McDonald scores stunner as Brisbane Roar thrash Melbourne Victory to go top


Brisbane Roar have moved back to the top of the A-League ladder, thrashing Melbourne Victory 5-2 to claim their fourth straight win of the season.

Ex-Socceroo Scott McDonald and Japanese import Riku Danzaki scored doubles as the Roar ran rampant at Dolphin Stadium on Saturday, to post four consecutive league victories for the first time since January 2016.

Victory, in comparison, are bottom of the league with just one win from five matches and with pressure already starting to mount on head coach Grant Brebner.

It's the second time this season the Roar have defeated Victory, having beaten Brebner's team 3-1 in Melbourne on January 2.

Red-hot Roar striker Dylan Wenzel-Halls started the rout in the 10th minute, outpacing the Victory defence to fire home his fifth of the season.

McDonald then had the Roar fans in dreamland just four minutes later when his crisp half-volley from the edge of the area left Max Crocombe stranded in the Victory goal.

The home side made it three inside 20 minutes when Crocombe and Adama Traore got their wires crossed attempting to clear a cross, the rebound falling kindly to Danzaki who stroked home.

Victory got one back almost instantly when a long ball released Traore down the left and Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio nicked in to poke home.

Brisbane restored their three-goal advantage in the 35th minute when McDonald was left unmarked at a corner to nod home from the six-yard line in another horror moment for the Victory defence.

Socceroo Robbie Kruse, who had barely featured in the half, missed a glorious chance in added time but was then bundled over on the edge of the box by Corey Brown, with Jake Brimmer curling home the resulting free kick to ensure a 4-2 score at the break.

Hopes that Brimmer's strike would spark a second-half fightback for Victory were quickly dispelled however when Roar centre-back Macaulay Gillesphey strolled through the attacking third before playing a pinpoint cross to Danzaki for the Japanese youngster's second.

Brimmer came closest to scoring for Victory in the second period with another free kick late in the term but his effort was tipped over by Roar keeper Jamie Young.

Brisbane will seek to extend their winning run when they host Macarthur FC on Tuesday while Victory's next match is against Western Sydney at Bankwest Stadium on Wednesday.

Source AAP