McGree scores late to propel Reds into top six

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A late goal from Riley McGree propelled Adelaide United to a 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar and into the A-League’s top six.

The final game of the Remembrance round dished up an uninspiring affair until the 84th minute when Mcgree broke Roars’ defence.

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In the opening 10 minutes, a golden opportunity fell to the Reds’ Michaël Maria, whose header cannoned off the crossbar after a pinpoint cross from Ben Halloran.

Brisbane sat deep and invited pressure from United. It was not long before the ball was in the back of their net. Unfortunately for the Reds, Al Hassan Toure’s 30th minute tap in was ruled offside by the assistant referee Mathew Cream.

Adelaide enjoyed a lot of space out wide but failed to convert any crosses into clear cut chances with Nikola Mileusnic missing his target on numerous occasions.

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The Reds finished the stronger of the two sides after enjoying large spells of possession and attacking pressure but they could not break the deadlock.

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The second half started much like the first with Adelaide putting the ball in the back of the net but it was again ruled offside.

Next it was Brisbane’s turn to attack, a cross floated in by Bradden Inman found Roy O’Donovan’s head but the Irishman failed to get a solid connection.

As the game opened up, Brisbane’s Macaulay Gillesphey had a shot off a corner but it was saved by Paul Izzo after a scramble in the box.

United then went up the other end, and Toure found himself unmarked in the box but his header was well over the crossbar.

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With 25 minutes to go, Mileusnic tried to inspire his Reds teammates with an ambitious volley attempt on the edge of the box but it was not to be.

The best chance of the match fell to the Roar’s James O’Shea who blasted a shot from point-blank range over the crossbar after the ball fell on his lap from a scuffed Inman shot.

The Roar again failed to convert another clear-cut opportunity as Wenzel-Halls fired well over the crossbar.

In the 85th minute James Troisi pushed forward and drove towards the left side of the goal. He passed the ball to Mcgree who tapped it into an open net – handing the Reds the winner.

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It was an uninspiring match of football with both sides struggling to break each other down but Mcgree was there when it mattered most to hand his side an A-League top six birth.

Adelaide United: 1 (McGree 84’)
Brisbane Roar: 
0

Coopers Stadium
Attendance: 8428

Referee: Alireza Faghani
Assistant Referees: Mathew Cream, Paul Cetrangolo
Fourth Official: Daniel Elder

Adelaide United: Paul IZZO (GK), Michael MARRONE, Michael JAKOBSON (C), Ben HALLORAN, Ryan KITTO (Vince LIA 72’), Riley MCGREE, Ryan STRAIN, James TROISI, Michaël MARIA, Nikola MILEUSNIC (Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS 88’), Al Hassan TOURE (Kristian Opseth 63’)

Unused subs: Isaac RICHARDS (GK), Noah SMITH

Brisbane Roar: Max CROCOMBE (GK), Scott NEVILLE, Daniel BOWLES, Tom ALDRED (C), Macaulay GILLESPHEY, Roy O’DONOVAN (Aaron AMADI-HOLLOWAY 61’), Bradden INMAN (Dylan WENZEL-HALLS 73’) Aiden O’NEILL, Stefan MAUK, Jake MCGING, Jay O’SHEA

Unused subs: Jamie YOUNG (GK), Jai INGHAM, Jacob PEPPER, Rahmat AKBARI

Feature image credit: Adelaide United

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