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Roar over Phoenix in rain-soaked contest

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Roar over Phoenix in rain-soaked contest

Dylan Wenzel Hall came off the bench to strike the winner and sink Wellington Phoenix at a rain-soaked Suncorp Stadium.

The substitute had only been on the pitch a matter of moments when, in the 69th minute, he controlled a nod down from Brad Inman and lashed the ball home off the underside of the bar.

It was tough on a Wellington side who had spurned some very presentable opportunities in the first half but make the trip back over the Tasman empty-handed.

During the opening 45 minutes, it wasn’t difficult to see why the Nix were seeking to earn a club record of ten games unbeaten. Many had tipped them for a season of struggle, but under Coach Ufuk Talay, they looked a cohesive and well-drilled unit.

Firstly, Jaushua Sotirio saw his thunderous drive ricochet off the crossbar and, later, it was defender Steven Taylor’s turn to hit the woodwork with a thumping header. In between these chances, Wellington also had a decent penalty appeal turned down by referee Alex King – and upheld by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) – when Sotirio’s shot appeared to hit the hand of Roar midfielder Jacob Pepper.

The second half saw Brisbane start to take the game to their opponents as the heavens opened, forcing some of the 10,000-odd crowd to seek shelter higher up in the stands.

New signing Scott McDonald entered the fray in the 55th minute, after only rubber-stamping his move from Western United the day before, but he was usurped by fellow substitute Wenzel Hall, who has found opportunities under Robbie Fowler this season, limited.

Phoenix searched for an equaliser and the Roar were indebted to keeper Jamie Young, who superbly tipped over an effort from Phoenix’s Mexican attacker Ulises Davila. As the game entered its final moments, Brisbane had a chance to seal the win when Wenzel Hall squared the ball for Brad Inman — who only had Wellington keeper Stefan Marinovic to beat from eight yards out.

The attacking midfielder has been in fine goalscoring form of late; scoring four goals in his last three games, but somehow he scuffed his shot wide to make the last few minutes much nervier for the Roar than they needed to be.

But Brisbane did hold out to take all three points and climb to seventh on the A-League ladder at the halfway mark of the season. For Wellington, the disappointment of failing to go a record ten games unbeaten is tempered by the fact that they remain in fourth spot. 

The Roar travels to Gosford next week to take on the Central Coast Mariners while Phoenix is back in action at home to Newcastle Jets.

SCORE: Brisbane Roar 1 – Wellington Phoenix 0

Adam Cattell is a school teacher with a passion for grassroots football. You can follow him @catter100.

Sargon of Gasbag on How the Norf Went Tory

A few days ago Carl ‘Sargon of Akkad’ Benjamin put up a video, in which he presented his idea of why the north of England and the midlands went Tory. It was based on a cartoon from 4chan’s Pol Board, and so presented a very caricatured view of the north. Sargon is the extreme right-winger, who personally did much to destroy UKIP simply by joining it. This ‘classical liberal’ – meaning libertarian – with his highly reactionary views on feminism and racism was too much even for the Kippers. His home branch of Swindon wanted him deselected when the party chose him as the second of their two MEP candidates for south-west England, and the Gloucestershire branch closed down completely. And according to Sargon, the ‘Norf’ went Tory because Blair turned the Labour party from the party of the working class throughout Britain into the party of the liberal metropolitan elite, and turned its attention away from class issues to supporting Islam, refugees, radical feminism and gay rights. This conflict with the social conservative values of working people, and particularly northern working people. As a result, they voted for Johnson, who had the same values they had.

The strip depicts the northern working class as Norf F.C., a local football team. They have their counterparts and rivals in Sowf F.C., a southern football team, and in the Welsh and Scots. The north is presented as a region of fat skinhead football hooligans, poorly educated, and suffering from scurvy and malnutrition, but who love their families, their communities and their country. In the strip’s view, these communities were traditionally Labour. But this changed with the election of Tony Blair, an Oxford educated lawyer, who took over the party. Under his aegis, it no longer was the party of the working class, but instead had a lower middle class membership. These were over-educated officer workers, who turned it towards Communism with the election of Jeremy Corbyn. They supported racism witchhunts, gay rights and flooding White communities with coloured immigrants, and were pro-EU. They despised natural, healthy patriotism. The result was that when Boris appeared, despite being an Etonian toff they recognised themselves in him. He would do something about Brexit and immigration, and would attack the radical left who support Muslim rape gangs and wanted to chop off their sons’ genitals. And who would also put the ‘bum boys’ in their place. It led to the massive defeat of the Labour party, and in particular ‘Communists’ like owen Jones and Ash Sarkar of Novara media.

