Brisbane Roar’s winning run has been brought to a halt by Macarthur FC.
Aiming to secure five A-League wins on the trot for the first time since 2012, the Roar were beaten 2-0 by the Bulls at Dolphin Stadium.
In the first A-League meeting between the teams, the Bulls – who made seven changes to the team that started in their 2-2 weekend draw with Western Sydney Wanderers – scored twice in the final 15 minutes of normal time.
The provider of the first goal was substitute Jake Hollman, who got the better of experienced Roar fullback Jack Hingert before hitting a low cross into the path of unmarked midfielder Denis Genreau, whose 76th-minute shot was too good for Brisbane goalkeeper Jamie Young.
Substitute Matt Derbyshire sealed the victory in the 90th-minute when he chipped Young from distance after an error from young Roar defender Kai Trewin.
The Roar made no changes to the team that started in their 5-2 weekend thrashing of Melbourne Victory.
But while the goals flowed freely for the Queenslanders on Saturday, there was no such joy on a frustrating night for the three-time A-League champions
In losing, the Roar blew their chance to return to the top of the A-League ladder, with the Mariners still holding a three-point advantage at the summit.
The Bulls’ win moved them into third place on the table, a point ahead of Sydney FC, who have two games in hand on their NSW rivals.
In contrast to the frenzied beginning at the same venue on Saturday, when the Roar scored three goals in the first 17 minutes to bury Melbourne Victory, it was a dull start on Tuesday night.
The first genuine chance of the match didn’t come until the 26th minute.
It fell for the Roar, with wingback Josh Brindell-South the provider with a dangerous cross that found in-form striker Dylan Wenzel-Halls unmarked in the penalty area.
But Wenzel-Halls directed his header straight at Macarthur goalkeeper Adam Federici.
Brisbane had another headed chance three minutes later, however Federici again comfortably dealt with the effort, this time from Japanese midfielder Riku Danzaki.
No joy for Dylan
Livewire Roar forward Wenzel-Halls failed to continue his run of goals on a frustrating night for the in-form forward.
His best chance came in the second half when he outpaced the Bulls defence before unleashing with a shot that beat gloveman Federici but hit the post.
Wenzel-Halls was eventually replaced in the 79th minute by Masato Kudo, but the Japanese also could not get the better of the Bulls’ defensive unit in his short time on the field.