Relentless Roar trample Sky Blues

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On a very hot day at Central Coast Stadium Brisbane Roar showed no mercy as they ran out victors with a dominant 3-0 victory over Sydney FC in the Westfield W-League.

Emily Gielnik and Tameka Butt linked up for the Roar’s first goal in the 19th minute before Sydney’s Alanna Kennedy deflected a cross into her own net in the 38th minute. Brisbane sealed their win in the 63rd minute when Clare Polkinghorne converted a freekick with a precise header.

Sydney FC started the better of the two teams as they utilised American Jasmyne Spencer to challenge the Roar goal. Brisbane meanwhile sought to steadily increase their influence over the game. It only took until the 19th minute for the the breakthrough.

Gielnik received the ball in Sydney’s third and took a steady touch before playing a perfectly weight ball for Butt to run onto in the box and slot past Michelle Betos for the first goal.

The Sky Blues looked to quickly hit back through Teresa Polias and Alanna Kennedy but Sydney would ultimately create their own undoing.

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With fatigue setting in towards the end of the first half Alanna Kennedy wasn’t able to clear Gielnik’s 38th minute cross for a corner, and instead sliced it into the top of her own net.

Sydney seemed deflated as the game became a stop-start contest but Brisbane weren’t finished yet.

Roar put the result beyond doubt when Polkinghorne headed home Angela Beard’s 63rd minute free-kick. Beard floated her cross in from the right side line and Polkinghorne met it at the back-post to give Brisbane a 3-0 lead.

Sydney did not give up as Kyah Simon used fancy footwork on the sideline to give Spencer a crossed opportunity to score. Spencer’s floated her header over the keeper, but it crashed into Haley Kopmeyer’s crossbar.

Brisbane held on and did not concede despite a late Sydney barrage of chances.

The 3-0 win is just Brisbane’s 3rd of the season as they stay near the bottom while Sydney manage to sustain their position near the top of the table. Both teams will look for further improvements in the coming weeks as they stake their Westfield W-League claims.

Sydney FC: 1. BETOS Michelle (GK), 2. RALSTON Elizabeth, 4. FRANCO Sunny, 5. SPENCER Jasmyne, 6. POLIAS Teresa, 7. BOLGER Nicola, 8. HARRISON Amy, 14. KENNEDY Alanna, 15. ALLEN Teigen, 17. SIMON Kyah, 19. KHAMIS Leena.

Substitutes: 9. IBINI Princess, 12. PRICE Olivia, 16. BACON Hannah, 18. KHAMIS Sham.

Brisbane Roar: 1. KOPMEYER Haley, 3. CHAPMAN Amy, 4. POLKINGHORNE Clare, 6. BEARD Angela, 7. MARZANO Gabrielle, 8. NORRIE Ayesha, 10. GORRY Katrina-Lee, 14. O’BRIEN Summer, 15. BLACKBURN Ruth, 17. GIELNIK Emily.

Substitutes: 9. VINE Courtney, 12. FOOTE Alisha, 18. FORBES Maili, 20. SIMPSON Carrie.

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