Roar make it 14 games unbeaten
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Brisbane Roar extended their unbeaten run in the A-League to an impressive 14 games with a 5-1 defeat of Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium today.

The win also increased Brisbane's advantage at the top of the standings to six points although second-placed Adelaide United have two games in hand.

The visitors took just eight minutes to open the scoring when Jean Carlos Solorzano stabbed home from close range after goalkeeper Matt Ryan had initially kept out a Mitch Nichols shot.

Solorzano then scored his and Roar's second just two minutes later, firing a shot from 20 yards into the bottom corner of the goal. The game was put beyond the Mariners with just 24 minutes on the clock when Nichols finished off a one-two with Kosta Barbarouses.

It's not easy in this league to go undefeated at any stage, but in particular over such a short period of time and with so much travel thrown in.
Ange Postecoglou, Brisbane Roar coach

Mariners coach Graham Arnold brought on strikers Adam Kwasnik and Daniel McBreen and the former made an almost immediate impact by pulling a goal back in the 50th minute.

However, Roar added to their scoring with a strike from Reinaldo and an Alex Wilkinson own goal before McBreen was sent off for a second yellow in the 90th minute to complete a miserable afternoon for the Mariners.

"It's not easy in this league to go undefeated at any stage, but in particular over such a short period of time and with so much travel thrown in," said Roar coach Ange Postecoglou.

"The players have done unbelievably well to cope with everything that's been thrown at them during the run. What we need to do now is to keep going and keep improving on the things we can."

In the day's other game, nine-man Perth Glory held on to secure a 1-1 draw at North Queensland Fury.

Robbie Fowler had given Perth the lead in the 23rd minute but the visitors faced an uphill task to defend their slender advantage when Aleks Vrteski and Branko Jelic were sent off in the second half.

Mark Hughes levelled for Fury nine minutes from time but they were unable to capitalise further on their numerical advantage and had to settle for a point. Fury remain bottom of the standings while Glory are ninth.