Brisbane go top after dominating Perth

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Brisbane Roar claimed top spot on the Westfield W-League ladder after defeating Perth Glory 2-0 in front of a record crowd at Dorrien Gardens on Friday night.

Second-half strikes from Allira Toby and Hayley Raso secured all three points for the visiting Brisbane side which controlled the game.

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It was a tough pill to swallow for the 1,046-strong-crowd (an all-time record for a W-League match hosted at a community ground in WA) which saw Glory fail to reclaim top spot on the ladder.

After a convincing away win, Brisbane sit two points clear atop the ladder while Perth slip to fourth.

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It could have been a different story had Roar goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold’s reflexes not been so sharp after Marianna Tabain’s clever chip forced her into a goal line save.

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Dominant performances from Brisane’s Katrina Gorry and Tameka Butt allowed the Roar to create an abundance of opportunities in the first half.

The Perth goal was peppered and it could’ve been worse had goalkeeper Melissa Maizels not sprung to her left to deny Emily Gielnik’s effort.

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Shaun Billam successfully prevented a goal from a quality Gorry corner but it was only temporarily with Raso pouncing on a loose ball to give Brisbane the lead.

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Gorry’s dangerous delivery was a constant threat for Perth and it proved their undoing again just minutes later when Toby found the goal after a deep lying cross from Gorry.

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Midfielder Shannon May had a late chance to pull one back for the home side, but her shot was thwarted by Arnold.

In a characteristically honest response, Glory head coach Bobby Despotovski conceded that his team had been outplayed by the Roar.

“They deserved the win, simple as that,” he said.

“We huffed and puffed, we had some passages of good play, but just not enough of those good moments to take the game.

“I am disappointed for the girls because they gave everything that they had, but at the end of the day, on this night, we were not good enough.”

Glory next face Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Saturday January 6, with captain Sam Kerr expected to return.

Match Details

Perth Glory 0 Brisbane Roar 2 (Hayley Raso 59’, Allira Toby 66’)

Attendance: 1,046

Referee: Rebecca Durcau

Assistants: Matthew Southern, Adrien Liechti

Fourth Official: Shane Skinner

PERTH GLORY: 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Kim CARROLL (C), 4. Natasha RIGBY, 7. Nicole STANTON, 8. Shawn BILLAM (12. Shannon MAY 67’), 9. Rachel HILL, 10. Raquel RODRIGUEZ, 11. Nicola BOLGER (13. Jaymee GIBBONS 57’), 16. Amanda FRISBIE, 17. Marianna TABAIN, 18. Melissa MAIZELS (GK)

Substitutes not used: 5. Patricia CHARALAMBOUS, 24. Morgan AQUINO (GK)

BRISBANE ROAR: 1. Mackenzie ARNOLD (GK), 2. Carson PICKETT (19. Hollie PALMER 92’), 4. Clare Polkinghorne (C), 6. Celeste BOUREILLE, 8. Kaitlyn TORPEY, 10. Katrina-Lee GORRY, 12. Allira TOBY (15. Abbey LLOYD 66’), 13. Tameka BUTT, 14. Summer O’Brien, 16. Hayley RASO, 17. Emily GIELNIK (9. Wai Ki CHEUNG 88’)

Substitutes not used: 20. Georgina WORTH (GK)

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Connor Gibbons
Connor Gibbons
Football fan and digital communications officer following Perth Glory during the 2017/2018 A-League season.

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