10-man Roar win in Adelaide as Sydney FC crushes Glory
A 10-man Brisbane Roar outfit lost their skipper Matt McKay to a red card but still recorded a dramatic 2-1 win over Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday.
But league leaders Sydney FC did not have to work half as hard, sealing a 6-0 home win over Perth Glory.
In Adelaide, the visitors were leading 2-0 heading into the break before McKay was given his marching orders in first half injury time.
He was making his 250th appearance for Roar before falling foul of the referee for kicking out against Nikola Mileusnic after a tackle brought both men to ground.
Brisbane were forced to set up camp in their defence for the second with the Reds only able to pull one goal back despite the extra man advantage.
After dominating most of the first half the Reds fell behind after a rare mistake from captain Isaias on 33 minutes.
The Spanish midfielder's poor first touch from a Jodran Elsey pass allowed Fahid Ben Khalfallah to steal possession and round Paul Izzo and slot the ball into an empty net.
Roar doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time after Khalfallah again stole possession, this time robbing Nathan Konstandopoulos, before supplying Massimo Maccarone with the perfect through ball.
The Italian striker showed his class with a sublime chip over the onrushing Izzo.
With the visitors seemingly in control, McKay was sent off in first half injury time after the skipper's altercation with Mileusnic.
The Reds winger had brought down McKay, who then lashed out while the pair was on the ground.
After consulting his assistant, referee Adam Fielding issued the Roar midfielder with a yellow card before the VAR appeared to overturn the decision and deem the offence worthy of a straight red.
United took a while to click and make the most of their extra man advantage the restart but they eventually started to boss the contest.
On 69 minutes the home side did pull one back courtesy of a very fortunate ricochet in the middle of the park — with a blocked clearance splitting the Roar defence, Mileusnic rounded the keeper but his shot bounced back off the upright for George Blackwood, who tapped into an empty net.
Johan Absalonsen, in his first game since the FFA Cup semi-final, had a couple of chances in the closing stages but put one wide and headed over the bar with the other.
Roar defended well, and deep, and looked for Maccarone on the counter as they survived the Reds onslaught to hold on for the much-needed maximum three points.
Sky Blues hammer Perth Glory
Sydney FC's 6-0 hammering of Perth equalled an A-League mark not matched in seven years.
Goals to Brandon O'Neill, Adrian Mierzejewski and Alex Brosque, along with Bobo's second hat-trick in as many games, extended the Sky Blues' undefeated home record to 23 games to bring Graham Arnold's men on par with Ange Postecoglou's Brisbane side of 2010-11.
Not only that, the ruthless performance equalled Sydney's biggest A-League win of all time and lifted them eight points clear at the top.
For the Glory, Saturday night became their eighth consecutive — and worst ever — loss to Sydney in all competitions, an unenviable record that leaves their top-six spot far less secure.
Early pressure from Perth amounted to nothing tangible and, by the 21st minute, Kenny Lowe's side had been punished by a former son.
O'Neill, who struggled for game time at the Glory before being snapped up by Arnold, finished a wonderful move.
So rapidly did the momentum shift, the Glory were lucky to enter halftime only 1-0 down. The reprieve did not last though.
Mierzejewski, aggrieved the video assistant referee had disallowed his 58th-minute goal for offside, quickly made amends from a first time Josh Brillante pass.
Minutes later Brosque had tripled the lead via a flicked header and Bobo had both won and converted a penalty.
Substitute Jacob Italiano opened up Perth's best chance 20 minutes from time with a deflected strike into the bar, before Andy Keogh diverted his follow-up header straight to Andrew Redmayne.
At the other end goalkeeper Liam Reddy made eight saves in total but he could not stop Bobo's 12th and 13th goals of the season, the Brazilian taking a touch off Mierzejewski's ball and volleying home.
Reddy then brought Bobo down and, though he got a glove to the penalty kick, the ball rolled over the line.
It was Sydney's 11th win from 13 matches played so far this A-League season.
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