Brisbane win against error-prone Adelaide

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Brisbane Roar has upset Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on a warm Saturday afternoon with a two-one win gifted to them by a series of home-side errors.

In spite of the Reds’ complete dominance of the match the Roar were able to leave Adelaide with three points courtesy of some spectacular brouhahas in the home backline.

In the 33rd minute Fahid Ben Khalfallah was able to pounce on a ball that wasn’t controlled by Reds skipper Isaias. Through on goal the accomplished midfielder skipped past gloveman Paul Izzo and rolled the ball into the open net.

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Twelve minutes later it all happened again. This time Massimo Maccarone did the honours, curling the ball around Izzo after Ben Khalfallah again stole a poorly controlled ball at the feet of Nathan Konstandopoulos.

It was tremendous fortune for a Roar outfit that has struggled in the league this season, as Adelaide had shot after shot all through the first half.

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Resolute defending saw the ball blocked away on a number of occasions, but for all Adelaide’s dominance, the scoreboard read a miserable two-nil to the away side at the half time break.

On the break Roar skipper Matt McKay brought his team’s position into disrepute, having lunged with both feet at Jordan Elsey on the whistle to get himself sent off.

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This gave Adelaide a way back into the tie and when George Blackwood slotted in an open goal on 69 minutes it seemed that Adelaide had the smarts about them to change the result.

But more desperate defending and some poor finishing gave the Roar an important win and will leave the Reds outfit scratching their heads thinking about what could have been.

Adelaide remain in fifth spot on the table, but that could drop to sixth pending other results. They will visit Perth to take on the Glory next Friday. Meanwhile, Brisbane moves up to seventh and will host Western Sydney Wanderers, also on Friday.

Brisbane Roar FC: 2
Adelaide United FC: 1

Coopers Stadium

Referee: Adam Fielding
Adelaide United FC: 7. KITTO, Ryan, 8. ISAIAS (C), 14. BLACKWOOD, George, 16. KONSTANDOPOULOS, Nathan (55’ Michael Marrone), 17. MILEUSNIC, Nikola, 19. GARUCCIO, Ben ((55’ Johan Absalonsen), 20. IZZO, Paul (GK), 22. GULUM, Ersan (81’ Taylor Regan), 23. ELSEY, Jordan, 29. STRAIN, Ryan, 37. ADLUNG, Daniel

SUBSTITUTES: 1. MARGUSH, Daniel (GK), 2. MARRONE, Michael, 5. REGAN, Taylor, 11. ABSALONSEN, Johan, 24. O’DOHERTY, Jordan

Brisbane Roar FC: 3. DE VERE, Luke, 5. BROWN, Corey, 7. KRISTENSEN, Thomas, 8. PEPPER, Jacob, 9. MACCARONE, Massimo (90’ Connor O’Toole), 14. KHALFALLAH, Fahid Ben, 17. McKAY, Matt (C), 19. HINGERT, Jack, 21. YOUNG, Jamie (GK), 25. AKBARI, Rahmat (45’ Mitchell Oxborrow), 33. SKAPETIS, Petros (67’ Corey Gameiro)

SUBSTITUTES: 11. GEMEIRO, Corey, 16. OXBORROW, Mitchell, 24. O’TOOLE, Connor, 31. WHITE, Brendan, 36. LECK, Daniel

 

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