A-League Round 10 Recap- Stormy Stalemate on the Gold Coast


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Brisbane Roar (0)
Wellington Phoenix (0)
5,192 at CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast

Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix have shared the spoils in a dull stalemate on Saturday afternoon at CBUS Stadium on the Gold Coast. In the first A-League game back on the Coast since 2012, both sides struggled to create clear cut chances in a game of few highlights.

Massimo Maccarone had the best chances for Brisbane but couldn’t find the back of the net from close range, while former Roar duo Dario Vidosic and Andrija Kaluderovic had the best chances for the Phoenix.


32’ – First real chance of the game almost resulted in a penalty for the home side but Shaun Evans waved away the Brisbane protests as Corey Brown’s follow-up shot went over the bar.

35’- Eric Bautheac was played in by Matt McKay, however his low cross just evades Massimo Maccarone at the near post.

40’ Wellington had a string of excellent chances approaching the half time break, with Matthew Ridenton, Andrija Kaluderovic, Daniel Mullen and Dario Vidosic all denied by some excellent saves by Jamie Young.

52’ – Some neat work on the right side between Franjic and Hingert played the latter in, however his cross to the back post was headed over the bar by Maccarone when it seemed easier to score.

89’- Final chance of the game fell the way of Corey Gameiro after he was played in by D’Agostino, however Lewis Italiano stood tall to deny the Roar substitute.

Team News
Brisbane XI
– Young, Hingert, Bowles, Pepper, Brown, Caletti, McKay, Bautheac, D’Agostino, Franjic, Maccarone.
Substitutions– Oxborrow for Bautheac (41’), Gameiro for Caletti (66’), Skapetis for Franjic (71’)
Unused Substitutes– White, O’Toole.
Yellow Cards– D’Agostino (7’), Bowles (21’), Skapetis (86’), Gameiro (90+5’)
Red Cards– Nil.

Wellington XI– Italiano, Galloway, Mullen, Rossi, Doyle, Paracki, Ridenton, Rufer, Vidosic, Parkhouse, Kaluderovic.
Substitutions– None.
Unused Substitutes– Smith, Rogerson, Singh, Abbas, Watson.
Yellow Cards– Doyle (86’), Mullen (90+4’)
Red Cards– Nil.

Up next
Brisbane return to their real home next Sunday afternoon against fellow strugglers Melbourne Victory in a clash which both sides will be desperate to win as they try to keep up with the top six. What state the Suncorp Stadium playing surface is in following tonight’s concert however remains to be seen.


Roar recover from poor start for first point of season


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Wellington Phoenix (3) Kaluderovic 1’, 20’, Krishna 18’
Brisbane Roar (3) Maccarone 45’, 82’ (p.k), Papadopoulos 66’
7,018 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

Brisbane Roar have their first point of the 2017-18 season after coming from three goals down to salvage a point against Wellington Phoenix across the Tasman in New Zealand on Saturday evening. Another slow start allowed the Phoenix to jump out to a 3-0 lead inside the opening 20 minutes, with former Brisbane striker Andrija Kaluderovic coming back to haunt his old side with a brace.

After Dane Ingham replaced the injured Luke Devere, Brisbane started the road to recovery with a goal right on half time from Italian striker Massimo Maccarone. Defender Avram Papadopoulos then got the Roar back within one with his first goal for the Roar, before the Italian popped up from the penalty spot to complete the comeback and round off an improved second half showing for John Aloisi’ side.

Despite the improved second half however it was yet another slow and sluggish start to the contest, with the Roar struggling to create chances in attack and keep them out at the other end. It wasn’t’ until Jade North moved inside to centre back to make room for Dane Ingham at left back that the Roar started to gain more control over the game.

1’ (1-0) Former Brisbane Roar striker Andrija Kaluderovic took barely a minute score against his former side, heading home a cross from Dario Vidosic.

18’ (2-0) Roy Krishna pounces on the ball and hits his shot into the top corner on the near post.

20’ (3-0) Wellington made it 3-0 inside the opening twenty minutes after some good build up down their left hand side resulted in a Roy Krishna cross to the back post being turned in by Kaluderovic for his second goal against his former club.

