Roar fire late over Glory
The luck of Young Socceroo Dario Vidosic finally turned on Saturday as he led Queensland Roar to a scintillating 3-0 victory over Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium.
Vidosic, 19, brought a scrappy opening-round A-League encounter
to life when he was injected off the bench midway through the
second half to engineer three goals in six minutes.
From his first touch the youngster, who has hardly played for the past seven months after a succession of injuries, illness and accidents, looked at home.
Just when a goalless draw looked on the cards in front of 20,606 frustrated Brisbane fans, Vidosic skillfully chested an Andrew Packer cross to Scottish recruit Simon Lynch to cooly finish on a tight angle in the 79th minute.
The Roar then cut loose with former Celtic striker Lynch returning the favour to Vidosic who tapped home his own goal two minutes later.
The goal had Vidosic's father Rado, the Roar's assistant coach, jumping for joy in the coach's box.
The speedy Australian U20 player had only returned to training from stress fractures and glandular fever last month when his car was written off after being hit by an errant police car.
He escaped relatively unscathed but a knee laceration became infected.
"He's one of the best hidden secrets of Australian soccer," said Roar coach Miron Bleiberg.
"I believe Dario will be the first choice for the Australian Under 20 team. Even his father had him as man of the match."
Veteran sub Stuart McLaren put the final nail in the Glory's coffin in the 85th minute by slotting home after good lead-up work by Ante Milicic.
It was a sad way to end for Perth's 17-year-old goalkeeper Aleks Vrteski who had showed maturity beyond his years for the first 78 minutes.
The youngest player in the A-League, Vrteski was not overawed by the occasion in his senior debut and pulled off a string of desperate saves including a rattling first-half shot by Lynch.
Depleted by injuries, a virus which had swept through the squad, and an extremely short pre-season, Perth punched above its weight for most of the match and was well served by Stan Lazaridis and Simon Colosimo.
"I'm disappointed with the result, especially after being in the game for 80 minutes and also the fact we had some real chances of our own," said Glory coach Ron Smith.
The Glory had three clear-cut chances in as many minutes late in the first half with the best coming from skipper Jamie Harnwell, who got to a dangerous Lazaridis corner but his header flew to the left of the goals.
The Roar's first-half performance frusnner of many of last season's home games, when it just couldn't find the back of the net. But Bleiberg praised the new-found patience of his more mature side.
"Everything went according to plan and it was music to my eyes," he said.