A-League

Taggart double puts Roar in the winners circle

The Brisbane Roar have secured their first 3-points in the 2018/19 Hyundai A-League competition off the back of two goals from forward Adam Taggart.

The Roar hosted the fourth-placed Melbourne City at Suncorp Stadium for the round five clash.

The home side was coming into the game with three draws and a loss so far this season.

The opening moments of this clash had both sides defence stretched, but also attacking opportunities going astray.

Taggart came off the field momentarily to receive treatment on a suspected dislocated left shoulder, in what could be said as an innocuous incident in the 15th minute.

The Roar had a few chances in the middle section of the first half but their execution was much to be desired.

Melbourne City was unlucky not to receive a penalty in the 23rd minute when the Roar’s defender Avraam Papadopoulos went in with a heavy challenge in the penalty box but was later cleared by the VAR.

In the 25th minute, Taggart finished off a set move from a corner to secure the first goal of the match for the Roar.

Taggart almost had his second goal moments later when a weak City defence opened up but his radar wasn’t as precise on this occasion.

The Brisbane Roar went into the hard-time break 1-nil up for the first time in 2018/19 season.

The Roar was forced to make a substitution in the 60th minute when forward Eric Bauutheac succumbing to an earlier lower leg injury, introducing veteran Henrique into the game.

20-minutes into the second half, Taggart again found the back of the net off an Alex Lopez pass.

Some defending prowess from City defender Harrison Delbridge kept the Roar onslaught at bay, particularly on one occasion, heading the ball clear from a certain goal by Connor O’Toole.

The Roar also debuted the former Melbourne Victory defender Stefan Nigro with 5-minutes remaining on the clock.

Taggart told Fox Sports after the game he was thrilled with the performance.

“That’s the standard now and we need to improve on that,” he said.

The Brisbane Roar will now hit the road with an unusual six straight away games, starting with Adelaide United at 6:50 pm (Qld Time) next Friday night.

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