Sunday, April 7, 2013

Wanderers lie in wait for Adelaide

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Roar determination nears finals

Brisbane Roar knocks out Adelaide United 2-1, in their elimination final at Hindmarsh Stadium on Sunday.

It's not quite a sellout yet, but the Western Sydney Wanderers' first ever final against defending champion Brisbane Roar on Friday night at Parramatta Stadium almost certainly will be.

There are no public seats left at the moment - they were all snapped up last week - but for those without a ticket there's a small window of hope to witness a slice of history.

Football Federation Australia's regulations mean a portion of tickets, thought to be around 1000, must be made available to travelling fans, but if their allocation isn't exhausted then those remaining tickets will be made publicly available.

Grounded: Roar frontman Besart Berisha falls during a tackle in front of Adelaide's Iain Fyfe.

Grounded: Roar frontman Besart Berisha falls during a tackle in front of Adelaide's Iain Fyfe. Photo: Getty Images

Western Sydney executive chairman Lyall Gorman said there was still a chance for those fans who missed out the first time.


''The opposition allocation will depend on the assessment of what sort of travelling crowd they may bring, but all the available tickets have so far been absorbed,'' he said.

''As I understand it, Brisbane Roar members will have at least a 24-hour period when they can buy tickets and if there's any left over, we'll have the opportunity to release those into the Football Family [ticketing program]. They'll be snapped up very quickly if there's any left over.''

Brisbane Roar ended Adelaide United's A-League season with an ominous 2-1 away victory in Sunday's elimination final.

Brisbane outclassed Adelaide, whose goal was scored late by Dario Vidosic, but Roar playmaker Thomas Broich and defender Jack Hingert suffered game-ending injuries. Broich damaged his left ankle in a tackling tangle and was substituted at half-time while Hingert was subbed in the 66th minute with an injured right ankle.

The injuries took some gloss off a sparkling triumph for the Roar, with defender Luke Brattan driving the first nail into Adelaide's coffin in the 27th minute.

Brattan snuck forward and was sighted by Broich taking a corner. The German arrowed a long cross to his teammate.

Brattan, gifted vast space by the Reds, pulled the trigger on a low shot from 20 metres that cracked into the shins of unexpecting Adelaide defender Cassio, standing a metre from the goal line. The ricochet gave Reds keeper Eugene Galekovic no chance and the Roar took a deserved lead.

Brisbane struck a second blow one minute into injury time when Mitch Nichols created Ivan Franjic's goal. Nichols launched a threatening cross into the box that found Franjic on an angled run - the industrious midfielder slotting a simple goal from five metres.

The Roar, minus Broich then Hingert, absorbed the best Adelaide could throw at it in the second half until Reds star Vidosic scored in the 89th minute, driving home a low right-footer.

Should the Wanderers win, they will host the grand final on Sunday, April 21 - albeit at Allianz Stadium.

Gorman said the fans had enough time and would have no lingering problems with an opportunity to claim the championship.

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