Western Sydney Wanderers compounded the misery on Brisbane Roar as Oriol Riera put the Roar defence to the sword with two goals while his team left Suncorp Stadium with three points with an emphatic 4-1 victory.
Brisbane’s Dylan Wenzel-Halls opened the scoring early on with a wonderful curled effort from outside the box after first getting past Wanderers’ out-of-position defender, Bruce Kamau. It didn’t take too long for Western Sydney to equalise as Brisbane goalkeeper Jamie Young couldn’t get a firm hand to stop a long-distance strike from Mitchell Duke.
The travelling side then took the lead after Oriol Riera scored his own stunner, as he took his chance with an excellent first-time volley and then extended the gap with another goal that was given by VAR after the Spaniard was initially deemed offside.
Roly Bonevacia continued his sparkling form as he capped off a strong Wanderers display with a goal to seal the three points.
If finals are perhaps a stretch too far for Western Sydney, the win actually provides some promise for next year. Brisbane, meanwhile, look like they will need a lot of work in pre-season to get back to the top six.
This was referee Jarred Gillett’s final match in the A-League as he now moves to England to continue developing his refereeing skills while also pursuing personal education. The Australian has been in charge for five Hyundai A-League Grand Finals as well as the referee of the year another five times.
Jamie Young – 5.5
Young was tested regularly and initially seemed up for the challenge, but he conceded a regulation save for the first goal. The Brisbane goalkeeper has been known to make these sorts of mistakes and it might be time to consider dropping him for another keeper that might offer something different.
Izaack Powell – 6
Powell had a decent game in his first start for the team but was subbed off in the 66th minute due to an injury. A promising player, hopefully it is nothing too serious that will keep him out of the team for too long.
Jacob Pepper – 5
A poor defensive display over all from Brisbane. Pepper’s header was what played Riera onside for the third goal and he should’ve done a better job in clearing the danger.
Ruon Tongyik – 5.5
Perhaps the best from a poor defence as he did make a few stops from Wanderers attacks, but he could not handle the numerous threats that the opposition possessed.
Daniel Bowles – 5
Bowles was dominated on the right-hand side and could not handle the attacking threats that the Wanderers were testing him with.