I’m not going to show the video here, but if you want to see it for yourself, go to YouTube and search for ‘How the Norf Went Tory’, which is his wretched video’s title.

To Sargon, Corbyn is a friend of Hezbollah and Hamas, and to show how threatening the feminists and LGBTQ section of the Labour party he shows various radical feminists with T-shirts saying ‘White People Are Terrorists’ and a trans-activist with a baseball bat and the tattoo ‘Die Cis Scum’, referring to cis-gendered people – those who identify with their biological gender. The over-educated lower middle class people he sneers at are graduates of gender studies, who work in McDonalds, or have submitted to what he describes as ‘office serfdom’.

It’s very much a simplistic view, but there’s much truth in it as well as great deal of distortion. Let’s go through it.

The UKIP View of the North

Firstly, it represents very much the UKIP view of events. The academic study of UKIP, Revolt on the Right,  found that its members were poorly educated, working class people in the north. They had socially Conservative views, hated the European Union, resented immigration, particularly Black and Asian, and felt abandoned by the traditional parties. He is also right in identifying the change from working class representation to middle class representation with Blair’s leadership. Blair didn’t like the working class. He wanted to get the votes of the swing voters in marginal constituencies. As Sargon’s video acknowledges, he supported the neoliberalism that had devastated the northern economy and which made so many northerners hate the policy’s architect, Maggie Thatcher. Within the party, Blair sidelined working class organisations like the trade unions in favour of courting and recruiting business managers.

The Labour party was keen to represent Blacks and other ethnic minorities, women and gays due to its ideological commitment to equality. This policy became particularly important after Thatcher’s victory in 1979, when it appeared to some that the White working class had abandoned the party. I’ve also seen books published in the ’70s lamenting the right-ward movement within the Labour party due to its membership becoming increasingly middle class, so this trend actually predates Blair somewhat. However, it acquired a new importance under Blair because of the emphasis his administration place on BAME rights, feminism and gay rights. In my view, this was partly as an attempt to preserve some claim to radicalism and progressive values while abandoning socialism and the working class.

Sargon Doesn’t Understand Class and Communism

Sargon also doesn’t understand either what Communism is. He seems to believe in the rantings of the contemporary right that it’s all about identity politics and changing the traditional culture from above. That’s one form of Marxist politics coming from the ideas of the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci. But traditional, orthodox Marxism emphasised the importance of the working class and the class structure of society. Marx’s theory of Dialectical Materialism held that it was the economic base of society that defined ideology, not the other way around. Once the working class came into power and socialised the economy, the ideologies supported and created by capitalism would disappear. Gramsci’s ideas about changing ideology and culture became fashionable in left-wing circles because it was believed that the working class was actually in decline as society changed. Demographers noted that increasing numbers of people were becoming lower middle class. Hence the movement on the left towards that sector of society, rather than the traditional working class.

Corbyn More Politically Committed to Working Class

Yes, Corbyn also supported anti-racism, feminism and gay rights, but these had been key values of the left since the 1980s. I remember then how the Labour party and leading figures like Michael Foot and Ken Livingstone were vilified as Communists and Trotskyites, and how the party was caricatured as standing for Black lesbians. There were all those stories circulating in the Scum, for example, about how radical teachers in London schools had decided that ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ was racist, and insisted children sing ‘Baa Baa Green Sheep’ instead. Corbyn does come from a privileged background, but his views and the Labour manifesto are far more working class in the sense that they represent a return to traditional socialist economic policies than Blair’s. And certainly far more than Johnson’s and the Tories.

