Brisbane rolled at home

Brisbane Roar has been unable to build on its midweek National Youth League success over the Australian Institute of Sport, going down 2-0 to Melbourne Victory at Ballymore Stadium.

Brisbane Roar has been unable to build on its midweek National Youth League success over the Australian Institute of Sport, going down 2-0 to Melbourne Victory at Ballymore Stadium.

Melbourne controlled much of the early proceedings with the home side giving away possession in the defensive third of the pitch too often for the liking of coach Rado Vidosic.

The Victory went in front after just 20 minutes when Nathan Elasi broke the offside trap and with only Matt Acton to beat in goal slotted home the opener.

Brisbane almost drew level eight minutes later when a bullet-like Luke Brattan corner into the box fell to the feet of Michael Zullo on the rebound, the winger unleashed a stinging drive at goal which deflected off Isaka Cernak before being cleared off the line by the Victory defence.

A lapse in concentration from Victory goalkeeper Sebastian Mattei almost gifted the Roar a leveler a short time later when he dropped the ball too far in front of himself, Zullo was on the case to race in for an effort on goal but Mattei got his body down to stop the shot.

Smits then had a left-footed effort from outside of the box well saved by Mattei as Brisbane began to show some of their attacking prowess.

Brisbane continued to play a high line in defence, catching the Melbourne attackers offside throughout the first half.

Smits went close again five minutes before the interval when he robbed Victory defender Peter Franjic of the ball before bursting into the box and unleashing a powerful shot that required a good fingertip save from Mattei.

Matt Mundy very nearly scored from the resulting corner when he looped Brattan-s set-piece over Mattei, but again the keeper-s fingertips were enough to keep Brisbane scoreless.

Melbourne had a glorious opportunity to extend the lead just a minute into the second half, but Elasi-s free header from 6m out went wide of the mark from Aziz Behich-s cross.

Brisbane began to push forward again, but time after time were thwarted by a committed Melbourne backline.

Smits was the main threat for Brisbane, but he struggled to get his efforts on target from half chances.

When the Roar striker did get his chances on target, Mattei was an impenetrable figure in the Melbourne goal.

With 10 minutes left in the contest Brisbane had Melbourne pinned deep in their own half, but the away side had plenty of bodies in the box to make any creative attacking play difficult for the Roar.

The Victory then wrapped up the points, punishing Brisbane for their inability to find the back of the net, with three minutes remaining when Tedros Yabio run onto a through-ball to beat Acton with a powerful shot from just inside the box.

Brisbane Roar 0

Melbourne Victory 2 (Nathan ELASI 20-, Tedros Yabio 87-)

Brisbane Roar: 1. Matt ACTON (GK), 5. Daniel BOWLES (capt), 6. Tim SMITS (OA), 7. Michael ZULLO, 8. Luke BRATTAN (12. Ken DOUGALL 63-), 10. Massimo MURDOCCA (OA), 11. Josh McVEY (3. Alistair QUINN 63-), 13. Adam SAROTA, 14. Bob MALCOLM (OA) (4. Michael RYAN 46-), 15. Isaka CERNAK, 16. Matt MUNDY (OA).

Unused substitute: 20. Luke MUIR (GK).

Yellow cards: Nil

Red cards: Nil

Melbourne Victory: 1. Sebastian MATTEI (GK), 2. Matthew FOSCHINI, 3. Bradley NORTON, 5. Peter FRANJIC, 6. Matthew THEODORE, 7. Aziz BEHICH, 8. Stephen HATZIKOSTAS, 9. Diogo FERREIRA (15. Kliment TASESKI 46-), 10. Nathan ELASI, 11. Atonio LA VERDE (16. Luke PILKINGTON 54-), 12. Craig SWEENEY (14. Tedros YABIO 63-).

Unused substitute: 20. Stefaan SARDELIC (GK).

Yellow cards: 12. Craig SWEENEY (50-)

Red cards: Nil

Referee: Alan Milliner