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Controversial goal gives Reds victory over Roar

  Queensland Roar VS Adelaide United

A controversial goal from defender Robert Cornthwaite has given Adelaide United all three points against Queensland Roar at Suncorp Stadium last night.

Neither goalkeeper was seriously troubled during the opening 45 minutes, with so few chances being created that a kookaburra perched on the crossbar of Adelaide’s goal for much of the half.

On the hour mark, poor defending by Queensland allowed Cornthwaite to nod home the winner, with Andrew Packer failing to clear a Cristiano header from a Paul Reid cross, the Reds defender held off a Josh McCloughan challenge to head over Roar goalkeeper Liam Reddy.

But replays clearly showed Cristiano was well off-side.

Matters were made worse for the Roar when they found the back of the net themselves a minute later, only for Matt McKay to be ruled off-side after an excellent finish to Michael Zullo’s cross.

The loss was the Queenslanders’ third in four home games at Suncorp Stadium this season, continuing the Roar’s history of poor home form. In 37 home matches during four A-League seasons, the Roar have tasted victory only 10 times.

United departed for Singapore on a high this morning, where it will hold a training session on Sunday before heading to Tashkent for Wednesday’s historic 2nd leg in the AFC Champions League Semi Final.

Match details

Queensland Roar 0
Adelaide United 1
(Cornthwaite 60’)

Crowd: 11,117 @ Suncorp Stadium
Referee: Mark Shield

Adelaide United: 30.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 4.Angelo COSTANZO, 6.CASSIO, 10.CRISTIANO (9.Paul AGOSTINO 69’), 13.Travis DODD (capt.) (21.Jason SPAGNUOLO 76’), 14.Scott JAMIESON, 15.Jonas SALLEY, 18.Fabian BARBIERO (3.ALEMAO 62’), 19.Sasa OGNENOVSKI, 24.Paul REID.

Substitutes Not Used: 40.Lucas ANDREUCCI (gk)
Yellow Cards: Birighitti 90’
Red Cards: Nil

Queensland Roar: 1.Liam REDDY, 2.Andrew PACKER, 4.Craig MOORE, 5.Josh McCLOUGHAN, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Massimo MURDOCCA, 10.Charlie MILLER (23.Tim SMITS 79’), 11.REINALDO (12.Tahj MINNIECON 69’), 15.Matt McKAY, 16.Hyuk-Su SEO (14.Ben GRIFFIN 55’), 18.Danny TIATTO.

Substitutes Not Used: 20.Griffin McMASTER
Yellow Cards: McKay 15’, Miller 33’
Red Cards: Nil

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Published on October 18, 2008

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