Borrelo goal gives Brisbane win over Wanderers

 

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Brisbane Roar (1) Borrello 53’
Western Sydney Wanderers (0)
12,095 at Lang Park, Brisbane

Brisbane XI: Young, Polenz, DeVere, Donachie, Stefanutto, Brattan, McKay, Broich, Henrique, Borrello, Solórzano.
Substitutions: Petratos for Henrique (78’), Kaluderovic for Solórzano (83’), Hingert for Borrello (90’)
Unused Substitutes: Chalmers, Lustica.
Yellow Cards: Brattan, Donachie.
Red Cards: Nil

Western Sydney XI: Bouzanis, Gallaway, Topor-Stanley, Spiranovic, Golec, Poljak, La Rocca, Castelen, Bridge, Sotirio, Bulut.
Substitutions: Takahagi for Bridge (46’), Rukavystya for Sotirio (64’), Juric for Bulut (69’).
Unused Substitutes: Covic, Tanaka.
Yellow Cards: Spiranovic.
Red Cards: Nil.

A Brandon Borrello goal 8 minutes into the second half has propelled Brisbane into the A-League top six for the first time in 2015, after his goal was enough to give Brisbane a vital 1-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

Both sides came into the game after midweek exertions in the Champions League, and neither side starting the game strongly with few chances for either side in the opening half.

The games defining moment occurred in the 53rd minute when Jerome Polenz won the ball in the Wanderers half on the right hand side, and after carrying the ball forward he played in Borrello who beat his defender and placed his shot into the corner of the net.

The young attacker nearly had himself a brace after he was found brilliantly by Donachie with a through ball, only for his delicate lob over Bouzanis to avoid the net, and the onrushing Henrique.

The Wanderers best chance of the time fell in injury time as Tomi Juric was played in, and the young striker, rifled his shot past Young, but his shot cannoned back off the crossbar and landed right on the goal line.

The result sees Brisbane move into the top six, clear of seventh played Melbourne City by a point after they lost to 8th placed Central Coast earlier today. Brisbane also have a game in hand over City making them the favourites to secure the sixth and final spot in the A-League playoffs.

The game also ends a tough week for the Roar, with seven points out of a possible nine accrued in the League and Champions League where they moved into the A-League finals positions and kick started their Asian Champions League campaign. Keeping two clean sheets in three games is also pleasing, particularly with all the changes made in the backline, and in goal.

The one downside of the result was a booking to Luke Brattan -his fifth of the campaign- which will see him miss trip to Sydney next weekend. That could open the door for one of Adam Sarota or Steven Lustica- regulars earlier in the season but now out of favour, or youngster Devante Clut who has excelled in the NYL this year. Time will tell.

Up next: Brisbane have a rare full week to prepare for a game, with no ACL or A-League catch up games scheduled. That gives Brisbane seven days to prepare for a clash away to Sydney FC next Sunday afternoon.

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