Roar pinch late ALM draw against Western United

Joel Gould |

Jonas Markovski has salvaged a dramatic ALM point for Brisbane at home to Western United.
Jonas Markovski has salvaged a dramatic ALM point for Brisbane at home to Western United.

Western United’s added-time blues have continued as Brisbane stole a 2-2 draw in the A-League Men with a 91st-minute goal to Jonas Markovski at Suncorp Stadium.

It was the sixth goal the bottom-placed visitors had conceded this season after the 90th minute.

Western conceded two goals in added time on Tuesday night in the 2-1 loss to Melbourne Victory.

“It is hard to take but it is something we have to learn from,” United coach John Aloisi said.

“The older players have probably been through this but the younger players have to learn that when we holding on to a lead with a few minutes left that we defend that box with our lives.”

It was veteran defender Corey Brown who sent in the cross for Markovski to pounce.

The draw kept the Roar in eighth place on the ladder, just three points behind sixth-placed Western Sydney but they have played two more games.

“I am just a little bit disappointed because we like to win those games at home,” Roar coach Ruben Zadkovich said.

“I love the character and the spirit of the group and how we keep going. That is something we spoke about. We wanted in Jack Hingert’s 250th game for the club that our effort reflected how proud we are of him.”

In action for the third time in eight days, Western United made the dream start.

In the sixth minute Brisbane defender Antonee Burke-Gilroy failed to clear a cross and Nikita Rukavytsya pounced to score.

The Roar played with a lack of intensity in the opening half compared to their last home game against Melbourne City when they were full of running in a 5-1 win.

It was a sluggish start that proved very costly.

Nikita Rukavytsya.
Former Socceroo Nikita Rukavytsya celebrates scoring for Western United in Brisbane. (Darren England/AAP PHOTOS)

Brisbane had few opportunities in the first half. Striker Tom Waddingham had three half-chances while a header at the far post from unmarked defender Tom Aldred was defended by Western, drawing unsuccessful appeals for a handball from the home side.

Roar’s Keegan Jelacic and Aldred had headers negotiated by fingertip saves by Matt Sutton in a matter of minutes after the break.

Sutton wasn’t able to save a third when 18-year-old Waddingham headed home in the 58th minute from a Florin Berenguer corner for his fifth goal of the season.

Waddingham’s fourth in three games gave the visitors a wakeup call after they had tried to defend their lead.

Western United’s Riku Danzaki sent an inch perfect cross in for Noah Botic to shrug off Waddingham and score in the 79th minute.

Markovski then earned a point for the hosts.