A sweet return home for Brisbane Roar

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Brisbane Roar played at home for the first time in a month on Saturday and it was well worth waiting for.

After being unable to play at home for a month due to horrible weather conditions in the sunshine state, the Roar returned to their beloved Daily Moreton Stadium.

Eager to showcase a solid performance against Wellington Phoenix in front of a football deprived home crowd, the Roar couldn’t have asked for a better start.

The Roar found themselves 1-0 up in the opening minutes of the game through a Rahmat Akbari header into the top right-hand corner, assisted by A-League Men’s debutant Ryo Wada in the seventh minute.

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After taking an early blow from a team that has struggled to live up to expectations this season, Wellington had difficulties capitalising on their chances.

After drawing first blood early on, the Roar seemed to relieve any sort of pressure on the Phoenix side, allowing the away side to constantly knock on the door of the Roar’s defence.

Despite this, the Phoenix had only one promising chance for themselves through forward Ben Waine, whose point-blank shot from the right side of the 18-yard box was saved by the quick reactions of Roar goalkeeper Jordan Holmes.

The home crowd made their voices heard, as two reckless tackles by Nix defender Tim Payne and captain Alex Rufer were punished with a deserved yellow card.

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As a result of the tackle, Wellington lost their skipper late in the first half as Rufer came off injured.

An uneventful first half was capped off by a missed open goal opportunity for the Roar as the home crowd, players and staff were undoubtedly left scratching their heads as to how the ball didn’t settle in the back of the net.

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As the second half started, Brisbane were dominant, turning all the momentum back onto their side.

Roar attacker Juan Lescano came close to doubling the Roar’s lead in the opening minutes of the half but failed to finish a goalscoring opportunity by scuffing his shot to the left.

Phoenix’s opportunities presented themselves through promising lead up plays and cheeky, skilful passes. However, these ended disappointingly for the away side as their shots went either side of the goal, or way over the crossbar.

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As Phoenix’s frustration yet again displayed itself as they failed to penetrate the Roar’s defence through the middle, the away side resulted to attempting to play the ball out wide and crossing it into Brisbane’s danger zone.

However, nothing seemed to work for the Phoenix as their crosses were blocked or met by a Roar defender’s head.

As the game gradually started to become eventful, the Roar’s defence became complacent with a 1-0 lead, as Tom Aldred’s careless foul gave Pheonix a free-kick just outside the 18-yard box.

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The away side equalised after a Jaushua Sotitiro’s free-kick attempt hit the post and went out for a corner, which led the Phoenix to level the score through Gary Hooper’s header after a bit of pinballing in the box.

The equaliser was quickly cancelled out though, as the Roar suddenly turned on the jets again to pressure the Wellington defence, which led to a Henry Hore goal after a great initial save by Nix goalkeeper Oliver Sail.

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The Roar failed to extend their lead after a four-on-two chance led to a save by Sail. Wellington yet again failed to capitalise on a promising opportunity as David Ball’s shot was collected comfortably by Holmes.

Roar fans’ hearts dropped after Wellington’s Hooper’s shot in the last minute of the game went inches wide of the post. However, the Roar were able to hold on for a refreshing win at home.

The Roar now sit in second last place on the table with the Phoenix maintaining their position in sixth on the ALM table.

Brisbane Roar: 2 (Rahmat Akbari 7’, Henry Hore 76’)

Wellington Pheonix: 1 (Gary Hooper 72’)

Stadium: Moreton Daily Stadium

Referee: Tim Danaskos

Assistant referees: David Walsh, Andrew Lindsay

Fourth official: Alex King

Video assistant referee: Chris Beath

BRISBANE ROAR: Jordan HOLMES (GK), Scott NEVILLE, Thomas ALDRED (C), Rahmat AKBARI (Luke IVANOVIC 53’), Jesse DALEY (Ville MATTI STEINMANN 85’), Ryo WADA (Henry HORE 53’), Nicholas OLSEN, Juan LESCANO (Josh BRINDELL-SOUTH 69’), James O’SHEA, Kai TREWIN, Louis ZABALA

Unused subs: Macklin FREKE (GK), Anton MlINARIC, Cyrus DEHMIE

WELLINGTON PHEONIX: Oliver SAIL (GK), Scott WOOTTON, Timothy PAYNE (Louis FENTON 78’), Gael SANDOVAL (Benjamin OLD 57’), David BALL, Jaushua SOTIRIO, Alex RUFER (C) (Nicholas PENNINGTON 38’), Benjamin WAINE (Gary HOOPER 58’), Sam SUTTON, Joshua LAWS, Clayton LEWIS

Unused subs: Alexander PAULSEN (GK), George OTT, Finn SURMAN

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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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