Shutout seals success

Heroics by Griffin McMaster at one end of the park and Sergio van Dijk at the other have enabled Brisbane Roar to secure three valuable points on the road with a 2-0 win over Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Heroics by Griffin McMaster at one end of the park and Sergio van Dijk at the other have enabled Brisbane Roar to secure three valuable points on the road with a 2-0 win over Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Several crucial first half saves and a penalty stop in the second by McMaster were the keys to Brisbane-s first clean sheet in six matches.

In the attacking third of the pitch, a penalty conversion and a sweet first-time strike by van Dijk secured the much-needed three points.

The Roar had early defending to do at the opening of the match, but desperation and quality defensive positioning at the back kept the Reds at bay.

Mitch Nichols had Brisbane-s first opportunity after 12 minutes when he beat Daniel Mullen to a through ball and cut into the box with purpose, but his shot was straight at Eugene Galekovic making for an easy save.

Following the opening flurry of activity the match settled into a midfield battle for surpremacy with neither side giving an inch of ground easily.

Reinaldo looked to ignite the contest on 24 minutes when he burst down the far side of the pitch before cutting inside Mark Rudan to earn himself a sight on goal, but he dragged his shot just wide of the goal.

McMaster then pulled off a fantastic save at the feet of Cristiano two minutes later when the Brazilian was set free in the box and on goal by Travis Dodd.

A minute later the Roar keeper was playing hero again, this time pushing an Alemao shot from the edge of the box past the post.

Brisbane looked to exert some pressure of their own immediately but van Dijk-s effort from the edge of the box was shut down by three United defenders.

The match was turning on the quality of the Brisbane goalkeeper when he again defied the home side, this time it was Robert Cornthwaite who was left to hold his head in disappointment when McMaster took two efforts to clear his free header.

Just when it looked as though Adelaide were turning the screws on the away side, Brisbane were awarded a penalty on 34 minutes when Scott Jamieson halted the progress of Reinaldo in the box.

Sergio van Dijk stepped up to slot the ball home from the spot for the second time in as many games.

Van Dijk then tried the spectacular when a misdirected Jamieson pass fell to the Dutch striker who spotted Galekovic off his line, but his attempted long range shot over the Adelaide keeper from inside his own half sailed just over the bar.

As expected the home side came out hard at the start of the second stanza with sustained early pressure on the Roar goal, but the men in white shirts held firm.

Staying tight proved vital on 51 minutes when van Dijk doubled his tally for the night to also double the lead.

Nichols and David Dodd combined in the box, with the latter finally playing a ball across the face of the box for van Dijk to curl a shot inside the far post.

Kristian Sarkies lined a free-kick up outside the Roar box four minutes later and whistled the ball past the outside of the post to remind the Brisbane their work wasn-t quite done.

Sarkies was striking at goal again a short time later as the Roar once again had to weather some strong United pressure.

Craig Moore and Luke DeVere in the heart of the Brisbane defence were proving incredibly difficult to pass as Adelaide threw everything they had at McMaster-s goal to get back into the contest.

Travis Dodd was the next to attack the Roar goal, this time luck played its part for Brisbane as the Adelaide midfielder blazed Alemao-s cross over the bar from inside the six yard box.

Nichols was then denied a goal when his sweetly struck left foot strike from the middle of the box hit the bar and appeared to bounce over the line before sailing out of the goal, however the match officials were unconvinced and Craig Zetter waved play on.

Adelaide got a lifeline back into the contest when Zetter awarded his second penalty for the night, this time for the home side.

Travis Dodd crossed the ball into the box and the ball appeared to strike DeVere on the arm for the spot-kick.

Once again though McMaster proved he was desperate for a clean sheet as he got a hand to a well-struck and directed Lloyd Owusu penalty, pushing it onto the post and away to safety.

Adelaide piled on the pressure in the attacking third but Brisbane continued to weather the storm, leaving the home side with only half chances.

Nichols again had chance with his left foot on 80 minutes after being set into the box by a defence-splitting Danny Tiatto pass, but this time his effort ended well wide of the mark.

It proved to be the best chance in the remainder of the match for Brisbane as the Roar claimed its first win in six matches.

Roar coach Ange Postecoglou was justifiably pleased with his side-s efforts and the rewards they reaped.

“I look at the game over 90 minutes and I thought over that time we were good value for the win,” Postecoglou said.

“I thought we worked hard for each other and got the reward for that effort.

“Griffin McMaster was excellent tonight, but so was Craig Moore and the remainder of the back four.

“I-ve had wins before in my coaching career, but this was a good win - a win for the club.”

Adelaide United 0 Brisbane Roar 2 (Sergio VAN DIJK 35- (pen.), 51-) Friday, 6 November 2009 Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide Referee: Craig ZETTER Crowd: 11,209

Adelaide United line-up: 1. Eugene GALEKOVIC (GK), 2. Robert CORNTHWAITE, 3. ALEMAO, 5. Daniel MULLEN (7. Lucas PANTELIS 82-), 8. Kristian SARKIES, 9. CRISTIANO (11. Lloyd OWUSU 63-), 10. Adam HUGHES (6. CASSIO 74-), 13. Travis DODD (capt), 14. Scott JAMIESON, 18. Fabien BARBIERO, 21. Mark RUDAN.

Unused substitutes: 30. Dan GODLEY (GK)

Yellow cards: Nil

Red cards: Nil

Brisbane Roar line-up: 20. Griffin McMASTER (GK), 2. Andrew PACKER, 3. Luke DEVERE, 4. Craig MOORE (capt), 6. David DODD (29. Mario KARLOVIC 73-), 9. Sergio VAN DIJK, 11. REINALDO (19. Isaka CERNAK 66-), 14. Adam SAROTA, 17. Mitch NICHOLS, 18. Danny TIATTO (5. Josh McCLOUGHAN 88-), 27. Ivan FRANJIC.

Unused substitutes: 30. Matt ACTON (GK)

Yellow cards: Craig MOORE (24-), David DODD (56-), Ivan FRANJIC (61-), Mitch NICHOLS (76-), Mario KARLOVIC (88-)

Red cards: Nil

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