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Maclaren double sinks Sydney

Brisbane Roar claimed a valuable win over Sydney FC, triumphing 3-1 in rainy conditions at Allianz Stadium in front of 12,548 fans.

Jamie Maclaren got himself on the scoresheet early for Brisbane with Sydney equalizing later on from a Corona own goal in 52nd minute. However the Roar finished strongly with Matt McKay scoring his first goal of the season whilst Maclaren consolidated the win with his second strike for the game.

In what was anticipated to be a tightly contested affair, Graham Arnold opted for a more youthful line-up with the inclusions of George Blackwood, Alex Gersbach, Brandon O’Neill and Andrew Hoole in place of Matt Simon, Seb Ryall, Milos Dimitrijevic and Chris Naumoff.

Meanwhile, John Aloisi welcomed Olyroo trio Jamie Maclaren, Brandon Borrello and James Donachie back to Brisbane’s starting line-up with Henrique, Javi Hervas and Daniel Bowles dropping to the bench.

Brisbane made a lively start to the game with Matt McKay and Thomas Broich combining well in the final third with McKay firing a shot on goal from close range, only for Janjetovic to swat it away.

Brisbane’s early dominance paid off after only eight minutes with Jamie Maclaren grabbing the game’s opening goal for the Roar. Thomas Broich chipped the ball expertly into Sydney’s goal box to find Maclaren who poked home from close range after his initial shot rebounded straight back to him after colliding with the post.

The Sky Blues executed some swift attacking play in the 15th minute via Alex Gersbach who sped down the left wing and delivered a cross for George Blackwood in the centre, but the young striker’s header sailed just over the crossbar.

The home side began to find their feet as the game progressed with Andrew Hoole leading the way in attack, attempting a handful of strikes on goal in a matter of minutes, but Brisbane keeper Michael Theo stood his ground well.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sat Jan 30, 2016, 7:30 PMStadium Allianz StadiumAttendance 12,548Referee Peter Green

Sydney

Yellow Card37′ F.HoloskoOwn Goal52′ CoronaYellow Card60′ R.Grant

Brisbane

Goal8′ J.MaclarenYellow Card35′ M.McKayYellow Card51′ D.PetratosYellow Card65′ C.BrownGoal67′ M.McKayGoal76′ J.Maclaren

Jamie Maclaren came close to a second goal in the 28th minute, releasing a curling shot from outside the box, but the strike failed to find the target.

Sydney FC came out firing in the second half with Andrew Hoole inches away from finding an equalizer in the 47th minute. Some superb build up play from Ninkovic and Gersbach unlocked Brisbane’s back line with the Sydney FC left-back crossing the ball for Hoole who was positioned right in front of goal, but the Olyroo’s side-foot effort dribbled just wide of the goal.

However, the equalizer did come for Sydney in the 52nd minute after Gersbach’s well delivered free-kick received a touch from Corona who accidently directed the ball into his own goal for the scores to be leveled at 1-1.

With the teams once again level, the game began to open up with chances coming at both ends of the park, but it was Brisbane who regained their lead in the 67th minute through captain Matt McKay.

Brisbane’s Dimitri Petratos showed exceptional skill to beat Alex Gersbach on the right wing and then deliver a delightful cross to the far post for McKay who arrived late to nod home the header. The goal was McKay’s first for the season as the Roar restored their lead.

The Roar soon had their third goal in the 76th minute after substitute Henrique lead a blistering counter-attack and squared the ball for Maclaren to tap in from close range to secure the three points.

Petratos had a golden chance for a fourth in the 84th minute after he broke away for a one-on-one opportunity with Janjetovic, but the Sydney keeper saved the attacker’s effort on goal.

Peter Green signaled for full-time with Brisbane defeating Sydney FC 3-1.

The Sky Blues will look to bounce back as they travel to Adelaide next week, whilst the Roar will hope to return to the top of the ladder hosting the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday afternoon.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar)
2 Dimitri Petratos (Brisbane Roar)
1 Alex Gersbach (Sydney FC)

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