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Late goal sees Brisbane over Wellington

It took a wonderful strike, late in to the match to give league leaders Brisbane a 2-1 win over in form Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

All the action from the Round 16 A-League clash between Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix from Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on January 24th 2014
Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images
Brisbane Roar players celebrate their late winner
Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images

Wellington went for the match early on buoyed by their recent form, they took the match to Brisbane, who were missing Besart Berisha, out after his red card in Perth.

The first chance came in the 11th minute as Vince Lia was able to get a shot off after some nice Wellington passing but he could only find the post.

The dominance continued for Wellington when Steyn Huysegems turned on the edge of the area before passing for Jason Hicks who hit a shot powerfully only for Michael Theo to get down well and send the ball around the post.

Jeremy Brockie has been encouraged by breaking his scoring drought and nearly pulled off a miraculous goal as he volleyed from a tight angle only to be denied by a quick Theo save.

In the 36th minute Wellington had a bit of luck to pick up the opening goal as Brockie scuffed his shot only for it to sneak past the Brisbane defense and fall for Huysegems who was able to finish the job.

That goal seemed to spark the Roar in to something of a comeback as they had two solid chances and should have hit the lead when Henrique was at the near post but couldn’t find the goal.

Henrique nearly got Roar a penalty as he was fouled on the edge of the area, going down in the box but the referee made the correct decision, awarding a free-kick on the edge of the area which came to nothing.

As the half wound down Thomas Broich very nearly found an equalizer to head in to the break as he hit a powerful strike from distance but was denied by the crossbar keeping Brisbane 1-0 down at the break.

Five minutes in to the second half Devante Clut made his debut one to remember as Broich crossed for Henrique who chested the ball down for the youngster who controlled with his first touch and scored with his second, hitting a strike in to the top corner.

Broich showed his class throughout the match and continued to threaten the Wellington defense which consistantly denied Brisbane with some top class defense at the last moment.

Brisbane thought they’d hit the lead when Dimitri Petratos tapped home a rebound after Glenn Moss saved Diogo Ferreira’s effort only to be denied by the offside flag.

In a late corner the woodwork denied Brisbane again as Henrique’s audacious bicycle crashed off the crossbar.

With three minutes to play Phoenix cleared out a ball that Luke Brattan ran on to and belted from 30 meters out, taking a deflection off of Lia as it sailed in to the back of the net to give Brisbane a dramatic win.

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