Maclaren brings home a 1-0 win for Roar

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Smashing all odds coming into Round Five, Brisbane Roar have risen from their sluggish start to the season and pulled a triumphant 1-0 win over Melbourne City at Suncorp Stadium.

With Melbourne City previously sitting second on the Hyundai A-League ladder early predictions saw Brisbane conceding a close loss.

Kickoff saw a textbook cagey start to the match with no real opportunities, both teams feeling each other out and the ball remaining predominantly in midfield.

Just ten minutes into the game Jamie Maclaren notched his second goal of the season for Brisbane in their 300th game thanks to Tommy Oar beating an offside trap and laying it off nicely.

While Brisbane were able to hit the back of the net first Melbourne maintained a strong 59 per cent possession for the first half.

Luke Brattan gave plenty of early pressure to Michael Theo who managed to defend all goal-bound attempts in the first half.

In the 57th minute Maclaren had fans off their seats as he scrambled past City’s defenders for a promising snapshot at the nets, but Dean Bouzanis made the save.

Only a minute later Maclaren managed to collect the ball again however with no target in the box the striker sent his shot just wide of the net.

Brattan collected a foul in the 59th minute for a late and firm challenge on former teammate Corey Brown, which saw both sides heat up in the centre of the field and requiring the referee’s intervention.

Dimitri Petratos and Manuel Arana got some game time in the second half, subbing on for Brett Holman and Thomas Broich respectively in the closing 20 minutes.

An action packed final five minutes saw Bouzanis save another attempt by Maclaren, Tim Cahill clash heads with Luke DeVere sending him off the pitch bleeding and a stream of errors by Brisbane almost conceding a goal.

Overall Brisbane turned in an exceptional performance and showed they are still in with a fighting chance at silverware this season.

Maclaren’s goal will also put him in striking distance of the golden boot competition alongside Bruno Fornaroli, Besart Berisha and Marco Rojas.

If tonight’s Roar vs City showdown was anything to go by, the current A-League standings are about to get a shakeup and unfold a new top four following tomorrow’s Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory clash at Allianz Stadium.

Brisbane Roar 1 (Maclaren 10’)
Melbourne City FC 0

Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 20 198

Referee: Peter Green
Assistant Referee 1: Nathan MacDonald
Assistant Referee 2: Asley Beecham
Fourth Official: Alan Milliner

Brisbane Roar: 1. THEO Michael (gk), 3. DE VERE Luke, 5. BROWN Corey, 7. KRISTIENSEN Thomas, 9. MACLAREN Jamie, 10. HOLMAN Brett, 11. OAR Thomas, 13. NORTH Jade, 17. MCKAY Matthew, 19. HINGERT Jack, 22. BROICH Thomas
Substitutes: 4. BOWLES Daniel, 15. ARANA Manuel, 21. YOUNG Jamie (gk), 23. PETRATOS Dimitri, 28. BORRELLO Brandon

Melbourne City FC: 1. MUSCAT Emmanuel, 3. ROSE Joshua, 8. KILKENNY Neil, 11. KAMAU Bruce, 17. CAHILL Tim, 18. RETRE Paulo, 20. BOUZANIS Dean (gk) 22. JAKOBSEN Michael, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, 26. BRATTAN Luke, 27. BRANDEN Fernando
Substitutes: 1. SORENSEN Thomas (gk), 5. FRANJIC Ivan, 6. MALIK Osama, 10. CACERES Anthony, 12. FITZGERALD Nick

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