Late Gillesphey goal hands Roar a hard-earned point against Perth
Brisbane Roar left it late once again as a headed goal from Macaulay Gillesphey at the death of their contest with Perth Glory gave a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Dolphin Stadium.
It looked as if Bruno Fornaroli’s first-half goal would hand the visitors a 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon but the Roar refused to bow out of the fight, hitting back through Gillesphey with five minutes left to ensure their positive run of form continued.
The first half swung on two key moments as the hosts were denied a penalty thanks to a tight offside call before Fornaroli put Perth ahead just after the half-hour mark.
Scott McDonald earned Brisbane the spot kick but VAR intervened before Jay O’shea could convert, spotting McDonald in an offside position before receiving the ball in the box.
Perth were dominant in possession for the bulk of the first half but struggled to fashion any clear-cut chances, before Fornaroli created one himself from nothing.
Glory’s star striker scored his eighth goal in as many Hyundai A-League games by rolling Tom Aldred in the box and firing a left-footed strike into the back of the net to give his side a one-goal advantage.
Brisbane began the second half a rejuvenated side and began to fashion genuine chances to equalise, with Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Aiden O’Neill and McDonald missing decent chances to pull their side level.
The hosts kept knocking on Glory’s door and their persistence eventually paid off when Gillesphey attacked a corner from Jay O’Shea and headed the Roar level with just five minutes on the clock; the Englishman’s first goal in Brisbane Roar colours ensured the spoils were shared in a hard-fought contest at Dolphin Stadium.
Tight offside call denies Roar a penalty
After withstanding Perth Glory's early dominance Brisbane thought they had a penalty just after the 20 minute mark when Ivan Franjic took Scott McDonald down in the box.
Jay O'Shea stepped up to the spot, but after a minor delay McDonald was adjudged to have been offside before receiving the ball, and the penalty kick was waved away.
Fornaroli rolls Aldred to fire home the opener
Neil Kilkenny orchestrated a Glory attack by releasing Franjic down the right flank who found Diego Castro in space; Glory's captain played the ball along the deck to Fornaroli who created a moment of individual magic to put the visitors ahead.
The Uruguayan took the ball on the turn, rounding Tom Aldred and firing a strike off his left boot which deflected of Jacob Pepper to stump Jamie Young in Brisbane's goal and make its way into the back of the net.
Castro threatens to quickly double Glory's lead
Still reeling from conceding the opener, things almost got worse for Brisbane when Nick D'Agostino sent Castro into the box and one-on-one with Jamie Young on a tight angle.
Castro hammered a strike towards Brisbane's goalkeeper but he was up to the task, battering the strike away to keep the score at 1-0.
Amadi-Holloway, O'Neill go close as Roar mount a fightback
Brisbane emerged from the sheds at half time looking a much better outfit and as the clock ticked past the hour mark the hosts began to seriously threat Perth's goal.
Aaron Amadi-Holloway emerged from the bench at half-time and almost volleyed his side level before Aiden O'Neill surged from midfield to drive a strike into the side netting of Liam Reddy's goal, just failing to sneak his strike past the right side of the post.
Gillesphey rises highest to bring Roar back level
Facing a slender loss at home Brisbane Roar once again left their best work until late when Macaulay Gillesphey levelled the scores from a corner routine.
O'Shea lobbed the ball into the danger zone from the corner, allowing Gillesphey to launch at the ball, rising above James Meredith to nod his attempt toward the back post - Liam Reddy could only watch on as the ball drifted into the back of the net.
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