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A-League wrap: Roar snap losing streak in style

Brisbane Roar snapped their five-game losing streak on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium.

Victory made a great start through a sublime third-minute strike from Harry Kewell – his first in open play since joining the A-League – before the Roar stormed back into the game, levelling just before half-time before burying their rivals with a sharp second half.

In a night of fine finishing, Mitch Nichols scored his fourth for the season with a superb header, while Rocky Visconte and man-of-the-match Ivan Franjic both finished well after great assistance from the competition’s leading goalscorer, Besart Berisha.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Gold Coast United continued their recent resurgence, halting Central Coast Mariners’ six-match winning streak with a valuable 0-0 draw in Gosford.

And Newcastle Jets played out a 1-1 draw with a 10-man Perth Glory at Ausgrid Stadium.

Glory did well to walk away with a point after being reduced to 10 men away from home when goal-scorer Billy Mehmet was shown a straight red card just 30 minutes into the contest for his challenge on Tiago.

Perth took an early lead when Mehmet got in front of his marker to convert a Travis Dodd cross after just nine minutes.

Gary Van Egmond looked to his bench for some inspiration and brought on Francis Jeffers 10 minutes into the second half.

It took the Englishman just six minutes to find the back of the net after he headed home Kasey Wehrman’s cross in fine fashion, but despite their best efforts the Jets could not land the knockout blow.

Sat 31 December, 2011
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