45’ (3-1) Brisbane gave themselves a way back into the game right on half-time when Massimo Maccarone scored from 2 yards out, following Keegan Smith’s close range save from Brett Holman’s header.

66’ (3-2) Avram Papadopoulos got his first goal in Brisbane colours after Keegan Smith spilled a clever free kick from Fahid Ben Khalfallah at his near post.

82’ (3-3) Massimo Maccarone completed the comeback from the penalty spot after Matthew Ridenton fouled Papadopoulos in the box. Brisbane’s marquee man proceeded to send Smith the wrong way to level the scores.

Team News
Brisbane XI-
Theo, Hingert, Devere, Papadopoulos, North, Oxborrow, McKay, Holman, Bautheac, Ben Khalfallah, Maccarone.
Substitutions- Ingham for Devere (39’), Skapetis for Holman (84’), Caletti for Oxborrow (88’).
Unused Substitutes- Young, D’Agostino.
Yellow Cards- Hingert (33’), Bautheac (53’), Ben Khalfallah (83’), Oxborrow (87’).
Red Cards- Nil.

Wellington Phoenix XI- Smith, Galloway, Mullen, Doyle, Abbas, Paracki, Ridenton, McGlinchey, Vidosic, Krishna, Kaluderovic.
Substitutions- Fox for Galloway (25’), Finkler for Vidosic (69’), Parkhouse for McGlinchey (89’).
Unused Substitutes- Italiano, Watson.
Yellow Cards- Paracki (23’), Abbas (71’), Smith (84’)
Red Cards- Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Luke Devere becomes the 12th player to play 100 A-League games for Brisbane Roar.

– Avram Papadopoulos becomes the 73rd player to score a goal for Brisbane Roar.
Up next
Brisbane Roar return to Suncorp Stadium for back to back home games which they will be hoping to use as the platform to kick start their season. The first of those two home games is next Sunday afternoon against Central Coast as part of a double header with the W-League side who will face Perth Glory in the early kick-off.

Roar off to winning start in season 10


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Sydney FC (1) Sonnett 80’ (p.k)
Brisbane Roar (3) Gorry 1’, Toby 37’, 84’
at Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Brisbane Roar have made a perfect start to season 10 of the W-League with a 3-1 win away from home against Sydney FC. A first minute goal from Katrina Gorry got the Roar on their way before an Allira Toby brace sealed the points.

1’ (0-1) It was a dream start for Brisbane Roar away from home with a goal after just 17 seconds, when Abbey Lloyd’s cross from the right hand side found it’s way to Katrina Gorry who lashed her shot into the roof of the net.

37’ (0-2) Brisbane then made it 2-0 on the verge of half time after Hong Kong international Wei Ki Cheung picked out Allira Toby with her cross, and the Roar winger headed home past Sham Khamis to double the lead.

80’ (1-2) After Sydney were awarded a free kick for a high foot from Summer O’Brien, American defender Emily Sonnett sent Mackenzie Arnold the wrong way to peg a goal back for the hosts.

84’ (1-3) Brisbane’s two goal lead was quickly restored after Allira Toby headed home her second of the game, this time after a cross from substitute Natalie Tathem.

Brisbane Roar- Arnold, Raso, Pickett, Polkinghorne, O’Brien, Boureille, Norrie, Gorry, Toby, Wai Ki Cheung, Lloyd.
Substitutions- Tathem for Lloyd (62’), Palmer for Toby (86’), Pullar for Boureille (90’).
Unused Substitutes- Veeren.
Yellow Cards- O’Brien.
Red Cards- Nil.

Sydney FC- S Khamis, Soutar, Ralston, Cooper, Vignes, Polias, L Khamis, Harrison, Allen, Yeoman-Dale, Logarzo.
Substitutions- Sonnett for Yeoman-Dale (46’), Ledbrook for Logarzo (71’), Ralston for L. Khamis (89’).
Unused Substitutes- Rainey.
Yellow Cards- Nil.
Red Cards- Nil.

Stats, Facts and Figures
– Carson Pickett, Celeste Boureille, Wai Ki Cheung, Hollie Palmer and Lucinda Pullar all made their W-League debuts for Brisbane today, becoming the 73rd, 74th, 75th, 76th and 77th players to do so respectively.

