Nerang Soccer Club juniors Kyal (5) and Lincoln (11) made the pilgrimage last weekend to Brisbane for an up close look at Brisbane Roar’s stunning one-nil win over Melbourne Victory.
The boys adventured on the train and donned their Nerang club shirts for the match, keen to represent the Eagles at one of the most critical matches of the A League season.
It was the first time to Lang Park for both lads and they took to it like a duck to water, even making time to traverse the Caxton Street crowds and chanting Den mobs on their way into the stadium (with their Dad of course).
In a hard fought match and upset win that saw multiple yellow cards fly and a series of incredible shots from both teams.
Brisbane ran away with the win after striker Jamie McLaren fired an unexpected long-range bomb over Victory’s keeper, Lawrence Thomas, in the 50th minute, finding the back of the net as a sea of orange erupted into a roar of their own.
Jamie McLaren’s amazing goal
The scorching goal has already been labelled by some media as a serious contender for the Hyundai A League goal of the year.
Earlier, Kyal and Lincoln also got to witness one of the saves of the year at eye level when a blistering shot from just outside the 18-yard line by Jack Hingert took a deflection that saw it hurtle towards the top left corner at speed.
Victory’s Lawrence Thomas was already airborne yet somehow extended just that extra few inches to get fingers on ball, tipping it just inches from the woodwork and away to safety – a truly world class save by any standard.
When the match was over, goal scorer Jamie McLaren spotted Kyal in his club colours and stopped for a quick chat, asking Kyal a few questions and shaking hands on the win.
Needless to say the Nerang under 6 Miniroo got his money’s worth at one of the biggest matches of the year.
The win saw Melbourne Victory bumped out of the race and decided the A league premiership, handing it to Sydney FC in a disappointing blow to Victory and their fans.
It was a cracking game and great way for the boys to see their first A League match at Lang Park