Roar ruin Englishman’s fairytale debut

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The fairytale A-League debut for Melbourne Victory’s Callum McManaman looked promising in the first 25 minutes of the match, but the happy ending was ruined only 10 minutes later by Brisbane Roar.

By the time the full time whistle was blown, Roar had picked up their first win of the season, with a 3-1 win to ruin Victory’s season opener at AAMI Park.

It was a physical start to the match with both teams not shying away from a tackle, but it was Victory that looked more threatening in the opening 15 minutes.

However, the Roar struck first in the 16th minute, as Scott McDonald found himself on the end of an easy tap after being set up by Corey Brown.

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Victory were not down for long, as McManaman scored a jaw-dropping equaliser in the 24th minute. After receiving the ball on the edge of the box, the Englishman placed a rocket into the top corner in his A-League debut.

In the 34th minute Victory almost hit the front after a corner, but Nick Ansell’s header hit the post and came back into play.

McManaman continued to run riot, with another left-footed shot outside the box narrowly missing the target.

The second half began at a slower pace and the Roar looked more comfortable on the pitch. Before their ultimate reward came in the 60th minute.

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A well-placed header by Macauley Gillesphey put the visitors back in front 2-1 following Brown’s corner.

Dylan Wenzel-Halls nearly added a third for the Roar two minutes later, but his shot inside the box somehow flew past the post.

McManaman once again tried from outside the box and came close, but his right-footed shot went over the bar.

Victory continued to push and had a penalty shot waved away in the 76th minute after Adama Traore was seemingly pulled down by Riku Danzaki.

However, it was Brisbane who put the game to bed in the 79th minute after a well-weighted through ball allowed Wenzel-Halls to easily slot the ball past Max Crocombe.

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The remainder of the game was a case of Victory being unable to score and Roar sitting comfortably with their lead.

The win allows Brisbane to pick up their first win of the season, while the Victory will be looking to make amends as the two sides meet again next Sunday. 

Melbourne Victory: 1(McManaman 24’)
Brisbane Roar: 3 (McDonald 16’, Gillesphey 60’, Wenzel-Halls 79’).

Stadium: AAMI Park

Referee: Shaun Evans
Assistant Referees: Daniel Ilievski, Andrew Meimarakis
Fourth Official: Jack Morgan
 
Melbourne Victory: Max CROCOMBE (GK), Storm ROUX, Nick ANSELL, Aaron ANDERSON, Adama TRAORE, Leigh BROXHAM, Jacob BUTTERFIELD (Jay BARNETT 63′), Jake BRIMMER, Marco ROJAS (Elvis KAMSOBA 72’), Callum McMANAMAN, Ben FOLAMI (Rudy GESTEDE 57’)
Substitutes: Matt ACTON (GK), So NISHIKAWA, Elvis KAMSOBA, Rudy GESTEDE, Jay BARNETT, Dylan RYAN, Birkan KIRDAR

Brisbane Roar: Jamie YOUNG (GK), Corey BROWN, Tom ALDRED, Macaulay GILLESPHEY, Riku DANZAKI (Jai INGHAM 87’), Joe CHAMPNESS (Jesse DALEY 54’), Jack HINGERT, Dylan WENZEL-HALLS (Alexander PARSONS 94’), Rahmat AKBARI, James O’SHEA, Scott McDONALD
Substitutes: Nacklin FREKE (GK), Jai INGHAM, Jesse DALEY, Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH, Kai TREWIN, Alexander PARSONS

Feature credit image: supplied.

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Bogdan Vlasyuk
Bogdan Vlasyuk
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