Brisbane Roar turned it on in the second-half to defeat Central Coast Mariners in their finals clash. After a scoreless first-half, Kosta Barbarouses scored the opening goal for Brisbane with a 52nd-minute strike.
Brisbane skipper Matt McKay nodded home on 73 minutes to settle the game.
And sandwiched between Roar's goals, the hosts hit the woodwork again, twice in quick succession.
But McKay's effort settled the first-leg of this major semifinal clash in front of over 10,000 fans at Bluetonge stadium.