Western Sydney’s A-League season is still alive after a 2-0 win over Brisbane at Bankwest Stadium.
In a scrappy affair, the hosts bounced back from their midweek loss to Wellington to claim a victory, thanks to goals in either half from Bernie Ibini and Bruce Kamau.
It leaves the Wanderers with a slim chance of securing finals football for the first time in four seasons, moving to eighth on the ladder on 34 points, two points behind sixth-placed Macarthur with just one game to play.
The hosts took the lead via a clever right-foot snapshot from outside the box by ex-Socceroo Ibini in the 28th minute, his accurate finish eluding a diving Jamie Young in the Roar goal.
Having put the ball in the back of the net in either half through Kamau and Keanu Baccus only to be denied by a linesman’s flag, Kamau’s 88th minute strike sealed the win for Carl Robinson’s team.
Defeat hurts Brisbane’s hopes of a top-four finish and also means they need a positive result against Perth on Wednesday at Moreton Daily Stadium to make sure they secure their position in the finals race.
The Roar huffed and puffed throughout but couldn’t find a way past Wanderers goalkeeper Daniel Margush, who made several good saves including notable efforts to deny Japanese youngster Riku Danzaki and substitute Cyrus Dehmie.
Danzaki had a great chance to equalise in the 86th minute after a cross from Kai Trewin but he could only hit the ball back from where it came than turn it into the net from close range.
Brisbane also lost captain Tom Aldred with what looked like a recurrence of his recent hamstring injury in the first half, with the English defender surely in doubt to face the Glory on Wednesday.
Western Sydney travel to face fourth-placed Adelaide on Thursday knowing they have to win that game and hope other results go their way to make the finals.