Brisbane Roar were able to get their first win on the road in eight matches by defeating the Perth Glory 2-1 tonight. A 2nd minute goal from Reinaldo was cancelled out four minutes later by Scott Neville but the visitors managed to get a very late goal through Rocky Visconte to gain maximum points.
A-League Week 9Perth Glory: 1 (Scott Neville 6') Brisbane Roar: 2 (Reinaldo 2', Rocky Visconte 90+3') Venue: nib Stadium, Perth Crowd: approx. 9,000 Referee: Ben Williams Yellow cards:PG - Jacob Burns 72' BR - Mitch Nichols 67', Erik Paartalu 82'
GOAL The visitors begun in the perfect fashion when German midfielder Thomas Broich took on, and beat, three Perth defenders before squaring it up for Brazilian striker Reinaldo who finished with the simplest of tap-ins in just the 2nd minute.
GOAL It wasn't long before the Glory equalised when Mile Sterjovski found himself unopposed at the back post where he was able to head a Robbie Fowler corner into the path of Scott Neville who netted with a diving header to make it 1-1 inside the first seven minutes.
Glory striker Michael Baird had two great chances to put his side ahead of his former club in the first 20 minutes but was wayward in his attempts whilst Roar midfielder Erik Paartalu had a well-struck shot brilliantly saved by Glory keeper Tando Velaphi in the 25th minute in what was a very exciting and tense encounter.
There should have been more goals in the opening half but neither side were able to add to the early scores and it was all tied up at the break.
The chances continued in the second term and the Roar should have taken the lead in the 68th minute when Mitch Nichols finished a good move but the goal was disallowed because he was adjudged off-side.
Nichols was providing a few problems for the Glory defence and his side really should have taken the lead with their dominance in the forward third a lot earlier than the 93rd minute. GOAL Nichols was the architect who played a lovely ball through to Rocky Visconte and even though his finish was accidental, it did fall into the back of the net to give the Roar a last-gasp victory which sends them to second on the table whilst the Glory slumped to their fourth straight loss.
PG Tando Velaphi (gk), Andy Todd, Jamie Harnwell (Pearson 28'), Jacob Burns, Robbie Fowler (Jelic 69'), Michael Baird, Scott Neville, Adriano Pellegrino, Todd Howarth, Naum Sekulovski (McGarry 53'), Mile Sterjovski
Subs - Alex Vrteski (gk), Branko Jelic (69'), Steven McGarry (53'), Ryan Pearson (28')
BR Michael Theoklitos (gk), Matthew Smith, Luke DeVere, Shane Steffanutto, Erik Paartalu, Kosta Barbarouses (Visconte 77'), Massimo Murdocca (Nichols 61'), Reinaldo, Matt McKay, Thomas Broich, Milan Susak
Subs - Andrew Redmayne (gk), Matt Mundy, Rocky Visconte (77'), Mitch Nichols (61')