Brisbane Roar will return to Suncorp Stadium next Friday night in search of its first win of the season after going down to Melbourne City in the season opener at AAMI Park.
A brace from Bruce Kamau saw City secure a 2-0 win to open the 13th season of the Hyundai A-League.
The Roar had two strong chances in the early stages through Joe Caletti and Nick D'Agostino, but despite an evenly-fought first half, it was the hosts who drew first blood on the cusp of half-time.
Both sides had their moments in the early stages of the second half before Kamau made the path back for Brisbane steeper with his second strike of the night with a tick over 15 minutes to play.
“It was disappointing to concede a goal just before half-time, it was one we should have done better on,” Head Coach John Aloisi said.
“We started to control the second half and we got into good areas. We probably just lacked that sharpness in the final third."
Teenager Rahmat Akbari almost scored within 60 seconds of coming on as a second-half substitute, becoming the fifth player to make their Roar debut for the night alongside Massimo Maccarone, Petros Skapetis, Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Mitch Oxborrow.
The Roar return to Brisbane to prepare for the first home fixture of the Hyundai A-League season next Friday night at Suncorp Stadium against Adelaide United.
"We know we’re going to be strong at home and we also know that we’ll pick up a lot of points away from home too," Aloisi said.
STORY OF THE GAME
On his Brisbane Roar debut, Italian striker Massimo Maccarone almost set-up young gun Joe Caletti’s first ever Hyundai A-League goal with his first touch. Caletti latched on the Italian’s cutback on the edge of the area in the second minute, but dragged his shot narrowly wide.
Nick D'Agostino was a menace throughout the first half, hitting the post from an acute angle in the 19th minute before being inches away from connecting with a low cross from Petros Skapetis at the goal-mouth.
Skapetis worked his way into the game in the second half and made a brilliant dash towards goal shortly after the hour mark, out-muscling Michael Jakobsen but ultimately side-footing a cross straight into the hands of Eugene Galekovic.
The hosts appeared content to absorb Brisbane's pressure and maintain possession when given the opportunity,which ultimately led to their second goal in the 74th minute.
Three teenagers took the pitch for the Roar tonight - Rahmat Akbari made his debut off the bench in the second half, joining fellow young guns D'Agostino and Joe Caletti on the pitch.
Melbourne City – Kamau 45’ (1-0)
A clearing header only makes it as far as Bruce Kamau in space on the edge of the box who has time to settle and find the bottom right corner.
Melbourne City - Kamau 74' (2-0)
City stretch the Roar defence and play out wide to Nick Fitzgerald who cuts back to the penalty spot where, with the help of a big deflection, Kamau nets his second of the game.
Hyundai A-League 2017-18 Round 1: Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar
Friday, 6 October
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Melbourne City 2 (Kamau 45', 74')
Brisbane Roar 0