Brisbane Roar 3 Perth Glory 2: Holman settles five-goal thriller

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 19, 2018

Brisbane remain ninth on the ladder after a 3-2 win over fellow-battlers Perth Glory, but with the recent departure of Petros Skapetis scuppering their forward momentum, another key player-loss would be inconceivable.

Brisbane Roar 3 (Avram Papadopoulos 4m, Ivan Franjic 60m, Brett Holman 73m) Perth Glory 2 (Chris Harold 11m, 68m) at Suncorp Stadium. They have now lost five on the trot, with pressure continuing to mount on Perth coach Kenny Lowe.

Playing his first match since November, former Socceroo Brett Holman came off the bench on Thursday night to score the victor in the 73rd minute after the Roar twice surrendered the lead in an action-packed clash at Suncorp Stadium.

"It was a final for both teams", Roar coach John Aloisi a said of match played in front of only 6258 fans.

"To stay in the race, we needed to win tonight and that was the most important thing".

First to a fourth-minute Fahid Ben Khalfallah free-kick that flicked off the head of Glory defender Jeremy Walker, Papadopoulos showed deft touch at the far post to score Brisbane's first goal since Massimo Maccarone netted in the 45th minute of their 2-1 win over Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on December 30.

Avraam Papadopoulos put the hosts ahead after only four minutes but Chris Harold equalised seven minutes later following a fine pass from Diego Castro.

Camera IconChris Harold kept Perth in the game.

The see-sawing affair took another twist five minutes later when substitute Holman scored in his first appearance since injuring his calf against Sydney FC on November 25.

Set up by Maccarone, Holman's first-time effort was too strong Reddy, who could not keep it out despite getting a hand to it.

"Maccarone, he's slower than a week in jail sometimes but at the end of the day, he's as cute as a box of monkeys and he'll pull off your shoulders and pull between you", Lowe said.

"What did he do for the third goal?"

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