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Kangaroos beaten on the road in Brno

Brno – Bohemians 2:1

The Kangaroos were looking to bounce back after their defeat at home last week. The squad was in high spirits ahead of the away trip to Brno and this showed as the Kangaroos got off to an electrifying start when Mosquera was released down the left flank only to put a pin point cross straight on to the head of the waiting Čížek who headed the ball into the bottom right hand corner away from the diving Melicharek to put the Kangaroos into a deserved 1-0 lead.

However, Brno were not to be denied for long and after 10 minutes of pressuring the Green and White defence they finally managed to equalize when Michal Svec headed into his own goal following a devilish whipped free kick from the right hand side.

Bohemians then continued to have the better of the first half exchanges and came close to retaking the lead when Acosta blazed over from close range. Schick also had an excellent chance before the break having been released from midfield but he failed to find the target and despite the excellent interplay and buildup demonstrated by the Kangaroos they were unable to convert this into tangible results on the score sheet, as has been their problem for most of the season.

After the half time break Bohemians continued to have the better of the play and should have been ahead when Schick rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into an empty net, only to be flagged offside. Replays would later show that he was in fact onside.

[[>0]]The kangaroos then tired in the latter stages of the game, perhaps as a sign of not having been able to make their early pressure tell and eventually succumb to a Michal Skoda header that sealed their fate on a wretched night in the Moravian Capital. From then on the Kangaroos did not manage to muster another chance and were lucky not to go further behind, only a string of fine saves from the ever present Zlamal keeping Brno at bay. At the fulltime whistle the Kangaroos were left to lick their wounds and rue those spurned opportunities.

All in all it was a very disappointing evening for the 100 or so die hard supporters who made the journey south to Brno on a wet and windy evening and in truth it was a game that the Kangaroos should never have lost. Coach Pivarnik will have to pick his players up and get them ready for the sold out derby against Sparta Prague next week at the Municipal Stadium Dolicek, where a greater degree of composure in front of goal will be required. It is to be hoped that the boys can pick themselves up and get back to winning ways with a possible mid-table finish on the cards if the Kangaroos can finish off the season in style.