Maclaren lifts Roar to victory over Glory

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The Brisbane Roar reignited their Hyundai A-League campaign last night beating the undefeated Perth Glory 2-1 at Suncorp Stadium.

Jamie Maclaren was the obvious man of the match scoring the first goal for Brisbane and setting up a great second half goal for Brandon Borrello to secure all three points for the Roar.

Brisbane turned in the best performance of their season, predominantly holding possession for the first half of the game and taking a 1-0 lead into half-time before surviving Glory’s second half equaliser by Nebojsa Marinkovic in the 54th minute.

Early chances by Thomas Kristiansen and Thomas Broich should have seen the net but were instead met by defenders and sent over the crossbar on two occasions.

Glory’s Rostyn Griffiths saw a rough knock to the head losing him half a tooth and sending him off the field in what appeared to be late set concussion symptoms and a kinked neck from their previous match against Melbourne City.

Brioch made another strike for the net from a distance but this time was unable to challenge Liam Reddy, who was soon after overcome by ex-Glory stiker Maclaren’s first goal of the game for the Roar.

Glory defender Rhys Williams pulled a fantastic turn and pass in the second half, setting up Marinkovic for a top of the box shot that levelled the scores momentarily.

In a surprise for a team which has found goals plentiful so far this season, the strike was among minimal attacking raids executed by the Glory all evening.

Minutes after coming on as a sub for Brett Holman, Borrello powered on the field with an early possession and free reign to net a strike of his own thanks to a great set up by Maclaren in the 75th minute.

Borrello followed his effort up with an off-target shot way over an open net with just ten minutes to go in the game, but the Roar managed to hold on for a 2-1 victory.

Overall the win was a promising return to form at a key time for the Roar with what will likely be their biggest match to date coming next weekend against Melbourne City.

Glory, meanwhile, return home to meet Western Sydney Wanderers at NIB Stadium next Sunday and will have to bring a better performance than last night’s effort if they want to maintain their position on the ladder.

Brisbane Roar: 2 (MACLAREN 31′, BORRELLO 75′)
Perth Glory: 1 (MARINKOVIC 54′)

Suncorp Stadium
Referee: Jonathan Barreiro
Assistant Referee 1: Nathan MacDonald
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Lindsay
Fourth Official: Alex King

Brisbane Roar
1. THEO Michael, 3. DE VERE Luke, 5. BROWN Corey, 7. KRISTENSEN Thomas, 9. MACLAREN Jamie, 10. HOLMAN Brett, 11. OAR Tommy, 11. NORTH Jade, 17. McKAY Matt, 19. HINGERT Jack, 22. BROICH Thomas

Substitutes
4. BOWLES Daniel, 8. PEPPER Jacob, 21. YOUNG Jamie, 28. BORRELLO Brandon, 33. KATEBIAN Joey

Perth Glory
2. GRANT Alex, 3. WARREN Marc, 5. WILLIAMS Rhys, 6. DJUBIC Dino, 8. GRIFFITHS Rostyn, 9. KEOGH Andy, 10. MARINKOVIC Nebojsa, 14. HAROLD Chris, 17. CASTRO Diego, 19. RISDON Josh, 33. REDDY Liam

Substitutes
7. CHIANESE Joel, 13. FEELY Nick, 15. WILSON Brandon, 16. MILLS Joseph, 24. SMILJANIC Milan

 

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