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Roar lift late to beat 10-man Jets

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/04/2016 Vince Rugari
Thomas Broich of the Roar celebrates scoring a goal with team mates during round 26 A-League match between Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, on Saturday, April 3, 2016. © AAP Image/Glenn Hunt Thomas Broich of the Roar celebrates scoring a goal with team mates during round 26 A-League match between Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, on Saturday, April 3, 2016.

Veteran Thomas Broich broke an 11-month goalscoring drought to help seal a crucial come-from-behind 2-1 A-League win over a 10-man Newcastle on Sunday.

The Roar's hopes of capturing the Premiers Plate looked gone for all money midway through the second half, when they were 1-0 down to the lowly Jets and seemingly out of ideas at Suncorp Stadium.

But the introduction of substitute Henrique, who was involved in both goals, changed the game - along with a third red card of the season to Newcastle captain Nigel Boogaard - and keeps them in the mix for a potential top-placed finish ahead of next weekend's final round.

Brisbane are now a point clear in first position, but could be joined at the summit of the A-League table by Melbourne City, who face Perth Glory at nib Stadium in the late match on Sunday.

Frustrated after a largely dominant first half failed to yield any goals, the Roar were left shell-shocked in the 49th minute when Leonardo scored from the penalty to give the Jets an unlikely 1-0 lead.

It came about after a shot from lively Jets midfielder Steven Ugarkovic made contact with the left arm of Brisbane veteran Jade North, who looked as if he was shaping to chest the ball.

Referee Strebre Delovski had a clear view and had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, and Leonardo's conversion brought on a hushed silence from the 14,285 in attendance.

Roar coach John Aloisi responded immediately by withdrawing winger Brandon Borrello for Henrique, and then raised further eyebrows six minutes later when he took off leading goalscorer Jamie Maclaren, who was struggling with an ankle knock, for fringe Socceroo Tommy Oar.

The moves shocked Brisbane back into action.

Henrique lived up to his super-sub reputation by earning a 67th minute penalty, with Boogaard shown his ninth career red card for bringing down the Brazilian-Australian livewire in the box.

After scoring to restore parity, Henrique was also involved in the goal that gave Brisbane the lead in the 74th minute.

He dummied to allow a ground cross from vastly-improved left-back Corey Brown to slide between his legs and into the path of Broich, who thumped the ball into the bottom corner for his first goal since last year's A-League semi-final.

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