Inman scores brace as Roar and City finish level

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Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City put on an entertaining show at Suncorp Stadium in a 2-2 draw, including some stoppage-time drama.

Roar midfielder Bradden Inman continued his strong run of form, scoring a first-half brace for the home side in a man of the match performance to cancel out the efforts of City’s Craig Noone and Nathaniel Atkinson.

City started strongly and dominated the opening exchanges as the Roar struggled to keep possession in midfield.

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The visitors had 71 per cent possession in the first fifteen minutes and were asking plenty of questions of the Roar defence.

The home side were soon on the ascendancy and  Inman scored his third goal in three games, taking full advantage of a lucky opportunity after a deflection fell to his feet in the box.

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Inman’s goal meant the Roar opened the scoring for only the second time this season, a sign Robbie Fowler’s team are starting to find their feet.

The joy was short lived, however, as City responded almost immediately.

City midfielder Scott Jamieson caught the run of Jamie Maclaren with a pinpoint long ball, who then headed the ball down into the path of Craig Noone for the equaliser.

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Following the 1-1 equaliser, City forced Jamie Young into a number of saves, including a dramatic double effort to deny Maclaren and a follow up from Lachlan Wales.

The Roar won back the lead in injury time, as Inman showcased brilliant skills after a deflection on the edge of the box.

Dragging the ball back across Josh Brillante, he slotted it into the bottom left hand corner for the Roar’s 300th goal at Suncorp as the home side led 2-1 into the break.

In the second half Brisbane again found themselves on the back foot as City came out firing. It took the visitors only three minutes to bring the game back to 2-2.

Atkinson received the ball outside the box, taking two touches before thundering a long-range drive past the Roar keeper for his first A-League goal after 42 appearances.

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The foul count increased as the players began to fatigue in the hot conditions, with Roar captain Tom Aldred to miss next week’s game after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season for blocking the run of Maclaren.

Stoppage time provided some late drama after Melbourne substitute Scott Galloway came off following a challenge by Inman.

With City down to 10 men, Brisbane pressed forward for the winner and Inman came agonisingly close to completing his hat-trick.

Brisbane were then controversially denied a corner by referee Daniel Elder in the dying seconds as the game ended with a point for both sides.

Brisbane Roar: 2 (Inman 34’, 45+3’)
Melbourne City: 2 (Noone 39’, Atkinson 48’)

Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 10,659

Referee: Daniel Elder
Assistant Referees: Nathan MacDonald, David Walsh
Fourth Official: Tim Danaskos

Brisbane Roar: Jamie YOUNG (GK), Scott NEVILLE (Jake MCGING 25’), Daniel BOWLES, Tom ALDRED (C), Macaulay GILLESPHEY, Jacob PEPPER, Bradden INMAN, Jack HINGERT, Aaron AMADI-HOLLOWAY (Roy O’DONOVAN 71’), Jay O’SHEA, Mirza MURATOVIC (Stefan MAUK 57’)

Unused Subs: Max CROCOMBE (GK), Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, Rahmat AKBARI, Izaack POWELL

Melbourne City: Dean BOUZANIS (GK), Scott JAMIESON, Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Curtis GOOD, Nathaniel ATKINSON (Scott GALLOWAY 79’), Florin BERENGUER (Idrus ABDULAHI 84’), Josh BRILLANTE, Adrian LUNA, Craig NOONE, Jamie MACLAREN, Lachlan WALES (Stefan COLAKOVSKI 73’)

Unused Subs: Joe GAUCI (GK), Moudi NAJJAR, Kerrin STOKES, Yaya DUKULY

Feature image credit: Brisbane Roar FC

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