I have to admit that I’m one of the over-educated officer worker types Sargon sneers at. But I never did gender studies, not that I’m sneering at it or those who studied it. My first degree is in history. And I am very sure that most of the legions of graduates now trying to get any kind of paid work have a very wide variety degrees. I also think that many of them also come from the aspirant working class, who went into higher education in order to get on. Also, if you were interested or active in working class politics in the 1980s, you were exposed and took over the anti-racism and anti-sexism campaigns. Ben Elton was notorious as a left-wing comedian in the 1980s, but he defended the working class and ethnic minorities against the Tories.  It was not the case that the White working class was viewed with suspicion as a hotbed of racism, although sections of it, represented by such grotesques as Alf Garnet, certainly were. But it was that section of the working class that the Scum and the Tory party addressed, and so it’s now surprise that they see themselves represented by Boris.

Their belief in Boris is ultimately misplaced, however. Boris will betray them, just like he has betrayed everyone else.

He isn’t going to get Brexit done. He is going to continue with his privatisations, including that of the NHS, and dismantlement of the welfare state. The people in the northern and midlands communities that voted for him are going to find themselves still poor, and probably much poorer, under him.

But the lessons for Labour should be that there should be no return to Blairism. 

David Rosenberg and many other left-wing bloggers have argued from their own personal experience that the way of winning working class voters back to Labour and away from the far-right is through the hard work of knocking on doors and neighbourhood campaigning. This is what Blairism didn’t do. Jones showed in his book Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class that it was Blair that turned away and demonised them, and simply expected them to continue voting Labour as they didn’t have anywhere else to go. And it was the Blairites and Tories, who viewed the White working class as racist and vilified them as such. Although it also has to be said that they also courted them by appealing to their patriotism and their feeling of marginalisation in an increasingly multicultural society. And the fact that Jones took the trouble to attack this refutes Sargon’s attempt to present Jones as a ‘Communist’, who was against their interests.

Yes, you can find the misandrists, and the anti-White racists and extreme gay and trans rights activists in the Labour party. But they’re an unrepresentative minority, who are going to be controversial even in their own small circles. Attempts by the Tories to magnify their influence are deliberately deceptive in order to stop people from believing that the Labour party means to do anything for ordinary working people. Just as Sargon has tried to do in his video.

Winning back the working class from Boris does not mean a return to Blair and attempting to turn the party into the Conservatives 2.0. But it does mean returning to working class activism, representation and continuing to support real policies to benefit the working class, whether Black, White or Brown, Christian, atheist, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or whatever.

And that has to be a return to genuine socialism.

Lib Dem Politico Bullied into Coming Out as Gay by Mail on Sunday

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This is absolutely disgusting. I really do wonder how the alleged ladies and gentlemen of the scumbag British press sleep at night. Zelo Street this afternoon reported that Layla Moran, the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, came out last week. She revealed that she was pansexual, and was in a loving, supportive relationship with another woman. Moran’s a contender for the Lib Dem leadership, and her announcement that she was gay was on ITV news. Moran says that their relationship started six months ago. So naturally, Zelo Street raises the obvious question: why is she telling us all this now?

It’s because, according to Hacked Off, the group representing the victims of press phone hacking, Moran was put under pressure by hacks from the Mail on Sunday.  The organisation said

 “Ms Moran has described how several reporters have been asking questions, door-knocking neighbours and even offering payment to a former partner seeking information about her personal life over the last few months. Ms Moran writes that the Mail on Sunday threatened to publish details relating to her sexuality last Saturday, and that she herself only decided to reveal her sexuality publicly last week because she feared the newspaper would go on to publish”.

She did so on social media, which really annoyed the MoS, who were reduced to running a piece about Mumsnet showing bitterly critical posts of her by its users. One of these accused her of ‘weaponising’ her relationship with the Lib Dems former head of media, Rosy Cobb.

The Street then quotes Nathan Sparkes of Hacked Off on the squalid cruelty the MoS has shown:

“Newspapers have no business revealing an individual’s sexuality against their will, far less a politician who has devoted much of her career to date to furthering the cause of LGBT+ rights and equality … The decision of the Mail on Sunday … to publish an article attacking Ms Moran based on a handful of abusive tweets on a social media site speaks to the vindictiveness and cruelty of parts of our unregulated press”.

The Street concludes ‘Our free and fearless press’ attitude to sexuality stinks. And that has to change.’

