AAMI Park was as full as it could be these days of COVID-19, and Melbourne Victory supporters went out of their way to urge their team to a win in their first home game in nearly a year / p>

But their efforts were unsuccessful when Brisbane Roar took the lead on Saturday night and then won again 3-1, despite the impressive equalizer from winning debutant Callum McManaman in the first half to put the hosts in the driver’s seat

Roar lost his first game of the season to Melbourne City earlier this week, but was sharp on Saturday night

Victory hadn’t played and had been quarantined for nearly a month, so her inability to lose 90 minutes shouldn’t have been a surprise

The hosts controlled the opening phase, but the guests came out on top with two goals in the second half after taking the break at the same level

Grant Brebner was named Victory’s new coach in the dark winter days after a disappointing and tumultuous season, and little was expected immediately after the club lost key players like captain Ola Toivonen

But a few months – and a wise assessment of the transfer market – can change everything

Jake Brimmer and Jacob Butterfield have made it into midfield alongside veteran Leigh Broxham, and McManaman, a former Premier League regular, brought skill, pace, trickery and a fatal shot to the attack
Encouraging Brimmer to come forward and play positive passes at every opportunity, and Butterfield working hard in his box-to-box role, Victory looked focused and menacing

While the hosts dominated, it wasn’t all one-way traffic and Roar was dangerous during the break as she was in 16th place Minute when they took the lead, had a devastating impact

Former Victory full-back Corey Brown cleared to the left and hit the sideline before pulling a cross back to Dylan Wenzel-Halls to shoot

The young striker’s efforts might have worked out anyway, but veteran Scott McDonald made sure of it, prompting Victory to take up sideline careers immediately after a long delay, after a long delay, VAR decided McDonald was on the side and the target was up

Brebner’s side, however, was intrepid and came back with even more intent. An equalization seemed inevitable, and it came in the 24th Minute thanks to this fantastic goal from McManaman

The ex-Wigan Athletic player took advantage of a slip by Rahmat Akbari to pounce on a loose ball and head towards the Roar goal, slipping in for a challenge before hitting a heavy left-foot shot from outside of the area triggered to hit Jamie Young as the ball rolled around and within the long post

Victory increased the stakes with McManaman, who bonded well with Storm Roux on the right, and Adama Traore, who teamed up with Marco Rojas on the left, as Brimmer, Butterfield and Broxham took control of the middle of the field p>

But any team that doesn’t take advantage of their pressure is always vulnerable and Brisbane started the second period at a faster pace

At the hour, Macauley Gillesphey climbed up to bring a good delivery of Brown home from a corner to restore the lead to one goal 11 minutes from time, Wenzel-Halls ran to a long break and cleverly beat Nick Ansett before firing past Max Crocombe to give them the three points

Brebner’s suffering got worse when star Rojas hobbled away with a first muscle injury

The active fans of Victory were there with full voice at their first start of the season A banner honored the recently deceased fan Benjamin Diaz

Michael Lynch is The Age’s chief football reporter and also covers motorsports and horse racing

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