Roar come back to beat Wanderers in thriller

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An exhilarating back-and-forth encounter between title rivals has seen the Brisbane Roar topple the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 on Friday night.

In one of the games of the season, the Roar came from behind to secure a massive victory in front of 13,157 fans after both teams traded goals in the closing stages.

Romeo Castelen almost got Western Sydney off to the perfect start in the first phase of play as he skilfully weaved his way into the box only to thump his shot into the side netting.

But after a scrappy first five minutes it would be Brisbane who drew first blood after Jamie Maclaren tapped in Jack Hingert’s cross.

The full back overlapped on the right side following some slick passing, squared it into the box and Maclaren beat a sluggish Liam Reddy to the ball to score his 13th goal of the season.

The Wanderers found their rhythm after a quarter of an hour as they began to control possession and etched out a couple of chances for an equaliser.

First Castelen, proving a real nuisance for Brisbane’s backline, squirmed into some space in a dangerous spot and was only denied by Jade North’s last ditch challenge.

Jaushua Sotirio’s header then edged past the post moments after.

Some suicidal play out from the back has cost the Roar several times this year and Stefanutto and Michael Theo would have been punished again if Mitch Nichols didn’t put his attempt wide just before half time.

The start of the second half would be a more intense and stifled game than the first but it would soon erupt to surpass the excitement of the first 45 minutes.

The Wanderers got themselves back into the game after 70 minutes as super substitute Brendon Santalab was caught by Theo after he broke through on goal.

Andreu blasted the penalty kick down the middle to equalise.

Just five minutes later Western Sydney were ahead as danger man Castelen got the goal his play deserved.

With the Brisbane defence falling comically apart, orange bodies slipping and crashing into one another, the Dutchman strolled through the box and passed it past Theo to take the lead.

Yet Brisbane responded almost immediately to get back on level terms after Maclaren glanced Corona’s brilliant curling ball into the back of the net.

The Roar completed their comeback just two minutes after their equaliser.

Another spark off the bench, Henrique, was given plenty of room to run at the Wanderer’s backline and they couldn’t stop him slipping it into Petratos to poke home.

The win lifts Brisbane up equal with their opposition on the night but they remain second on goal difference.

BRISBANE ROAR: 1. THEO Michael, 3. STEFANUTTO Shane, 7. CORONA, 9. MACLAREN Jamie, 13. NORTH Jade, 14. BOWLES Daniel, 17. MCKAY Matt, 19. HINGERT Jack, 22. BROICH Thomas, 23. PETRATOS Dimitri, 28. BORRELLO Brandon.

SUBS: 5. BROWN Corey, 8. LUSTICA Steven, 10. HENRIQUE, 18. HERVAS Javier, 21. YOUNG Jamie.

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS: 3. JAMIESON Scott, 5. HAMILL Brendan, 6. NICHOLS Mitch, 7. CASTELEN Romeo, 8. DELGADO Dimas, 12. NEVILLE Scott, 14. MEBRAHTU Golgol, 16. SOTIRIO Jaushua, 17. AGUILAR Alberto, 18. ANDREU, 30. REDDY Liam.

SUBS: 2. COLE Shannon, 11. SANTALAB Brendon, 13. SIM Matthew, 15. BACCUS Kearyn, 20. REDMAYNE, Andrew.

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