Roar done by Reds

Brisbane Roar face a must-win match at home to North Queensland Fury on Wednesday night after succumbing to a cruel 1-0 loss to Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane Roar face a must-win match at home to North Queensland Fury on Wednesday night after succumbing to a cruel 1-0 loss to Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium.

Fabian Barbiero revived flashbacks of last year-s Preliminary Final with the only goal of the match despite nearly all the goalmouth action taking place at the other end of the pitch.

In a cagey opening to the match neither goalkeeper had much work to do with Adelaide-s Paul Reid and Roar pair Craig Moore and David Dodd all putting efforts harmlessly off target.

On the half-hour mark Luke DeVere sparked a counter for the Roar and opened the field up for Sergio van Dijk, but the Dutchman-s piledriver from distance was comfortably dealt with by Eugene Galekovic.

Five minutes later Mitch Nichols looked to light up proceedings with a good through ball for Henrique, the Brazilian sending the ball agonisingly across the face of goal.

Nichols then came close to opening the scoring as he latched onto a delightful chip from David Dodd, but Galekovic was quickly out to block the shot with his legs.

After Adam Sarota sent a half-volley crashing over the bar, Henrique nearly opened the scoring with the best chance of the half just before the break.

The diminutive Brazilian collected the ball from van Dijk and charged into the area, only to be denied by an oustretched foot from the United goalkeeper.

Alemao fired a warning shot at the hosts early into the second period, jinking past Michael Zullo and Dodd before blazing over the bar.

Eight minutes into the second period Griffin McMaster was forced into his first save of the match, pulling off a superb reaction stop to deny Cassio on the volley after a searching cross from Travis Dodd.

The Brisbane goalkeeper then rode his luck somewhat to avoid conceding immediately afterwards.

Josh McCloughan cleared the ball off the line after Mathew Leckie flicked the ball over McMaster, before Cassio had an effort from the edge of the area deflect a whisker wide off DeVere.

The home team then regained the ascendency and put the Reds under the pump, with Nichols again at the point of the move.

Van Dijk found the former Young Socceroo on the penalty spot and he turned Michael Marrone before getting a toe-poke in on goal but the shot lacked the power to trouble Galekovic.

But Barbiero drove a dagger into the hearts of the home faithful with 12 minutes left, rising to nod home Leckie-s cross to give his team the lead against the run of play.

Henrique desperately tried for a late equaliser with a drive past the post on 82 minutes, before DeVere hit a volley straight into the arms of Galekovic.

Brisbane were unlucky not to grab a dramatic late equaliser through Massimo Murdocca who hit a wicked curling shot from outside the area but a spectacular save from Galekovic denied the midfielder a fairytale in his return from injury.

If that was a sign it wasn-t to be the Roar-s night the next chance confirmed it, as an almighty goalmouth scramble concluded with DeVere-s goal-bound header taking the faintest off touches off Iain Fyfe to ensure the Reds left with all three points.

Despite his frustration, Roar coach Ange Postecoglou said he couldn-t fault the effort of his players.

“I can-t say I-m disappointed (in the players) because we created enough opportunities but couldn-t put the ball in the back of the net,” he said.

He said the result gave added importance to the match against the Fury in four days- time.

“It-s a big one,” he said. “It-s at home and North Queensland are around the same mark so obviously it would be good to win.

“But if we put in that sort of performance and that sort of effort I think we-ll do ok - it-s just a matter of putting the ball in the back of the net.”

Wednesday night-s match between Brisbane and North Queensland kicks off at 7.30pm.

Brisbane Roar 0 Adelaide United 1 (Barbiero 78-)

Brisbane Roar: 20. Griffin McMaster (gk), 2. Andrew Packer, 3. Luke DeVere, 4. Craig Moore (c), 5. Josh McCloughan (23. Tim Smits 84-), 6. David Dodd (8. Massimo Murdocca 70-), 7. Michael Zullo, 9. Sergio van Dijk, 13. Henrique, 14. Adam Sarota, 17. Mitch Nichols.

Unused substitutes: 1. Liam Reddy (gk), 12. Matt Mundy.

Yellow cards: Dodd 60-.

Red cards: nil.

Adelaide United: 1. Eugene Galekovic (gk), 3. Alemao, 4. Iain Fyfe, 5. Daniel Mullen, 6. Cassio, 9. Cristiano (15. Francesco Monterosso 86-), 12. Paul Reid (17. Michael Marrone 46-), 13. Travis Dodd (c), 14. Scott Jamieson (16. Inseob Shin 76-), 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Mathew Leckie.

Unused substitute: 20. Mark Birighitti (gk).

Yellow cards: nil.

Red cards: nil.

Referee: Strebre Delovski.

Crowd: 5801 at Suncorp Stadium.