Shooting practice needed for goalless Roar

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Brisbane Roar will be focusing on finding the back of the net at training, after firing off 30 shots but remaining scoreless against Melbourne City.

The Roar had 30 shots on goal throughout Tuesday’s nil-all draw with City, with only eight on target in the Westfield W-League’s opening round fixture.

Brisbane head coach Jake Goodship said he would utilise the upcoming bye to work on the side’s shooting ahead of their round three clash with Canberra United.

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Goodship said he found the end result against City disappointing and could not believe his side failed to convert any of their chances.

However, he was optimistic his side would improve, thanks to the seven-day break.

“The amount of clear chances we had and the number of good chances we created, it was disappointing to draw,” he said.

“Come round three against Canberra at home … we should be firing off and hopefully we will take some of these chances.”

Despite his frustration with the Roar’s finishing ability, Goodship was impressed his side could compete against last year’s champions.

“Everyone is raving about Melbourne City this season and the Matildas they have signed, but we’ve got a great mix of the Matildas and some young and local players, so it is a good platform to build from,” he said.

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He was thankful they even had the chance to play, due to Sydney’s COVID-19 cluster forcing drastic schedule changes.

“We are lucky to play football, grateful to play football, and it gives us more time to work on our finishing in training,” Goodship said.

City will be looking to get more opportunities in front of goal themselves, after being kept scoreless, and thanking their goalkeeper Teagan Micah for gifting the side a clean sheet.

The side only maintained 43 per cent of the game’s possession and fired off six shots at goal, compared to Roar’s 30, with one of them on target.

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Sports lover studying journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. Covering Brisbane Roar FC in the 2020/21 A-League and W-League.