Up next
Brisbane return to Suncorp Stadium for the first of five home games at the Milton venue next weekend as part of a double header with the A-League side when they take on Perth Glory.

Roar remain winless as Jets strike at Suncorp again


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Brisbane Roar (1) O.G (Boogaard) 42’
Newcastle Jets (2) O’Donovan 12’, Petratos 45’
10,104 at Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane Roar remains bottom of the A-League table and without any points after the opening three rounds of the season after a 2-1 loss to Newcastle Jets on Sunday afternoon. Goals to Roy O’Donovan and ex Roar midfielder Dimitri Petratos secured the win for Newcastle, however their joy was soured by the horrific leg injury suffered by Ronald Vargas which will likely keep the Jets marquee out for the rest of the season.

12’ (0-1) It was a dream start for Newcastle with off-season signing Roy O’Donovan on hand to score his fifth goal of the new season after a great cross from Ivan Vujica on the left side. O’Donovan found space between Luke Devere and Corey Brown for a simple finish.

42’ (1-1) After creating a couple of half chances Brisbane got their equaliser in the 42nd minute after substitute Jack Hingert got forward down the right hand side and whipped in a dangerous cross which just evaded debutant Eric Bauteac, but was turned into his own net by Jets defender Nigel Boogaard.

45’ (1-2) Brisbane weren’t level for long however as ex Roar midfielder Dimitri Petratos reminded his old club what he was capable of with a powerful shot from the edge of the box which whistled into the top corner leaving Michael Theo no chance.

2’ Great chance for Newcastle in the early stages with some good work down their left hand side, with Ronald Vargas missing from six yards out.

8’ First chance of the game for Brisbane fell to Massimo Maccarone, but the Roar marquee couldn’t get his shot off under pressure from the Jets defenders.

16’ Another chance for Maccarone, however his shot goes well wide of the far post.

20’ First chance for Brisbane’s new Frenchman came from a set piece, however despite a good ball in there was nobody attacking it for the home side.

58′- Fantastic chance for Newcastle to double their advantage but Andrew Nabbout’s shot from the edge of the box went wide of the goal.

72’- Massimo Maccarone found the back of the net for Brisbane after a Fahid Ben Khalfallah through ball found the Italian, however VAR ruled the goal out due to an offside in the build-up.

88’- Wayne Brown had a chance to clinch the points for Newcastle, but his shot went past the near post of Theo.

90+8’- Brisbane’s last chance fell to Peter Skapetis, but the winger couldn’t beat the wall with his free-kick.

It was a bad day at Suncorp Stadium for both sides on the injury front as two key players for both sides went down with significant injuries. Brisbane defender Corey Brown was the first to succumb to injury, with a hamstring injury set to keep the left back out of action for 6-8 weeks.

That however is nothing compared to the injury sustained by Newcastle marquee Ronald Vargas, who suffered a suspected broken leg and ankle early in the second half after a 50-50 clash with Roar captain Matt McKay. The game was stopped for several minutes as the Venezuelan received treatment on the ground, before being taken off via a stretcher and headed for hospital for surgery.

Team News
Brisbane XI– Theo, North, Devere, Papadopoulos, Brown, Caletti, McKay, Holman, Ben Khalfallah, Bauteac, Maccarone.
Substitutions- Hingert for Brown (36’), Skapetis for Bauteac (46’), D’Agostino for Ben Khalfallah (90’)
Unused Substitutes– Young, Oxborrow.
Yellow Cards– Brown (26’)
Red Cards– Nil.

Newcastle XI- Duncan, Georgievski, Boogaard, Topor-Stanley, Vujica, Kantarovski, Ugarkovic, Petratos, Vargas, Nabbout, O’Donovan.
Substitutions– Brown for Vargas (62’), Champness for Nabbout (80’), Cowburn for Kantarovski (87’)
Unused Substitutes– Moss, Hoffman.
Yellow Cards- Kantarovski (10’), Brown (68’), O’Donovan (74’), Vujica (90+8’)
Red Cards– Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
Eric Bautheac became the 134th player to represent Brisbane Roar in a competitive game

– Brisbane Roar lost their first three games of a season for just the second time in club history (other was 2014-15)

– Current seven game losing streak is now the longest in club history.

