Wenzel-Halls stars as Brisbane Roar rise to the top

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Brisbane Roar have risen to the top of the A-League ladder after a 3-1 victory against Adelaide United at Dolphin Stadium on Saturday evening.

23-year-old Dylan Wenzel-Halls started for the home side, looking dangerous all night and scoring two goals to stamp his authority on the encounter.

Despite the game being delayed due to severe weather preventing the second half of Macarthur and Sydney FC kicking off again, the Roar ran rampant from the opening minute.

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Brisbane started fast, with Danzaki’s left-footed shot in the 3rd minute missing to the left and Roar captain Aldred’s shot blocked from the centre of the box.

Wenzel-Halls looked threatening early, called offside from a Scott McDonald through ball in the 20th minute.

United’s first opportunity came in the 26th minute, with Mohamed Toure finding space on the right but dragged the ball well wide.

A fantastic header from Wenzel-Halls in the 37th minute was the breakthrough the Roar deserved, off the back of a clever ball from Danzaki to find Hingert in space on the right to whip one in.

Caletti was booked for the Reds in the 41st minute after a challenge on goal scorer Wenzel- Halls.

The Roar continued applying the pressure, with Delianov doing well to stop a powerful McDonald header from right in front in the 43rd minute.

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But nothing could stop a 45th minute screamer from O’Shea, who curled the ball into the top right corner from 25 yards out to give the Roar a 2-0 lead heading into the break.

Despite United creating more attacking opportunities early in the second term, the Roar continued to flex their muscle with Wenzel-Halls unlucky not to find the back of the net again.

In his first start for Brisbane, Kai Trewin was booked in the 67th minute after a late challenge on Joe Caletti.

Wenzel-Halls’ shot in the 76th minute was wide but found the back of the net two minutes later, with his shot driven under Delianov’s feet.

Adelaide hit back in the 82nd minute, with second-half substitute and former Roar midfielder Nathan Konstandopoulos’ shot from long range ricocheted off the left post and in.

Despite the consolation goal the Roar held on as United suffered their third away defeat from as many games.

Brisbane Roar 3 (Wenzel-Halls 37’ 78’, O’Shea 45’)
Adelaide United 1 (Konstandopoulos 82’‎)

Dolphin Stadium

Referee: Alireza Faghani
Assistant Referees: Anton Shchetinin & Andrew Lindsay
Fourth Official: Nathan MacDonald

Brisbane Roar: Macklin FREKE (GK), Corey BROWN, Tom ALDRED (C), Macaulay GILLESPHEY, Riku DANZAKI (Jesse DALEY 75’), Jack HINGERT, Dylan WENZEL-HALLS (Joe CHAMPNESS 90+3’), Rahmat AKBARI (Jai INGHAM 90+3’), Jay O’SHEA, Kai TREWIN, Scott MCDONALD (Masato KUDO 81’)
Unused Subs: Bon SCOTT (GK), Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, Keegan JELACIC.

Adelaide United: James DELIANOV (GK), Louis D’ARRIGO (Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS 72’), Ryan KITTO (Stefan MAUK 46’), Noah SMITH (Yaya DUKULY 84’), Mohamed TOURE (Al Hassan TOURE 72’), Joe CALETTI, Michael JAKOBSEN, Jordan ELSEY, Ben HALLORAN, Kusini YENGI, Yared ABETEW (Michael MARRONE 79’)
Unused Subs: Joe GAUCI (GK)

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Matthew Tsimpikas
Matthew Tsimpikas
Sports lover studying journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. Covering Brisbane Roar FC in the 2020/21 A-League and W-League.

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