Brisbane Roar have shared the spoils with Western Sydney Wanderers in a Pre-Christmas battle on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.
A stunning volley from Corey Brown opened the scoring and despite dominating the majority of the second half the Roar weren’t able to hold on for all three points, having to settle for a 1-1 draw.
The home side had chances to open up a two-goal margin during the second half but a Dimas free-kick cancelled out Brown’s opener as the Roar move up to second on the Hyundai A-League ladder.
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“We’re disappointed but we’re pleased with the performance,” Head Coach John Aloisi said.
“We played some great stuff in the second half and it was probably some of our best football this season.
“We expected to get stronger as the season goes on and we feel that we’re improving and getting better each game.
“As a coach and as a playing group, that’s all we are looking to do.”
Chances were few and far beaten throughout an even opening half as both sides struggled to break through the respective back fours and both goalkeepers were rarely called upon.
The Roar clicked into gear in the late moments of the first period, stringing together consistent attacks but were unable to find the lethal killer ball.
A moment of sheer brilliance from Corey Brown opened the scoring on 53 minutes. The fullback latched on to a Thomas Broich cross at the back post and thundered a first-time volley in the roof of the net.
The Roar thrived on the momentum provided from Brown’s opener and dominated the following period of play.
The Wanderers though, were able to take advantage of an opportunity against the run of play and found an equaliser through a well-struck free-kick from Dimas.
The match turned into an enticing end-to-end encounter as both sides threatened in search of a second goal.
Western Sydney played the final moments of the match with 10-men after Brendon Santalab was sent off for a swinging arm on Jade North.
Jack Hingert was strong is his 100th Brisbane Roar Hyundai A-League match while the Roar celebrated an attendance milestone with the two millionth regular season spectator passing through the Suncorp Stadium gates.
Brisbane will now travel south to take on ladder leaders Sydney FC on Friday, December 30 at Allianz Arena.