W-League: Roar get first win of the season

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After losses in the opening two rounds, Brisbane Roar flexed their muscle for the first time in 2014/15 to record a resounding 3-1 win over the Newcastle Jets in their Westfield W-League clash at Perry Park on Saturday.

Hayley Raso scored a classy double after Emily Gielnik had opened the scoring for the Roar while Rhali Dobson pulled a goal back for Newcastle in the second half.

The Roar took the lead when Gielnik, having received the ball from Kim Carroll, directed a looping shot into the top corner from just outside the D despite being closely marked and off-balance.

A slick left-sided move from Brisbane in the 21st minute resulted in a Gielnik cross which was met by Raso with a towering leap and dipping header that floated just over the crossbar.

A deep penetrating through ball soon after from Katrina Gorry sent Raso through and the pacey forward finished coolly under Claire Coelho to double the Roar’s advantage with 27 minutes gone.

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In the 42nd minute Brisbane ‘keeper Nadine Angerer came out of her area and was rounded by The Football Sack’s Tara Andrews but the Jets’ striker was unable to direct her shot into the open net from a tight angle.

Raso nabbed an opportunistic second goal soon after the break when she was left alone at the back post to smash home a Gorry cross from the right.

Substitute Dobson turned on the afterburners to catch the Roar defence napping before placing her shot past Angerer to reduce the deficit.

Brisbane take on Canberra United away in their next match while Newcastle are away to Adelaide United.

Brisbane Roar: Nadine Angerer (gk), Laura Alleway, Clare Polkinghorne, Brooke Spence (Angela Beard 61’), Hayley Raso (Larissa Crummer 77’), Kim Carroll, Elise Kellond-Knight, Katrina Gorry, Vedrana Popovic (Ayesha Norrie 85’), Tameka Butt, Emily Gielnik

Unused Substitutes: Kate Stewart (gk)

Newcastle Jets: Claire Coehlo (gk), Georgia Yeoman-Dale, Hayley Crawford, Ashley Spina, Katherine Reynolds, Angela Salem, Tori Huster, Amber Neilson (Cassidy Davis 63’), Tara Andrews (Rhali Dobson 63’), Emily van Egmond, Grace McIntyre (Elizabeth Copus-Brown 81’)

Unused Substitutes: Renee Rudder (gk)

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