Roar secure 2-1 comeback win over Adelaide

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Brisbane Roar secured back-to-back wins at Suncorp Stadium for the first time since March 2018 as they came from behind to beat Adelaide United 2-1.

The win moved the Roar into sixth place on the A-League ladder as they leapfrogged Western United, who had a bye this round.

An injury hit Adelaide United arrived in Brisbane on the back of a three match unbeaten run and looked the stronger of the two sides in the opening exchanges at Suncorp.

Near-torrential rain made it difficult for either side to stamp their authority on the game, and though Adelaide started more aggressively, the Roar did enough defensively to frustrate the Reds and prevent any clear cut chances.

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Conditions cleared somewhat by the start of the second half and as they have done throughout the season, Brisbane improved as play resumed in the second half, showing increased purpose as they lifted their tempo and pressed higher up the field.

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Despite the Roar’s energetic start, it was Adelaide who finally broke the deadlock through former Roar striker Ben Halloran in the 60th minute.

A deflected shot from Kristian Opseth fell to Halloran on the edge of the Roar’s penalty area, who collected on the half volley and fired a powerful strike past Jamie Young for his sixth goal of the season and third in the past two games

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The Roar drew level less than ten minutes later thanks to substitute Mirza Muratovic after a chaotic scramble in Adelaide’s penalty area following Scott McDonald’s blocked shot from close range.

Adelaide defender Ryan Kitto may have been lucky to escape a red card for a handball on the line after blocking McDonald’s initial shot, however referee Adam Fielding allowed play to continue and Muratovic pounced on a loose ball to net his first A-League goal.

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Brisbane secured the three points less than five minutes later, with captain Tom Aldred also scoring his first A-League goal with a header from a well taken short corner.

Adelaide brought on 15 year-old Mohamed Toure in the 83rd minute as they tried to rescue a point, and the young striker impressed in his debut as he became the third youngest player in A-League history.

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Toure’s introduction swung the momentum back in Adelaide’s favour with Louis D’Arrigo and Opseth both coming close to drawing the Reds level in the final minutes, but the Roar did enough to secure their spot in the top six.

The win continued a remarkable turnaround in form for Brisbane, who were second from bottom on the table less than six weeks ago.

Brisbane will now travel to Western United next Sunday, with both sides separated by a single point in the race for finals football.

Brisbane Roar 2 (Muratovic 68’, Aldred 74’)
Adelaide United 1 (Halloran 60’)

Suncorp Stadium

Referee: Adam Fielding
Assistant Referees: David Walsh, Andrew Lindsay
Fourth Official: Alex King

Attendance: 8945

Brisbane Roar: Jamie YOUNG (GK), Corey BROWN, Daniel BOWLES, Tom ALDRED, Macaulay GILLESPHEY, Jacob PEPPER (Aiden O’NEILL 69’), Bradden INMAN (Aaron AMADI-HOLLOWAY 69’) Jack HINGERT, Dylan WENZEL-HALLS (Mirza MURATOVIC 56’), James O’SHEA, Scott MCDONALD
Unused Subs: Max CROCOMBE (GK), Jake MCGING, Rahmat AKBARI, Izaack POWELL

Adelaide United: Paul IZZO (GK), Ryan STRAIN (Ryan KITTO 45’), Michael MARIA, Stefan MAUK (Mohamed TOURE 83’), Riley MCGREE, Kristian OPSETH, Nikola MILEUSNIC (Mirko BOLAND 60’), Michael JAKOBSEN, Jordan ELSEY, Benjamin HALLORAN, Louis D’ARRIGO
Unused Subs: Dakota OCHSENHAM (GK), Lachlan BROOK

 

Feature image credit: Brisbane Roar FC

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Former snowmaker, TomTom salesman and subpar barista giving sports journalism a whirl. QUT Journalism student covering Brisbane Roar FC in the A-League and W-League.