The Brisbane Roar have notched their first victory of the A-League season with a stunning upset of table-toppers Melbourne City, coming back from 2-0 down to nab the win.
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Having scored just one goal through the first four games of the season, the Roar found the back of the net four times at Redcliffe’s Dolphin Stadium to beat the ladder leaders 4-3.
It was a relatively messy match, with two of the Roar’s goals coming from the penalty spot, and 10 yellow cards handed out — five to each side — but no-one was sent off.
The game looked to be pretty standard fare early on, with former Roar star Jamie Maclaren slotting in the sixth and 29th minutes to give City a 2-0 lead at half-time in front of the sell-out crowd of 9,387.
Even when Roy O’Donovan scored five minutes after the break to end the Roar’s 320-minute goal drought, it was immediately cancelled out by Maclaren’s third on the day, giving him seven goals in three games for the season and making the lead a healthy 3-1.
But Brisbane’s Aaron Amadi-Holloway managed to get his boot to a well-placed cross on the hour mark, and he was brought down in the box by Rostyn Griffiths four minutes later, allowing O’Donovan to tie the scores from the spot.
Things stayed level until the 83rd minute when Macauley Gillesphey put his foot through the ball, sending it right at the face of City’s Denis Genreau, who raised a left hand to parry the ball away.
The deflection was reviewed by VAR, the penalty was awarded and O’Donovan scored his third for the day to complete the comeback.
It was another reversal of fortunes from earlier in the match when, in the 15th minute, the Roar were certain O’Donovan had been illegally brought down in the box by City’s Harrison Delbridge, but their pleas fell on deaf ears and VAR did not overturn the referee’s ruling.
But it did not matter in the end, with manager Robbie Fowler notching his first victory in the top job after starting his A-League coaching career with two losses and two draws.
Sydney FC second after Big Blue win
Sydney FC is just one point behind Melbourne City in second with one game in hand after beating Melbourne Victory 2-1 in the Big Blue Derby.
After a dour first half in Kogarah, the Victory took momentum into the half-time break after skipper Ola Toivonen headed home a goal in the 45th minute, but it did not last.
Sydney FC utterly dominated possession to the tune of 60 per cent as the Sky Blues took control of the game and finally broke through just after the hour mark via Adam le Fondre, who nodded in after a corner.
One goal became two a few minutes later when a Rhyan Grant strike ricocheted off the cross bar and Kosta Barbarouses pounced on it, slotting what turned out to be the match-winner in his first match against his former club.