Brisbane blow Wellington away

Brisbane Roar have clawed their way to within one point of the top six with a convincing 4-1 win over Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium tonight.

Brisbane Roar have clawed their way to within one point of the top six with a convincing 4-1 win over Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium tonight.

Brazilian striker Reinaldo grabbed a double for the Roar but Tommy Oar was the star of the show as he terrorised the Wellington defence and drew a foul which had Manny Muscat sent off 11 minutes into the second half.

The teen sensation wasted no time in showing his intent and was unlucky not to have an assist after just five minutes.

A centre to Andrew Packer was met with a drive over the bar, before another cross immediately after saw Sergio van Dijk rattle the woodwork with a header from close range.

It was a sign of things to come as the home team opened the scoring on the 17-minute mark.

Oar crossed to van Dijk at the far post, whose prodded header was parried onto the waiting head of Reinaldo for the easiest of finishes.

The lead lasted just 10 minutes, however, as Greenacre got on the end of a Leo Bertos cross and buried the header past Griffin McMaster.

Greenacre nearly grabbed another shortly after when Daniel put him in the clear, but this time McMaster denied him with a superb one-handed stop.

Paul Ifill was next to test the Brisbane ‘keeper with a stinging left-footer which was parried out for a corner.

Van Dijk came agonisingly close to restoring the lead minutes before the interval when Oar surged forward and played a neat ball for Matt McKay.

The midfielder squared the ball across the face of goal but Tony Lochhead did just enough to deny van Dijk a simple tap-in.

Lochhead came to the visitors- rescue again just two minutes later, clearing Packer-s header off the line after yet another pinpoint cross from Oar.

Both teams came out from the break hungry for goals, an opportunistic jab at goal from Ifill went narrowly wide before Oar sliced a shot over the bar.

Ifill drew another good save from McMaster, before Reinaldo showed the necessary composure to put the Roar back in front on 56 minutes.

The Brazilian left the Wellington defenders in his wake as he ran onto a sublime through ball from Miller and coolly slid the ball past Reece Crowther in the Phoenix goal.

Wellington found themselves in more trouble shortly after when Muscat was shown the red card for an elbow on Oar.

Reinaldo nearly profited from the man advantage to grab his hat-trick, but he slipped at the crucial moment after some good build-up play from Miller and Packer.

The visitors battled hard and fashioned some good chances, with Ben Sigmund, Troy Hearfield and Ifill all firing shots at McMaster but the Brisbane shotstopper stayed strong.

Van Dijk finally settled the home fans- nerves with a scorching free kick 11 minutes from time.

Miller drew the foul on the edge of the area and the big Dutchman stepped up to power the ball past the wall and into the back of the net.

With the pressure off the home team began to enjoy themselves and David Dodd grabbed a fourth in stoppage time to put the icing on the cake for the Brisbane fans.

Brisbane coach Ange Postecoglou said although Oar was outstanding, the whole team deserved credit for the win.

“I thought we were good across most areas tonight, apart from the goal we conceded,” he said.

“For me, the important thing (after conceding the goal) was the reaction of the players. It could-ve been easy for them to say ‘here we go again- and drop their heads but to their credit they never did.

“I thought the second half we pretty much dominated and could-ve had a couple more quite easily.”

Brisbane Roar 4 (Reinaldo 17-/56-, van Dijk 79-, Dodd 90-+1-) Wellington Phoenix 1 (Greenacre 27-)

Brisbane Roar: 20. Griffin McMaster (gk), 2. Andrew Packer, 3. Luke DeVere, 4. Craig Moore (c), 5. Josh McCloughan, 9. Sergio van Dijk, 10. Charlie Miller (17. Mitch Nichols 78-), 11. Reinaldo (6. David Dodd 86-), 14. Adam Sarota, 15. Matt McKay (18. Danny Tiatto 64-), 21. Tommy Oar. Unused substitute: 1. Liam Reddy (gk).

Yellow cards: McCloughan 69-.

Red cards: nil.

Wellington Phoenix: 20. Reece Crowther (gk), 2. Manny Muscat, 3. Tony Lochhead, 6. Tim Brown, 7. Leo Bertos 14. (Adrian Caceres 78-), 8. Paul Ifill, 9. Chris Greenacre (23. Costa Barbarouses 69-), 11. Daniel (13. Troy Hearfield 62'), 17. Vince Lia, 18. Ben Sigmund, 22. Andrew Durante (c).

Unused substitute: 30. Jonathan Gould (gk).

Yellow cards: Bertos 72-, Sigmund 77-.

Red cards: Muscat 56-.

Referee: Alan Milliner.

Crowd: 6307 at Suncorp Stadium.

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