See: https://zelo-street.blogspot.com/2020/01/layla-moran-bullied-into-coming-out.html

I think I saw something in the I written by Moran about her experience of ‘coming out’. It had the title ‘In the 21st Century Coming Out Shouldn’t Be An Issue’, or something along those lines. I didn’t read it because quite frankly I wasn’t interested. So many public figures have come out over the past decades – pop stars, sportsmen and women, actors, politicos – that you get used to it, even bored. With many public figures, whether gay or straight, who they’re romantically involved with is the least interesting aspect of their lives. What’s more interesting is their talent, or issues such as whether they have an unusual personal background, skill or medical condition. Such as, for example, whether they can speak an exotic language, have mastered an arcane science or intellectual discipline like quantum physics, or are able to fly an aircraft. Or have overcome personal misfortune or a medical condition like autism or depression. For a politician, what really matters is how hard they work for and represent their constituents, and their policy positions. Like where they stand on Brexit, the destruction of the welfare state, rising inequality, racism, the privatisation of the NHS and so forth. Provided that they’re not breaking the law and their partners are consenting adults, who they share their private lives with is their own business.

I grew up in the 1980s, when the gay rights organisations were aggressively outing politicians, who kept their sexuality hidden. I thought that this was pretty shabby, until a gay friend of mine told me that the politicos they targeted were hypocrites, who publicly opposed homosexuality and its toleration. There was a serious point to their actions. But there doesn’t seem to be anything like that here, just a simple desire to boost sales figures through scandal.

And unfortunately, the press has got plenty of previous in trying to bully people into revealing their sexuality in this way. Way back in the 1990s the ‘Street of Shame’ column in Private Eye carried a story about an attempt by one of the tabloids – something like the Scum or the News of the Screws – to blackmail one of the pop stars of the day into coming out in its pages. Wisely, he decided to thwart them by going to one of the other papers instead to make the revelation.

And stalking celebrities in order to find out if they’re gay or not is pretty squalid anyway. A few years ago there was a programme on how the Mirror got that story about George Michael going into a gay toilet in Beverley Hills or wherever. That was when it was edited by Piers Morgan, now adorning ITV’s breakfast news. The photographer was there for a week staking the place out waiting for a celebrity, any celebrity, to come and use it. The photographs he took from a car parked over the road were worth tens of thousands. Which itself shows the squalid morals of the newspaper business. I’ve no doubt his family and children were well fed, clad and educated by the profits of his job, but it’s not exactly something your children can boast about in school. After hearing from all the other children how their parents are builders, engineers, scientists, business people,  artists or whatever, what child really wants to answer the question ‘What does your mum/dad do?’ with the reply, ‘He/she hangs around gay toilets hoping to catch rock stars getting arrested by the rozzers’?

As for Mumsnet, they’ve been described as ‘4chan with prosecco’. From what I gather of 4chan, it’s an internet platform seething with racism, sexism and vicious trolls, so that’s hardly an endorsement.

The Mail on Sunday’s treatment of Moran, and the British press’ treatment of innocent people just trying to live their lives in peace is deeply shameful, and shows why it really does need to be subject to a press watchdog with teeth.

ScoMo Brought Into Australian Test Team After Producing World-Class Spin 

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Nathan Lyon will make way for Scott Morrison in Australia’s test line-up, after the Prime Minister proved to selectors he could deliver bigger and more consistent spin.

Chairman of Selectors Trevor Hohns said that while it was
difficult to drop Australia’s most successful off-spinner, the sheer amount of
spin Morrison is able to generate left the selection panel with no choice.

“The amount of spin we’re seeing is bigger even that Shane
Warne in his heyday; it’s prodigious. The way he creates something out of nothing
is just amazing,” Hohns said.

“Bowling someone around their legs from a metre outside leg
stump is one thing. But to fuck off on holiday to Hawaii for a week in the
middle of a bushfire crisis and then somehow take credit for the government
response two weeks later is something else”.

Cricket Australia Applies For A Restraining Order Against The Prime Minister

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Cricket Australia has taken the unprecedented step of applying to the courts ahead of the Sydney test to take out a restraining against the Prime Minister. Claiming that his constant talk of cricket at the expense of the bushfires is tarnishing their brand.

