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Brattan bullet brings Brisbane the plate

BRIvMELLate heroics from Luke Brattan saw Brisbane Roar clinch the premiership for the 2013/14 season in front of 17,965 at Suncorp Stadium.

A stoppage time missile stole three points after Melbourne Victory held on for dear life, but Brattan broke Victory fans’ hearts with an unstoppable goal to give Brisbane a win with the narrowest of margins.

Despite reports during the week that he would return for the crucial top of the table clash, Ivan Franjic was still missing from the Brisbane Roar line-up tonight. Also missing was Besart Berisha, after an early send off last week against Sydney FC. Henrique was promoted from the bench to replace the Albanian striker, while former Victory youngster, Diogo Ferreira was also promoted from the bench to replace Corey Brown.

While Brisbane’s strike force had key figures missing, Melbourne had to make do with an undermanned back four, with Adama Traore, Nick Ansell, and Pablo Contreras all missing. Adrian Leijer returned however, partnered with Leigh Broxham in central defence, while Scott Galloway and Jason Geria played their usual full back roles. With Broxham playing in defence, Jimmy Jeggo partnered Mark Milligan in a holding midfield role. Kosta Barbarouses was rewarded for an excellent game midweek, with a starting role over Archie Thompson.

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Date/Time Sat Mar 22, 2014, 7:45 PMStadium Suncorp StadiumAttendance 17,965Referee Peter Green


Yellow Card69′ L.BrattanGoal90′ L.Brattan

Melb. Victory

Yellow Card38′ L.BroxhamYellow Card89′ J.Jeggo

Brisbane looked dangerous early on, forcing saves from young ‘keeper Lawrence Thomas as they effortlessly worked their way through the Victory defence.

In the latter stages of the first half, Melbourne found their feet and started to create great scoring opportunities. Brisbane stood tall however, as Ferreira prevented Barbarouses from shooting on goal on the counter and James Troisi forced an excellent save from Michal Theo shortly after.

Despite a lively first half which saw plenty of chances, neither side were able to find the finishing touch and they went into the tunnels without a goal after the first 45 minutes.

Although the high tempo of the first half was maintained after the break, chances were less frequent in the opening stages of the second half. As the game drew on, chances started to accumulate once more, as an end-to-end style of play was adopted with Victory looking somewhat dangerous on the counter.

It became mystifying how a goal hadn’t been found as the game ticked over into the 80th minute as a mixture of nervousness and high intensity crept into both sets of players.

Finally, in stoppage time, it was Luke Brattan who fired in the winner from long range, after finding an acre of space in the middle of Brisbane’s attacking third. There was no stopping the shot as it flew past Lawrence Thomas, and sealed the premiership for Brisbane Roar.

About the author

avatarBorn and raised in Melbourne, Bill is a student journalist at Monash University and life-time fan of the round ball game.

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  • britesparke

    What a game to settle the Premier’s Plate. As usual the Roar were their brilliant attacking best but Victory came to play as well. End to end stuff….some of the saves by Thomas were top shelf! It took a last minute scorcher from Brattan to settle the issue…..well deserved Brisbane and congratulations to both teams for putting on an entertaining display. This just highlights that the A League is really improving.

  • Cowboy76

    Anyone know when finals tickets go on sale?