Roar edge past Sydney at soaked Suncorp
Brisbane Roar defeated Sydney FC 3-2 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Dimitri Petratos, Jamie Maclaren and Henrique scored for the Roar, while Filip Holosko bagged a double for Sydney FC.
Both teams had key outs, with Matt McKay and Jack Hingert missing for the hosts, while Jacques Faty and Shane Smeltz failed to make the squad.
Daniel Bowles had the first major chance of the match in the 4th minute from outside the box, however it went just wide to the right.
Brisbane had another chance in the 6th minute, however Sydney FC goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic saved the chance.
Sydney FC defender Sebastian Ryall picked up a knock in the 16th minute, with Ali Abbas replacing him.
Filip Holosko opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, after a well-worked piece of combination play with Matt Simon. Holosko scored his 8th goal of the season and put the down-on-confidence Sky Blues in the lead.
Brisbane equalised in the 31st minute through Dimitri Petratos. The former Sydney FC player blasted his shot past Janjetovic and made the contest equal again.
Brisbane made it two in the 35th minute through Jamie Maclaren. Petratos provided the assist that was well-weighted to Maclaren, and put the hosts
David Carney had a decent chance in the 43rd minute, however Brisbane goalkeeper Jamie Young made a diving save.
Jamie Young made another important interception in the 45th minute, after he prevented George Blackwood’s chance.
Young again made a vital save in the 3rd minute of added time, after he made a diving save to prevent Brandon O’Neill’s free kick.
Ali Abbas’ free kick in the 52nd minute struck the woodwork.
David Carney headed towards goal in the 57th minute for Sydney FC, however the chance went to the left.
In the 75th minute, a deflection by Rhyan Grant hit the crossbar, which nearly gave the Roar a comfortable lead.
Sydney FC found an equaliser in the 86th minute through Filip Holosko. Holosko, who scored his second goal of the match, gave Sydney FC hope to save their season.
However, straight from the kickoff, the Roar found the winner through Henrique, who tapped in from a Tommy Oar cross. The goal all but ended Sydney FC’s season and aided Brisbane at the top of the table, in their quest for the Premiers Plate.
Brisbane are top of the table and host Newcastle next Sunday afternoon. Sydney FC remain six points outside the Top 6 in 7th place and host Adelaide United next Saturday night.
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