Brisbane Roar thrash ten man Mariners

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The Brisbane Roar put a hapless Central Coast Mariners side to the sword running away 4-0 winners at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In front of 11,788 soaked supporters Brisbane scored two goals in each half and never looked like relinquishing control, especially after the Mariners went down to ten men late on.

Both teams set up willing to go for the win, the Roar in their usual swagger while the Mariners perhaps playing with nothing to lose sitting dead bottom.

The Mariners had the chance to draw first blood in the opening ten minutes but Michael Theo was at his best to deny Josh Bingham from close range as he slipped into the box.

Yet the Mariner’s bright start was soon extinguished and it would be Brisbane who would open the scoring with just under 20 minutes played.

Corona floated a free kick to the back post towards James Donachie, who rose highest to head it back across the box to defensive partner Jade North to nod home.

The opening goal seemed to deflate Central Coast, who had already lost Mitchell Austin in the warmup, and their opponents would take full control.

Thomas Broich was denied his first goal of the season soon after by goalkeeper Paul Izzo but was the Roar playmaker was a constant threat all game.

With ten minutes until half time Jamie Maclaren spurned a good chance into the side netting but would redeem himself in the next phase of play.

His attempt at attacking Dimitri Petratos’ cross rebounded straight off his marker and kindly to his feet for him to drive home.

The Mariners didn’t seem to have learned any lessons from the first half as right after the interval an identical set play resulted in Jade North sweeping the ball into the back of the net.

Their blushes were spared however as the defender was flagged for offside yet they wouldn’t hold on for much longer.

On the hour mark Broich was at his mercurial best to create Brisbane’s third goal and put the game to bed.

With the Mariners back tracking, Broich laid it off to Corona who, standing stock-still, thumped the ball into the back of the net from outside the box.

Things went from bad to worse for Central Coast after Harry Ascroft earned an early shower for his foul on a goal bound Maclaren.

Substitute Henrique converted from the spot to net Brisbane’s fourth.

Bradley McDonald should have added a consolation a few moments later but summed up his side’s performance by floating his effort hopelessly over the bar.

Brisbane’s win takes them top of the table, at least until their title rivals have played this round, while the Mariners remain rooted to the bottom.

BRISBANE ROAR: 1. THEO Michael, 5. BROWN Corey, 7. CORONA, 9. MACLAREN Jamie, 13. NORTH Jade, 15. DONACHIE James, 17. MCKAY Matt, 19. HINGERT Jack, 22. BROICH Thomas, 23. PETRATOS Dimitri, 28. BORRELLO Brandon.

SUBS: 8. LUSTICA Steven, 10. HENRIQUE, 14. BOWLES Daniel, 18. HERVAS Javier, 21. YOUNG Jamie.

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS: 1. IZZO Paul, 2. ROUX Storm, 3. ROSE Joshua, 4. POSCOLIERO Jacob, 7. FERREIRA Fabio, 8. MONTGOMERY Nick, 16. ROSE Liam, 19. BINGHAM Josh, 21. NEILL Michael, 22. MCGING Jake, 28. FLETCHER Matthew.

SUBS: 5. ASCROFT Harry, 10. GARCIA Luis, 13. BRAY Alastair, 15. MCDONALD Bradley, 23. USKOK Tomislav.

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Lochy McIvor
Brisbane Roar and Tottenham Hotspur supporter. Jesus would have played in the hole. Follow me at @lochymci

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