North Queensland Fury 0-2 Brisbane Roar
Two excellent goals by Kosta Barbarouses powered Brisbane Roar to a 2-0 away win over North Queensland Fury at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville last night.
The win gives Brisbane Roar a 10-point lead at the top of the A-League ladder over second-placed Adelaide United, while the Fury drop a place to second-last on goal-difference.
The win extends the Roar’s unbeaten run to 17 matches.
It took just 7 minutes for Barbarouses to net his 8th goal of the season. He waltzed his way past two defenders and rounded the goalkeeper before slotting the ball into an empty net.
Ivan Franjic almost added a second, but his shot in the 14th minute clipped the top of the Fury crossbar.
Barbarouses went close in the 54th minute, shooting over from an angle on the right and with Jean Carlos Solorzano waiting unmarked at the far post.
Four minutes later, Solorzano fired into the side-netting from Thomas Broich’s pass.
In the very next minute, Fury goalkeeper Justin Pasfield did well to save Solorzano’s powerful shot.
Fourteen minutes from the end, Barbarouses raced through in the inside-left channel to beat Pasfield and make it 2-0.
North Queensland Fury: Pasfield - Storey, Tavsancioglu, Hughes, McDonald - Nikas (Sseppuya 70), Talay, Edds - Williams, Spagnuolo (Studman 58), Grossman (Payne 46) (Sub not used: Usai)
Brisbane Roar: Theoklitos - Franjic, DeVere, Smith, Susak (Stefanutto 64) - Nichols, Paartalu, McKay (Murdocca 64) - Barbarouses, Solorzano, Broich (Visconte 78) (Sub not used: Redmayne)
Goals: Barbarouses 7, 76
Ref: P Green