W-League | City roll Roar in Semi Final rematch

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In a nail-biting Semi Final rematch at AJ Kelly Park, Melbourne City fought back from a goal down to defeat the Brisbane Roar 2-1 in Sunday’s scorching Westfield W-League clash.

Katrina Gorry opened the scoring just one minute into the game followed by consecutive off-target attempts in front of the 1327 strong crowd.

Melbourne City were quick to equalise with Jessica Fishlock managing to slip past Roar’s defence in the 6th minute, firing a successful shot to the bottom right corner and past ‘keeper Mackenzie Arnold.

Roar looked dominant in the first half, holding predominant possession and delivering an onslaught of opportunities thanks to Tameka Butt, Nina Frausing-Pederson and Gorry.

At 24 minutes Erika Tymrak scored her first City goal from long range to give Melbourne a 2-1 lead.

Currently on loan from Seattle Reign FC, Welsh import Jessica Fishlock was a force to be reckoned with, giving plenty of pressure to Roar defenders and successive shots at the nets met my Arnold.

Maili Forbes received the first yellow card of the game conceding a free kick to City which was sent over the bar by Teigen Allen.

Amy Chapman played a superb match making several long range attempts at the goals; Lydia Williams stood strong to deflect all efforts including an impressive fingertip save.

Roar pressed hard in the second half in desperate search of an equalising point and some fiery challenges saw Tameka Butt and Lauren Barnes both handed yellow cards.

With just ten minutes left in the match, Allira Toby and Clare Polkinghorne serially managed to power past City’s defence for a shot at the goals but failed to meet the back of the nets.

As the game came to a close, immense efforts by Roar were met with desperate defending by City to secure them the 2-1 victory. City are now undefeated title for a fifth week.

Next week will see Brisbane take on Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium, a match which could draw a record crowd for the W-League outfit.

Brisbane Roar FC 1 (GORRY 1‘)
Melbourne City FC 2 (FISHLOCK 6’, TYMRAK 24’)

Stadium: AJ Kelly Park, Kippa Ring
Attendance: 1613

Brisbane Roar FC: 1. ARNOLD Mackenzie (gk), 2. FRAUSING-PEDERSON Nina, 3. CHAPMAN Amy, 4. POLKINGHORNE Clare, 6. BEARD Angela, 10. GORRY Katrina-Lee, 11. FORBES Maili, 13. BUTT Tameka, 14. O’BRIEN Summer, 17. GIELNIK Emily, 18. EVANS Maddy
Substitutes: 5. SPENCE Brooke, 8. TORPEY Kaitlyn, 12. TOBY Allira, 20. WORTH Georgina (gk)

Melbourne City FC: 1. WILLIAMS Lydia (gk), 2. ALLEN Teigen, 3. BARNES Lauren, 5. ALLEWAY Laura, 6. LUIK Aivi, 7. CATLEY Steph, 10. FISHLOCK Jess, 11. TYMRAK Erika, 13. STOTT Rebekah, 15. JACKSON Amy, 17. TABAIN Marianna
Substitutes: 14. AYRES Melina, 16. GOEBEL Beverly, 19. VLAJNIC Tyla Jay, 26. HUDSON Erin (gk)

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