Brisbane Roar came from behind to keep their Premiership hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over a tenacious Newcastle Jets at Suncorp Stadium.

No club in the A-League has beaten the Roar at home more times than the Jets and they looked set to continue that bogey run until Henrique and Thomas Broich sealed the comeback on Sunday afternoon.

Brisbane made a furious start to the match as they shifted the ball with pace and purpose, not allowing their opponents a sniff of the ball in the first ten minutes.

Mark Birighitti was tested several times in the opening exchanges and the keeper, so often Newcastle’s saviour this season, was quick off his line to thwart Jamie Maclaren after he raced clean through.

But the visitors survived the early onslaught and adjusted to the pace of the game to slow Brisbane down and create some chances of their own.

Enver Alivodic flashed his shot just wide after some slick Jets build up found him in space after 24 minutes.

In a reversal of the first half, it was the Jets who started the second term brightly and they earned a penalty five minutes after the break for their effort.

Roar captain Jade North was judged to have handled Steven Ugarkovic’s shot as it was fired straight at him in the box.

Leonardo stepped up to the spot kick and sent Jamie Young the wrong way to give his side the lead.

The home side attempted to respond instantly, Petratos and Henrique both going close, but they were almost made to pay at the other end after Ryan Kitto’s header nearly beat Young.

Yet with their Premiership dreams hanging by a thread Brisbane were handed a lifeline.

Nigel Boogaard pulled down Henrique as he surged into the box after an hour of play and received a straight red card for the foul.

The super substitute had made his presence off the bench felt again and he calmly slotted the resulting penalty to put his side back in the contest.

Thomas Broich hadn’t scored a goal all season but his decisive strike ten minutes after Newcastle were reduced to ten men could end up being one of his most important ever for the club.

After Henrique cleverly let Corey Brown’s cross roll through his legs at the edge of the area, Broich pounced on the loose ball and slid it into the bottom corner of the net.

With their win the Roar rise to the top of the table before their final fixture of the season away at Melbourne Victory.

But know their fate is out of their hands as Melbourne City still have two games to play and possess a superior goal difference.

BRISBANE ROAR: 5. BROWN Corey, 7. CORONA, 9. MACLAREN Jamie, 13. NORTH Jade, 15. DONACHIE James, 17. MCKAY Matt, 19. HINGERT Jack, 21. YOUNG Jamie, 22. BROICH Thomas, 23. PETRATOS Dimitri, 28. BORRELLO Brandon.

SUBS: 1. THEO Michael, 8. LUSTICA Steven, 10. HENRIQUE, 14. BOWLES Daniel, 24. OAR Thomas.

NEWCASTLE JETS: 1. BIRIGHITTI Mark, 2. MULLEN Daniel, 3. HOFFMAN Jason, 4. BOOGAARD Nigel, 7. ALIVODIC Enver, 8. POLJAK Mateo, 10. SANITAGO Leonardo, 16. UGARKOVIC Steven, 19. NORDSTRAND Morten, 24. COWBURN Nicholas, 28. KITTO Ryan.

SUBS: 5. KANTAROVSKI Benjamin, 6. WATSON Cameron, 12. BRENNAN Andy, 20. KENNEDY Ben, 22. JACKSON Lachlan.

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