Brisbane Roar overcome Newcastle Jets in bruising battle

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Brisbane Roar have run out 2-0 winners over Newcastle Jets on Sunday night, scoring both goal in the final 15 minutes of the match. 

Newcastle started strong, spending most of the opening 10 minutes in Brisbane’s half.

Brisbane eventually found their feet, passing fast and flying down each wing, searching for a way into the Jets’ box. 

Brisbane’s Henry Hore had the first opportunity of the game as he manoeuvred past defenders in the 18-yard box before firing a shot off the touchline into the side-netting. 

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Both teams battled fiercely with three yellow cards in the first half alone. 

Newcastle coach Arthur Papas hauled Dylan Murnane off in the 35th minute for Lucas Mauragis, the coach displeased with the left-back’s inability to stop Brisbane’s attack and his early yellow card.

Arguably Brisbane’s best attack of the first half came from a Tom Aldred clearance that sent Nicholas Olsen away down the left flank.

Olsen’s cross landed in between both centre-backs and almost on the toe of Cyrus Dehmie but he couldn’t get the lethal touch as the ball bounced out. 

The teams went into the break still locked at 0-0 but Brisbane looked the better for it.

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Newcastle started the second half much like the first, on top of the Roar.

The Jets came within inches of a breakthrough with Brandon Wilson controlling a corner kick at the back-post and blasting it goalward with his second touch, however, Kai Trewin was positioned perfectly to block it off the line. 

Jesse Daley made an almost instant response smacking a right-footed strike goalwards from Scott Neville’s layoff, unfortunately for the Roar, the shot cannoned off the post. 

Brisbane continued to dominate, pushing players forward in numbers. 

Roar fans thought their side had earned a penalty when Dehmie got the best of Matthew Jurman and found his way into the box before being fouled. 

However, referee Chris Beath pulled the ball back outside the box saying that was where the offence was first committed, much to the dismay of the home fans.

With 10 minutes to go, Lucas Mauragis lunged in on Neville fouling him and earning his second yellow card in the process.

This saw Newcastle reduced to 10 for the final 10 minutes of the match. 

Less than two minutes after the Newcastle man had seen his marching orders, Brisbane capitalised.

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Hore collected the ball on the edge of the box before dribbling past the entire Newcastle defence and picking his spot, sliding the ball into the back of the net.

As the game wound down, Luke Ivanovic sealed it for the Roar in stoppage time.

Jay O’Shea danced past multiple players in the Jets box before finding Ivanovic with a neat pass.

The attacker sorted his feet out quickly and lashed the ball across goal into the top-right corner. 

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 The  2-0 win sees Brisbane move within two points of Newcastle and up into 10th place. 

Feature image credit: Josh Springfield 

Brisbane Roar: 2 (Hore 83’, Ivanovic 90+4’)

Newcastle Jets: 0

Stadium Moreton Daily Stadium 

Referee: Chris Beath

Assistant Referees: Ashey Beecham, Nathan MacDonald

Fourth Official: Adam Kersey

VAR: Alex King

Brisbane Roar: Jordan HOLMES (GK), Scott NEVILLE, Thomas ALDRED(C), Rahmat AKBARI (Eli ADAMS 65’), Henry HORE, Jesse DALEY, Jack HINGERT (Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH 65’), Nicholas OLSEN (Luke IVANOVIC 65’), James O’SHEA, Kai TREWIN, Cyrus DEHMIE (Jez LOFTHOUSE 81’)

Unused subs: Macklin FREKE (GK), Juan LESCANO, Louis ZABALA

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Dane INGHAM (Samuel SILVERA 79’), Jason HOFFMAN, Jordan ELSEY, Matthew JURMAN (C), Mario ARQUES BLASCO (Kostandinos GROZOS 87’), Beka MIKELTADZE, Brandon WILSON (Jordan O’DOHERTY 79’), Dylan MURNANE (Lucas MAURAGIS 35’), Savvas SIATRAVANIS (Kuach YUEL 45’), Angus THURGATE

Unused subs: Michael WEIER (GK), Riley WARLAND

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Bill Hedley
Bill Hedley
Journalism under graduate at the University of Queensland. I have been a die-hard football player and fan for the past 16 years and am now a passionate multimedia Journalist, covering Brisbane Roar for the 2021/22 A-League season.

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