Adelaide United have stunned Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium with a late two goal flurry snatching a victory from the jaws of defeat and notch their first victory of the 17/18 A-League season.

Brisbane started brightly with marquee man Massimo Maccarone grabbing his first goal in orange with a well taken first-time volley following Corey Brown’s far-post cross. That opening goal gifting Maccarone the accolade of becoming the seventh ever oldest scorer in the A-League.

Adelaide dictated most of the first-half from that point on but struggled to piece together any real danger in the final third of the pitch.

Brisbane on numerous occasions broke sharply on the counter, the best opportunity to increase their advantage falling to a stretching Petros Skapetis who forced a save from an advancing Paul Izzo.

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The start of the second half brought increased enthusiasm for both sides.

Izzo created the first action of the second half on his own accord barely escaping from a massive calamity in the 48th minute, rescuing his own blooper reel with an incredible point-blank double save to deny both Maccarone and D’Agostino.

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Skapetis tested Adelaide’s defence again shortly after cutting inside for a left peg strike that failed to hit the target.

Adelaide front-man George Blackwood showed a glimpse of his potential in the 53rd minute, cutting inside, beating Avraam Papadopoulos with ease and banging his shot narrowly against the inside woodwork, the ball deflecting back off the post into Michael Theo for a corner.

The introduction of Brett Holman for his first minutes of the 2017/18 season almost immediately paid off after his swerving shot left Izzo scrambling to knock it away with a fingertip save.

Michael Marrone had another chance to level the scores for Adelaide after he strolled into the box with ease and fired a low shot that called upon an alert diving Theo to save Brisbane’s skin.

The match then turned on its head in the 87th minute compliments of Adelaide substitute Ryan Kitto sparking an Adelaide resurgence with a close range powerful left-foot strike that Theo could parry but not keep out to level the scores.

Danish import Johan Absalonsen emphatically finished the comeback early in added time with a thunderous shot that banged off the crossbar and into the net to send the travelling Adelaide fans into raptures.

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Adelaide will now be full of confidence ahead of a big Round 3 Friday night clash with Melbourne Victory.

John Aloisi’s Brisbane Roar will hope to rebound at home on Sunday against the Newcastle Jets as they search for their first points of the new season.

Adelaide United FC 2 (Kitto 87′, Absalonsen 90+2′)
Brisbane Roar FC 1 (Maccarone 8′)

Suncorp Stadium (11,178)

Referee: Adam KERSEY
Assistant Referee: Anton SHCHETININ and Andrew LINDSAY
Fourth Official: Alex KING

Brisbane Roar FC:
1. THEO Michael (GK), 3. DEVERE Luke, 5. BROWN Corey, 6. PAPADOPOULOS Avraam (70′ HINGERT Jack), 9. MACCARONE Massimo, 13. NORTH Jade, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid, 17. MCKAY Matt, 18. CALETTI Joe,  26. D’AGOSTINO Nicholas (59′ HOLMAN Brett), 33. SKAPETIS Petros (85′ AKBARI Rahmat)

SUBSTITUTES: 10. HOLMAN Brett, 16. OXBORROW Mitchell, 19. HINGERT Jack, 21. YOUNG Jamie (GK), 28. AKBARI Rahmat

Adelaide United FC: 20. IZZO Paul (GK), 2. MARRONE Michael, 6. LIA Vince (66′ KONSTANDOPOULOS Nathan), 8. ISAIAS, 11. ABSALONSEN Johan, 14. BLACKWOOD George (65′ DIAWARA Baba), 17. MILEUSNIC Nikola (84′ KITTO Ryan), 19. GARUCCIO Ben, 22. GULUM, Ersan, 23. ELSEY Jordan, 37. ADLUNG Daniel

SUBSTITUTES: 1. MARGUSH Daniel, 7. KITTO Ryan, 9. DIAWARA Baba, 16. KONSTANDOPOULOS Nathan, 24. O’DOHERTY Jordan

 

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Josh is a student journalist at the University of Queensland currently covering Brisbane Roar's 17/18 season.