Brisbane Roar have topped the A-League ladder after a nail-biting 2-1 victory over the Central Coast Mariners.
Match favourite Brandon Borello managed to score both Roar’s goals to secure the win.
Brent Gray reports.
The Roar victory makes it two wins from two and opens up a two-point buffer over title favourites Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, who are tied for second place.
15,000 supporters gathered at Lang Park, a figure doubled from last season.
Jamie Maclaren who scored a brace of his own last week, played a vital role in both Borrello’s goals.
The first came in the 14th minute, when Maclaren cushioned a high ball into Borrello’s path with a swift side-footed pass.
The 20-year-old then blasted his shot past Mariners custodian Liam Reddy, who got a glove on it but couldn’t keep it out.
John Aloisi, Roar Coach: “I think he’s got a lot of goals in him the way we play he will create a lot of chances and also get into good goal scoring positions.”
Borrello struck again on the hour mark, launching a team counter-attack.
Spanish midfielder Corona, deep in his own half, opened up space for full-back Jack Hingert who kept his cool under pressure before unleashing Borrello who made no mistake from close range.
Josh Bingham grabbed one goal converting a Fábio Ferreira cutback, but Brisbane were able to stamp out Central Coast’s attempted comeback and steal the win.
Brandon Borello: “I’m no hero it’s a great start for the club and for the fans.”
Brent Gray, QUT News.