W-League | Roar’s finals hope sinks with loss to Jets

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Brisbane Roar lost their remaining final’s hopes on Sunday afternoon in the 92nd minute at McDonald Jones Stadium.

A late break from Jets substitute Rhali Dobson proved crucial after a cross to Jennifer Hoy’s feet saw the attacking dynamo sink the 2-1 match winner for the home side.

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Brisbane Roar captain, Clare Polkinghorne said despite the result and unlikely finals hopes, her team would prepare like any other week.

“We knew coming into this game we needed the three points and Newcastle were in the same boat, so both teams were pushing really hard and we had a few chances but we just couldn’t put them away,” said Polkinghorne.

“We will be training and preparing like usual and looking to get the three points.”

With only two rounds left of the regular season, Roar will play their last match next week against Melbourne City without their main goalkeeper, Mackenzie Arnold.

The Matildas’ goalkeeper was sent from the field in the 81st minute for a raised elbow to Hoy’s head as she went to distribute the ball, forcing the referee to gift the Jets’ a penalty and drop the visiting side to ten players.

Returned marquee player Arin Gilliland stepped up to take the penalty for the Jets, but it was saved by Roar’s young reserve goalkeeper, Georgina Worth. After the penalty the game seemed to be locked at 1-1 before Newcastle’s late goal in extra time ended Brisbane’s finals hopes.

Skipper Polkinghorne added that despite goalkeeper Arnold’s red card, she said the decision had been made by the referee and it now gives Worth an opportunity in the Brisbane side.

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“Georgia will obviously come into the starting lineup and she will get the opportunity to show us what she’s got,” explained Polkinghorne.

“She has been training really hard and you know it’s hard for second goalkeepers not getting a run, she deserves a chance and next week’s game will be a good opportunity for her to get a run.”

Despite Newcastle securing the three points, their next two matches are must win games if they are to progress into finals football. Newcastle’s next must win is on Saturday when they face Sydney FC away in Round 13.

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