A double from Jai Ingham has helped Brisbane Roar to a 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers in a meeting of two winless teams in the Foxtel National Youth League at Marconi Stadium.
The Wanderers fielded a trio of first-team squad members in Jason Trifiro, Dean Heffernan and Tahj Minniecon but it was to little avail in a fast-tempo contest with the Roar deserved victors.
Brisbane’s Shannon Brady broke the deadlock by sweeping home from close range after goalkeeper Thomas Manos was unable to hold Patrick Theodore’s angled shot from inside the penalty area.
Jai Ingham then crashed home a spectacular finish from the edge of the penalty area as the Roar doubled the advantage just past the half-hour mark.
Brisbane goalkeeper Denver Crickmore proved himself to be a stout last line of defence, showing his ability on several occasions, notably with a double block on the half-hour mark,
The Wanderers had several half-chances, notably via skipper Jake McGing but failed to haul themselves back into the contest.
Martin Lo came agonisingly close with a well-hit dipping free-kick for the Wanderers, while Roar invariably looked sharp going forward with their interchange of short passes a feature.
Brisbane extended the winning margin in the latter stages with Ingham coolly directing in a far-post header from a pinpoint right-sided cross.
The Wanderers, however, secured a consolation in injury time with Shannon D’Cunha pushing home from close range after the goalkeeper’s fumble.
Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Shannon D’Cunha 92m)
Brisbane Roar 3 (Shannon Brady 23m, Jai Ingham 34m, 84m)