Relief for former Socceroo as Roar return to winning ways

Brisbane Roar fullback Shane Stefanutto pointed to relief as the prevailing emotion after his side recovered from a goal down to beat Wellington Phoenix 2-1 on Saturday.

Roar snatched all three points in Cairns’ first Hyundai A-League fixture as Steve Lustica and Jamie Maclaren combined to overturn Roy Krishna’s first-half opener.

Stefanutto, a Cairns local, said the result was the perfect way to cap his journey from Far North Queensland junior product to professional footballer.

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“I feel relieved to be honest. Knowing it’s probably my last game up here, I really wanted to win so I’ve got special memories and we did it,” Stefanutto told ABC Radio after the match.

“The boys did well in the second half so I’m really relieved.

“The atmosphere was good and it was great to see so much orange (and) heaps of little kids.”

The former Socceroos defender, who initially returned to the Hyundai A-League with North Queensland Fury, felt the result rewarded the persistence of Roar and matchwinner Jamie Maclaren.

“We’re entertainers so that’s how we do things these days. (We) keep everyone on edge,” the former Socceroo joked.

“We had enough chances. It’s just great that ‘Macca’ (Maclaren) ended up getting that goal because I think he deserved at least one today.

Jamie Maclaren netted in the final 10 minutes to give Brisbane a 2-1 win over the Phoenix.

“He probably deserved a hattrick to be honest. He’s a good lad so as long as he continues to work hard that’s all we expect.”