Brisbane cruise to comfortable victory

Brisbane Roar defeated Adelaide United 3-1 on Sunday in a well-deserved victory away from home.

The visitors had less of the ball and fewer chances but unlike their opponents were clinical in front of goal.

The encounter began in a very open fashion with both sides prepared to back their pace and fitness early.

It made for outstanding viewing as the ball scampered up and down the pitch.

Katrina Gorry was producing the attacking threats for Brisbane while Adelaide’s Lauren Steer was starting their own counter out of defence.

Despite the excitement and attacking football on offer, chances were somehow hard to produce.

Both defences were keeping solid and in tune with their structure breaking up any offensive play.

That all changed in the 25th minute however when Roar defender Ruth Blackburn poked the ball home after an excellent cross.

The 1-0 deficit startled the home side and saw them attack the Roar goal with greater desire and meaning.

Dahlkemper firstly dodged and weaved her way past numerous Roar defenders before unleashing a cannon that just went over the bar.

And less than a minute later the exquisite Tiarne Powell had her powerful shot saved by the Roar keeper.

As Adelaide pushed desperately for the equalizer more and more numbers began to converge up the field, allowing Brisbane to counter ferociously at the other end.

With a swish and flick Brisbane piled on two goals in less than two minutes to stun the home crowd and effectively end the game before half time.

Yallop scored their second in the 39th before Marzano set sail with a long ranged goal in the 40th to make it 3-0.

Adelaide’s second half was outstanding as the home side effectively locked the ball in the visitors’ final third.

Their finishing however was poor with several golden opportunities squandered that could have made the conclusion interesting.

Adelaide did pull one back in the 94th courtesy of Dahlkemper but it was pure consolation.

The comfortable 3-1 victory sees Brisbane move to 12 points equal with Adelaide and Newcastle.

Brisbane now faces Melbourne Victory in a crucial encounter while Adelaide travels to Perth to tackle the Glory.

ADELAIDE UNITED: 1. SAVAGE Kaitlyn, 2. STEER Lauren, 3. GUMMER Alexandra, 6. RYDER Chantelle, 12. MILNE Elizabeth, 18. MAGGIO Lorena, 4. KILLION Sarah, 13. DAHLKEMPER Abigail, 11. SUTTON Rosie, 5. TOBY Allira, 17. POWELL Tiarn.
SUBSTITUTES: 10. CAMPAGNALE Georgia, 8. CONDON Emily, 20. JENKINS Claudia, 15. McNAMARA Matilda.

BRISBANE ROAR: 1. KOPMEYER Hayley, 3. CHAPMAN Amy, 10. LEE GORRY Katrina, 4. POLKINGHORNE Clare, 7. MARZANO Gabrielle, 15. BLACKBURN Ruth, 11. YALLOP Kirsty, 6. BEARD Angela, 17. GIELNIK Emily, 13. BUTT Tamika, 14. O’BRIEN Summer.
SUBSTITUTES: 20. SIMPSON Carrie, 9. VINE Courtney, 12. FOOTE Alisha, 8. NORRIE Ayesha.

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