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Roar fell United in M1 Derby

BRISBANE Roar's perfect start to the season has continued with a 3-0 thumping over M1 rivals Gold Coast United.

United coach Miron Bleiberg was confident of ending the Roar's 30-match unbeaten streak heading into the game, but goals to Erik Paartalu, Besart Berisha and Mitch Nichols ended the visitor's dreams at Suncorp Stadium.


BRISBANE ROAR 3 (Erik Paartalu '14, Besart Berisha '61, Mitch Nichols '78)


HT: 1-0

But despite adding to its seemingly endless run of victories, the Roar failed to deceive as the all-conquering champions - a fact not lost on both camps.

"It wasn't a great performance in terms of the kind of footballing standards that we have set," Roar coach Ange Postecoglou said.

"(United) knocked us off our rhythm a little bit and we really struggled to find it."

Bleiberg said there was an amount of luck seeped in the game, but refused to play the blame game for the loss.

"I agree that 3-0 was a bit cruel, but that's the luck of the champions," he said.

"I want to give some fair excuses but it's not fair to give excuses without crediting the opposition.

"So they won and we deserved to lose."

Early in the game, both teams failed to provide the spark fans had come to expect from a M1 Derby.

But the Roar faithful were on their feet and full of voice in the 14th minutes as Paartalu powered the Roar into the lead.

Thomas Broich delivered a pin-point free kick into the path of Paartalu and the towering midfielder was left in acres of space to easily head past the exposed Glen Moss.

The goal stung United into life and but for the woodwork, would have drawn level just minutes later through Dylan Macallister.

The visitors were dominating this stage of the game and United's recent Dutch acquisition - Maceo Rigters - stung the hands of Michael Theoklitos with a powerful drive.

Brisbane was struggling to impose its style on the game, but was still finding chinks in United's armour from the wide areas - Paartalu and striker Berisha only left frustrated by their lack of accuracy.

Brisbane returned to the arena with the lead but a lack of precision in the squad's play.

Postecoglou took the hint and went to his bench 15 minutes into the half for the fresh legs of Kofi Danning and Massimo Murdocca.

And the changes had an instant effect with Murdocca setting up Berisha for the crucial second goal.

Taking one touch outside the area, Murdocca dissected the United defence with a sublime pass to the feet of Berisha.

The Albanian took the ball in his stride, rounded Moss and slid the ball home for his second goal in two games.

Bleiberg threw on the attacking talent of Robson and Joel Porter to find a foothold in the game.

But the home side killed off the game in the 78th minute when Mitch Nichols fired home the Roar's third.

Brisbane could have another two goals in the dying embers of the match, but the woodwork and Moss denied the two late salvos.

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