Melbourne City head coach Rado Vidosic has ruled his side out of finals contention after their 1-0 to Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park.

It was a frustrating afternoon for City who dominated the match and failed to score despite having 21 shots including a missed penalty from Elise Kellond-Knight which would have seen them take the lead minutes after half time

The loss sees City drop to sixth on table and while they can still mathematically qualify for the finals the team is at the mercy of quite a few results going their way, meaning they will be unable to win what would be a record-breaking fourth consecutive W-League championship.

“I don’t think we can make finals we are too far behind now,” Vidosic said.

“There are too many teams head of us.

“We’re really going to need something magical to happen and this season has been anything but.

“We need to learn that these things happen.

“It is what it is and the girls did work their hardest.

“But I just can’t see it happening this season.”

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Despite missing Kyah Simon due to injury City looked as dangerous as ever with Tameka Butt playing a more advanced role and threatened to score on multiple occasions.

Though it was Rhali Dobson who had the best chance to open the scoring in the 23rd minute, failing to convert into an open net after the ball had bounced off the crossbar which ultimately summed up City’s afternoon.

City worried Brisbane for much of the first half down the left hand side with captain Steph Cately putting in a solid performance and initiating many of the team’s attacks.

It looked as though the home side were going to be rewarded for their persistence when Jasmine Spencer was fouled inside the box and despite sending Arnold the wrong way, Kellond-Knight missed her penalty completely handing the Roar a lifeline.

Brisbane made City pay for their costly misses through Chioma Ubogagu in the 74th minute which may just have ended City’s season.

While not participating in the finals is not ideal for the three time Champions, Vidosic says the club will work towards developing locally based players and building a squad for years to come.

“This season we brought in some good players and new players from Melbourne,” Vidosic said.

“Our task will be to find more local locals and get them to this level.

“If we can’t do much more this year we need to start preparing for next year.

“We need to be smart now.”

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