Brisbane is still celebrating after the Roar became the A-League’s greatest ever side, scoring a third Grand Final win in four years.
Their triumph, against the Western Sydney Wanderers, was a trademark come-back victory.
Mackenzie Lyon reports.
Fifty-one-thousand spectators packed Suncorp Stadium to witness history in the making.
The harmonious hoard of orange marched down Caxton Street and into the Den for a match to remember.
A thunderous 10,000-strong army of Wanderers lifted their side to a surprise lead in the 56th minute, the decibels cranked to deafening.
But as only Brisbane know how, star striker Besart Berisha levelled with five minutes left, and the sniff of yet another Roar revival reignited home support.
The star striker incited the fever of the fans to help their side over the line in extra-time.
With just ten to go the Roar’s Brazilian talisman Henrique did this.
Commentary: “He’s done it again.”
And the Roar, well, Roared.
As the stadium rocked, captain Matt Smith thanked the man who lead the Roar supporters.
Daniel “Dutchie” Morcus, Diehard Roar fan: “It’s good to actually see they appreciate us. The recognition that he gave me was unbelievable. To have that captain’s arm-band given to me personally by him is surreal.”
Meanwhile, a prolific goalscorer said his goodbyes.
“Besart Berisha, Roar striker: “I wish this way and the wish came true so am very happy that I help the team win another grand final.”
Today the coach thanked fans and threw down a gauntlet.
Mike Mulvey, Roar Coach: “We made great strides this year in getting the average up around 15,000 fans per game, but next season I would like to see 20-25,000 because if that’s not a night’s entertainment I don’t know what is.”
The victorious Roar will march on the city tomorrow in a ticker-tape parade starting on Queen Street Mall and ending up here in King George Square to a raucous heroes welcome from their grateful fans.
Mackenzie Lyon, QUT News.