Rampant Roar flatten Fury

An impressive Brisbane Roar have breathed new life into their Hyundai A-League campaign after dispatching North Queensland Fury 2-0 at Suncorp Stadium tonight.

An impressive Brisbane Roar have breathed new life into their Hyundai A-League campaign after dispatching North Queensland Fury 2-0 at Suncorp Stadium tonight.

Two goal hero Sergio van Dijk was the star of the show, but the supporting act was just as devastating with a solid team display proving too much for the Robbie Fowler-led visitors.

“Scoring goals is always good for a striker but I have to give the credit to all the other guys who set the goals up,” van Dijk said.

“We can-t forget all the other guys did a good job and we played some good football to get the goals.”

Both sides showed good touches in the early minutes of the match, with the home side lacking only the final killer pass on their way to goal.

In the 14th minute, new-look Roar left back Michael Zullo whipped in a flat cross which Henrique acrobatically flashed narrowly across the face of Justin Pasfield-s goal.

The Fury struck back two minutes later with a shot of their own, marquee captain Fowler-s audacious chip foiled by Roar goalkeeper Griffin McMaster

But the home side was soon in the ascendency as van Dijk broke the deadlock with a close range finish on the 20 minute mark.

The impressive Luke DeVere started the move in his own half, sending the ball wide and long for the scampering Henrique to cut the ball across goal with a first time pass.

Popping up in the right place at the right time, van Dijk powered past the Fury defence and smashed the ball past the diving Pasfield.

The fury were forced into an earl substitution with the David Williams forced to make way for Terry Cooke with a hamstring injury.

Six minutes later and the Roar were breathing a sighing of relief as Matt Mackay deflected Daniel McBreen-s goal bound shot safely into touch.

But the Fury were coming under increasing pressure, with the visitors defence deflecting two van Dijk shots in as many minutes.

The Dutchman was able to steer an Ivan Franjic long throw on goal, but Matthew Smith was able to head the ball over the bar before it found its mark.

From the resulting corner, the stuck out leg of Rostyn Griffiths was the only difference between van Dijk grabbing his and the Roar-s second.

But the home fans didn-t have to wait long for the Roar to double its lead, van Dijk the architect of a sublime three man move.

Picking up the ball on the halfway line, van Dijk fed the ball to the impressive Tommy Oar, who set McKay free in the Fury box.

The returning midfielder slipped the ball across the face of goal and van Dijk did not need a second invitation to grab his brace.

Two goals down, the Fury were looking for a positive start to the second half, but they continued to struggle to contain a marauding Roar outfit.

And it could have been much worse for the visitors had Henrique been able to keep his stinging shot, from a van Dijk cushioned header, under the bar.

With only 14 minutes left, substitute Mitch Nichols was sent one on one with the Fury ‘keeper, but Pasfield stood up strong and denied the young attacker from scoring his second of the season.

Rather than tire with four players on the comeback trail from injury the Roar continued to push forward with both van Dijk and Murdocca threatening the Fury goal.

Postecoglou said his side had reacted well in front of a strong home crowd after last week-s defeat to Adelaide.

“We looked lively right from the start and we took the game to the opposition which is how you want to play at home,” he said. “I thought we were always threatening and pretty solid in the back.

“It was a good night by the boys and did just about everything right.” Postecoglou hinted the performance was a sign of things to come.

“We are starting to get out the team I want to play and I think is the future of this club,” he said.

“We know what we-re doing and we-ve got an exciting group of young [players who are all committed ... and that-s who we are going to build this team around.”

This was a ‘Hyundai Goals for Grassroots- match; the goals scored by Brisbane Roar ensures $3000 goes to Annerley Junior Soccer Club.

Brisbane Roar 2 (van Dijk 20-, 42-) North Queensland Fury 0

Brisbane Roar: 20. Griffin McMaster (gk), 3. Luke DeVere, 4. Craig Moore (c), 7. Michael Zullo, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 9. Sergio van Dijk, 13. Henrique, 14. Adam Sarota, 15. Matt McKay (17. Mitch Nichols 64-), 21. Tommy Oar (5. Josh McCloughan 79-), 22. Ivan Franjic (23. Tim Smits 85-).

Unused Substitute: 1. Matthew Ham (gk).

Yellow Cards: 8. Massimo Murdocca 81-.

Red Cards: nil.

North Queensland Fury : 20. Justin Pasfield (gk), 2. Robbie Middleby (24. Dyron Daal 61-), 3. Chris Tadrosse, 9. Robbie Fowler (c), 10. Jeremy Brockie, 11. David Williams (27. Terry Cooke 20-), 14. Chris Grossman, 16. Paul Kohler, 19. Daniel McBreen (7. Jason Spagnuolo 68-), 23. Rostyn Griffiths, 26. Matthew Smith.

Unused Subsitute: 1. Paul Henderson (gk).

Yellow Cards: 10. Jeremy Brockie 49-, 23. Rostyn Griffiths 56-.

Red Cards: nil.

Refere: Matthew Gillett.

Crowd: 11, 530 at Suncorp Stadium.