• FT

    Brisbane

    3

    Melbourne V

    2

  • FT

    Perth Glory

    2

    N'castle Jet

    0

AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE

Suncorp Stadium, Australia

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Brisbane Roar

  • Besart Berisha 1'
  • Besart Berisha 32'
  • Henrique 38' PEN

3 - 2

FT

Melbourne Victory

  • Harry Kewell 9'
  • Harry Kewell 50'

Roar hang on for 3-2 win over Victory

Scoring a goal with just 43 seconds on the clock was always going to be a hard act to follow.

But Melbourne Victory superstar Harry Kewell did his darnedest before Brisbane hung on for a gripping 3-2 A-League win after a memorable shootout with Roar marksman Besart Berisha.

Two-goal hero Berisha was celebrating his first before most of the 18,523-strong Suncorp Stadium crowd had taken their seats in a sign of the fireworks to come.

The Albanian struck after forcing his way past four Victory defenders to notch his 14th goal of the season - a new club record - with less than a minute on the clock.

Kewell then claimed his first of the night in the ninth minute after some slick lead-up work by Marco Rojas.

That sparked the Victory to life before hitman Berisha put the hosts back ahead in the 32nd minute.

A pin-point Tomas Broich pass found Henrique and the Brazilian livewire's sublime cross ensured Berisha extended his record to 15.

Victory looked shellshocked and six minutes later it was 3-1 when Erik Paartalu was felled in the area and Henrique made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Kewell again lifted his team early in the second half, pouncing on an error in the 50th minute by Broich to produce a finish which gave keeper Michael Theoklitos no chance.

But second placed Roar held their nerve against the eighth-placed Victory to notch their third straight win and remain five points behind leader Central Coast.

Carlos Hernandez's stunning long range volley in the 71st minute beat Theoklitos but hit the cross-bar to deny the visitors an equaliser in the end to end match.

The visitors looked to lose their spark when a "spent" Kewell was benched in the 76th minute.

"I thought it was a good start in terms of that we scored but it wasn't a good start in our play - I thought in our first 25 minutes we were pretty sloppy and didn't dictate the game," Roar coach Ange Postecoglou said.

"The Victory came here to have a go at us and we didn't really cope with it too well.

"I thought Harry was very good for them - with their attacking threats they are always dangerous."

Postecoglou played down concerns for Broich who was benched in the 50th minute after suffering a shoulder complaint from a Ubay Luzardo foul.

For Berisha, it capped a good week in which he was re-signed for another two seasons.

And interim Victory coach Jim Magilton described him as a "very lucky boy" for not getting booked for a first half sliding tackle on Hernandez.

"The referee ... I am not going to say anything," said a tightlipped Magilton who has just one win in seven games in charge.

Scoring Summary

  • Brisbane Roar
  • Melbourne Victory

Match Stats

  • Brisbane Roar
  • Melbourne Victory
12(7) Shots (on goal) 9(6)
5 Fouls 8
6 Corner kicks 4
1 Offsides 1
0% Time of Possession 0%
0 Yellow Cards 5
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 4

Teams

  • Brisbane Roar
  • Melbourne Victory
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