“Usually we love the having the Prime Minister talking up or attending our tests,” said a spokesperson for Cricket Australia. “However we think that at the moment it’s probably best if the Prime Minister spent less time in the corporate boxes and more time comforting those affected by the bushfires.”

“I mean the country is on fire for God’s sake.”

When asked how he took the news the Cricket Australia spokesperson said: “Well he didn’t get mad or didn’t really react at all, he was more concerned with trying to connect his phone to our wi-fi.”

“Said something about checking out Flight Centre for some cheap holiday deals.”

The Sydney test starts Friday, January 3rd at the SCG assuming the bushfire smoke around Sydney subsides.

Mark Williamson

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Hypocrite Guido Fawkes Defends Italian Fascists from Jewish Labour MP

The Sage of Crewe at Zelo Street has put up a very revealing piece showing exactly where Guido Fawkes real sympathies like when it comes to the question of anti-Semitism. Staines and his far-right crew were as zealous as the rest of the lamestream media in pushing the anti-Semitism smears against Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. But this time the mask has slipped. He has sided with a group of Italian football ‘fans’, who made Fascist/Nazi salutes, against the Jewish Labour MP for Warrington North, Charlotte Nicholls. This isn’t the first time Guido’s been responsible for a bit of Jew hatred. The Sage reminds us how, when Ed Miliband was leader of the Labour Party, one of his underlings, Simon Carr, wrote two anti-Semitic pieces about the Labour leader. Which delighted his employer so much, that he and fellow Fawkes’ employees Harry Cole and Alex Wickham that they embraced Carr on camera.

This time, Fawkes has been greatly indignant that Nicholls should be in favour of the Fascists being given a good kicking. Another one of Staines’ minions, Tom Harwood, has written a piece with the delightful title ‘Labour MP Continues to Endorse Kicking Heads In’. Harwood has apparently written

“Festive cheer was somewhat lacking from one Labour MP over Christmas, who took to the BBC to defend her conjecture Italian tourists should have their heads kicked in. Distancing herself from Labour’s pro-EU stance already.

“Back in October, Nichols had originally tweeted that fans of the Italian club S.S. Lazio should ‘get their heads kicked in’ as they performed fascist salutes before a football match in Glasgow”.

They quote Nicholls Tweeting “You shouldn’t be doing Nazi salutes on the streets of Britain if you don’t want your head kicked in”.   Tim follows her in considering that the Italians were making Nazi, rather than Fascist salutes. In fact, at this time there’s precious little difference between the two. The Fascists adopted the raised right arm, calling it the ‘Roman’ salute in order to evoke the memory of the Roman Empire, which they aimed to restore.  They weren’t originally anti-Semitic, but they followed the Nazis in passing anti-Semitic legislation in 1937. They weren’t as harsh as Nazi legislation, and 80 per cent of Italian Jews managed to survive the War. But Fascism was nevertheless still a brutal, racist dictatorship with laws against Jews and Black Africans, and their army committed atrocities in the Balkans, north Africa and Abyssinia. And contemporary Italian neo-Fascists are still racist and anti-immigrant, as well as hostile to democracy, liberalism, socialism, Communism and anarchism.

Nicholls added to her comment “Of course, right wing rag Guido refers to Lazio fans doing Nazi salutes on the streets of Britain as ‘Italian tourists’. My granddad didn’t risk his life in WW2 to beat fascism ‘in the marketplace of ideas’ and as a Jewish person I’d rather drop dead than apologise to Nazis”.

Absolutely. Presumably Guido is horrified by the Jews, socialists, Communists and trade unionists, who beat the living daylights out of Oswald Mosley and his thugs when the British Union of Fascists were marching up and down the country trying to intimidate them. Many British Jews also had family murdered by the Nazi during the Holocaust, and so, like most people in this country generally, they don’t take kindly to displays of real Fascism. I don’t want to encourage violence against anyone, but you really can’t blame Nicholls for feeling that the Lazio fans deserved a beating for their behaviour.

The Sage also reveals in the post that Staines was also a close friend of Tory MP Aidan Burley, the MP for Cannock, who decided not to seek re-election after the Mail on Sunday revealed that he was part of a Nazi-themed stag party in Val Thorens. Staines was so upset about Burley’s participation, that he went out for a consolation drink with him.

