Roar reign in Gosford


A five-star performance has earned Brisbane Roar a strong win over the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford on Saturday night.

A pulsating contest finished in the Roar’s favour with four different goal scorers finding the back of the net for the visitors with some simply exquisite finishing on display.

A proud Darren Davies praised his side’s performance in a highly-entertaining and frenetic affair.

“We’re good for entertainment & I’m over the moon for the boys. The first three goals were fantastic…and we went on and scored a couple more too,” Davies said post-match.

“I thought we were the better side, but it was a shootout.”

“It’s so pleasing for the players, they came down here positive and got a very good result. Actions speak louder than words, the boys have bought in together & it was fantastic.” 

Eric Bautheac opened the scoring with a Goal of the Season contender, acrobatically finishing past Ben Kennedy on the half-hour mark before Alex Lopez put in his own contender with a wickedly struck first-time volley.

Connor Pain sliced the margin in half minutes later, but then it was Tobias Mikkelsen’s turn to show off his attacking abilities, perfectly placing a glancing header into the bottom corner.

The scoring wasn’t done yet for the first half as Aiden O’Neill again cut the margin to one in first-half stoppage time. O’Neill would be one of two Mariners sent off in the second half for a second bookable offence, alongside Matt Simon who was given his marching orders in second-half stoppage time.

Lopez’s second of the night, a well-placed finish into the bottom corner, restored the visitor’s two-goal lead before Dylan Wenzel-Halls netted his third goal in four games to seemingly secure the points for the Roar.

Jordan Murray bagged a late consolation goal for the home side, but the Roar had done enough to secure their first away win of Season 2018/19.

A split round in Round 21 means our next clash is a return to Suncorp Stadium to face Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday, 8 March (6:50pm KO). Get your tickets HERE.

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  • The Roar’s youngest ever player Izaack Powell was introduced in the 23rd minute for his second Hyundai A-League appearance in place of Dane Ingham. Daniel Leck also played his first minutes of the season, coming off the bench in the second half.
  • Four different scorers found the net for the Roar with two stunning strikes in the first half from Eric Bautheac & Alex Lopez.
  • The Mariners finished with nine men following red cards to Aiden O’Neill & Matt Simon.
  • The win is the Roar’s first on the road for the 2018/19 season, and their second in three matches.


Brisbane Roar – Bautheac 32′ – 0-1
Dylan Wenzel-Halls picks out Eric Bautheac’s diagonal run into the area, which is beautifully controlled off the chest of the Frenchman before he pulls off an acrobatic finish.

Brisbane Roar – Lopez 36′ – 0-2
Alex Lopez times a first-time strike to perfection, connecting beautifully with a dipping ball & beating Kennedy for sheer pace from the edge of the area.


Central Coast Mariners – Pain 38′ – 1-2
The Mariners break quickly from a free-kick as Connor Pain is found inside the area with a cross from the right wing, finishing well with a header from close range.

Brisbane Roar – Mikkelsen 45′ – 1-3
Tobias Mikkelsen is found inside the area, glancing a header across the face of goal which nestles inside the right post.

Central Coast Mariners – O’Neill 45+2′ – 2-3
Two Mariners link up with a one-two outside the area which is then finished off with a well-placed first-time strike from Aiden O’Neill.

Brisbane Roar – Lopez 54′ – 2-4
Lopez is afforded too much space as he charges towards the area before cutting on to his right & firing into the bottom corner.

Brisbane Roar – Wenzel-Halls 75′ – 2-5
Wenzel-Halls is played through behind the Mariners line setting up a one-on-one chance against Kennedy & he comes out on top, finishing through the keeper’s legs.


Central Coast Mariners – Murray 83′ – 3-5
A half-clearance from the Roar is headed back into the mixer before Jordan Murray’s header across goal finds the back of the net off the inside of the post.


Hyundai A-League 2018/19 – Round 20: Central Coast Mariners v Brisbane Roar
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Friday, 22 February 

Central Coast Mariners 3 (Pain 38′, O’Neill 45+2′, Murray 83′)

Brisbane Roar 5 (Bautheac 32′, Lopez 36′, 54′, Mikkelsen 45′, Wenzel-Halls 75′)

Half-time: 2-3

Hyundai A-League Round 20: Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney, Suncorp Stadium, Friday, 8 March