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A late goal has seen Brisbane Roar return to form as they managed a 2-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday evening.

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Brisbane Roar were back to their usual selves as they controlled the possession for most of the match but they struggled to break down a stern Mariners defense.

The Mariners defensive performance was impressive considering they lost Trent Sainsbur midweek to a transfer and had not yet gained new signing Eddy Bosnar.

Brisbane had the first chance of the match as Liam Miller played Besart Berisha through, but at a tight angle, the Albanian could only force a corner which came to nothing.

The next chance fell to the Mariners through Josh Rose, who has been making more runs up front lately, as he was played trough by Nick Montgomery and shot but was denied by a Michael Theo save.

Brisbane really should have had the lead when Berisha made a horrible error as he swung at nothing on Shane Steffanuto’s cross.

That allowed the Mariners to counter and saw Mile Sterjovski get free in the box, only to be brought down by Theo as he tried to round the keeper.

As Sterjovski’s first touch took him away from goal Theo was only given a yellow card but the damage was not done as Sterjovski dusted himself off and slotted home the penalty.

That allowed the Mariners to control the remainder of the half, keeping Brisbane at bay and going in to the break with a 1-0 lead.

Right after half-time Dimitri Petratos should have had his side back on level terms when Broich crossed in to him but he couldn’t find the target with his header from close range.

Petratos did find the goal moments later but again he was disappointed as he timed his run poorly with Broich’s pass coming after he’d past the second last defender resulting in the goal being disallowed for offside.

It was all Brisbane and Broich was key to their chances but the finishing just wasn’t there as James Donachie was the next to miss from a Broich pass, sending his effort wide.

Liam Reddy was also vital for the Mariners and when Petratos avoided being offside and got a shot on target there was still no luck as Reddy produced a solid save to deny Petratos’ powerful effort.

With so much pressure Brisbane were always going to find a goal and it came in the 66th minute as Broich sent a ball in that passed Berisha and Petratos finding Henrique, who was able to smash the ball in to the top corner.

In the 75th minute Broich nearly had a goal of his own as he made space and hit a powerful shot which was dipping, but not enough as it cleared the crossbar.

In the 90th minute Brisbane did hit the lead as Broich found Berisha who hit a shot powerfully, Reddy was able to get a hand to it, but such was the power it hit the back of the net.

With the very last kick of the game the Mariners very nearly stole back a point as Mitchell Duke had a strike that came off of the post, saving Brisbane a 2-1 win.

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