Brisbane Roar has continued their positive end of season form leapfrogging Western Sydney Wanderers into the sixth spot on the ladder with just two rounds remaining in the regular season.

The 1-0 win over Central Coast Mariners on Saturday afternoon at Suncorp hands Brisbane a two-point buffer over the Wanderers with both sides to face off next week.

After a scrappy to the match Roar went ahead early through cult hero Henrique scoring his first goal since returning to Brisbane, finishing calmly off an Eric Bautheac cutback.

An Andrew Hoole free-kick was nearly the equaliser for Mariners with his curling effort striking the crossbar and dropping teasingly on the line.

The Mariners best chance of the match fell to Connor Pain right at the end of the first half, but a stout Jamie Young popped up once again to stifle another point-blank shot with a cracking save.

Despite seemingly dominating the match Brisbane could never add to their advantage.

Massimo Maccarone had the ball in the back of the net in the second half only for it scratched off due to Eric Bautheac steamrolling Kye Rowles simultaneously essentially moving the Mariners defender away from blocking the shot.

Rowles also found himself right in the thick of the biggest talking point of the match after another controversial officiating decision decided against awarding Brisbane a first half penalty despite the ball clearly striking Rowles’ hand.

Brisbane now head into next week to face their direct rivals on the ladder in Western Sydney Wanderers in what will be a massive clash with serious end of season implications.

Mariners head to Melbourne City with the hope of serious improvement on the cards for their final two fixtures of the season.

Brisbane Roar FC 1 (Henrique 13′)
Central Coast Mariners 0

Suncorp Stadium (12,019)

Referee: Jonathan BARREIRO
Assistant Referee: David WALSH and Andrew LINDSAY
Fourth Official: Alex KING

Brisbane Roar FC: 21. YOUNG Jamie [GK], 4. BOWLES Daniel, 7. KRISTENSEN Thomas, 8. PEPPER Jacob, 9. MACCARONE Massimo (85′ OXBORROW Mitchell), 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid 17. MCKAY Matthew, 19. HINGERT Jack, 22. BAUTHEAC Eric, 33. HENRIQUE (62′ GAMEIRO Corey), 77. FRANJIC Ivan

SUBSTITUTES: 31. WHITE Brendan [GK], 11. GAMEIRO Corey, 16. OXBORROW Mitchell, 20. BRADY Shannon, 24. O’TOOLE Connor

Central Coast Mariners: 1. KENNEDY Ben [GK], 2. ROUX Storm, 7. HOOLE Andrew, 8. POWELL Blake (75′ MCGING Jake), 11. PAIN Connor (66′ SMYLIE Jordan), 15. BARO Alan, 16. ROSE Liam, 21. ROWLES Kye, 23. BRAMA Wout, 24. WALES Lachlan (79′ BUHAGIAR Trent)

SUBSTITUTES: 18. GLOVER Thomas [GK], 4. MCGING Jake, 12. BUHAGIAR Trent, 22. MELLING Jacob, 29. SMYLIE Jordan

Feature photo: BRFC photographer Paul Smith

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