The Brisbane Roar have opened their season with a 3-1 win against the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Striker Jamie Maclaren scored two goals and the man of the match in his A-League debut.
Alexandra Keep reports.
It was an action-packed first half with all the goals scored before the half-time buzzer.
Maclaren struck first, before the ten minute mark.
Commentary 1: “And the first goal of the season goes to the Brisbane Roar.”
Sydney levelled a few minutes later.
Defender Daniel Bowles put Brisbane back in the lead.
Commentary 1: “He’s given it quite clearly that one’s over there.”
Then Maclaren pounced again.
Giving the Roar a two-point advantage and justifying coach John Aloisi’s last-minute decision to include him in the opener.
And the Roar’s goalkeeper was happy to seal his return from serious injury, with a win.
Michael Theo, Brisbane Roar Goalkeeper: “At times we were a little bit off but in saying that it’s the first game so it was a good hit out for both teams so we’re just rapt to come away with the win.”
Wanderers coach Tony Popovic blamed the loss on poor defence and too many missed shots.
Tony Popovic, Western Sydney Wanderers Coach: “We’ll take a lot of positives from how we played we’ve just got to tidy up in certain areas so that we don’t give the opposition easy goals make them earn their chances.”
Roar play the Central Coast Mariners, in round two next Sunday.
Alexandra Keep, QUT News.