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Roar denied top spot

Northern NSW soccer chiefs remain locked in a stand-off with any resolve at least a month away.
Northern NSW soccer chiefs remain locked in a stand-off with any resolve at least a month away.

A SENSATIONAL injury time penalty save by Clint Bolton has denied Brisbane the chance to reclaim top spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder with the Melbourne Heart holding on for a 1-1 draw at Suncorp Stadium.

The Roar looked on track to record their fifth straight victory and move into the overnight competition lead when Besart Berisha drew a penalty from Simon Colosimo, but Mohamed Adnan had his powerfully chest-height drive parried away beautifully.

The Roar were the dominant side through the first half, and led 1-0 at the break, before a blitz from the Heart in the first five minutes of the second frame delivered the visitors their equaliser.

Mitch Nichols had the opener for the hosts at the half hour mark, driving low to the right and past Bolton from the top of the area after a Thomas Broich cross was blocked into his path by Heart defender Simon Colosimo.

Brisbane stopper Michael Theoklitos made brilliant saves to deny Eli Babalj and Jonathan Germano in the first three minutes of the second half, before Curtis Good made it third time lucky in the 48th, turning a head from the corner firmly into the net.

Read the full match report at the A-league website.

Topics:  brisbane roar hyundai a-league melbourne heart