Friday night was a different story as Roar clinched their first win of the season, with a 3-1 victory at Sucorp Stadium.

Injuries have hit Brisbane Roar since that game six weeks ago and there were five differences to their starting line-up as a result.

For City it was the first time Ross McCormack was absent and the first start for Marquee man Marcin Budzinski. Amid claims of a growing rift with City boss Warren Joyce, Socceroo Tim Cahill was also absent after picking up a knock in Wednesday night’s World Cup play-off success.

Roar were back in front of their home fans and now desperate to drag themselves off the bottom of the table, and hopefully attract some fans back to the cavernous Suncorp Stadium. So how did it all play out?


Jamie Young – 7.5

Was given no protection from his defence for City’s first goal and pulled off a wonderful late save to his right from a Neil Kilkenny thunderbolt. Another good parry late in the game to deny Budzinski.

Connor O’Toole – 7.5

The boy can cross! Second start in a row for the youngster and again he showed he belongs at this level. Seems to take the right option and will be interesting to see what Aloisi does when Corey Brown is available again.

Avraam Papadopoulos – 9.5

What a start for the centre-half! Intercepted in his own half before laying the ball off for Eric Bautheac on the left. He continued his run well after the Frenchmen had advanced down the left. After a shocking attempted clearance from Iacopo La Rocca, he headed past the keeper for the opening goal. Almost doubled his tally off a variation to a corner before it was cleared off the line but never fear! Avraam got on the end of a wonderful delivery to score his second, and his team's third, to put the result beyond doubt. Outstanding performance from the Aussie-born Greek defender.

Jacob Pepper – 7

Anchored the defence as his partner ventured forward and contributed to attacks. Doing a very good job in an unfamiliar position.

Jack Hingert – 6.5

Certainly not back to the form that saw him talked about as a right back option for the National Team but overlapped when the space opened up. He was at the centre of the kafuffle with Marcin Budzinksi.