See: https://zelo-street.blogspot.com/2020/01/guido-fawkes-backing-nazis-not-jews.html

In fact, Staines seems to have always had a certain sympathy for Fascism. He’s a libertarian, and in the 1980s he was a member of a libertarian faction in the Tory party that invited one of the leaders of a real Fascist death squad from El Salvador to be their guest of honour at their annual dinner. The same outfit also, I believe, feted South African pro-Apartheid politicos. And a decade earlier, in 1975 the Libertarians across the Pond devoted a whole edition of their magazine, Reason, to Holocaust denial. I am not accusing Fawkes of denying the Holocaust. I am simply saying that it very much appears to me that Staines’ own politics have always been little short of real Fascism. And it says much about the moral squalor of the lamestream media that Staines is considered somehow respectable, despite his far right background.

But if Staines carries on with articles like this, perhaps that won’t be for long.

When cricket and climate collide

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Cricket is a game played in the open air for long periods, and this cricket season is being overshadowed, sometimes literally, by a long, dangerous fire season.

Prime Minister ScoMo Tells Fire Fighters Relief’s At Hand As The First Test Starts Tomorrow

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has met with firefighters battling blazes around New South Wales to deliver them the good news that relief is on it’s way as the first test against New Zealand in Perth starts tomorrow.

“Initially I was on my way to deliver to our brave fire fighters a fresh batch of thoughts and prayers when I happened to look in the paper and notice that the cricket starts tomorrow, so that’ll bring the boys some relief,” said the Prime Minister. “I mean how good’s cricket?”

“Sure we’re only playing New Zealand but still any games a good game.”

When asked why he was not doing more for the fire fighters like releasing funds the Prime Minister said: “Look we have given the fire fighters as many thoughts and prayers as the Government can spare.”

“Besides these blokes love fighting fires we wouldn’t want to deprive them of that by putting the fire out too soon.”

“Oh yeah remind the firies that the test’s a day nighter in Perth so they can stay up late and watch it. How good’s day night tests?”

Mark Williamson

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Brisbane Roar into top-six in assured display against Mariners

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Brisbane Roar into top-six in assured display against Mariners

Brisbane Roar saw off the challenge of Central Coast Mariners to earn a much needed A-League home win with two unanswered second-half goals.

A Roy O'Donovan strike on the hour and a header from defender Scott Neville seven minutes later, secured the points to ease the pressure on Roar boss Robbie Fowler.

Such is the psyche of the modern supporter, managers are ill afforded time and patience these days, and a stumbling start to the season, which saw the Roar claim only one win from their opening six games, has led to grumblings in some quarters.

Fowler made four changes from their 2-1 loss at bottom club Wellington Phoenix, with first starts for goalkeeper Jamie Young and striker Dylan Wenzel-Halls.

Both gave assured displays and played their part in what was probably Brisbane's most complete display this term.

The Roar made a positive start and was immediately on the front foot, pinning the opposition back into its own half in the opening 15 minutes.

Despite this, it was Central Coast who came closest to opening the scoring with their first meaningful attack. Korean midfielder Eun-Seon Kim burst into the penalty area and saw his vicious strike bounce off the crossbar.

As the first half wore on, the Mariners started to get more of a foothold in the game and, at half time, there wasn't too much to pick between the teams as they went in goalless.

In the second half, it was good work from young striker Wenzel-Halls, lining up on the right side of a new 4-3-3 formation employed by Fowler, that gave his side the lead on the hour mark. The 21-year-old, whose pace and energy breathed new life into the Roar attack, took on Kye Rowles and his low cross picked out Roy O'Donovan who got ahead of marker Ziggy Gordon to fire past Coast keeper Mark Birighitti.

Seven minutes later, Brisbane doubled their advantage. Jay O'Shea's corner picking out Scott Neville, who rose highest to plant his header home, to the delight of the 11,793-strong crowd.

There was still time for Central Coast to threaten but Young put out a strong hand to deny substitute Samuel Silvera, with Tommy Oar unable to convert the rebound.

