in eight days.

They joined the likes of Matt McKay and Thomas Broich in the crowd of about 1000 spectators.

But the young Roar talents took little time in hitting the front when Brandon Borrello scored in the fifth minute.

Brisbane had a lot of the ball early on, but the Pride were able to equalise with a goal on the counter-attack to striker Russell Woodruffe.

Fifteen minutes later and the Pride hinted an upset could be on the cards.

They took the lead with a well-finished goal from Peter Drager to put the NPL Queensland squad up 2-1 after 29 minutes.

The lead was short-lived though.

Borrello slotted his second for the Roar before the A-League club scored two more goals to take a 4-2 lead into half-time.

The chances dried up in the second half, with Ben Litfin scoring for the Roar in the 66th minute to round out the three-goal victory.

Pride coach Kasey Wehrman said his players were excited in the lead-up to the game and despite losing, could still be proud of their efforts.

"They'll take a bit of pride out of their own shirt because I thought they worked hard all day even the score-line wasn't very exciting for them towards the end,'' he said.

"I mean 5-2, people might think that's a bit of a hiding when you cop five goals, but they created a few more as well.

"They just get the experience of playing against these guys and the level that they're at and where they need to be if they want to go to the next step."

Wehrman, who is assistant coach of the Roar youth team, thought holding a lead over the Roar was a great accomplishment.

However, he knew it was always going to be hard to maintain.

"You're always chuffed about that, but I've been ahead against the Roar a few times playing with a few other teams and you don't always end up ahead at the end of the game," he said. "They keep the ball so well and technically they're all very good players."

Yesterday's match completed Western Pride's playing commitments this season.



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