Roar and Jets share the spoils in exciting 2-2 draw

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The Brisbane Roar were unable to make the most of their opportunities and had to settle with a point after a 2-2 draw with a tenacious Newcastle Jets on Friday night.

It didn’t take long for things to get going as a flurry of goals in the first quarter of the game sparked the game into life.

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Brisbane found themselves with a chance to go in front within the first five minutes after Nicholas Cowburn stepped across Brandon Borrello to give away a penalty.

The Roar’s top scorer Jamie Maclaren stepped up and saw his low spot-kick saved by Mark Birighitti, only to tuck in the rebound as it fell kindly back to his feet.

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Coming off a comfortable victory last week against the Central Coast Mariners and having snatched such an advantage so early on, the home side appeared to switch off.

The Jets took advantage and responded to not only level immediately after conceding but take the lead soon after that.

Enver Alivodic found Mitch Cooper with a curling cross, he got the better of James Donachie in the air and steered it into the back of the net with his head.

By the twenty minute mark the Jets were ahead as Milos Trifunovic continued his hot form in front of goal to coolly slot home a penalty given away by Corey Brown.

As the first half came to a close it was Brisbane who regained control and they should have pulled themselves back into it only for Maclaren and Dimitri Petratos to spurn chances from close range.

Things continued in the same vein in the second term with Brisbane having a monopoly of the possession but being left frustrated as chance after chance passed them by.

Borrello was denied by a brilliant last ditch challenge from Cowburn and Donachie was too slow to react as Birighitti spilled the ball back into the six yard box with half an hour to play.

They would finally get back on level terms with 20 minutes to play after Alivodic, this time providing an assist at the wrong end, turned Jade North’s fierce cross into his own net.

It could have gone either way as the game came to a thrilling conclusion after Mateo Poljak struck the woodwork and then Birighitti turned Steven Lustica’s effort onto the post at the other end.

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But the Roar should have taken it right at the death and had the chances to steal all three points but their haywire finishing cost them.

Brisbane sit top by a point but now face two tough away trips to Perth Glory and Adelaide United in their quest for another A-League Premiership.

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.

NEWCASTLE JETS: 1. BIRIGHITTI Mark, 2. MULLEN Daniel, 3. HOFFMAN Jason, 4. BOOGAARD Nigel, 7. ALIVODIC Enver, 8. POLJAK Mateo, 9. TRIFUNOVIC Milos, 10. SANTIAGO Leonardo, 14. COOPER Mitch, 16. UGARKOVIC Steven, 24. COWBURN Nicholas.

SUBS: 5. KANTAROVSKI Benjamin, 17. PAVICEVIC Radovan, 19. NORDSTRAND Morten, 20. KENNEDY Ben, 22. JACKSON Lachlan.

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