Roar face GC United in local derby
Saturday, August 8, 2009, 10:42 am
The A-League season sparks to life tonight for Brisbane Roar and Gold Coast United, in what is expected to be a thrilling local derby at Suncorp Stadium.
Brisbane Roar are keen to show they can get further this year after bowing out 1-0 in last year’s semi-final to Adelaide United.
Gold Coast United are one of two new editions to the A-League and millionaire backed Clive Palmer has high hopes for the team, claiming they will win the league undefeated this season.
Pre-season form has been great for United, recently beating English Premier League club Fulham 2-1.
The Roar’s form, meanwhile, has been patchy, losing 3-0 to Glasgow Celtic a fortnight ago.
Brisbane Roar coach Frank Farina is eager for tonight’s match to get underway.
“It’s the local derby. I think it’s important. It’s great that we’ve finally got one and it’s most probably the only real derby in the A-League,” Farina said at a pre-match press conference.
“Finally the season is here … A big crowd is expected for what should be a fascinating season opener.”
Roar captain Craig Moore is excited about playing in the derby.
“It’s a game we are really looking forward to, a great way to start the season and hopefully it will be a good game,” Moore said.
“I think that it is important that in front of what we believe will be a big crowd the teams put on a good performance to ensure that the future of the derbies will be that more exciting as well.”
The game is expected to attract at least 20,000 fans.
Kick-off is at 7:30pm at Suncorp Stadium.