Ono secures victory for Wanderers over Roar

LIAM FITZGIBBON
Last updated 21:20 09/12/2012
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WINNING GOAL: Shinji Ono.

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Marquee star Shinji Ono's first A-League goal gave Western Sydney their second win over reigning champions Brisbane Roar this season in a dramatic finish at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday.

Japanese playmaker Ono ended his frustrating wait for a first goal, converting an 87th-minute penalty in a 1-0 win to leave the Roar level with Sydney FC at the bottom off the ladder.

It was a repeat scoreline of the Wanderers' triumph over Brisbane earlier this season, the rookie club's first ever win.

With the match seemingly headed for a draw as both sides struggled at times in strong winds, substitute Dino Kresinger - booed by his own fans as he came on - turned the game when he marched into the box and was brought

down by Matthew Jurman.
Ono, who had missed a great opportunity to score just two minutes earlier, made no mistake with the spot kick to send the 6755 home fans into raptures.

The Roar's response was spectacular and they almost equalised several times, with Mitch Nichols and Shane Stefanutto both hitting the post.

Up until the goal it had been a tale of two halves with the Wanderers unlucky not to have taken at least a one-goal advantage into the break and Brisbane stronger after halftime with the wind at their backs.

Western Sydney were denied a spectacular opener only by the crossbar in the eighth minute when Youssouf Hersi unleashed a ferocious drive from 20m out.

Mateo Poljak hit a first time shot similarly well five minutes later only for it to be deflected just wide of the posts.

Ono had a good shot deflected away in the 26th minute and sent a curling free kick just wide.

Brisbane had several decent chances in the first half, probably the best falling to Ben Halloran in the 29th as he trickled a shot across the face of goal.

Ante Covic was called into action soon after the break to deny Besart Berisha as the Roar came out with renewed vigour.

They continued to mount pressure, though they were lacking a spark in front of goal.

Ono's drought looked set to continue when he flashed wide in the 85th but Kresinger set up a fairy tale finish and those that had booed him were soon chanting his name.

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