Proof hard work pays off for dominant Brisbane Roar

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Brisbane Roar have broken their run of four successive draws to claim their first win of the W-League season at Gold Coast Croatian Sports Centre on Friday night.

It was Melbourne Victory’s turn to get embarrassed by a six goal score line as the Brisbane Roar ran riot in a game which could define the rest of the season – for both sides.

The game’s opening goal scorer Mariel Hecher was evidently happy with the result and said it was a relief to get their first win of the season after all the hard work in training.

“We knew a good result was coming and there is nothing better than six goals to get us the first win, we are very happy that we were able to prove what we can do.”

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Many consider the result to be a surprising one considering how the Brisbane Roar have struggled to find the back of the net in recent weeks.

However, Roar coach Jake Goodship was not shocked with the result, in fact he seemed slightly annoyed that they didn’t score more.

“The players got it right tonight and we got the rub of the green, it could’ve and should’ve been a lot more if it wasn’t for us hitting the bar a couple times.”

Goodship made special mention to former Brisbane Roar legend Henrique who has been helping striker Emily Gielnik in training recently.

“We brought in Henrique this week for a couple of specialized sessions and he’s done a fantastic job for Emily [Gielnik] and the rest of the attacking rank.”

Gielnik was the standout for the Roar scoring twice in the second half to bring her goal tally for the season to three after also scoring the previous week against the Newcastle Jets.

Despite not having played on the Gold Coast in over five years Mariel Hecher said the supporters that turned out were fantastic and made it seem like home.

“It’s a great atmosphere, I think because it’s a little bit smaller so the crowd sounds more involved. Thanks so much to the Gold Coast for supporting us.”

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The win puts the Brisbane Roar into third place with a healthy goal difference while a second consecutive loss drops Melbourne Victory into fifth.

Feature Image Credit: Angus Brien

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Angus Brien
Covering Brisbane Roar A-League and W-League matches during the 2020/2021 season. Currently studying Journalism at Queensland University of Technology. Big sports fan and lover of football.