A two-minute flurry from Perth Glory’s star duo saw Brisbane Roar handed a 2-1 defeat at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night.

After going ahead through Massimo Maccarone’s sixth goal of the season late in the first half, it was looking like Brisbane would be heading into Christmas on a positive note.

However it all started to head south in the second half for the Roar after a Maccarone offside goal was shown on replay to be wrongly adjudged, and then the combination play of Keogh and Castro added further misery to a club that is in dire straits.

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The introduction of striker Andy Keogh, who himself was back from injury, added much-needed vigour to Kenny Lowe’s side who now surge to fourth on the ladder.

Officiating controversy again reared its ugly head immediately after the half-time break with the decision to raise the flag on an onside Maccarone sending Roar coaches John and Ross Aloisi into raptures on the sideline.

Despite not being awarded the goal that should’ve stood, Brisbane still looked to be cruising and dominated play until Keogh and Castro sparked an unlikely Perth win with their 80th and 82nd-minute strikes silencing the home crowd.

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Of the seven home games this season, Roar have now won just one home match as they end 2017 at Suncorp Stadium in less than ideal circumstances.

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Glory substitute goalkeeper Nick Feely was forced on for the last 20 minutes in place of Liam Reddy after a clash with Corey Brown’s knee left the veteran bleeding profusely with a suspected broken nose.

Reddy attempted to battle on following the incident but succumbed to vision issues moments later.

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A late change to Brisbane’s starting line-up due to a precautionary Daniel Bowles omission resulted in a returning Luke DeVere being thrown into the backline after just 60 minutes for the youth team a week ago.

The Roar now head to Adelaide United for their final fixture of 2017 with Aloisi and his side desperately needing a win to right the ship, whilst Perth head to Allianz Stadium to face competition leader’s Sydney FC.

Brisbane Roar FC 1 (Maccarone 38′)
Perth Glory FC 2 (Keogh 80′, Castro 82′)

Suncorp Stadium (7031)

Referee: Kurt AMS
Assistant Referee: David WALSH and Ashley BEECHAM
Fourth Official: Alex KING

Brisbane Roar FC: 21. YOUNG Jamie [GK], 3. DEVERE Luke (80′ O’TOOLE Connor), 5. BROWN Corey, 7. KRISTENSEN Thomas (80′ OXBORROW Mitchell), 8. PEPPER Jacob, 9. MACCARONE Massimo, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid, 17. MCKAY Matt, 19. HINGERT Jack, 26. D’AGOSTINO Nicholas, 33. SKAPETIS Petros (60′ GAMEIRO Corey)

SUBSTITUTES: 31. WHITE Brendan [GK], 11. GAMEIRO Corey, 16. OXBORROW Mitchell, 24. O’TOOLE Connor, 25. AKBARI Rahmat

Perth Glory FC: 33. REDDY Liam [GK] (69′ FEELY Nick [GK]), 4. LOWRY Shane, 5. POSCOLIERO Jacob, 6. NICHOLS Mitch, 14. HAROLD Chris, 15. WILSON Brandon, 16. MILLS Joseph, 17. CASTRO Diego, 18. Andreu GUERAO (72′ TORRES Xavi), 19. KNOWLES Joe (46′ KEOGH Andy), 29. WALKER Jeremy

SUBSTITUTES: 1. FEELY Nick [GK], 2. GRANT Alex, 7. CHIANESE Joel, 8. TORRES Xavi, 9. KEOGH Andy

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