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Solorzano ends wait with Roar double

December 28, 2014 09:13:47 UK

Jean Carlos Solorzano ended a near four-year goal drought with a brace as Brisbane Roar fought back to draw 3-3 away to Central Coast Mariners.

The Costa Rican, who had not found the net since January 2011, scored in each half as the battling Roar denied Central Coast their first win since the opening round.

James Donachie was another hero for Brisbane, scoring their second goal and heading off the line to keep out what would have been a Mariners winner late on.

Donachie was at the centre of a second-half drama that saw referee Matthew Conger, taking charge of his first A-League game, award the home side an indirect free-kick just a couple of metres out from goal. The referee harshly penalised the defender for an alleged back-pass to keeper Jamie Young, but justice was served when Brisbane, with all 11 players on the line, were able to block the shot.

Brisbane areĀ 2.10 to win their next match against Sydney FC, who areĀ 3.40, with the draw 3.40.

Solorzano put the visitors ahead right at the end of a low-key first half when he controlled a bouncing ball well and found space for a shot past Liam Reddy.

The Mariners had a goal drought of their own to break, having not scored at home in over 400 minutes. Having kept their fans waiting for so long, they treated them to two in the space of six minutes.

First Anthony Caceres’ cross was thumped home by the head of Eddy Bosnar, then they took the lead with the first of two rebound goals.

Nick Fitzgerald brought a flying save out of Young, with the keeper then getting up to block Mitchell Duke’s follow-up effort. But the ball fell invitingly for Matt Simon to lash home from close range.

Donachie drew the Roar level when his 71st-minute header from a corner bounced off defender Storm Roux and past a stranded Reddy.

The Mariners went ahead for the second time when Young parried a Simon shot into the path of Seung Yong Kim, who volleyed into an empty net, but just two minutes later Solorzano got on the end of a teasing low cross from Daniel Bowles to make it 3-3.

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