Roar miss out on Premiers Plate after goalless draw with Victory

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Adelaide United have won the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League after Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar played out a goalless draw at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

The Roar were heavy favourites to dispose of Victory who were coming back from a midweek game as well as missing striker Besart Berisha to suspension.

The first clear opportunity came after five minutes, Fahid Ben Khalfallah teeing up Gui Finkler whose shot was dealt with by Jamie Young.

20 minutes later Tommy Oar’s first start for the Roar almost paid dividends as he found the side netting after a Corey Brown cross.

With four minutes remaining before the break, Dimi Petratos almost replicated his wonder volleyed goal against City however was hit over the cross bar.

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At the 53rd minute Corona’s corner managed to find Jamie Maclaren free in the box, however he did not get a clean strike and was saved by Lawrence Thomas.

The best chance for Brisbane came after just under an hour played. A through ball to Maclaren was misjudged by Thomas Deng and it led to Giancarlo Gallifuoco chasing the in-form striker looking certain to score, only to be denied by Thomas.

With 20 minutes remaining Ollie Bozanic’s shot was deflected by Henrique just over the crossbar.

Seven minutes later Corona played in Henrique and once again Thomas denied the Roar. In the final 15 minutes, Victory looked the better team, providing an intense finish to the game.

Lawrence Thomas was the hero for the Victory and ironically Adelaide United, James Donachie’s shot was dramatically stopped at the 91st minute.

In one of the greatest scoreless draws in Hyundai A-League history, the Brisbane fans and cohort head back to Queensland deflated after an opportunity missed.

Melbourne Victory: 20. THOMAS Lawrence, 2. GERIA Jason (83’ MURNANE Dylan), 3. GALLOWAY Scott, 7. FINKLER Gui, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid, 15. GALLIFUOCO Giancarlo, 19. HOWARD George, 21. VALERI Carl (61’ BOZANIC Ollie), 22. MAKAROUNAS Jesse, 24. DENG Thomas, 32. NIGRO Stefan (74’ 11. PAIN Connor)

BRISBANE ROAR: 21. YOUNG Jamie, 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 Dimi (74’ 8. LUSTICA Steven), 24. OAR Thomas (61’ HENRIQUE)

Referee: Peter Green

Attendance: 20012

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Clement Tito
Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.