Danzaki’s delight at the death gifts Roar three points

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A Riku Danzaki stoppage time goal has seen Brisbane Roar snatch a win in the final minute against Western United at Moreton Daily Stadium.

With scores locked at one apiece heading into added time, a lofted ball from Corey Brown put the ball on a platter for Danzaki, who drilled the ball into the bottom left corner.

For the mere 2183 fans who attended the Wednesday night fixture, they ended up getting their money’s worth after a slow start to the evening.

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The Roar could not capitalise on their first half chances, nor beat the exceptional keeping on display from Western’s Ryan Scott.

His efforts kept the visitors in it before super-sub Lachie Wales made an immediate impact an hour in, capitalising off Scott Neville’s turnover and Alessandro Diamanti’s assist after spending less than a minute on the pitch.

But the Roar found a way, with fellow super sub Alex Parsons’ driven shot at Scott allowing Josh Brindell-South a tap in and equaliser in his man of the match performance.

Parsons almost assisted his second after heading a ball for Dylan Wenzel-Halls who got in behind and tucked one away, before VAR overturned the decision for a handball as he tried to control the ball.

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Roar head coach Warren Moon praised both Parsons and Brindell-South, youngsters who are making their mark in the A-League after impressing in the NPL.

“We never had any doubt Josh couldn’t step up, we had full belief in him … he is doing exactly what we expect him to do,” Moon said.

“Alex came on and made a real impact tonight and unlucky not to score, set up one and set up the offside one but in general, his all-round play was great.”

Parsons’s substitution complimented the lift in intensity as the game progressed, but the clash was still spirited from the opening exchanges.

Western head coach Mark Rudan was critical of referee Adam Kersey’s decision to not send Roar defender Macaulay Gillesphey from the field after his first half challenge on former Roar striker Besart Berisha.

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“It was right in front of us and for me ‘was their intent there?’, for me there was intent there,” Rudan said,

“Tackle from behind as well, we have seen a lot of decisions this year where that’s been given a red card.”

While Rudan thought a draw would be a fair result given chances created by both sides, Moon was proud his team could overcome the initial deficit against touch opponents.

“I have to say, they are one of the hardest teams in the A-League to play when they are front running. They are a really good side; well structure and well organised,” Moon said.

“Obviously, you hope that we can turn it around but when they went one-nil up, you fear the worst because you know how well organised, they are.”

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It will only get harder for the Roar, who take on top of the table Melbourne City in another short turnaround, while United will have another season defining match against Western Sydney Wanderers as they push for a spot inside the top six.

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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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