Back to back wins as Roar beat Reds

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Adelaide United (2) Goodwin 71′, Sanchez 90+5′- p.k
Brisbane Roar (3) Kaluderovic 26′, O.G- Galekovic 40′, Hingert 53′
10,659 at Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide

Brisbane have made it back to back wins in the A-League  for the first time since round 17 with a solid 3-2 road win in Adelaide against the Reds tonight. First half goals from Andrija Kaluderovic and an own goal from Eugene Galekovic, in addition to a Jack Hingert goal early in the second half were enough to secure the points for Brisbane.

The game started off rather cautiously with both sides getting a feel of one another, however it wasn’t long until Brisbane were in the ascendency.

It was the home side who opened the scoring in the 26th minute after some nice interplay through the middle of the pitch resulted in Kaluderovic being played through on goal, and the Serbian maintained his composure for his 5th goal in the league this season.

Brisbane’s second goal will go down as one of the bloopers of the season, with Eugene Galekovic’s clearing kick going straight up in the air, before he palmed the ball into his own net trying to recover the initial mistake.

The visitors then made the points safe 10 minutes into the second half after right back Jack Hingert won the ball back in the attacking half, and after a1-2 with McKay, the defender beat Galekovic at the near post for his first goal in the A-League.

After an exhaustive trip to South Korea –via Singapore- and back this week, it was inevitable the Roar would run out of legs at some point in the second half, and the home side capitalised. Craig Goodwin gave the Reds a glimmer of hope with 20 minutes remaining with Sergio Ciro’s run down the right hand side resulted in a tap in at the far post for the un-marked wide man.

Despite piling the pressure on, Adelaide couldn’t find a way through until the 4th minute of stoppage time after Daniel Bowles brought down Boogaard right in front of the goal, earning himself a red card.

There were suspicions of offside in the build-up so there may yet be avenues for Brisbane to appeal the card and get Bowles cleared to play Melbourne on Wednesday. Lachlan Jackson would seemingly be the next in line should Bowles be suspended, however Thijssen recently opted for Brattan in the backline instead of the youngster. Jade North or James Donachie may also return from injury in time for the clash.

Pablo Sanchez would convert the penalty, however there was no time for the Reds to push forward for what would be a dramatic equaliser. The result leaves the Reds 1 point behind the Victory at the top, and seemingly out of the race for the Premiership.

The result still leaves Brisbane in 7th place for now, three points behind Melbourne City who are now within catching distance with two weeks of the season remaining. Brisbane will of course jump above Perth on the ladder at the conclusion of the final round. Tonight’s win however does make it impossible for Central Coast in 8th to catch Brisbane.

Meanwhile it was a rough night for the Roar youth side who were thrashed 5-1 in their NPL Queensland catch-up game at Perry Park tonight. The result is the Roar’s first loss of the new season, while the Strikers go top of the table.

Brisbane Strikers (5) Clulow 22′, 75′, Henslee 39′, Macuace 43′, Ahern 64′
Brisbane Roar (1) Lampard 30′

Up next
Two games in four days against Melbourne Victory, which will go a long way towards determining the Premiers this season while the Roar will have eyes on catching City and qualifying for the finals in their own right.

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