AAP Soccer

Barbarouses doubles up against Roar

By AAP Newswire

Kosta Barbarouses destroyed Brisbane for the third time this A-League season, breaking records as Melbourne Victory edged the Roar 2-1.

The New Zealander scored a pair of first-half goals to earn Victory's first win in six weeks on Saturday night at Marvel Stadium.

The goals, his sixth and seventh this season against his former club, ties Shane Smeltz's single-season benchmark against one club set for Perth in 2011/12 against Victory.

"He could have had four or five tonight," coach Kevin Muscat said.

The red-hot striker refused to celebrate either goal, understood as a tribute to the victims of the horrific Christchurch attacks in his homeland.

Eric Bautheac's second-half consolation made the contest interesting but Victory were plainly the better side.

Without a win in six games, Victory couldn't have asked for a better fixture to rebound.

Having beaten the Roar 4-2 and 5-0 already this season at Suncorp Stadium, this was exactly what the doctor ordered and Victory lapped it up.

Barbarouses enjoyed a string of chances through the night, including an early volley blocked by Matt McKay.

With the help of Victory's Japanese superstar Keisuke Honda, Barbarouses broke through.

Honda split defenders Jacob Pepper and Daniel Leck to find the No.9, who raced through and curled past Brendan White.

A quarter-hour later, the A-League's leading assist-maker James Troisi provided once more, dinking a ball through for Barbarouses to thrash home a volley at the near post.

Victory shot themselves in the foot shortly after the break, when surprise selection Matt Acton in goals combined with Raul Baena to gift the Roar a lifeline.

Acton's throw to the Spaniard allowed Thomas Kristensen to steal possession and, from that, Bautheac arced a ball over the out-of-position gloveman.

After a brief onset of the shakes, Victory set about chasing the game and Barbarouses again found the goal at his mercy.

The hat-trick was there for him after fine play from Josh Hope and Honda, only for Barbarouses to fumble the opportunity.

Brisbane's interim coach Darren Davies injected veteran Henrique and debutant Zachary Duncan to try to find an unlikely equaliser.

The Brazilian had an 89th-minute chance to score past an onrushing Acton but fluffed his lines, letting Victory off the hook.

"I thought we were in with a sniff," Davies said.

"We hadn't died wondering ... we throwed everything that we could - made positive subs, scored a good goal."

Victory stay third but move to within a point of second-placed Sydney FC with the result.

Barbarouses' 13th goal of the season takes him to only one behind golden boot leaders Adam le Fondre and Roy Krishna.