Resurgent Roar run rampant against woeful Wanderers

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Brisbane Roar’s emphatic 3-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday in the A-League Men was what fans and the players have been longing for.

For two teams who desperately need points to have a real shot at finals contention, both sides started the game poorly.

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In the opening minutes, the game was lifeless, with no threatening chances for both sides.

However, the Roar quickly capitalised on Western Sydney’s lacklustre start and was the first of the two sides to create goalscoring opportunities.

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Roar captain Jay O’Shea led Brisbane by example, with an early attempt on goal that forced an outstanding save from Wanderers keeper Tomas Mejias.

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Scott Neville joined O’Shea to give Western Sydney a scare with a header that went inches wide of goal.

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Youngster Henry Hore caused havoc for Western SydneY down the right side as his runs opened up their defence.

Hore spearheaded the Roar’s attack as most of their chances came from his ability to dissect the Wanderers defence.

Constant pressure eventually paid off for the Roar, as Hore’s lovely chip pass connected with O’Shea, who cut it back for Nikola Mileusnic to finish off the play.

The Wanderers struggled to dissect the Roar’s defence, as they presented themselves with very few goalscoring opportunities.

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Western Sydney failed to capitalise on a golden chance when Roar keeper Macklin Freke gave away the ball on the edge of his own 18-yard box.

An off-target shot from Jack Rodwell from right in front of Brisbane’s goal relieved the Brisbane fans.

Roar remained hungry to extend their lead as Hore and Mileusnic coupled up to cause trouble for the Wanderers’ defence.

Mileusnic failed to put it past the Wanderers keeper as he found himself one-on-one with Mejias forcing another outstanding save.

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The second half was all Brisbane Roar.

A wide open Mileusnic was gifted the perfect opportunity to extend the Roar’s lead four minutes after the restart.

A cut-back into the Wanderers box made it hard for the forward to find his footing who sent it flying over the crossbar with only the keeper to beat.

Mileusnic’s attempts kept on coming and just like they did in the first half it, the pressure paid off.

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After Mileusnic’s first time shot from Kai Trewin’s cut-back hit the crossbar, the forward was able to find the back of the net from close range, after Corey Brown’s low cross was deflected by the Wanderers keeper.

The Wanderers seemed to feel the pressure as substitute Bernie Ibini caused a small scuffle on the side of the pitch.

Roar fans made their voices heard as boos rang out around the stadium.

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After the scuffle, Roar fans had every reason to cheer as Rahmat Akbari found the back of the net 10 minutes later, after a lovely chip over the heads of the Wanderers defence was provided by O’Shea.

The Roar thought they had lost the clean sheet after Keijiro Ogawa thought he found the back of the Brisbane net.

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But the offside flag denied the Wanderers a goal.

Roar ran rampant around the Western Sydney side – a sight Brisbane fans have longed to see.

The Roar now sit in eighth place on the table, after coming into the game at the foot of league.

Brisbane Roar: 3 (Nikola Mileusnic 27’, 65’, Rahmat Akbari 74’)

Western Sydney Wanderers: 0

Stadium: Moreton Daily Stadium

Referee: Lachlan Keevers

Assistant referees: Nathan MacDonald, David Walsh

Fourth official: Adam Kersey

Video assistant referee: Alex King

BRISBANE ROAR: Macklin FREKE (GK), Scott NEVILLE, Corey BROWN, Rahmat AKBARI (Anton MLINARIC 88’), Ville MATTI STEINMANN, Nikola MILEUSNIC (Jez LOFTHOUSE 88’), Henry HORE (Juan LESCANO 70’), Jesse DALEY, Jack HINGERT (Josh BRINDELL-SOUTH 78’), James O’SHEA (C), Kai TREWIN

Unused subs: Jordan HOLMES (GK), Brandon MCMORROW, Alec MILLS

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS: Tomas MEJIAS (GK), Adama TRAORE (Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS 78’), Jack RODWELL (Keijiro OGAWA 61’), Ramy NAJJARINE (Bernie IBINI-ISEI 61’), Steven UGARKOVIC, Tomer HEMED (C) (Alessandro LOPANE 81’), Keanu BACCUS (Terry ANTONIS 78’), John KOUTROUMBIS, Dimitrios PETRATOS, Mark NATTA, Thomas AQUILINA

Unused subs: Daniel MARGUSH (GK), Zygmunt GORDON

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Min-Gyu Shim
Min-Gyu Shim
Bachelor of Journalism student at UQ, and a full time football fanatic. Covering Brisbane Roar for the 2020/21 season.

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