Late drama as Victory, Roar battle to draw

Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar both remain winless after Brett Holman netted an 84th minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The hosts had looked on track for a much-needed three points when they took the lead just five minutes earlier, but Holman came off the bench to salvage a share of the spoils for an injury-hit Roar.

The draw means both Hyundai A-League heavyweights remain stuck in the bottom three after six rounds of the new season.


  • Jamie Young was the first goalkeeper called into action, flying to his right to push away Leigh Broxham's flick-on header.
  • Leroy George and Eric Bautheac were at the heart of their respective teams' best moves over the opening 45 minutes.
  • An unmarked Rhys Williams nodded over from a George corner before he intelligently hooked clear Avraam Papadopoulos' attempt at the other end.
  • And from a Bautheac cross, Nick D'Agostino tested Lawrence Thomas at his near post.
  • Thomas' reaction save was matched again by Young, who preserved the deadlock by parrying George's fizzer.
  • Young came to Brisbane's rescue once more with just over 15 minutes remaining, adjusting well to tip George's deflected strike around the far post.
  • There was little the shot-stopper could do to deny Besart Berisha, though, as the striker fired first-time into the far corner to finally open the scoring.
  • But the lead only lasted five minutes as Holman tapped home at close range to settle the stalemate.
Jack Hingert
Jack Hingert provided the assist for Roar's late equaliser.


Berisha, Melbourne Victory 79': 1-0

Who else? The former Roar striker only needed one chance, sweeping home George's smart pass after Papadopoulos failed to properly clear substitute Christian Theoharous' cross.

Holman, Brisbane Roar 84': 1-1

Jack Hingert overlapped on the right and kept his cool to find Brett Holman for a tap-in.

Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory
Besart Berisha haunted his old side yet again with the opening goal.