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Brisbane Roar salvage 2-2 A-League draw against Newcastle Jets, return to top of table

Brisbane Roar have dodged A-League disaster, salvaging a 2-2 draw against plucky Newcastle in Friday night's clash at Suncorp Stadium.

A week on from upsetting another title contender, Melbourne City, the Jets threatened to continue their giant-killing ways, surging to take a 2-1 lead after conceding an early goal in an action-packed first half, which featured penalties at either end.

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The Roar stay one point clear on top of the A-League ladder, ahead of Western Sydney Wanderers.

But a fortunate deflection midway through the second half proved the Roar's ticket back into the match, although they will have to be content with a share of the spoils as Scott Miller's side were able to stick firm through their furious search for a winner.

The result temporarily puts the Roar one point clear on top of the A-League ladder, ahead of Western Sydney, who are favourites to beat Wellington at home on Sunday, while a draw does little for Newcastle's slim finals hopes.

Productive night: Mitch Cooper celebrates scoring a goal for the Jets during their 2-2 draw with Brisbane Roar.
Productive night: Mitch Cooper celebrates scoring a goal for the Jets during their 2-2 draw with Brisbane Roar. Photo: Getty Images

Brisbane drew first blood just five minutes in, referee Kris Griffiths-Jones pointing to the spot after Jets defender Nicholas Cowburn's clumsy challenge on Brandon Borrello.

The red-hot Jamie Maclaren took the penalty and though his first attempt was saved by a lunging Mark Birighitti, he blasted his follow-up into the roof of the net for his 11th goal of the season.

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But 10 minutes later the visitors struck back, when Enver Alivodic got the better of his marker Corey Brown and whipped a tantalising cross into the box.

Mitch Cooper was able to make contact with a glancing header, guiding the ball past Michael Theo to equalise.

Shortly after the Jets were ahead, and in bizarre circumstances.

Unable to cut out a Leonardo cross with his head, Brown saw fit to jump and thrust out his left arm to stop the ball instead.

Griffiths-Jones didn't hesitate to give the penalty and Milos Trifunovic duly converted, handing Newcastle a shock 2-1 lead.

For a while afterwards the Jets appeared to rather comfortably have the Roar's measure, but the hosts kept working, slowly wrestling back the momentum and eventually pegged one back.

With Newcastle pinned back in defence, Corona slipped the ball wide in the 69th minute to veteran stopper Jade North, who had bombed on to add support to Brisbane's attacking raid.

North sent a low ball into the danger area and while it didn't find a teammate, it did find Alidovic, who tried to block the cross but instead deflected it into the net.

Both sides tried to find a winner and went agonisingly close, with Mateo Poljak and Steve Lustica each hitting the woodwork within a minute of each other and Birighitti diving to save a late Corona free-kick, but 2-2 was the way it finished.

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