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The A-League Premiership race has remained alive as Brisbane Roar fell to Newcastle Jets 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium.

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In a match that consistently sees the away team win, that trend continued as the Jets stunned Brisbane, ripping up the form book.

Thomas Broich was stopped from having his usual impressive impact by some impressive defensive work from Josh Brillante, helping to swing the match away from Brisbane Roar.

Brisbane Roar started brightly with Ivan Franjic and Besart Berisha linking up well but Mark Birighitti was proving useful in the Jets goal.

In the 25th minute Newcastle had their first chance as Ruben Zadkovich sent a ball over the top for Josh Mitchell, who was able to head down for Adam Taggart but the shot from Taggart was wide.

With Brisbane playing high it was allowing the Jets opportunities to get in behind and it didn’t take long for another chance as James Virgili was able to cut back for Taggart who saw his effort saved by Michael Theo.

Towards the end of the half Brisbane worked their way back in to the match, and one more chance fell, to Dimitri Petratos, who made space for himself but couldn’t beat Birighitti.

Brisbane started the second half well and nearly had a goal early on as Luke Brattan hit an impressive free-kick from 25 yards but just missed the target as he curled in the shot.

Controversy struck just before the hour mark as Brillante went down, after minimal to nil contact, and dove from outside the box, to inside, fooling the referee in to awarding the penalty. With Taggart in such lethal form, he dispatched the suspicious penalty to give the Jets a 1-0 lead.

Just three minutes later Newcastle could well have made it two as Virgili beat his defender but could only send his effort wide of the post.

Facing a one goal deficit and time running out Brisbane Roar had to go for it, as they started going on the attack and nearly found an equalizer as Luke Brattan played Henrique through only for Henrique to hit the post.

Brisbane tried going on and pushing, but with a goal ahead the Jets were determined to sit back and stop Brisbane breaking through, closing down the match and getting the win.

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