Roar and Wanderers share the chocolates

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The Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar were forced to share the chocolates on Easter Saturday in a one all draw.

A much-improved second half from the Roar, with addition of some Joey Champness magic, saw them get back into the game after struggling against a Wanderers outfit who made early inroads.

The Wanderers, who made four changes following their 4-1 loss against Melbourne City last week, started the match strong against a different looking Roar outfit with Champness and Golgol Mebrathtu up front.

With captain Tom Aldred out injured and Macaulay Gillesphey suspended, new centre half pairing Kai Trewin and Jordan Courtney-Perkins were found out early.

Western Sydney grabbed the early goal after fancy footwork in the box from Keanu Baccus set up Kwame Yeboah to grab a goal against his former side.

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The sweet strike in the bottom right corner gave the Wanderers confidence, with Bruce Kamau and Mitch Duke continuing to apply early pressure for Jamie Young and the Roar defence.

Yeboah had the ball in the back of the net again, but was ruled offside by VAR.

Baccus was shown yellow for a challenge on Mebrathtu, with the Roar forward unable to capitalise off a Hingert cross two minutes later.

The Wanderers went into the sheds with a goal advantage but were found out by Champness in the opening exchanges of the second half.

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A Champness burst followed by some silky skills in the box almost found the back of the net but was well saved by Daniel Margush.

Champness’ second burst of the half this time made inroads, teeing up Riku Danzaki to dance around Margush and create an open shot on goal.

Mebrathtu almost grabbed one of his own in quick succession, unable to beat the ball past Margush after another ball in from Champness.

The Roar utilised their star power from the bench, with a triple change in the 57th minute seeing Wenzel-Halls, McDonald and Neville, who made his return from the Indian Super league, enter the action.

Carl Robison went one better, with a quadrupole change seeing Troisi, Ibini-Isei, Müller and Cox come on looking for the winner.

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Graham Dorrans received the Wanderers third yellow card of the evening, and his eighth for the season after tugging the shirt of McDonald, leading to another suspension.

With 10 minutes remaining, both sides raised the intensity and went end-to-end in search for a winner.

Jack Hingert was a late casualty, coming off injured with four minutes of stoppage times, but neither side were able to take the chocolates this Easter weekend.

Brisbane Roar: 1 (Danzaki 49’)

Western Sydney Wanderers: 1 (Yeboah 12‎’)

Moreton Daily Stadium

Referee: Alex King

Assistant Referees: Anton Shchetinin & David Walsh

Fourth Official: Adam Kersey

Brisbane Roar: Jamie YOUNG (GK), Corey BROWN, Riku DANZAKI (Dylan WENZEL-HALLS 57’), Joe CHAMPNESS (Masato KUDO 78’), Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH (Scott NEVILLE 57’), Golgol MEBRAHTU (Scott MCDONALD 57’), Jack HINGERT (C) (Jesse DALEY 89’), Rahmat AKBARI, Jay O’SHEA, Kai TREWIN, Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS

Unused subs: Danny KIM, Macklin FREKE (GK)

Western Sydney Wanderers: Daniel MARGUSH (GK), Ziggy GORDON, Dylan McGOWAN (C), Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, Bruce KAMAU (Nicolai MULLER 63’), Kwame YEBOAH (Simon COX 63’), Mitchell DUKE (Bernie IBINI-ISEI 63’), Keanu BACCUS (James TROISI 63’), Graham DORRANS, Daniel WILMERING, Thomas AQUILINA

Unused subs: Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, Jordan O’DOHERTY, Bernie IBINI, Noah JAMES (GK).

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