Brisbane Roar have gone down to the Western Sydney Wanderers in their first game of 2018 at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
In front of an 11,198-strong crowd, the Roar fell behind late in the first-half after Spaniard Oriol Riera and Mark Bridge handed the visitors a two-goal lead, which they held until the final whistle.
Brisbane controlled the majority of the first half, creating a number of clear-cut chances and Head Coach John Aloisi was disappointed his side didn't get more out of a strong opening 45 minutes.
"We were in total control in the first-half. Even with a lot of players out, I’m disappointed because we should have won the game based on the way we were playing in the first half," Aloisi said.
"We gave away a couple of poor goals and we have to make sure we learn from those errors."
Jamie Young made a number of crucial saves in the second-half, as did Vedran Janjetovic at the other end of the park, most notably denying a wicked strike Corey Gameiro.
The Roar have a short turnaround to the next game with defending champions Sydney FC travelling to Suncorp Stadium on Monday night (6:50pm KO). Tickets available HERE.
STORY OF THE GAME
- The Roar dominated first-half possession and carved a number of solid chances, including one which was dubiously denied by the offside flag.
- The Wanderers struck twice in the final 10 minutes of the first-half to take a two-goal lead into the break
- The Roar's best chance fell to Corey Gameiro in the 62nd minute with the striker desperately unlucky to not find the back of the net, with a fine save from Vedran Janjetovic denying him.
- Teenage attacker Daniel Leck earned more Hyundai A-League minutes, coming on in place of Petros Skapetis partway through the second period.
Western Sydney Wanderers – Riera 29’; 0-1
Jamie Young does well to palm away Brendon Santalab’s glancing header, but the parry finds its way to Oriol Riera, who is perfectly placed to convert the rebound with a simple tap-in.
Western Sydney Wanderers – Bridge 45’; 0-2
In the dying minutes of the first half, the visitors extend their lead after a deflection from Riera pinballs to Mark Bridge, and the Wanderers' forward makes no mistake as he drives the ball into the bottom corner.
Hyundai A-League Round 14: Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers
Friday, 5 January
Brisbane Roar 0
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Riera 29', Bridge 45')