Roar crush Victory 4-0 to carry on hot streak

Brisbane Roar have edged one step closer to a finals spot with a dominant 4-0 win over Melbourne Victory on Sunday afternoon at Broadbeach.

A dominant first half saw the Westfield W-League side continue their hot finish to the regular season in scorching conditions and put themselves in good stead going into the final week.

Brisbane had control of the contest from the outset as they retained possession and easily sliced their way through Melbourne’s midfield.

Katrina Gorry fired a warning shot after 16 minutes as she mazed her way towards the edge of the box and rattled the crossbar with a left footed strike.

Just a minute later the Roar took a 1-0 lead from a corner through skipper Clare Polkinghorne.

The ball looped its way past the back post but Ruth Blackburn managed to head it back across the six yard box towards her defensive partner, who was strongest to nod it home.

With 22 minutes gone Gorry doubled her team’s advantage with the woodwork coming to her aid this time around.

After leaving the Victory midfield for dead, the Matildas star picked her spot from outside the area before letting fly with an unstoppable low drive that went in off the post.

Natasha Dowie could not make the most of a rare Victory chance after she was played in by Christine Nairn but she put too much on her dinked attempt.

On the half hour mark Kirsty Yallop made it 3-0 to all but put the game to bed.

The ball pinged around Victory’s box and they were made to pay for not clearing the ball as Yallop’s attempt on target wrong footed Melissa Barbieri and found its way into the back of the net.

Gorry was again playing tormentor to Victory’s backline eight minutes from half time only for her brilliant cut back to be blazed over by Amy Chapman.

Melbourne pressed from the opening whistle in the second half but couldn’t break Brisbane down as they sat back on their lead.

With five minutes left to play Annabel Martin almost grabbed Victory a consolation goal with her audacious strike hitting the post.

Shortly after Emily Gielnik was close to earning a goal for her outstanding performance but she was denied at the near post by Barbieri.

In the last kick of the game Angela Beard’s cross was bundled into the back of the net by Barbieri to hand Brisbane an eventual 4-0 margin.

Yallop dictated the game well from midfield and Gielnik was a constant threat playing on the right wing, defenders unable to deal with her strength and speed.

The Roar now travel to Newcastle for a date with the Jets to determine their finals fate.

BRISBANE ROAR: 1. KOPMEYER Haley, 3. CHAPMAN Amy, 4. POLKINGHORNE Clare, 6. BEARD Angela, 7. MARZANO Gabe, 10. GORRY Katrina, 11. YALLOP Kirsty, 13. BUTT Tameka, 14. O’BRIEN Summer, 15. BLACKBURN Ruth, 17. GIELNIK Emily.

SUBS: 8. NORRIE Ayesha, 12. FOOTE Alisha, 19. PERSSON Sofie, 20. SIMPSON Carrie.

MELBOURNE VICTORY: 2. NATOLI Alexandra, 4. TARANTO Melissa, 6. MARTIN Annabel, 7. BARILLA Enza, 10. NAIRN Christine, 11. BARBIERI Melinda, 13. SLATYER Thea, 16. RASO Hayley, 17. KOCA Gulcan, 20. BARBIERI Melissa, 27. DOWIE Natasha.

SUBS: 1. DIMOVSKI Cassandra, 8. POLLOCK Jamie, 12. KNIGHT Whitney, 15. TARANTO Adriana.

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