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Adelaide United 2 Brisbane Roar 1: Halloran brace settles ill-tempered affair

Adelaide United saw off Brisbane Roar 2-1 thanks to a Ben Halloran brace before Friday's encounter at Coopers Stadium unravelled with a pair of late red cards.

Ex-Roar forward Halloran was on target either side of the interval but substitute Henrique reduced the deficit midway through the second half.

Adelaide defender Taylor Regan was sent off after a VAR replay showed he gouged Stefan Mauk in a melee – an offence referee Jarred Gillett only deemed worthy of a second yellow card.

Mauk was then sent off for a rash challenge on Craig Goodwin, despite the impact of the challenge appearing to briefly leave the Roar man unconscious on the turf.

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Before events escalated during the closing stages, Adam Taggart hit the post and passed up another clear chance to put Brisbane ahead.

A groin injury ended Taggart's participation and, after Ken Ilso and Regan hit upright and crossbar for Adelaide, Halloran found the 43rd-minute breakthrough from Goodwin's low cross.

A similar close-range finish four minutes after half-time made it 2-0, although Henrique – who replaced Taggart in the first half – was on hand to convert Dylan Wenzel-Halls' centre.

Tempers then boiled over, with Jordan Elsey's attempts to drag a prone Mauk from the turf following the tackle on Goodwin prompting an angry response from the Brisbane players.

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Opposing coaches John Aloisi and Marco Kurz had to be separated on the sidelines, with the latter's Adelaide closing out victory to go two points behind A-League leaders Perth Glory.