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Vidosic spearheads Roar's win over Glory

By Jim Morton 26/08/2006 09:31:08 PM Comments (0)

Young Socceroo Dario Vidosic's luck finally turned as he led Queensland Roar to a scintillating 3-0 A-League victory over Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium.

Vidosic, 19, brought a dour, scrappy opening-round encounter to life when he was injected off the bench midway through the second half to engineer three goals in six minutes.

From his first touch the youngster, who has hardly played for the past seven months after a succession of injuries, illness and accidents, looked at home.

Just when a goal-less draw looked on the cards in front of 20,606 frustrated Brisbane fans, Vidosic skillfully chested an Andrew Packer cross to Scottish recruit Simon Lynch to cooly finish on a tight angle in the 79th minute.

The Roar then cut loose with Lynch returning the favour to Vidosic who tapped home his own goal two minutes later.

The goal had Vidosic's father Rado, the Roar's assistant coach, jumping for joy in the coach's box.

The speedy Australian Under-20 player had only returned to training from stress fractures and glandular fever last month when he was hit by an errant police car in a traffic accident and developed a knee infection.

Veteran sub Stuart McLaren put the final nail in the Glory's coffin in the 85th minute by slotting home after good lead-up work by Ante Milicic.

It was a sad way to end for Perth's 17-year-old goalkeeper Aleks Vrteski who had showed maturity beyond his years for the first 78 minutes.

The youngest player in the A-League, Vrteski was not overawed by the occasion in his senior debut and pulled off a string of desperate saves.

Depleted by injuries and a virus which had swept through the squad, Perth, well served by Stan Lazaridis and Simon Colosimo, punched above its weight for most of the match.

The Roar's first-half performance frustrated the local fans in the same manner of many of last season's home games.

Following a well-worn script, Queensland pressed from the opening whistle but couldn't find the trigger, letting themselves down with poor options at promising moments.

Perth then turned the match with a free kick to Leo Bertos in the 26th minute which required a parried save by a mercurial Liam Reddy.

The Glory, with their confidence piqued, then had three clear-cut chances in as many minutes.

The best was when skipper Jamie Harnwell got to a dangerous Lazaridis corner but his header flew just to the left of the goals.

It seemed to wake the Roar from its mid-half slumber as Scottish recruit Simon Lynch, fed by Marcus Wedau, had the bulk of the crowd on its feet with a 38th minute shot on goal.

But Vrteski snuffed out the most dangerous play of the half by smartly deflecting the strike.

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