Armiento magic helps Roar secure draw with Wanderers

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Despite a special goal from Carlo Armiento, the A-League Men’s two best defences this season couldn’t be split on Friday night at Kayo Stadium.

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Controversy arose before play even began when the Wanderers’ Marcelo was instructed by the officials to remove a wedding ring from his finger in order to play.

The comical scenes delayed the start at Redcliffe for five whole minutes.

Once proceedings got underway it was Western Sydney with the opening chance, a header going astray from Sulejman Krpic against a strong wind.

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The Roar constructed a chance of their own down the left flank through Armiento, whose quick pass nearly opened Joe Knowles’ account as the main striker without Charlie Austin.

With these two sides conceding the fewest goals in the competition, the match was poised as a bitter struggle towards the back of the net for both teams.

Yet it was the visiting the Wanderers who drew first blood in the 18th minute thanks to Oliver Bozanic.

Former Roar player Brandon Borrello neatly delivered a right to left ball for the goalscorer, who could do nothing but punch the ball through a wide-open net to make it 1-0.

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Jack Hingert’s strong cross once again provided Knowles with a chance, but this time the striker couldn’t equalise with a header, much to his and the fans’ frustration.

Borrello was denied a beautifully timed goal on half time due to an offside ruling as the Wanderers went into the main interval leading 1-0.

Despite a fair share of possession early in the second stanza, Brisbane’s attacking cohesion continued to elude them, albeit for a close Courtney-Perkins’ header in the 58th minute.

The home side’s frustrations would soon be put to rest by one of the goals of the season from Glory recruit Armiento.

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Some fancy footwork followed by a bending, booming left-foot strike provided a brilliant highlight for the home fans, nearly broke the net and most importantly tied scores at 1-1 in the 62nd minute.

Wanderers almost reproduced the dose through Romain Amalfitano, but Jordan Holmes’ flailing right arm went up at just the right time in a sign the tide of the game had turned the home team’s way.

Both lineups blew golden chances in the dying moments but ultimately neither produced the decisive strike in an entertaining, tale of two halves clash.

Brisbane Roar 1 (Armiento 62′)

Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Bozanic 18’)

Stadium: Kayo Stadium

Referee: Stephen Lucas

Assistant Referees: Nathan MacDonald and Mi Suk Park

Fourth Official: Lara Lee

Brisbane Roar: Jordan HOLMES (GK), Jack HINGERT (Connor CHAPMAN 78′), Scott NEVILLE, Thomas ALDRED, Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, Rahmat AKBARI (Riku DANZAKI 53′), Kai TREWIN, James O’SHEA, Carlo ARMIENTO (Jez LOFTHOUSE 79′), Nikola MILEUSNIC (Henry HORE 66′), Joseph KNOWLES (Cyrus DEHMIE 78′)

Unused subs: Macklin FREKE (GK), Louis ZABALA

Western Sydney Wanderers: Lawrence THOMAS (GK), Adama TRAORE, MARCELO, Tomislav MRCELA, Gabriel CLEUR, Romain AMALFITANO (Ramy NAJJARINE 88′), Calem NIEUWENHOF, Oliver BOZANIC (Daniel WILMERING 66′), Brandon BORRELLO (Alessandro LOPANE  88′), Yeni N’GBAKATO (Aidan SIMMONS 76′), Sulejman KRPIC (Nathaniel BLAIR 76′)

Unused subs: Daniel MARGUSH (GK), Ruon TONGYIK

Feature Image Credit: Josh Springfield

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Liam Cook
Aspiring football enthusiast. Covering Brisbane Roar in 2022/23.

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