Ben Halloran’s brace against his former club Adelaide United ensured all 3 points for Brisbane Roar in their 2-1 victory and their first home win of the Hyundai A-League at Coopers Stadium on Saturday.
Henrique who replaced Adam Taggart in the first half following a groin injury, scored for the Roar in the 67th minute in what was his 150th appearance converting Dylan Wenzel-Halls’ centre.
The match saw both sides down to 10-men during the second half after two red cards were issued, the second prompting an angry response from the Brisbane players.
Reds defender Taylor Regan was sent off after a VAR replay showed he gouged Stefan Mauk in a melee in the 78th minute – an offence referee Jarred Gillett only deemed worthy of a second yellow card.
Mauk was then sent off for a rash challenge on Craig Goodwin, despite the fact it was the Roar man who was left briefly unconscious after both players went for the ball with their studs up.
Meanwhile Sydney FC earned a hard fought 2-1 away victory over Central Coast Mariners at Gosford during Saturday’s other A-League clash.
After dominating the first half, Mariners were leading 1-0 after Matt Simon slid home a Matt Millar goal from close range in the 16th minute.
But Sydney pulled one back just before the break through Adam le Fondre, who equalised from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute after Jack Clisby fouled Rhyan Grant just inside the area.
Brandon O’Neil scored the winner with a left-foot screamer from 25 metres in the 65th minute. The Mariners tried hard to find an equaliser in the final 20 minutes but failed.
Meanwhile, play was stopped for a minute during the second half after a man on crutches wearing a moon boot, hobbled onto the field and gesticulated to the crowd before he was removed by security.