Brisbane Roar break winless drought as new era begins

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Brisbane Roar are off the bottom of the ladder for the time being after claiming a long awaited 2-1 victory over Perth Glory at Kayo Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts began life under new coach, Nick Green, by securing their first victory in seven matches.

Early on, Nikola Mileusnic had a clear chance to strike for the Roar in consecutive weeks, but his left-foot attempt was lacking purchase.

The home side’s opponents, Perth Glory, also had no shortage of motivation, needing a win to level themselves with the top six.

Jack Clisby ensured Perth’s trajectory was on target when he curled a right footer through in the 19th minute.

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The defender’s first touch had Brisbane’s defence wrong footed, allowing the number 14 to swing on to his less dominant right boot deep in the box and put the visitors ahead 1-0.

Captain Thomas Aldred, the unlikeliest of attacking heroes, scored just his second career goal from 71 games to equalise 1-1.

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The skipper’s determination to get a header to the ball in the 28th minute was matched only by Carlo Armiento’s pinpoint corner cross.

Just a minute prior to the main interval, Henry Hore maintained Roar’s rage with a lenghty right-foot blow that snuck under Perth goalkeeper Cameron Cook’s hands, making it 2-1.

Brisbane found themselves ahead at half-time in an A-League Men’s game in 2022/23, something about as foreign as Lionel Messi not scoring a goal in a 2022 World Cup game.

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Perth needed a fast second-half start, but Roar’s goalkeeper Jordan Holmes sprawled to his right to deny substitute Aaron McEneff the visitor’s second.

Jack Hingert narrowly avoided a red card after his aggressive challenge on the lone Perth goalscorer Clisby, in a sign that Brisbane were intent on simply defending their lead, as opposed to extending it.

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Cook made amends for his earlier blunder when the keeper spectacularly denied a volley from Brisbane’s Mileusnic, although time was beginning to work against Perth.

A nasty head clash saw Darryl Lachman taken off on a stretcher with concussion, delaying proceedings before injury-time kicked off.

Perth were unable to penetrate Roar’s stubborn defensive structures after the interlude, suffering their second defeat in three outings.

Brisbane Roar 2 (Aldred 28′, Hore 45′)

Perth Glory 1 (Clisby 19′)

Stadium: Kayo Stadium

Referee: Alireza Faghani

Assistant Referees: David Walsh and Nathan MacDonald

Fourth Official: Adam Kersey

Brisbane Roar: Jordan HOLMES (GK), Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, Thomas ALDRED, Kai TREWIN, Jack HINGERT (Louis ZABALA 73′), Jez LOFTHOUSE (Marcel CANADI 73′), Rahmat AKBARI, Jan GOMULKA, Henry HORE, Nikola MILEUSNIC (Noah SMITH 84′), Carlo ARMIENTO (Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH 65′)

Unused subs: Macklin FREKE (GK), James NIKOLOVSKI, Ayom MAJOK

Perth Glory: Cameron COOK (GK), Salim KHELIFI (Antonee BURKE-GILROY 62′), Jordan ELSEY, Darryl LACHMAN (John KOUTROUMBIS 90′), Mark BEEVERS (Giordano COLLI 79′), Mohammad AMINI CASTILLO (Adam ZIMARINO 79′), Luke BODNAR (Aaron MCENEFF 53′), Ryan WILLIAMS, Keegan JELACIC, Jack CLISBY, Adam TAGGART (David WILLIAMS 62′)

Unused subs: Pierce CLARK (GK),

Feature Image Credit: Josh Springfield

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

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