W-League | Stott brace earns City 3-1 win over Roar

Melbourne City have moved a step closer to securing a W-League finals berth, beating Brisbane Roar 3-1 in a dominant display at C.B. Smith Reserve on Sunday evening.

In scorching conditions, where temperatures exceeded 30 degrees Celsius, City won their first game in six weeks thanks to a Rebekah Stott brace.

Considering the heat, the game began at a surprisingly frenetic pace.

Both teams played very attacking football and looked to threaten the score sheet at any given chance.

City looked more polished than Roar though, pinpointing passes and putting the ball in dangerous positions on several occasions.

Marianna Tabain capitalised on City’s early dominance to put the home side up 1-0 in the 18th minute.

Questioned over whether they could replicate their 2015/16 W-League form, City made it clear from the outset they were determined to quash critics and return to the winners list.

Battling to secure a finals berth, three points was crucial for a top four finish.

A dominant 45 minutes from City and after referee Lara Lee blew her whistle for halftime, the home side led Roar 1-0.

The frenetic pace of the first half inevitably slowed as fatigue set in, but again, City looked the more assured side to start the second half.

Stott extended City’s lead to 2-0 in the 62nd minute with her first goal since 2012 and her first for the club.

Roar had not looked close to scoring but seemingly out of nowhere Katrina-Lee Gorry hit the back of the net with a tap in to cut the lead back to one.

After Gorry’s goal, momentum began to build for Roar and they had a golden opportunity to equalise through Amy Chapman in the 79th minute after City ‘keeper Lydia Williams was out of position, but Chapman’s strike flew wide.

There was a temporary stoppage in the 83rd minute following a City corner where Roar defender Nina Frausing-Pederson hit the turf after a collision. It initially looked serious but she was okay and, due to the incident, the fourth official signaled for seven minutes of stoppage of time.

Two minutes later, Stott scored a screamer from outside the box to give City an unassailable 3-1 lead.

Roar defenders were flatfooted and Stott made them pay. Her shot floated past the gloves of ‘keeper Georgina Worth, her second goal for the game.

City finished 3-1 victors but the game ended in bizarre circumstances.

Midway through seven minutes of stoppage time, the automatic sprinkler system turned on and could not be turned off.

Lee, after long discussions with her assistants and officials, decided to blow her whistle for fulltime.

To secure that prized W-League finals berth, City must earn at least a point against Newcastle Jets on the road next week, while Roar are now out of finals contention.

Melbourne City 3 (Tabain 18’, Stott 62’ 90+2’)
Brisbane Roar 1 (Gorry 67’)

Stadium: C.B. Smith Reserve
Crowd: 478

Referee: Lara Lee
Assistant Referees: Laura Moya & Joanna Charaktis
Fourth Official: Kate Jacewicz

Melbourne City: 1. WILLIAMS Lydia (GK), 2. ALLEN Teigen (19. VLAJNIC Tyla Jay 88’), 3. BARNES Lauren, 5. ALLEWAY Laura, 6. LUIK Aivi, 7. CATLEY Stephanie, 10. FISHLOCK Jessica, 13. STOTT Rebekah, 14. AYRES Melina (11. TYMRAK Erika 59’), 16. YANEZ Beverly, 17. TABAIN Marianna
Substitutes: 20. SHIELDS Emily (GK), 11. TYMRAK Erika, 15. JACKSON Amy, 19. VLAJNIC Tyla Jay

Brisbane Roar: 20. WORTH Georgina (GK), 2. FRAUSING-PEDERSON Nina, 3. CHAPMAN Amy, 4. POLKINGHORNE Clare, 8. TORPEY Kaitlyn (5. SPENCE Brooke 66′), 9. VINE Cortnee (12. TOBY Allira 59’), 10. GORRY Katrina-Lee, 13. BUTT Tameka, 14. O’BRIEN Summer, 17. GIELNIK Emily, 18. EVANS Madlyn
Substitutes: 30. AOYAGI Ayana (GK), 5. SPENCE Brooke, 6. BEARD Angela, 12. TOBY Allira

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