Adelaide down Brisbane to earn shock 2-1 victory

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Adelaide United scored a goal either side of the half to claim a surprise win over Brisbane Roar in the W-League on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Rosie Sutton and Emily Condon meant the Lady Reds left Cleveland Showgrounds with all three points.

It was favourites Brisbane who maintained control early on and they looked to get returning Matilda Katrina Gorry on the ball as often as possible.

But it was Gorry being dispossessed near the half way line by Alexandra Gummer that led to the opener for Adelaide.

Gummer picked out Condon, who forced goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer into a fine save.

The Roar couldn’t clear the ball and it was whipped back into the box to the unmarked Sutton, who nodded it into the back of the net.

Brisbane tried to respond instantly through Emily Gielnik but she struggled to control an inviting cross, edging it wide.

Their direct style was effective early on and Adelaide goalkeeper found Tiarn Powell with a hoofing ball up the field. Her dink over the advancing Kopmeyer however cleared the bar as well.

Gabrielle Marzano tried to get things going for Brisbane as she got up a head of steam, hurdled her marker on the touchline and sent a beautiful weighted pass to the far edge of the box to Gielnik.

The striker was wasteful again as she shot straight into the arms of goalkeeper Kaitlyn Savage.

It was a superb solo effort from Gorry that brought the Roar back into the game after 20 minutes. The Brisbane midfielder mazed her way into a pocket of space before drilling a shot hard and low to Savage’s right from well outside the box.

Heading into the break it was an equal contest with Brisbane trying hard to control possession while Adelaide’s direct style was causing problems at the other end.

Brisbane almost caught Adelaide napping a minute into the second half as Tameka Butt’s surging run into the box was found by Amy Chapman but the midfielder failed to convert.

It was Adelaide United who would go ahead once again with 52 minutes played.

A cross was curled dangerously into Brisbane’s box and Angela Beard failed to deal with the danger, allowing Emily Condon the golden chance to poke it past Kopmeyer.

Emily Gielnik pushed hard for an equaliser for Roar and she tested Savage from range, who palmed away her rasping effort.

Roar had one final chance at the death but an inviting ball from a corner was headed agonisingly wide by Summer O’Brien.  

The victory propels Adelaide to third on the table while Brisbane remain in second, surely disappointed not to preserve their perfect start to the season.

Brisbane Roar: 1. KOPMEYER Hayley, 3. CHAPMAN Amy, 4. POLKINGHORNE Clare, 6. BEARD Angela, 7. MARZANO Gabrielle, 8. NORRIE Ayesha, (9. VINE Cortnee 63’), 10. GORRY Katrina, (11. YALLOP Kirsty 63’), 13. BUTT Tameka, 14. O’BRIEN Summer, 15.BLACKBURN Ruth, (16. SPINA Ashley 78’), 17. GIELNIK Emily.

Substitutes not used: 20. SIMPSON Carrie

Adelaide United: 1. SAVAGE Kaitlyn, 2. STEER Lauren, 3. GUMMER Alexandra, 4. KILLION Sarah, (5. TOBY Allira 79’), 6. RYDER Chantelle, 8. CONDON Emily, (9. RAJCIC Marijana 69’), 10. CAMPAGNALE Georgia, 11. SUTTON Rosie, 12 MILNE Elizabeth, 13. DAHLKEMPER Abigail, 17. POWELL Tiarn. (18. MAGGIO Lorena 66’).

Substitutes not used: 20. Claudia Jenkins

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