Roar downed in derby

An understrength Brisbane Roar outfit has fought hard and fallen to a 1-0 loss at home to bitter rivals Gold Coast United.

An understrength Brisbane Roar outfit has fought hard and fallen to a 1-0 loss at home to bitter rivals Gold Coast United.

Despite missing a host of first-team players through injury, suspension and international duty, the home team ran the game for the most part but in the end fell to a scrappy first-half goal from Joel Porter.

The Gold Coast came out firing from the first whistle and had a great chance just five minutes in when a corner bobbled all the way to Kristian Rees at the back post, but his shot was straight Liam Reddy.

On 16 minutes Brisbane created a chance from a corner of their own, Tommy Oar finding Bob Malcom who powered his header just over the bar.

A minute later Oar drew a superb save from Jess van Strattan, taking a pass from Ivan Franjic and unleashing a thunderbolt toward the top corner from well outside the area.

Reinaldo managed to get on the end of the resulting corner, but his snatch-shot deflected just past the upright.

The visitors took the lead just after the half-hour mark, when Tahj Minniecon-s free kick to the far post deflected off Malcolm and sat up invitingly for Porter to slot the ball home.

The home team hit back three minutes later from another corner, the ball dropping again to Reinaldo, who this time volleyed just past the top corner.

Oar, enjoying a bit of space on the left flank, drew a corner with another long-range effort and then nearly set up an equaliser.

The Young Socceroos winger lifted the ball into the area where Luke DeVere beat van Strattan to the aerial ball and popped the ball up for Sergio van Dijk, but the Dutchman couldn-t keep his header down under heavy pressure from the defence.

Two minutes before the break Porter could have doubled the lead when Anderson found him with a cross from the left but the Gold Coast marksman put the ball over the bar from near the penalty spot.

The Roar then put the ball in the back of the net through van Dijk, but the goal was ruled out for an alleged foul on the goalkeeper from Mitch Nichols and the home team went into half time a goal down.

United started the second half much like they did the first, with a couple of early chances, both created by Zenon Caravella.

Michael Thwaite volleyed into the arms of Reddy after a Caravella cross, before the midfielder laid the ball to Robson in the area, only to see the Brazilian misfire well off target.

The Roar fought their way back into the contest and pushed hard for an equaliser but couldn-t create any clear-cut opportunities.

They were nearly caught on the counter in the dying stages, with Golgol Mebrahtu striking the ball against the foot of the post and out for a goal kick.

Both stand-in coach Rado Vidosic and stand-in captain Josh McCloughan praised the effort of the Brisbane players in difficult circumstances.

“I think the boys that played today gave their best and you can only congratulate them,” Vidosic said.

McCloughan said he was confident the team could get a result right up to the final whistle.

“As far as the effort from our boys, it was there,” the centre back said. “You could see they were busting a gut trying to get something out of it but that-s how it finished.”

Brisbane Roar 0 Gold Coast United 1 (Joel Porter 31-)

Brisbane Roar: 1. Liam Reddy (gk), 3. Luke DeVere, 5. Josh McCloughan (c), 9. Sergio van Dijk, 11. Reinaldo, 16. Bob Malcolm, 17. Mitch Nichols (19. Isaka Cernak 63-), 18. Danny Tiatto, 21. Tommy Oar (14. Adam Sarota 72-), 27. Ivan Franjic, 29. Mario Karlovic.

Unused substitutes: 20. Griffin McMaster (gk), 12. Matt Mundy.

Yellow cards: Josh McCloughan 41-, Mitch Nichols 62-, Matt McKay 66-, Mario Karlovic 70-.

Red cards: nil.

Gold Coast United: 1. Jess van Strattan (gk), 2. Steve Pantelidis, 3. Michael Thwaite (c), 5. Robson, 7. Zenon Caravella, 13. Bas van den Brink, 14. Joel Porter (11. Milson 61-), 15. Tahj Minniecon (26. Golgol Mebrahtu 87-), 16. Kristian Rees, 22. Adama Traore (23. Steven Fitzimmons 31-), 24. Anderson.

Unused substitutes: 20. Scott Higgins (gk).

Yellow cards: Steven Fitzsimmons 75-.

Red cards: nil.

Referee: Ben Williams.

Crowd: 8882 at Suncorp Stadium.

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