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Brisbane Roar too good for Nth Qld

The crowds returned to Suncorp Stadium tonight as Brisbane scored a rare home win with a 2-0 defeat of North Queensland Fury. Brisbane Roar: 2 (Sergio van Dijk '20, '42) North Queensland Fury: 0 Venue: Suncorp Stadium Crowd: 11,530

Both sides had a similar amount of play in the opening fifteen minutes but the best chance went to the Roar when Brazilian playmaker Henrique attempted a flying overhead from a tight angle but his spectacular effort went agonisingly wide of the mark.

In the 16th minute, Fury's Robbie Fowler had a good chance to open the scoring when he was played on-side by Daniel McBreen but his audacious chip from just inside the area was well held by Roar keeper Griffin McMaster.

Minutes later the Roar found themselves in front when Henrique broke down the right flank after a long ball forward and his first time cross was neatly tucked away by Sergio van Dijk from the six-yard box.

Right on the 25-minute mark, Fury went close again when McBreen found room by himself at the back of a corner that cleared the pack but his sweet left-foot strike was cleared by a wall of Brisbane players.

With just over four minutes remaining in the half, the Roar went up 2-0 when van Dijk slid the ball home from a Matt McKay pass after a good build up from the home side and gave them what was seemingly an unassailable lead.

The second half was an even affair, with the visitors working hard but unable to create any threatening goalscoring opportunities.

Meanwhile at the other end, Brisbane wasted several good scoring opportunities, being unable to add to the halftime scoreline.

Andrew Slevison
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