Roar bested by Gold Coast

Brisbane Roar have been beaten 5-1 by a rampant Gold Coast United side who turned in a consummate second half performance to secure all three points at Skilled Park.

Brisbane Roar have been beaten 5-1 by a rampant Gold Coast United side which turned in a consummate second half performance to secure all three points at Skilled Park.

The Roar looked well in control for most of the first half but a goal in stoppage time at the end of the opening stanza and three more in a nine-minute spell early in the second snuffed out the contest.

Brisbane took the lead in the seventh minute courtesy of Matt McKay-s second goal in two games.

The move started with good work by Sergio van Dijk down the left side of the Roar attack, with the ball eventually falling to Henrique.

The Brazilian-s shot was well saved by Jess Vanstrattan but the goalkeeper could do nothing as McKay hit the ball into the net with his right foot.

Luke DeVere was next to threaten as he got his head to a Tommy Oar free-kick but his goal-bound effort deflected away for a corner.

Shane Porter looked to respond for the home side when he got his head to a Michael Thwaite cross but Griffin McMaster in the Roar goal had the effort well covered.

The home crowd thought Shane Smeltz had scored in the 29th minute, but his effort was correctly ruled out as offside.

Adam Sarota then tried his luck from the edge of the box but dragged his shot well wide of the mark.

Gold Coast began searching more positively for an equaliser in the final 15 minutes of the half and DeVere showed all his defensive qualities when he cleared an Adam Traore cross from inside the six-yard box.

Michael Thwaite unleashed a thunderbolt from distance with seven minutes left on the clock, but it was hit straight at McMaster.

Then in stoppage time at the end of the first half, Kristian Rees showed his attackers how it was done, converting a Jason Culina free-kick with the last kick of the half.

Gold Coast were awarded a penalty four minutes into the second half when Joel Porter went down in the box under pressure from Michael Zullo.

Shane Smeltz stepped up to the mark to convert the spot kick.

Rees inflicted more pain on the Roar with his second goal of the night when he steered a Culina corner inside the post.

Brisbane were now being torn to shreds and Smetlz, unmarked in the box, nodded home his second goal from a Porter cross to finish the game as a contest.

McMaster prevented Smeltz from securing a hat-trick, but neither knew much about the opportunity as the ball bounced off Smeltz and into the arms of the goalkeeper.

Brisbane tried valliantly to get back into the contest but the Gold Coast continued to have all the answers.

Just when the Roar thought they had found a way through United-s defences, Vanstrattan did enough to keep out DeVere-s effort from the edge of the six-yard box.

Smeltz was not to be denied his third a short time later, when Brisbane were again cut apart by the Coast, as he tapped in from two yards and an empty net in front of him.

Van Dijk nearly registered a consolation goal with ten minutes to go with a glancing header from a Zullo cross, but the attempt slid just wide of the post.

Brazilian substitute Reinaldo had the final chance of the match in the final seconds but his good shot on goal was cleared away from danger.

Brisbane coach Ange Postecoglou paid tribute to a quality Gold Coast team, admitting his side was beaten by the better team on the night.

“Hats off to them, they played really well,” Postecoglou said. “We-re very disappointed but I think it just shows were we are as a football club at the moment.

“We-ve just got to take the loss on the chin, get on with things and work hard.

“The focus for us now is the match in two weeks against Wellington and we-ll be working hard on the track to ensure a better result.”

Gold Coast United 5 (Kristian Rees 45+1-, 53-, Shane Smeltz 50-, 62-, 77) Brisbane Roar 1 (Matt McKay 7-)

Saturday, 26 December 2009 Skilled Park, Robina Referee: Strebre DELOVSKI

Gold Coast United line-up: 1. Jess VAN STRATTAN (GK), 2. Steve PANTELIDIS, 3. Michael THWAITE, 7. Zenon CARAVELLA, 9. Shane SMELTZ, 10 Jason Culina (capt), 13. Sebastiaan VAN DEN BRINK, 14. Joel PORTER (15. Tahj MINNIECON 68-), 16. Kristian REES, 22. Adama TRAORE (24. ANDERSON 38-), 34. Charlie MILLER (23. Steve FITZSIMMONS 63-).

Substitutes not used: 22. Scott HIGGINS (GK)

Yellow cards: Kristian REES (23-), Steve PANTELIDIS (25-)

Red cards: Nil

Brisbane Roar line-up: 20. Griffin McMASTER (GK), 3. Luke DEVERE, 4. Craig MOORE (capt), 7. Michael ZULLO, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 9. Sergio VAN DIJK, 13. HENRIQUE, 14. Adam SAROTA (11. REINALDO 55-), 15. Matt McKAY (5. Josh McCLOUGHAN 82-) 21. Tommy OAR (18. Danny TIATTO 71-), 22. Ivan FRANJIC.

Substitutes not used: 1. Matt HAM (GK)

Yellow cards: Craig MOORE (88-)

Red cards: Nil