Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Etihad Stadium but are both still searching for their first win of the season.

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Victory and Roar were left to ponder another match that has gone by without a win after six rounds in the Hyundai A-League.

It was a night full of chances but ultimately both clubs couldn’t be more clinical to snatch an important confidence booster to kick-start their season.

The work of Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young was pivotal to help his side stay in the contest.

The two team’s came out rather cagey which was understandable given they were both looking for improved form and most importantly a first win.

The first chance came after 10 minutes as Leigh Broxham played through Leroy George who went for a low outside foot shot but went straight at Young.

Eight minutes later George whipped a dangerous free kick into the box but Avram Papadopoulos rose for a header to clear for a corner.

That almost became costly for Roar given Massimo Maccarone’s header misfired towards his own net, forcing Young to pull off an amazing reflex save to rescue his team.

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After 29 minutes it was Rhys Williams who made a miraculous defensive effort. Papadopoulos’ header was destined to go in but Williams had brilliant awareness to get his leg up to clear away that attempt with his boot.

The chances started to pile up from here as shortly afterwards Eric Bautheac crossed it in from the left wing to find Nicholas D’Agostino who headed with decent power and made Lawrence Thomas save to his right.

The 35 minute mark saw Jason Geria pass centrally to George who shot just outside the box towards the bottom right corner but Young met it with a diving save to his left.

A little controversy occurred after 62 minutes following the restart as it looked like a foul on D’Agostino close to the penalty box but Williams pulled out early to avoid contact.

Then 11 minutes later Sanchez found George who tried a half-volley that went just wide to the right as the first genuine chance of the half.

Shortly after that George cut inside and shot with a deflection to force Young to make a brilliant save to his right.

The 79th minute produced the first goal of the game as Theoharous went on a fantastic run to beat Hingert.

His cross couldn’t be cleared fully by Papadopoulos which fell to George who played a nice through ball to Berisha who had a pretty quiet night in his return from suspension, but buried his shot into the top left past Young with power. This gave Victory a crucial 1-0 lead.

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However Brisbane responded just five minutes later as Hingert put in a penetrating low cross from the right to find Holman who got in front of Deng to tap in the equaliser and made it 1-1.

Victory’s last roll of the dice came from a George free kick, but a foul on Young put a halt to proceedings and ended the match at 1-1.

It leaves both sides waiting for their first win of the season, but a night full of chances they can look back on with promise for real potential of improvement.

Melbourne Victory 1 (Berisha 79′)
Brisbane Roar 1 (Holman 84′)

Etihad Stadium

Referee: Kris GRIFFITH-JONES
Assistant Referees: Luke BRENNAN & Wilson BROWN
Fourth Official: Jack MORGAN

Melbourne Victory
2. GERIA Jason, 4. WILLIAMS Rhys, 6. BROXHAM Leigh, 8. BERISHA Besart, 14. DENG Thomas, 18. SANCHEZ Matias (31. THEOHAROUS Christian 77′), 20. THOMAS Lawrence (GK), 21. VALERI Carl (c), 22. NIGRO Stefan, 23. INGHAM Jai, 41. GEORGE Leroy.
Substitutes: 1. ACTION Matthew (GK), 7. ATHIU Kenjok, 15. MCGLIP Cameron, 16. HOPE Joshua.

Brisbane Roar
6. PAPADOPOULOS Avram, 8. PEPPER Jacob, 9. MACCARONE Massimo, 17. MCKAY Matthew (c), 18. CALETTI Joe, 19. HINGERT Jack, 21. YOUNG Jamie (GK), 22. BAUTHEAC Eric (27. SAWYER Adam 91′), 24. O’TOOLE Connor, 26. D’AGOSTINO Nicholas (10. HOLMAN Brett 65′) 33. SKAPETIS Petros (25. AKBARI Rahmat 82′).
Substitutes: 31. WHITE Brendan (GK).
*14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid replaced by D’AGOSTINO Nicholas before kick-off.

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.