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Young ready to Roar in A-League finals

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/04/2017 Vince Rugari

Jamie Young kicks during an A-League match. © Chris Hyde/Getty Images Jamie Young kicks during an A-League match. Jamie Young has paid tribute to injured Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Michael Theo and says he is ready to continue his teammates stellar work between the sticks for the rest of the A-League finals.

Theo will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a suspected medial ligament strain, in the first half of extra time in Friday's elimination final win over Western Sydney.

The 36-year-old kept the Roar in the match in the first half with a series of excellent saves, including an early double effort to deny Brendon Santalab and Nico Martinez from close range.

Theo also made a terrific intervention to keep out another Martinez attempt a short time later but was forced off in the 99th minute after a collision with Terry Antonis.

Young replaced him and was immediately called in to action, producing a one-handed save to keep out Santalab, before gobbling up Jumpei Kusukami's limp penalty in the shootout to seal the result for Brisbane.

Young, 31, will now serve as the Roar's first-choice custodian for next Sunday's semi-final against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park, and most likely in their two remaining AFC Champions League group assignments as well.

"It's quite sad for Michael because he was probably the player of the game for us," Young said.

"We probably wouldn't have got to the stage we were at when I came on without the double save especially.

"That's sport, isn't it?

"I feel for him because he's a good guy and when you play well, you don't deserve that."

Michael Theo of the Roar is injured during the A-League Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Roar and the Western Sydney Wanderers on April 21, 2017. © Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Michael Theo of the Roar is injured during the A-League Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Roar and the Western Sydney Wanderers on April 21, 2017. Young said he was confident of making an impact and play his part for the Roar.

"I've done the work in the week, I've done the work all season," he said.

"I've always been ready.

"It's what I do. I make those saves all day long.

"It was just about putting it in play."

Young has had to bide his time this season, with Theo the clear No.1 for coach John Aloisi, but has performed strongly whenever called upon and had tears in his eyes when he was interviewed after the match.

"Of course it's emotional, because it means a lot. It means everything," he said.

"I moved my whole life back to this country to play for this club.

"You can't not have emotion in football, because if you don't you shouldn't be out there."

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