Up next
A trip across the Tasman against the hard working and underrated Wellington Phoenix on Saturday afternoon awaits John Aloisi’ side as they seek to accrue their first points of the campaign at the fourth time of asking. That won’t be an easy task however with Wellington proving to be a difficult proposition over the opening weeks of the season.

Late Reds rally as Brisbane lose home opener


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Brisbane Roar (1)
Maccarone 8’
Adelaide United (2) Kitto 88’, Absalonsen 90+2’
11,178 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane Roar have made it back to back defeats to start the 2017-18 season after two late goals ensured a 2-1 win for the Reds. Late goals from Ryan Kitto and Johan Absalonsen were enough to cancel out Massimo Maccarone’s early opener for the Roar.

8’ (1-0) Corey Brown’s pin point cross from the left hand side was turned in first time on the volley by Massimo Maccarone, who opened his account in Brisbane colours.

88’ (1-1) Moments after entering the game from the bench, Ryan Kitto got the Reds back level after his shot beat Michael Theo in the Roar goal after he was found by strike partner Baba Diawara.

90+2’ (1-2) Adelaide then went on to secure all three points in stoppage time when Johan Absalonsen pounced on a loose ball and his shot found it’s way into the back of the net via the underside of the crossbar.

12’- First chance of the game for Adelaide falls to Johan Absalonsen, however he blazed his shot over the bar.

30’- Brisbane hit Adelaide on the counter attack with Fahid Ben Khalfallah finding Peter Skapetis is space, however his closed range effort was smothered by Reds keeper Paul Izzo.

48’- Great chance for D’Agostino to double the Brisbane lead after a Paul Izzo mistake however the Roar youngster couldn’t capitalise.

58’- Adelaide came close to an equaliser after George Blackwood’s effort bounced back after hitting the post.

62’– Massimo Maccarone cuts inside from the left before his low shot goes straight at Izzo in the Adelaide goal.

76’- Daniel Adlung’s powerful effort for the visitors was deflected wide.

83’– Michael Theo was on hand to keep Brisbane’s lead in tact as he denied Reds defender Michael Marrone with a brilliant save.

Team News
Brisbane Roar XI- Theo, North, Devere, Papadopoulos, Brown, Caletti, McKay, Skapetis, D’Agostino, Ben Khalfallah, Maccarone.
Substitutions- Holman for D’Agostino (60’), Hingert for Papadopoulos (70’), Akbari for Skapetis (84’).
Unused Substitutes- Young, Oxborrow.
Yellow Cards- McKay (42’), Papadopoulos (68’), North (82’)
Red Cards- Nil.

Adelaide United XI- Izzo, Marrone, Elsey, Gulum, Garuccio, Lia, Adlung, Isaias, Mileusnic, Absalonsen, Blackwood.
Substitutions- Diawara for Diawara (65’), Lia for Konstandopoulos (66’), Kitto for Mileusnic (84’)
Unused Substitutes- Margush, O’Doherty.
Yellow Cards- Gulum (14’), Adlung (21’), Isaias (82’)
Red Cards- Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Massimo Maccarone became the 72nd different goalscorer for Brisbane Roar.

– The 2-1 loss was Brisbane’s sixth straight in all competitions, their longest ever losing streak

– This is just the second time that Brisbane have opened the season with back to back defeats, with the other being the 2014-15 season.

Up next
Brisbane are at home once again in Round 3, with a home game against Newcastle Jets who looked impressive in the F3 derby on the opening round. With Newcastle not playing until Sunday evening against Perth, Brisbane will have the advantage in terms of preparation time but they will have plenty of work to do over the next 8 days.

Kamau brace sinks Roar on opening night


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Melbourne City (2) Kamau 45’ & 74’
Brisbane Roar (0)
9,589 at AAMI Park, Melbourne

Brisbane Roar’s 2017-18 campaign has began the same way the 2016-17 one ended, with a disappointing loss at AAMI Park. A brace from Bruce Kamau was enough to give the hosts a first up win to start the season, while the Roar looked off the pace for large parts of the game.

