The Young Roar have fallen short in an entertaining Foxtel Y-League clash against Adelaide United at Lanham Park.
On the back of two consecutive wins, James Robinson’s side sought to confirm a top-two spot in the FNYL campaign, but were left searching by Adelaide’s aggressive attack.
The home-side began strongly but fell behind in the 28th minute through Kristin Konstandopolulos, before Luke DeVere equalised just before half time.
Adelaide proved too strong in the second half with substitutes Pacifique Niyongabire and Aladin Irabona netting three goals between them to see the Reds run out comfortable victors.
"Credit to Adelaide, but we did really well to get back into the game in the first half which showed great character and resilience," Head Coach James Robinson said.
"There were quite a few good learning moments for us in that game, but I thought the effort from the boys was great.
"This is part of the journey for us - to make sure we understand what's required and what we need to do next time to be better."
Saturday’s fixture against the Reds sees the Roar drop to third in Conference A with two wins from four games.
The Young Roar will be eager to improve at their next home match when they face Melbourne City at Lanham Park on Friday, 29 December (4:30pm KO).
STORY OF THE GAME
- The Young Roar’s second home game of the Y-League was met with steamy conditions at Lanham Park as both teams fought for a top two spot.
- Although the home-side fell behind initially, the Roar finished the first half strongly with several attacking opportunities that were rewarded by Luke DeVere’s effort in the dying minutes of the half.
- Several Hyundai A-League contracted players were involved in the Young Roar line-up on Saturday, including Luke DeVere, who returned from an injury layoff in James Robinson's youthful side. The experienced defender was solid in his 60 minutes on the park.
- The outcome of the hard-fought Round 5 contest was determined by Adelaide United’s three second-half goals, which helped secure a valuable three points for the away side.
Adelaide United – Konstandopoulos 28’; 0-1
The visitors opened the scoring at Lanham Park through Adelaide’s Kristen Konstandopoulos who connected with a stray pass, surging into the box and chipping Macklin Freke.
Brisbane Roar – DeVere 41’; 1-1
A short corner taken by the Roar is only half cleared and the ball falls to Hyundai A-League defender Luke DeVere who makes no mistake from close range and drives his shot past Richards.
Adelaide United – Niyongabire 61’; 1-2
Half-time substitute Pacifique Niyongabire makes an impact, combining with a teammate to tap home from point-blank range.
Adelaide United – Irabona 64’; 1-3
With a goal that closely paralleled Niyonbgabire’s effort just minutes beforehand, the Reds extend their lead as Aladin Irabona’s close-ranged shot is tapped in past Freke.
Adelaide United – Niyongabire 90+2’; 1-4
A second-half brace for Niyongabire puts the result beyond doubt.
Foxtel Y-League 2017/18: Round 5 – Brisbane Roar vs Adelaide United.
Saturday, 16 December
Brisbane Roar FC 1 (DeVere 41’)
Adelaide United 4 (Konstandopoulos 28’, Niyongabire 61’ 90+2’, Irabona 64’)
Half-Time: 1 -1