Saturday, December 19, 2009

Brisbane Roar move from seventh to fourth on the A-League ladder

Seventh-placed Brisbane Roar moved into fourth spot on the A-League ladder when they beat fifth-ranked Central Coast Mariners 3-2 away at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford this evening.

The Mariners trailed 2-0 and then 2-1 at the interval before coming back to 2-2 with just 14 minutes remaining.

But, a strike in injury time following a free-kick gave Brisbane the three points.

Tommy Oar put the visitors ahead when he controlled a cross from the right - which was headed on by a defender - on the far side of the box and cut inside to beat the keeper with a shot on his ‘wrong’ right foot.

Sergio Van Dijk added the second with a stunning left-footed drive from outside the box on the right.

A terrible mistake by Craig Moore 10 minutes before the interval gifted the Mariners a goal and put them back in the hunt.

A Brisbane defender played the ball back to his keeper, Griffin McMaster, who played it out to Moore. The Brisbane captain tried to play the ball back to McMaster but mis-timed the pass and Nick Travis intercepted and beat the keeper with ease.

Dylan McCallister made it 2-2 in the 76th minute when a corner was headed into the box and over McMaster to McCallister, who nodded home from point-blank range.

With a draw seemingly inevitable, the visitors stole it at the end after Predrag Bojic conceded a free-kick wide on the right.

The ball was curled into the box and when a defender headed it clear it fell to Matt McKay, who hammered home the winner from just outside the box.

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