Sport

Another late show wins it for Roar

Besart Berisha of the Roar celebrates after scoring his second goal during the 2012 A-League Grand Final match between the Brisbane Roar and the Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on April 22, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.
Besart Berisha of the Roar celebrates after scoring his second goal during the 2012 A-League Grand Final match between the Brisbane Roar and the Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on April 22, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. Chris Hyde - Getty Images

ROAR 2 (B Berisha 2) GLORY 1 (I Franjic own goal)

Crowd: 50,344 at Suncorp Stadium

IT WAS the late, late show all over again as Brisbane Roar broke Perth Glory hearts at Suncorp Stadium last night.

Just as 12 months ago, it appeared the Roar was going to leave empty-handed on the grand final stage.

Late goals again stole the title and this time there was more than a touch of controversy about the final result.

Perth looked like staging the perfect smash-and-grab raid when Brisbane defender Ivan Franjic turned the ball into his own goal.

But with time running out, Besart Berisha proved the Roar hero. His first goal with six minutes left was clear enough when he headed home a Thomas Broich free-kick.

But Perth will be moaning all the way back to Western Australia about his winner.

Just as the game was headed into extra time, Berisha went on one last dribble in a bid to steal a winner.

He went down under a challenge from Liam Miller and referee Jarred Gillett pointed to the spot.

Replays suggested the Albanian had helped the decision by falling over his own feet in attempting to shoot - and the Perth players certainly felt they had every right to complain.

Berisha himself stepped up to the spot and was calmness personified to send keeper Danny Vukovic the wrong way.

There hadn't been much to shout about for the passionate home crowd in the early stages and the flow of the game wasn't helped by a long stoppage after Shane Smeltz appeared to run into an accidental elbow from Roar skipper Matt Smith. Smeltz received treatment for about four minutes for a bloodied nose before finally emerging with a massive bandage covering his wound.

Perth's game plan of a high pressing game was nullifying Brisbane's passing game and as a result there was not goalmouth action in the first 30 minutes.

But suddenly the game came to life.

First Vukovic had to be alert to keep out a weak Mitch Nichols' effort.

Then Berisha was left kicking the pitch in frustration as a bobble appeared to cost him a shot on goal just as he was pulling the trigger.

Franjic was the next to be cursing his luck as Vukovic did superbly to get low to his right to keep out his low drive.

Perth looked livelier after the break and broke the game open on 51 minutes.

Travis Dodd's first cross from the right was blocked but his second effort caused panic in the home defence and after the ball went under the foot of Billy Mehmet, Franjic could only watch on as the ball deflected off his foot and into the back of the net from close range.

The Roar had chances to draw level but wasted them and Postecoglou threw caution to the wind by using all three substitutes inside 75 minutes.

And the attacking move paid off as the home side levelled in emphatic style. Berisha had been quiet by his standards but he was Johnny-on-the-spot to nod home from Broich's beautifully flighted free-kick on 84 minutes to set up a frantic finish.

James Meyer forced Vukovic into another fine save as the game reached boilng point and in injury time Perth was down to 10 men after Dean Heffernan was shown his second yellow card for scything down Franjic.

Topics:  a-league football, brisbane roar, perth glory fc



VW Spectacular rolls into town

ENTHUSIASTS: The VWs will line up at the Big Banana today.

HUNDREDS of Volkswagen vehicles have converged on the Coffs Coast

Regaining body love damaged by cancer

SURVIVORS IN SWIMWEAR: Breast cancer survivors Margaret Kelly and Di Holt will be modelling at the annual Breast Cancer Information Morning Tea on July 28 at Coffs Harbour Racing Club.

Lee Millard-Newton knows that cancer treatment can affect confidence

Council to consider seawall options

CLEAN UP: Beach erosion at Woolgoolga after the east coast low in June.

Council staff will prepare a report on provisions for a seawall

Latest deals and offers

The best and worst bits of Splendour from our experts

The Amphitheatre received Flume with open arms and danced to his music on Sunday night.

The good, the bad and the plain weird

Elise's emotional exit from MasterChef quarter finals

MasterChef Australia Top 4 contestant Elise Franciskovic.

CAIRNS cook struggles after receiving letter from fiance.

Reno stars want tradies to focus a little more on one thing

The Demmrichs want Tradies to look after their most important tool

Fashionistas show off at Splendour in the Grass

Amberly Nelson, from Melbourne, posts for a photo with friends at Splendour in the Grass.

GLITTER, skin and mesh were all on show at festival this weekend.

Day 2 Splendour Pictures

Sticky Fingers perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Splendour in the Grass Day 2 covered in pictures.

WATCH: News reader tries her hand at hardcore shooter, Doom

Veteran journo and noob gamer takes a shot at Doom

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

A home rich in history looking for a new owner

HISTORY: The circa 1920s home is being sold for the first time in 90 years.

Circa 1920s home being sold for the first time in 90 years