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Brisbane beat Adelaide 1-0 in A-League

Substitute Ben Halloran clinched a vital away win for Brisbane Roar with the match-winner in a 1-0 A-League triumph against Adelaide United on Saturday.

The Roar, last year's champions, could find themselves inside the top six at the end of the round courtesy of Halloran's strike at Hindmarsh Stadium.

The midfielder slotted an 82nd minute goal to give the Roar deserved reward for dominating the struggling Reds.

Adelaide, clinging to their top four spot, have won just once in their past seven outings.

Halloran's clinical finish from 10 metres out was created by a shrewd pass from striker Besart Berisha, who earlier missed a penalty.

The goal came after Brisbane were repeatedly denied in a scoreless, and bizarre, opening half.

To a background soundtrack from a nearby rock music festival, four balls went flat and Roar midfielder Ivan Franjic was left gobsmacked when his header hit both side posts.

After Luke Brattan sent in a cross, Franjic's diving header from a metre out smacked into his near post, wafted high along the goal line, struck the far post, and went back into the field of play.

Franjic later forced Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic, in his 150th A-League game, to produce a top-shelf diving save from a long-range drive.

And Roar dangerman Thomas Broich had the 'keeper beat but watched another strike drift just wide as Brisbane notched six shots to one in the first half.

The Roar continued their control in the second half when Berisha was awarded a contentious penalty after collapsing from slight contact with Reds defender Osama Malik in the 48th minute.

But the striker fluffed the penalty shot, his weak low strike hitting the left post as Galekovic dived in the opposite direction.


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