Samba style ignites Roar

A little bit of Samba magic has inspired Brisbane Roar to its second win of the Hyundai A-League season 3-0 over Newcastle Jets at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

A little bit of Samba magic has inspired Brisbane Roar to its second win of the Hyundai A-League season 3-0 over Newcastle Jets at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

First half goals to Henrique and Reinaldo - making his first start of the season - set the platform for an outstanding performance by the Roar.

Brisbane started brightly, making good use of early possession and putting pressure on the Newcastle defence.

The Roar very nearly took the lead after just four minutes when Reinaldo released striking partner Sergio van Dijk with a precision pass.

The Dutchman struck a sweet left-foot shot, which Newcastle goalkeeper Ben Kennedy got a touch on to push the ball on to the post.

The home side broke downfield immediately and Jin-Hyung Song had the ball in the back of the net but the effort was ruled out for offside.

Brisbane suffered an early injury blow with Danny Tiatto forced from the field with a groin injury after just 12 minutes.

Fortunately for Roar coach Frank Farina, he had a ready-made replacement on the bench in the form of Josh McCloughan.

The Roar looked sharp on the attack with some pinpoint passing keeping the Newcastle defence on their toes.

The Jets rarely threatened in the opening stages, but Sasho Petrovski gave the away side a timely reminder of Newcastle-s danger when he burst into the box and needed two defenders to stop his run.

Brisbane-s Brazilian connection then put the Roar in front on 23 minutes. Striker Reinaldo made plenty of space for himself in the box and found a pass across the face of goal for Henrique to knock the ball into the net.

Reinaldo then grabbed a goal of his own three minutes later when he latched on to a delightful lob pass by Sergio van Dijk and beat Ben Kennedy at the second opportunity.

Petrovski was proving Newcastle-s most potent attacking option and hit the post with a header following a quality cross from Fabio Vignaroli.

Brisbane dodged a bullet on 37 minutes when Jason Hoffman looked to pounce on a rare Craig Moore defensive error, but faced with only Reddy to beat on the edge of his box he hit his shot directly at the Roar custodian.

The opportunity marked a turning in the first half as the Jets began to exert some sustained pressure and Song had a free header a minute later but his effort lacked any real power and was collected by Reddy.

Van Dijk had an opportunity just prior to the half-time break, but he screwed his shot wide of the goal.

Roar looked to pick up where they left off at the opening of the second stanza and McCloughan headed just wide from a van Djik nod on two minutes after the restart.

On 51 minutes Petrovski again reminded Roar that a two goal lead can be fragile when he unleashed a long-range shot on Reddy-s goal, but the Brisbane keeper watched the ball carefully and dealt with the threat.

Charlie Miller very nearly had his name on the scoresheet after 58 minutes when a daisy-cutting Ivan Franjic cross made its way to the Scottish midfielder who pulled his shot just the wrong side of the post.

Van Dijk was next to go close but again sent his shot wide of Kennedy-s goal. Newcastle continued to try their luck from long range with Song blasting a shot just over the bar from 20m.

Despite the extra pressure from Newcastle, Roar extended their lead on 70 minutes courtesy of Miller.

Man of the match Henrique played an inch-perfect ball over the defence to the Scottish midfielder who chested the ball down and volleyed into the corner of the net.

Tarek Elrich tried to beat Reddy late in the match, but the goalkeeper was intent on keeping his second clean sheet of the season and beat away the powerful effort.

Roar coach Frank Farina said he was satisfied with the contribution from his entire squad on the night.

“I thought we were good value for the win,” Farina said. “We-ve taken three points here and we-re now unbeaten in five games.

“We may not have won all those games, but we have been taking points.

“When you look at the injuries to key players we-ve had we-re in the mix and we could be there or there abouts at the end of the season if we continue to perform like we did tonight.”

Newcastle United 0 Brisbane Roar 3 (Henrique 23', Reinaldo 26-, Miller 70-) at EnergyAustralia Stadium

Newcastle Jets: 1. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3. Adam D-APUZZO, 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5. Ljubo MILICEVIC, 7. Jin-Hyung SONG, 8. Matthew THOMPSON, 9. Sasho PETROVSKI, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 16. Jason HOFFMAN (10. Donny DE GROOT 60-), 17. Fabio VIGNAROLI, 22. Kaz PATAFTA (25. Labinot HALITI 67-).

Substitutes (not used): 2. Angelo COSTANZO, 20. Neil YOUNG (gk).

Yellow cards: Adam D-APUZZO (36-)

Red cards: Nil

Goals: Nil

Brisbane Roar: 1. Liam REDDY, 3. Luke DEVERE, 4. Craig MOORE, 9. Sergio VAN DIJK, 10. Charlie MILLER, 11. REINALDO (21. Tommy OAR 72-), 13. HENRIQUE (19. Isaka CERNAK 80-), 16. Bob MALCOLM, 17. Mitch NICHOLS, 18. Danny TIATTO (5. Josh McCLOUGHAN 12-), 27. Ivan FRANJIC.

Substitutes: 20. Griffin McMASTER (gk).

Yellow cards: Luke DEVERE (25-)

Red cards: Nil

Goals: Henrique (23-), Reinaldo (26-), Charlie MILLER (70-)

Referee: Ben WILLIAMS

Crowd: 6036

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