Wanderers keep finals hopes alive with important win

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A positive start from Brisbane Roar quickly turned sour as they fell 4-1 at home to Western Sydney Wanderers.

The hosts drew first blood in just the seventh minute with Dylan Wenzel Halls cutting inside after rounding Bruce Kamau to drive in a top-corner screamer.

Any optimism to be had for Brisbane though quickly disappeared as Western Sydney snatched control of the match quickly after conceding.

A flurry of consecutive chances for Mitch Duke paid off in the 15th minute when the Wanderers’ winger embarrassed Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young with a low-driven long-range effort to level the scores.

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The hosts’ pain was compounded shortly after with an Oriol Riera wonder-goal, the oft-criticised Spaniard hitting the volley first-time from Roly Bonevacia’s cross.

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It only took Riera three minutes to score another, VAR sanctifying the evening’s second Bonevacia-assisted strike after it was initially called offside.

The second half contained little excitement aside from a few scrappy chances and several yellow cards, as Western Sydney looked to shut the Roar out of the contest.

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An off-the-bench debut for the freshly-signed Charles Lokoli Ngoy and an appearance at right back for youth prospect Daniel Leck were the only events of note for Brisbane.

Roly Bonevacia’s stoppage-time goal did little but rub salt into the Roar’s wounds.

While the result doesn’t change either side’s place on the league table, the three points just keep the Wanderers’ dim hopes of finals football alive.

Brisbane Roar – 1 (Wenzel Halls 7’)
Western Sydney Wanderers – 4 (Duke 15’, Riera 35’, 38’, Bonevacia 90’+2’)
Suncorp Stadium
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Assistant Referees: David Walsh, Ashley Beecham
Fourth Official: Adam Kersey

Brisbane Roar: Jamie Young (GK), Daniel Bowles, Jacob Pepper, Eric Bautheac, Ruon Tongyik, Alex Lopez, Matt McKay (C), Tobias Mikkelsen, Dylan Wenzel Halls, Henrique, Izaack Powell, Daniel Leck (46’), Charles Lokoli Ngoy (59’), Joe Caletti (66’)
Unused Substitutes: Eli Babalj, Brendan White (GK)

Western Sydney Wanderers: Vedran Janjetovic (GK), Brendan Hamill (C), Oriol Riera, Bruce Kamau, Mitchell Duke, Tass Mourdoukoutas, Keanu Baccus, Tarek Elrich, Rashid Mahazi, Rolieny Bonevacia, Manyiel Riel Majok, Kwame Yeboah (65’), Mark Bridge (78’), Giancarlo Gallifuoco (80’)
Unused Substitutes: Tate Russell, Jack Greenwood (GK)

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