45’ (1-0) Bruce Kamau scored the first goal of the new season moments before the half-time break after Luke Brattan’s initial corner was headed clear to the edge of the box. The former Adelaide man controlled the ball before his shot found it’s way into the bottom corner.

74’ (2-0) Kamau then made the game safe 16 minutes from time after he got on the end of a Nick Fitzgerald cross, with his deflected shot going into the net at the far post.

3’- The first chance of the game fell to Joe Caletti in just the third minute after Massimo Maccarone spotted the midfielder in space on the edge of the 18 yard box, his shot however went just past the post of Eugene Galekovic.

6’- First chance for City came from a set piece after Schenkeveld flicked on Brattan’s initial corner. Stefan Mauk then proceeded to head the ball over the crossbar despite being unmarked.

19′- Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Nick D’Agostino combine, with the Roar youngster’s shot going just past the near post.

30’- Peter Skapetis is played in down the right hand side by Maccarone, however his cross just alludes the onrushing D’Agostino, who would have had a tap in.

40′- Injury replacement signing Ross McCormack blazes high and wide from 12 yards after some good work down the right hand side by Manny Muscat.

65’- First real chance for Massimo Maccarone in Brisbane colours comes from a Joe Caletti cross. The Italian marquee man’s header from the edge of the 18 yard box was easily saved by Galekovic.

69’- Peter Skapetis made a solid run down the right hand side for the visitors but his tame effort went straight at Galekovic.

84’- Moments after entering the game for his senior debut, youngster Rahmat Akbari combined nicely with Maccarone, however he was denied a debut goal as his shot was blocked by Galekovic.

Coaches comments John Aloisi
“It was always going to be hard because we’ve had a disruptive pre-season but there was an opportunity for some younger boys to get an opportunity who I thought did well. Disappointed to concede a couple of sloppy goals, but apart from that I thought we controlled the second half and created the better chances”

Team News
Brisbane Roar XI- Theo, Hingert, Papadopoulos, North, Brown, Caletti, McKay, D’Agostino, Skapetis, Ben Khalfallah, Maccarone.
Substitutions– Oxborrow for Ben Khalfallah (79’), Akbari for D’Agostino (84’), Devere for Papadopoulos (89’).
Unused Substitutes- Young, O’Toole.
Yellow Cards- D’Agostino (24’), Ben Khalfallah (47’)
Red Cards- Nil

Melbourne City XI- Galekovic, Muscat, La Rocca, Schenkeveld, Jakobsen, Brattan, Malik, Mauk, Kamau, Fitzgerald, McCormack.
Substitutions- Budzinski for McCormack (82’), Jamieson for Fitzgerald (82’), Crowley for Mauk (90+1’)
Unused Substitutes- Bouzanis, Carrusca.
Yellow Cards- Muscat (21’), McCormack (56’)
Red Cards- Nil

Stats, Facts and Figures
– Congratulations to Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Rahmat Akbari, who became the 132nd and 133rd players to represent Brisbane Roar in a competitive game.

Up next
Brisbane Roar return home to Suncorp Stadium for the first time in the 2017-18 season for their home opener against Adelaide United next Friday night. The game starts a run of four home games in five weeks for John Aloisi’ side, giving Brisbane a perfect chance to put tonight behind them and begin to pick up points.

Victory defeat Roar in FFA Cup

Brisbane Roar (1) Skapetis 90’
Melbourne Victory (5) Austin 26’, Troisi 35’, Berisha 48’ (p.k), 74’, Milligan 52’ (p.k)
3,184 at Perry Park, Brisbane


Brisbane Roar have bowed out of the FFA Cup at the Round of 32 stage for the third straight year, going down 5-1 to Melbourne Victory on Wednesday night at Perry Park.

A brace to former Brisbane striker Besart Berisha, in addition to goals from Mitch Austin, James Troisi and Mark Milligan were enough to send the 2015 Cup Winners into the last 16.

0- 1 (26’). Victory got in behind the Roar defence on the left with Kosta Barbarouses shot parried clear by Jamie Young into the path of Mitch Austin who had the easy task of putting the ball into the back of the net.

