Roar snatch the title

Brisbane Roar claimed the Premiership for their fourth trophy in four seasons with a blockbuster finish as Luke Brattan's last minute long-distance scorcher snatched a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory.

The brilliant Brattan goal from well outside the area was a fitting end to a high-quality contest highlighted by some sweet passing football from Brisbane and a dogged, tactically astute performance from the Victory.

The hosts created the better chances throughout the first versus second clash, but it looked like the Victory would hold on through sheer determination until deep into stoppage time, when Brattan collected a pass 25 metres from goal and fired his effort into the bottom left corner.

The three points earned for the Roar ensures they cannot be caught at the top of the table with three games remaining.

Playing centrally, Henrique was the first to test Victory goalkeeper Thomas in the 11th minute with a swerving shot from outside the area, which was parried clear, before Dimitri Petratos' follow-up shot was also saved.

Moments later, Liam Miller was presented with a tremendous chance when a Diogo Ferreira pass found him all alone in the area, but his effort was straight at Thomas, who nonetheless did well to block it.

A moment of Thomas Broich magic nearly set up the opener for the hosts, as he danced past his marker on the left before sending a cross to the back post, however it was the diminutive Henrique on the receiving end and he could not get enough contact on the ball to direct it into the net.

As Tom Rogic began to see more of the ball, the Victory worked their way into the game, and they could have gone ahead if not for a brilliant Michael Theo save.

Rogic played a through ball to Kosta Barbarouses, who cut it back from the byline for James Troisi to try a shot from close range, but the Brisbane keeper got his right foot to the ball to keep it out.

The Roar were still putting together some slick combinations in the attacking third, however, and it was Petratos who came close just before the break, sending a vicious shot just wide of the far post from the edge of the area.

After the half-time break, Brisbane continued to dominate possession but could not create anything clear-cut until just over the hour mark, with Miller playing in Henrique, whose attempt was tipped wide by an advancing Thomas.

Theo intervened to cut off one dangerous-looking Victory counter-attack when he came well out of his area to stop Barbarouses.

Henrique then scrambled for a rebound after Thomas fumbled a Jack Hingert strike, but could not beat the Victory keeper from close range.

Broich beat his man on the left and played a sideways pass to an open Miller, whose shot from distance floated just over the crossbar.

The German then ran at the Victory defence himself, sending a low effort just past the far post after racing into the box.

Brisbane's left-back Ferreira was the next to test the visiting keeper, forcing a tremendous save from Thomas following a weaving run forward.

Brattan's strike came two minutes into stoppage time to send the Suncorp Stadium crowd into raptures.

Brisbane Roar 1 (Brattan 90+2)
Melbourne Victory 0
Crowd: 17, 965 @ Suncorp Stadium



Roar manager, captain Smith and M. Mckay on being interviewed on Fox not one comment in reference to Victory and their efforts.
This is very bad manners on the part of Roar as Muscat on being interviewed congratulated the opposition.
Victory played extremely well and probably deserved a point.

Im not sure if it was broadcasted but before the plate was handed over and the speeches with David Gallop, Matt Smith thanked Victory for the contested game and said how well they did in holding out and there structure was hard to breakdown. So he did thank them at one point.

Man this place is a shadow of what it used to be. BR just won the premiership in a match that should have had more goals by BR had not been for luck and the MVFC Kepler. A blatant penalty was not give. For the hack on Broich and a red card for the consecutive fouls on Herique by Broxham. With all this and more, the first comment is as relevant as a fly on a bowel of soup! 442 you used to be a great site to visit after the games. But since you "Improved" your website you lost the people. Over and out!