Roar keeper 'ran though brick walls' to make semi
HEROIC Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young joked the only good thing about copping a knock to the head at AAMI Park last night was that it took his mind off the freakish arm injury that had him in doubt for the A-League semi-final.
Despite having 26 stitches inserted in his right arm after coming off second best with a rusty and broken net hook in the Roar's AFC Champions League loss to Muangthong United in Thailand, Young never had any intention of missing Brisbane's date with Melbourne Victory.
"I was running through brick walls to get in this one," the former England under-20 gloveman said.
But his hopes for an easy night quickly evaporated as he was forced to make a host of saves before Besart Berisha finally got the better of him in the 70th minute to earn the Victory a 1-0 win and a place in next Sunday's grand final against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.
Young was also again in the wars, with Victory midfielder Leigh Broxham accidentally kneeing him in the head in the first-half.
"The concussion was good because then I didn't have to think about my arm," quipped Young, who was able to play on after passing an on-field test that delayed play for about three minutes.
"Obviously it's never nice to get a knee to the face. It's just one of those things that happens.
"When you take a hit like that it's tough. You're digging deep. That was certainly what happened."
Young said he would re-assess the incident in Thailand before making a decision whether to take any action.
"I can only think that shouldn't happen in professional football," he said.
"People's lives at stake. (What) if it was someone's eye.
"It happened so quickly. My main focus was dealing with the cut I got and I was really well looked after."
Roar coach John Aloisi praised Young's ability to play under duress.
"It's hard to put him put him out of a football game, isn't it?" Aloisi said.
"Twenty-six stitches and then (Broxham) nearly took his head off. He did brilliant.
"He kept us in it. Youngy was very good."