But it was the only shot that could get past Thomas, who had denied Brisbane eight times with quality clutch saves after they’d thrown everything at the visitors in the pulsating encounter in front of 17,965 captivated fans.
The result puts Brisbane 12 points clear of second-placed Melbourne with three rounds to play, and seals a place in the Asian Champions League in 2015.
The trophy means the Roar also equal the Victory as the most Portugal Jersey successful club in the history of the A-League with two premierships and two championships.
The Roar enjoyed almost two-thirds of the possession and looked dangerous but the Victory were equal to the challenge, and also had their chances.
Lawrence pulled off two successive diving saves from quick-fire shots by Henrique and Dimitri Petratos in the 11th minute.
He denied Liam Miller an even better chance after some slick one-touch football just two minutes later.
Thomas Broich and Matt McKay were a constant headache for the Victory’s right-side defence but it was the visitors who could have taken a surprise lead after two gilt-edged chances in the 35th minute.
Kosta Barbarouses was expertly shut down by Diogo Ferreira firstly before Roar keeper Michael Theo expertly blocked a close-range shot by James Troisi.
Replacing the suspended Besart Berisha, Henrique was closely checked by Leigh Broxham who tested referee Peter Green’s patience and was given a yellow card (eighth for season) that forces him out of next weekend’s clash with Sydney FC.
Meanwhile, the highly-rated Perth Glory youngster Daniel De Silva has flown to Italy in the hope of landing a multimillion-dollar contract with a Serie A club.
Ronaldo 7 Jersey The Glory confirmed De Silva flew to Europe on Saturday with his family for discussions with key representatives from an unnamed club.
Should De Silva sign a deal, it is likely he will remain with the Glory until he turns 18. De Silva turned 17 this month, and is contracted to Glory until July 2015.
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