BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Brazilian striker Henrique gave Brisbane an eighth-minute lead and the Roar went on to beat the Central Coast Mariners 2-0 Saturday in the first leg of their A-League major semifinal playoff.
Erik Paartalu scored in the 86th minute to clinch the win for the Roar, who finished two points behind the first-place Mariners in the regular season. The winner of the two-leg series advances to the A-League grand final on April 22.
The teams play again next Sunday at Gosford on the Central Coast north of Sydney.
On Friday, Paul Ifill scored on a late penalty to give the Wellington Phoenix a 3-2 win and eliminate Sydney FC. The Perth Glory host Melbourne Heart on Sunday to determine Wellington's opponent in the second round.