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Brisbane beat Victory to lift A-League premiership

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2014 at 3:18 am •  Published: March 23, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — Luke Brattan's 25-meter strike in the second minute of stoppage time gave A-League leading Brisbane a 1-0 win over the Melbourne Victory to seal the regular season premiership with three rounds to play.

The win left Brisbane 10 points above the second-placed Western Sydney Wanderers on the A-League standings at the end of the 24th of 27 rounds, allowing it to lift the Premiers Plate and join the Victory as the most successful A-League clubs with two premierships and two championships.

Brattan limped from the field at halftime with a hip injury and was not expected to return for the second half. But he managed to convince coach Mike Mulvey to allow him to return and quickly produced a brilliant individual goal.

Brisbane was repeatedly denied by Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas, who made eight outstanding saves before being beaten by Brattan's long-range winner.

"To be honest ... I was always going to shoot," Brattan said. "I just kept my head down and tried not to hit it too hard.

"It was great to get it in and a bit of relief but now we're going to concentrate on finals."

Mulvey said Brisbane could not afford to relax in the remaining rounds of the regular season.

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