Raso strike sends Roar top

-

A late Hayley Raso goal has sent Brisbane Roar to the top of the Westfield W-League standings with an 86th minute strike securing a 1-0 win over Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

For Raso who last played for the Roar in 2014 it was her first goal in her second stint at the club.

It was a milestone match for midfielder Tameka Butt who became just the second Brisbane Roar player after Clare Polkinghorne to make 100 W-League appearances for the club.

Butt has been at the Roar since the league’s inception and put in a typically tireless performance in the centre of the park as the two-time W-League champions secured their first home win of the season.

Adelaide had the better of the chances in the opening minutes with Katie Naughton’s 10th minute header being tipped onto the post by Roar goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.

Minutes later Alex Chidiac’s through ball put Makenzy Doniak in behind the Roar defence , however Doniak was only able to drag her effort wide of the target.

From there Roar had the better of the play in the opening half but despite creating a number of promising moves they were unable to fashion any clear cut chances.

Roar came out firing after half time as Katrina Gorry burst into the area after playing a one-two with Amy Chapman before sending her effort agonizingly wide within the first 60 seconds of the second half.

Just seconds later Roar had another big chance as the ball fell to substitute Allira Toby inside the area whose snapshot was palmed away by Eliza Campbell.

Chapman came close midway through the second half but was only able to find the side netting after Butt’s cross found her unmarked at the back post.

Roar fullback Kaitlyn Torpey graduated from high school on the morning of the match and was inches away from breaking the deadlock in the 74th minute as her long range effort struck the crossbar.

Raso finally found the breakthrough in the 86th minute when her deflected effort found its way into the bottom corner after substitute Abbey Lloyd found her with a cross.

Adelaide’s Makenzy Doniak has been free scoring in recent weeks but was kept quiet by an imperious Polkinghorne at the heart of the Roar defence.

The win sees Roar go top of the ladder for at least 24 hours, while Adelaide remain in fifth position.

Brisbane Roar FC 1 (Hayley RASO 86’)

Adelaide United FC 0

Suncorp Stadium, Milton

Referee: Rebecca Durcau

Assistant Referees: Danielle Potticary, Georgia Ghirardello

Fourth official: Casey Reibelt

Brisbane Roar FC

  1. Mackenzie ARNOLD, 2. Carson PICKETT, 3. Amy CHAPMAN (15. Abbey LLOYD 81’), 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE, 6. Celeste BOUREILLE, 8. Kaitlyn TORPEY, 9. Wai Ki CHEUNG (12. Allira TOBY 46’), 10. Katrina GORRY, 13. Tameka BUTT, 14. Summer O’BRIEN, 16. Hayley RASO

Adelaide United FC

  1. Eliza CAMPBELL, 2. Emily HODGSON (12. Chelsea DAWBER 90’), 3. Makenzy DONIAK, 4. Alyssa MAUTZ, 5. Jenna MCCORMICK, 6. Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 9. Adriana JONES, 10. Alex CHIDIAC (8. Emily CONDON 84’) , 13. Nora PEAT, 15. Emma CHECKER, 25. Katie NAUGHTON

 

Enjoy this content? Support The Football Sack

Due in part to COVID and lack of current sponsorship we are at risk of not having the funds to continue running The Football Sack. If you enjoy our content and support our work in training talented young writers, please support us with a donation. If every reader contributed just $3, our funding would be covered for over ten years.

DONATE

Learn with us

Thibault Berthier
Thibault Berthier
Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.

Latest Articles

Love your football?
Subscribe to our weekly football wrap. During the season we'll send you all the week's football action straight to your inbox.
* indicates required