2019-20 Australian A League, Regular Season
  • Mitch Duke (5')
  • Scott Neville (20')
  • Bradden Inman (61')

Brisbane Roar beat Western Sydney for rare away win after Inman wonder strike

Brisbane's Bradden Inman scored a second spectacular goal in as many games as the Roar secured a rare A-League away win on Wednesday, beating Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 at Bankwest Stadium.

The Queensland club overcame an early deficit and injuries to striker Aaron Amadi-Holloway and Daniel Bowles in a 10-minute period either side of half-time to achieve the victory.

It was just the Roar's second win in their last 22 away games, while Wanderers slumped to a sixth loss in their last eight matches.

The home team made a great start with captain Mitchell Duke netting his fifth goal of the season in the fifth minute. Right-back Tarek Elrich made a strong run down the right and passed to Nicolai Muller, who brushed aside James O'Shea and provided a perfect cutback for Duke to sweep past Young.

But Brisbane finally scored in the first half of a game in their 11th match of the season as former Wanderer Scott Neville's unchallenged, powerful far-post header drew his side level in the 20th minute.

The next 15 minutes provided little of note, but the game exploded back into action in the closing stages of the half.

Wanderers fans and players called for a penalty when Mo Adam's 45th-minute shot brushed the hand of Brisbane captain Tom Aldred on its way through to goalkeeper Jamie Young, but they received no reaction from the match officials.

Inman had a shot blocked by Daniel Lopar, with Wanderers immediately sweeping downfield and Adam squandering a good chance a few seconds later through poor control.

Amadi-Holloway also had an effort saved by Lopar, but shortly after came off with a quadriceps injury.

Inman's wonder strike came in the 61st minute after he played a one-two with Miraza Muratovic and rifled a right-foot drive from the edge of the area.

Wanderers were angry the goal came when it did as they were a man down, with Patrick Ziegler not able to get back on the field in time after being treated for an injury caused by Roar substitute Roy O'Donovan, who was booked for his raised arm challenge.

Inman's goal followed his equaliser against Newcastle four days earlier.

In the latter stages of the match, Matt Jurman had a acrobatic effort tipped over by Young, and Adam and substitute Kosta Grozos both went close with headers as Wanderers pushed for an equaliser.

At the other end, the impressive Muratovic fired wide from a tight angle for Brisbane.