Fast starting Brisbane Roar shred Victory to pieces

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Brisbane Roar have dismantled Melbourne Victory with a clinical 5-2 win in front of 8,847 fans at Dolphin Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Roar were dominant from start to finish, and despite gifting Victory a few chances, the Brisbane side were in control all afternoon.

Both Scott McDonald and Riku Danzaki scored a brace for the home side, with Wenzel-Halls again opening the scoring in the 9th minute.

The current A-League leading goal scorer was at it again, capitalising off a Danzaki pass which caught Victory’s defence off guard.

Victory keeper Crocombe was no chance of stopping a Scott McDonald screamer five minutes later, who banged the ball into the top left corner.

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From close range, Danzaki made it three in 17 minutes as Corey Brown floated one in which Crocombe could not capture.

Against the run of play, Victory hit back two minutes later with Toure finding Luis Lawrie-Lattanzioin in the middle.

They could only slow down a red-hot Brisbane outfit for a second, as Brindell-Smith’s close-range shot deflected by Crocombe in the 24th minute and Danzahki’s curler just missing the top left corner.

Goal scorer Lawrie-Lattanzio was carded in the 33rd minute for a challenge on Akbari, but it only got worse for the visitors.

McDonald grabbed his second of the afternoon two minutes later, with a fantastic header off the back of a Brown corner.

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Leigh Broxham received yet another yellow card for Victory in the 43rd minute, but it was Brisbane’s Corey Brown whose challenge caused greater concern.

His yellow card in stoppage time gifted Victory a golden opportunity, with Jake Brimmer capitalising on a free kick in prime position.

Despite controlling the first half, the Roar found themselves only up by two goals heading into the break.

Wenzel-Halls again started fast in the second half, with multiple shots providing more headaches for the Victory.

Gillesphey’s brilliant vision and cross put the ball on a platter for Danzaki to smash the ball into the bottom right corner and grab a brace in the 49th minute.

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Strong running through midfield from Akbari set up McDonald to almost grab a third, unable to curl one into the top right corner.

He was again unable to capitalise off a Danzaki cross two minutes later, with his volley just wide to the left.

Victory tried to claw one back in the 68th minute, with defender Storm Roux dragging his shot on goal to the left.

Roar continued to dominate the second half as Victory became increasingly frustrated, with Shotton’s yellow card on McDonald in the 79th minute a strong indication.

A Gillesphey yellow card in the 83rd minute led to a brilliant free kick, with Jamie Young forced to leap high and prevent another unanswered goal for Victory.

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The Roar deserved to hold the Victory out in the final stages, with the three points sending the Brisbane side back on top of the A-League ladder.

Brisbane Roar 5 (Wenzel-Halls 9’, Scott McDonald 14‎’‎ 35’, Danzaki 17’ 49’)
Melbourne Victory 2 (Lawrie-Lattanzio 19‎’‎, Jake Brimmer 45‎+‎5‎’)

Dolphin Stadium

Referee: Daniel Elder
Assistant Referees: Ashley Beecham, David Walsh
Fourth Official: Adam Kersey

Brisbane Roar: Jamie YOUNG (GK), Corey BROWN, Tom ALDRED (C), Macaulay GILLESPHEY, Riku DANZAKI (Joseph CHAMPNESS 89’), Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH (Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS 70’), Dylan WENZEL-HALLS (Jesse DALEY 75’), Rahmat AKBARI (Keegan JELACIC 89’), Jay O’SHEA, Kai TREWIN, Scott MCDONALD
Unused Subs: Macklin FREKE (GK), Jai INGHAM, Masato KUDO

Melbourne Victory: Max CROCOMBE (GK), Storm ROUX, Adama TRAORE, Ryan SHOTTON, Leigh BROXHAM (c) (Brandon LAUTON 70’), Jacob BUTTERFIELD (Birkan KIRDAR 54’), Robbie KRUSE (Elvis KAMSOBA 54’), Dylan RYAN, Jake BRIMMER, Marco ROJAS, Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO
Unused Subs: Matthew ACTON (GK), Jay BARNETT, Aaron ANDERSON

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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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