A second-half fightback has fallen short for Brisbane Roar as Melbourne Victory took the three points in Sunday night's Hyundai A-League clash at Suncorp Stadium.
The Victory got the upper hand in the contest inside the opening 20 minutes, taking a two-goal lead with strikes from Rhys Williams and Kosta Barbarouses.
Jamie Young was called into action a number of times and made a string of impressive saves including a reaction stop from point-blank range in the shadows of half-time.
Brisbane started the second half brightly and sliced the deficit to a single goal shortly after the break when captain Matt McKay combined with Massimo Maccarone who netted his fifth goal of the season.
The Roar pushed hard for an equaliser as the second half drew on, but were unable to find the vital goal as the Victory took the three points.
Head Coach John Aloisi commended his side's fighting spirit in the second-half.
"It was an outstanding second half from the boys. We're disappointed that we didn't get anything out of the game. The boys showed great character and never gave up," Aloisi said.
Brisbane's Head Coach was impressed with a number of his younger squad members, such as Connor O'Toole and Rahmat Akbari, as well as Daniel Leck who made his Hyundai A-League debut.
"The future is bright for them [Akbari, Leck and O'Toole] and for us I believe," Aloisi said.
The Roar return to Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night in a pre-Christmas clash with Perth Glory (6:50pm KO). Get your tickets HERE.
STORY OF THE GAME
- The Victory took a two-goal lead early on with strikes eight minutes apart.
- Jamie Young was immense between the sticks, making a number of crucial saves, while Captain Matt McKay was tireless in his effort throughout the contest.
- The Roar pushed hard but were unable to recover the deficit in the second-half, despite Massimo Maccarone's fifth goal of the season in the 56th minute cutting the margin in half.
- Daniel Leck made his Hyundai A-League debut in the second-half, replacing Petros Skapetis.
Melbourne Victory – Williams 12’; 0-1
The visitors secure an early lead through defender Rhys Williams who surges into the box and converts with a glancing header.
Melbourne Victory – Barbarouses 19’; 0-2
A dangerous cross is whipped across the face of goal and finds Kosta Barbarouses at the far post, who connects and finishes to extend the Victory’s lead.
Brisbane Roar – Maccarone 56; 1-2
With an impressive through ball from captain Matt McKay, Massimo Maccarone collects and interweaves through the Victory defence, before the striker clips it over Lawrence Thomas cutting the Roar’s two-goal deficit.
Hyundai A-League 2017/18: Round 11 - Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory
Sunday, 17 December
Brisbane Roar 1 (Maccarone 56')
Melbourne Victory 2 (Williams 12', Barbarouses 19')