0-2 (35’) Melbourne then doubled their advantage ten minutes before the break after James Troisi capitalised on a defensive mix-up between Hingert and Kristensen, leaving Jamie Young stranded as his shot wound up in the bottom corner.

0-3 (48’) The game was essentially over three minutes into the second half after Jack Hingert was adjudged to have brought down Mitch Austin, with Besart Berisha converting the resulting penalty into the bottom corner.

0-4 (52’) Victory scored their second penalty in the space of four minutes, with Mark Milligan stepping up this time to convert after referee Chris Beath ruled that Jade North handled the ball inside the penalty area.

0-5 (74’) After an excellent through ball from James Troisi, Besart Berisha got his second goal of the game by coolly chipping Jamie Young from the of the 18 yard box.

1-5 (90’) Brisbane got themselves a consolation goal as the game ticked into second half stoppage time, with injury replacement Peter Skapetis getting himself a debut goal with his shot rocketing into the top corner.

Brisbane tested their new 3-4-3 formation once again tonight and while they’ve had success in two pre-season clashes today, this was the first test against A-League opposition. For Brisbane that meant the same starting XI which played the second half of Saturday’s win over Peninsula Power, with the only change being in goal where Jamie Young played in place of youngster Macklin Freke.

Victory meanwhile fielded arguably their strongest possible side for the contest, with only captain Carl Valeri missing from what otherwise was a strong side for last years Grand Finalists.

Both sides started the game with an attacking mindset as they swapped corners in the opening stages. Shannon Brady had the first chance of the game on 16 minutes after he was played in by Brett Holman, with Lawrence Thomas making a smart save on his near post.

It was however the Victory who opened the scoring after Kosta Barbarouses shot was parried into the path of Mitch Austin, with the Victory winger unmarked and able to capitalise on the opportunity.

Victory then doubled their advantage ten minutes before the break after James Troisi capitalised on a defensive mix-up between Hingert and Kristensen.

The game was decided in five second half minutes from the penalty spot with Besart Berisha and Mark Milligan beating Young. Firstly it was Hingert who brought down Austin in the box, before minutes later Jade North was adjudged to have handled the ball.

Berisha then got his second of the evening to make it 5-0 with 20 minutes to play after he lobbed Jamie Young after the through ball from Troisi.

Brisbane rescued a consolation goal late on through debutant Peter Skapetis, whose shot flew into the top corner of the net.

Stats and Facts
– Peter Skapetis became the 129th player to represent Brisbane Roar after entering the game as a second half substitute, and just the 10th player to score on debut for the club.

– Massimo Maccarone became the 130th player to represent Brisbane Roar after entering the game as a second half substitute, while Mitchell Oxborrow became the 131st.

– Brisbane Roar have now lost their last four games in the FFA Cup, and are still winless against A-League opposition in the Cup.

– Tonight’s 5-1 result is the equal biggest ever loss Brisbane have faced at the hands of the Victory, equalling the 4-0 loss from Round 15, 2015-16.

Coaches quotes Brisbane Roar boss John Aloisi- “We tried to play our football and we made a couple of mistakes and they punished us. The first two goals were poor ones to give away. Second half we wanted to start strongly but two penalties changed the game”

Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat- “We knew we were looking reasonably sharp –in pre-season-, but you only really find out when you face A-League opposition and we were good value for the result tonight”.

Brisbane Roar XI- Young, Hingert, Kristensen, North, Ingham, Caletti, McKay, Brown, Holman, Brady, D’Agostino.
Substitutions– Skapetis for Ingham (57’), Maccarone for D’Agostino (61’), Oxborrow for Brady (71’).
Unused Substitutes- Bilic, Reardon.
Yellow Cards– Ingham, D’Agostino.
Red Cards- Nil.

Melbourne Victory XI- Thomas, Geria, Williams, Donachie, Nigro, Broxham, Milligan, Troisi, Austin, Barbarouses, Berisha.
Substitutions- Ingham for Berisha (76’), Hope for Troisi (80’), McGlip for Milligan (82’)
Unused Substitutes- Hatzikourtis, Theoharous.
Yellow Cards– Williams.
Red Cards- Nil.

Up next
For Brisbane Roar the FFA Cup is over for another year, with the next competitive game not coming until October when the A-League season begins.