Roar beaten in controversial circumstances

Two late goals has seen Perth Glory take the three points in a controversial Hyundai A-League clash at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night.

The Roar dominated chances and controlled large portions of the contest but were beaten by two late strikes from the visitors.

Brisbane took a first-half lead through Massimo Maccarone and carved a number of chances throughout a period predominately controlled by the home side.

The hosts continued to control the contest after the break before having a second goal controversially ruled out after Maccarone was adjudged to be offside before finishing coolly past Liam Reddy.

The decision would turn out to be a crucial one as both Diego Castro and Andy Keogh netted two minutes apart to see the Glory finish 2-1 victors.

A frustrated John Aloisi said the Roar were comfortably the better side throughout the majority of the contest.

"We should have been further in front if decisions had gone our way. For 70 minutes, we completely dominated, we should have done better in defence in the last 10 minutes however," Aloisi said.

"It's frustrating that we didn't win that game comfortably. We're not going to stop fighting, as a group and a team.

"The fans tonight were brilliant and they saw how hard we were fighting. We'll do everything possible to turn this around. Things haven't gone our way this season but there is still time to turn it around."

The Roar play their final game of the year against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Saturday, 30 December before returning to Suncorp Stadium for home games in quick succession against Western Sydney Wanderers (January 5) and Sydney FC (January 8).

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STORY OF THE GAME

  • Young striker Nick D'Agostino was prolific in attack in the opening half, making a number of attempts at goal with no luck.
  • Maccarone was controversially denied a second goal early in the second-half after being called back for offside despite being just onside.
  • Glory goalkeeper Liam Reddy was substituted during the second half after copping a heavy knock to the nose saving a shot from point-blank range.
  • Two late goals in quick succession for the Glory saw the visitors take the points. 

GOALS

Brisbane Roar – Maccarone 38’; 0-1
Massimo Maccarone pulls the Roar into pole position just before half-time after Fahid Ben Khalfallah plays a fantastic cross to the Italian striker, who collects and dances his way through Jacob Poscoliero and Jeremy Walker, swiftly turning and firing home past Liam Reddy.

Perth Glory – Keogh 80’; 1-1
A long ball from substitute keeper Nicholas Feely finds Diego Castro and the Glory attacker whips it across the face of goal for Andy Keogh, who taps in drawing the visitors level.

Perth Glory – Castro 82’; 1-2
Two minutes after equalising, the visitors take the lead when Castro finds himself unmarked inside the area, connecting with Keogh’s short pass and putting it into the back of the net.

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MATCH DETAILS

Hyundai A-League Round 12: Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory
Suncorp Stadium
Thursday, 21 December

Brisbane Roar 1 (Maccarone 38')

Perth Glory 2 (Keogh 80, Castro 82')

Half-time: 1-0