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Bruce brace pushes Reds into second

Adelaide United jump into second spot on the ladder as they comfortably defeated Brisbane Roar 3-0 in front of 12,712 fans at Coopers Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds’ first goal arrived in the 38th minute through Bruce Kamau. The young winger then played a part in his side’s second goal as Bruce Djite scored in the 50th minute. Spanish ‘super-sub’ Pablo Sanchez capped off the excellent performance with a third in the 81st minute.

Adelaide made two alterations to their starting eleven with George Mells replacing the injured Isaias in midfield whilst Bruce Kamau slotted onto the wing after Craig Goodwin picked up a concussion in their 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory last week.

John Aloisi made a trio of changes to his Brisbane Roar side after their disastrous 6-3 loss to Perth Glory last weekend with James Donachie, Dimitri Petratos and Thomas Broich all making way for Daniel Bowles, Steven Lustica and Henrique.

The home side dominated the opening stages of the game and had the first real effort on goal in the 9th minute with Jordan Elsey. The young defender rose highest to get himself onto the end of a Marcelo Carrusca corner, with his header bouncing off the side of the post.

The 19th minute saw Corona attempt Brisbane’s first strike on goal, but the Spaniard’s long-range bullet fizzed wide of the target.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sat Feb 27, 2016, 5:15 PMStadium Coopers StadiumAttendance 12,712Referee Shaun Evans

Adelaide found the first goal of the game in the 38th minute after Stefan Mauk played in Sergio Cirio who made a darting run into the box and centered the ball for Bruce Kamau who calmly slotted away his second goal in as many weeks to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.

Moving to the second half, the Roar looked to hit back and created a good opportunity in the 49th minute with Steven Lustica receiving the ball on the end of the goal area, but the midfielder’s shot sailed

Moments later, Adelaide doubled their lead through their striker Bruce Djite. Kamau’s initial shot was palmed away by Michael Theo and it was Djite who reacted first to tap the ball home for his fifth goal of the season.

Chances were few and far between for Brisbane but they did find a gap in the backline in the 60th minute as Matt McKay fired a low drive on target, but Eugene Galekovic had no issue in saving the shot.

Adelaide almost had a third goal in the 65th minute after Jade North’s attempt to block a cross with a sliding challenge turned into a shot on his own goal, but luckily for the Roar defender, Michael Theo was alert to save his teammates’ touch.

However, the Reds did find a third goal in the 81st minute via substitute Pablo Sanchez. Djite found himself in a one-on-one situation with Michael Theo and whilst the Roar keeper saved Djite’s initial shot, Pablo Sanchez was there to snap up the rebound and placed the ball into an open net to ultimately kill off the game.

Brisbane had a handful of decent opportunities to find a consolation goal, but the Reds held strong to maintain a clean sheet and secure an extremely valuable three points.

Adelaide will look to stretch their winless streak to 14 games as they travel to New Zealand to face the Phoenix. Meanwhile, the Roar have a difficult task as they host the table-topping Wanderers.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Bruce Kamau (Adelaide United)
2 Bruce Djite (Adelaide United)
1 Stefan Mauk (Adelaide United)

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