GOLDEN Boot Besart Berisha scored with a penalty to lead champions Brisbane Roar to a controversial 1-0 win over bogey side the Newcastle Jets at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
Berisha converted from the spot in the 40th minute after Roar fullback Jack Hingert was brought down by Josh Mitchell to take his season tally to five and make it 18 goals in 19 games on home soil.
The win was the Roar's third of the campaign and moved them to 10 points.
But the big talking point was the red cards issued to Thomas Broich and Josh Mitchell.
What had been a relatively calm first half erupted a minute before the break.
Mitchell, who had been booked for his challenge on Hingert, retaliated after he was clattered into by Broich in back play.
After regaining his feet, Mitchell shoved the Roar playmaker, sparking wild scenes.
Both teams converged.
In the end referee Brenton Hayward, officiating his third A-League game, dished out a second yellow to Mitchell, a red for Broich and a yellow for Jets teenager Connor Chapman.
Roar midfielder Erik Paartalu was lucky not to at least get a caution after he ran 40 metres to get involved and cleary escalated the situation.
Jets coach Gary Van Egmond and Roar strength and condition coach Ken Stead exchanged words with the officials as they left the field at half time.
Broich will face a charge of violent conduct.
The Jets had won seven and drawn two of the previous 10 encounters at Suncorp Stadium.
Van Egmond named an unchanged line-up for the first time this season, sticking with the 11 that snatched a thrilling three-all draw with Melbourne Heart.
That meant that game-changers Craig Goodwin and James Virigili had to bide their time on the bench for a second week.
Rado Vidosic, who has been under extreme pressure, was forced to field a new central defensive pair with Matt Jurman and rookie James Donachie in for Socceroos Matt Smith and Ivan Franjic.
In a surprise, Mitch Nichols, who was on the fringe of Socceroos selection a year ago, was left out of the squad altogether.
The Jets have won the four games in which marquee striker Emile Heskey has scored.
The former England international had two chances to add to his goal tally in the opening five minutes.
He was unable to get his head to a Griffiths cross at the far post in the third minute. Two minutes later Roar defender Jack Hingert provided enough pressure to put the striker off balance as he went to put foot to ball 10 metres out.
Ribeiro looked far more comfortable in his second start. He combined with Heskey to put James Brown into space but the former Gold Coast attacker couldn't beat the strong hand of Michael Theo.
The home side started to find their rhythm midway through the half. They moved the Jets defence from one side to the other and created space.
Paartalu fired a shot from distance, which beat Matt Nash but flashed past the outside of the right post.
Henrique did likewise a minute later as the Roar looked to have regained their swagger.
All that was missing was a goal.
That came five minutes from the break courtesy of a penalty after Josh Mitchell hung out a lazy leg and clipped Jack Hingert in the box.
Berisha was ice cool from the spot, taking his tally to 18 goals in 19 games at Suncorp Stadium.
The send-off forced a reshuffle at the back for the Jets. Ritter slotted in alongside Chapman in the heart of defence. Josh Brillante came on at the break for the unlucky Ribeiro at left back.
Griffiths went close to levelling four minutes after the break with a swinging effort but a minute later became another addition to Hayward's book.
It was his fifth yellow card of the season and he will miss the local derby against the Mariners at home on Saturday.
Needing to chase the game, van Egmond introduced Goodwin for Brown with 25 minutes remaining.
Henrique missed a golden chance to seal the match for the home side when he played in at the back post.
But his casual side-footed effort was brilliantly saved by Nash.
Van Egmond played his final card with 20 minutes remaining, bringing on James Virgili for Wheelhouse and reverting to a 3-3-3 formation.