Newcastle Jets have claimed an important away win at Suncorp Stadium courtesy of a 2-1 victory on an eventful Sunday afternoon in Brisbane.

Newcastle Jets started brightly with Venezuelan marquee Ronald Vargas dragging an early volley wide from directly in front that on any other day would’ve ended up nestled in the back of the net.

It didn’t take long for that miss to be erased from memory however for Jet’s fans with in-form frontman Roy O’Donovan tapping home at the back post after an Ivan Vujica cross perfectly dissected the lazy Roar marking.

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Massimo Maccarone was given a gilt-edged opportunity to level the scores after cutting inside of Nigel Boogaard on his less-favoured left foot only to miss everything with his strike on goal.

Brisbane’s injury list added another body in the 35th minute, Corey Brown clutching his hamstring in some discomfort forcing Jack Hingert to make an early introduction into the match in a reshuffled Roar backline.

Late in the first-half Roar were handed an own-goal equaliser from Boogaard who knocked the ball into his own net for the 5th time in his A-League career off the back of a searching Hingert cross intended for the newly arrived Eric Bautheac.

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The hometown celebrations lasted a matter of minutes however with former Roar man Dimitri Petratos scoring a trademark rocket from 20m out into the top right of Michael Theo’s net to regain the Jet’s lead heading into the break.

An unfortunate, horrendous injury to star Jet Ronald Vargas in the 59th minute after a 50/50 clash with Matt McKay resulted in a suspected broken tibia and fibula as he was stretchered off the pitch on a green whistle direct to the hospital room.

Maccarone then appeared to have weaved a piece of magic to once again get Roar back on level terms with a low shot beating Jack Duncan at the near post.

After a short delay referee Matthew Conger and VAR identified the offside position of the veteran Italian in the lead-up to disallow the goal despite the aggressive input from Brisbane players and coach John Aloisi.

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That decision kicked the match into overdrive with both sides brimming with increased vigour and passion, Brisbane willed on by a rapturous home crowd.

Despite the lifted intensity Roar were unable to grab a late equaliser that they desperately needed as they now languish bottom of the A-League ladder with no points heading into their trip to Wellington next week

Newcastle Jets host the rejuvenated Western Sydney Wanderers at home as they look to further build on a much deserved positive beginning to their season.

Brisbane Roar FC 1 (OG Boogaard 42′)
Newcastle Jets FC 2 (O’Donovan 12′, Petratos 44′)

Suncorp Stadium (10,104)

Referee: Matthew CONGER
Assistant Referee: David WALSH and Anton SHCHETININ
Fourth Official: Adam KERSEY

Brisbane Roar FC: 1. THEO Michael (GK), 3. DEVERE Luke, 5. BROWN Corey (36′ HINGERT Jack), 6.PAPADOPOULOS Avraam, 9. MACCARONE Massimo, 10. HOLMAN Brett, 13. NORTH Jade, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid (90′ D’AGOSTINO Nicholas), 17. MCKAY Matt, 18. CALETTI Joe, 22. BAUTHEAC Eric (46′ SKAPETIS Petros)

SUBSTITUTES: 21. YOUNG Jamie (GK), 16. OXBORROW Mitchell, 19. HINGERT Jack, 26. D’AGOSTINO Nicholas, 33. SKAPETIS Petros

Newcastle Jets FC: 1. DUNCAN Jack (GK), 4. BOOGAARD Nigel, 5. KANTAROVSKI Ben (87′ COWBURN Nicholas), 6. UGARKOVIC Steven, 7. PETRATOS Dimitri, 8. VARGAS Ronald (62′ BROWN Wayne), 9. O’DONOVAN Roy, 13. VUJICA Ivan, 15. NABBOUT Andrew (80′ CHAMPNESS Joe), 17. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel, 44. TOPOR-STANLEY Nikolai

SUBSTITUTES: 20. MOSS Glen (GK), 3. HOFFMAN Jason, 10. BROWN Wayne, 16. COWBURN Nicholas, 24. CHAMPNESS Joe

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