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Petratos condemns Mariners to fifth-successive loss

An 85th minute goal to Dimitri Petratos has seen Brisbane Roar defeat the Central Coast Mariners 1-0 and push themselves into 2nd place on the A-League ladder — just 2 points behind leaders Western Sydney.

John Aloisi made one change to the side that defeated the Phoenix in Cairns last week, with Steven Lustica — who scored off the bench last Saturday — earning a place in the starting line-up, with Dimitri Petratos forced to the bench.

For the home side, Jake McGing and Jacob Poscoliero were re-introduced to the starting XI, after the Mariners went down 2-1 in Perth last week. Anthony Caceres and Matt Sim were the unlucky two who were consigned to the substitutes bench.

The first definitive chance of the game fell to Jamie Maclaren after 20 minutes, when a superb through-ball allowed the striker to have a first-time shot at the near post. If not for the intervention of the upright, the Roar would’ve been up 1-0 and Mariners goalkeeper Paul Izzo would’ve been sporting some blushes for being beaten at his near post.

After a pre-arranged drinks break due to the hot conditions, the game settled into a type of malaise, with the Roar controlling the majority of possession, and the Mariners more than content to sit deep and try to hit their opponents on the counter-attack.

Thomas Broich had the next best chance from a snap shot in the 31st minute, but while off-balance he couldn’t keep the shot down.

Corona, who picked up a yellow card earlier in the half for a poor tackle on Roy O’Donovan, almost opened the scoring from a free kick in the 39th minute. The Spaniard fooled the entire Mariners team by choosing to shoot low toward the near post rather than cross the ball toward the spot, almost catching Izzo off guard as the ball found the side netting.

Four minutes after the half-time break, O’Donovan almost made it 1-0 to the Mariners. Receiving the ball with his back to goal, the Irish striker turned and shot, forcing Jade North to intervene and deflect the ball out for a corner.

A clash of legs in the 54th minute resulted in a headache for John Aloisi’s side, with Jamie Maclaren coming off second best and eventually succumbing to a foot injury. Jean Carlos Solorzano was brought on to replace the striker in a like-for-like replacement.

Mid-way through the second half, the game was still struggling to get out of second gear. Mitch Austin went on a mazy run through the middle of the park after 74 minutes, jinking past Jade North along the way. Disappointingly, a lacklustre finish on Austin’s weaker right foot drifted lazily over the bar from just outside the box.

Mariners coach Tony Walmsley rolled the dice with just over 10 minutes left in the game, taking off captain Nick Montgomery in favour of Fabio Ferreira, who was playing for just the first time since round 5 due to a hamstring injury.

Despite that change, it was the Roar who were pressing to find a winner, and they came close twice in the space of 20 seconds.

In the 83rd minute, a lofted cut-back from Jack Hingert saw Solorzano try an audacious ‘scorpion kick’, before Thomas Broich was able to recover and try a shot of his own. Izzo, however, was well positioned to make the save.

The dam eventually broke  in the 85th minute.

A run through midfield by Broich allowed the German to lay the ball off for Dimitri Petratos, who tucked back onto his left boot before curling the ball inside the far post to make it 1-0.

Deep into injury time, there would be drama. From a corner, the ball fell to Josh Rose outside the box and fired in a long, driving effort that took a deflection, wrong-footing Jamie Young as it dribbled over the line. The linesman’s flag, however, was correctly raised, as the deflection had come from a clear offside position.

The Roar now host Melbourne City next Sunday at Suncorp Stadium, while the Mariners travel to Sydney FC in desperate need of a victory.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Corona (Brisbane Roar)
2 Jade North (Brisbane Roar)
1 Dimitri Petratos (Brisbane Roar)

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avatarJustin is a passionate football fan, and the Editor-in-chief of Ultimate A-League.

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