Brisbane net first home win of 2016-17

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Brisbane Roar (2)
 Maclaren 31′, Borrello 75′
Perth Glory (1) Marinkovic 54′
13,248 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

Fresh of a win in Gosford against Central Coast last weekend, Brisbane have picked up their first win at home for the season thanks to a 2-1 defeat of Perth Glory.  Goals from Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello were enough to cancel out Nebosa Marinkovic’ strike and hand Perth their first defeat of the season.

The win sees Brisbane go into fourth –although they could finish the round in 5th if Melbourne Victory beat Wellington Phoenix at home on Monday night-, while Perth Glory drop down to third behind unbeaten Sydney FC and Melbourne City.

Goals
31’ (1-0) Corey Brown whipped in an inch perfect cross from the left hand side on the half our mark, which Jamie Maclaren ran on to and finished first time into the bottom corner of the net to open his account for the season.

54’ (1-1) In the midst of their best period of the game, with combination play between Diego Castro and Rhys Williams helping to tee up Nebosa Marinkovic who blasted his shot home from the edge of the box to level the scores.

75’ (2-1) The winner came 15 minutes from time when Brandon Borrello –whose energy off the bench added a spark for the home side- got on the end of a quick throw in, bursting into the penalty area before beating Reddy at his far post to put the home side back in front.

Brisbane started the game a side growing in confidence on the back of their win against the Mariners, controlling the early proceedings and having all of the chances in the opening stages. The front four of Holman, Oar, Broich and Maclaren were all looking dangerous and causing almost continuous problems for the visitors.

Despite that early pressure it wasn’t until the half hour mark that Brisbane opened the scoring, at a time which Perth were just starting to get themselves slightly into the game.

For all of Brisbane’s first half dominance however, they were clinical enough and they were made to pay for that early in the second half when they came out of the half-time break sluggishly resulting in an equaliser for the Glory in what was their best period of the game.

That spell from the visitors however was fleeting and following the introduction of Brandon Borrello for Brett Holman the home side quickly reasserted themselves on proceedings resulting in the winning goal.

The combination of Tommy Oar shifting to the left hand side and Broich taking up a more central role brought both into the game more and is a combination worth considering moving forward, while Borrello responded positively to being benched last weekend with an energetic showing.

At the back it was probably the most assured performance of the season, although with Brisbane on the front foot for large parts of the game they weren’t tested as much as they might have expected to have been.

The calmness of Luke DeVere and the energy of both full backs getting forward was a positive however and indicates that last seasons defensive frailties could be consigned to the past. Friday’s upcoming encounter with Melbourne City however will test that newfound solidity at the back.

Line-Ups
Brisbane Roar XI- Theo, Hingert, North, DeVere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Holman, Oar, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutions- Borrello for Holman (67’), Katebian for Maclaren (90’)
Unused Substitutes- Young, Bowles, Pepper.
Yellow Cards- North, Kristensen.
Red Cards- Nil.

Perth Glory XI- Reddy, Risdon, Grant, Djulbic, Warren, Williams, Griffiths, Marinkovic, Harold, Castro, Keogh.
Substitutions- Wilson for Griffiths (25’), Smiljanic for Williams (73’), Chianese for Harold (80’).
Unused Substitutes- Feely, Mills.
Yellow Cards- Williams, Wilson.
Red Cards- Nil.

Stats (via Fox Sports)
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Up next
Brisbane are back at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night for the visit of Melbourne City, who will be bringing a host of high profile players with them, including Tim Cahill who was rested from their win over Friday on Adelaide. Kick-off on Friday is from 6.50pm.

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