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Brisbane Roar get better of Wellington Phoenix and humidity in Cairns

  • Brisbane Roar 2-1 Wellington Phoenix
  • Jamie Maclaren winner settles contest in Far North Queensland

After missing a hatful of chances, Jamie Maclaren was the eventual hero as Brisbane Roar came back from a goal down to defeat Wellington Phoenix 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. The young Roar striker gave the 5,162 spectators in Cairns a fitting reward for turning out in oppressive, mid-afternoon Far North Queensland humidity.

From Perth to Dunedin, Geelong to Townsville, since 1977 the national league has bravely battled the tyranny of distance. How many other football leagues in the world can claim, completely unselfconsciously, a Long Distance Derby Cup?

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