Mariners boss Alen Stajcic was clearly frustrated with the match officials, earning himself a yellow card in the closing minutes for his protests. Four mariners players found themselves in the notebook of referee Ben Abrahams, with none from the Roar.

Stajcic cut a frustrated figure in his post-match press conference, citing his side's poor execution in front of goal:

'"The first ten to15 minutes Brisbane dominated, but as the half went on we started to control the game... It's very frustrating and disappointing it was there for the taking today."

Fowler was quick to praise the attitude and professionalism of goalkeeper Jamie Young, stating he had asked the 34-year-old to make some improvements to his game in pre-season:

"We said that Jamie needed to work on his kicking and composure with a football..his attitude has been unbelievable, he's the first on the training pitch and the last off... he's deserved his chance, he looked solid and composed."

The win lifts Brisbane into the last playoff spot, in sixth, whilst Central Coast drops to eighth. The Mariners will have a bye round next week with the Roar facing a tough assignment away at Sydney FC.

SCORE: Brisbane Roar 2 – Central Coast Mariners 0

Adam Cattell is a school teacher with a passion for grassroots football. You can follow him @catter100.

Brisbane Roar into top-six in assured display against Mariners

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Brisbane Roar into top-six in assured display against Mariners

Brisbane Roar saw off the challenge of Central Coast Mariners to earn a much needed A-League home win with two unanswered second-half goals.

A Roy O'Donovan strike on the hour and a header from defender Scott Neville seven minutes later, secured the points to ease the pressure on Roar boss Robbie Fowler.

Such is the psyche of the modern supporter, managers are ill afforded time and patience these days, and a stumbling start to the season, which saw the Roar claim only one win from their opening six games, has led to grumblings in some quarters.

Fowler made four changes from their 2-1 loss at bottom club Wellington Phoenix, with first starts for goalkeeper Jamie Young and striker Dylan Wenzel-Halls.

Both gave assured displays and played their part in what was probably Brisbane's most complete display this term.

The Roar made a positive start and was immediately on the front foot, pinning the opposition back into its own half in the opening 15 minutes.

Despite this, it was Central Coast who came closest to opening the scoring with their first meaningful attack. Korean midfielder Eun-Seon Kim burst into the penalty area and saw his vicious strike bounce off the crossbar.

As the first half wore on, the Mariners started to get more of a foothold in the game and, at half time, there wasn't too much to pick between the teams as they went in goalless.

In the second half, it was good work from young striker Wenzel-Halls, lining up on the right side of a new 4-3-3 formation employed by Fowler, that gave his side the lead on the hour mark. The 21-year-old, whose pace and energy breathed new life into the Roar attack, took on Kye Rowles and his low cross picked out Roy O'Donovan who got ahead of marker Ziggy Gordon to fire past Coast keeper Mark Birighitti.

Seven minutes later, Brisbane doubled their advantage. Jay O'Shea's corner picking out Scott Neville, who rose highest to plant his header home, to the delight of the 11,793-strong crowd.

There was still time for Central Coast to threaten but Young put out a strong hand to deny substitute Samuel Silvera, with Tommy Oar unable to convert the rebound.

Mariners boss Alen Stajcic was clearly frustrated with the match officials, earning himself a yellow card in the closing minutes for his protests. Four mariners players found themselves in the notebook of referee Ben Abrahams, with none from the Roar.

Stajcic cut a frustrated figure in his post-match press conference, citing his side's poor execution in front of goal:

'"The first ten to15 minutes Brisbane dominated, but as the half went on we started to control the game... It's very frustrating and disappointing it was there for the taking today."

Fowler was quick to praise the attitude and professionalism of goalkeeper Jamie Young, stating he had asked the 34-year-old to make some improvements to his game in pre-season:

"We said that Jamie needed to work on his kicking and composure with a football..his attitude has been unbelievable, he's the first on the training pitch and the last off... he's deserved his chance, he looked solid and composed."

The win lifts Brisbane into the last playoff spot, in sixth, whilst Central Coast drops to eighth. The Mariners will have a bye round next week with the Roar facing a tough assignment away at Sydney FC.

SCORE: Brisbane Roar 2 – Central Coast Mariners 0

Adam Cattell is a school teacher with a passion for grassroots football. You can follow him @catter100.

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