A rainbow for Crummer 758 days in the making

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Brisbane Roar head coach Jake Goodship has labelled Larissa Crummer’s comeback goal as the goal at the end of the rainbow, after her comeback 758 days in the making.

After last featuring in the W-League in January 2019 for the Newcastle Jets, Crummer topped off her comeback with the simplest of tap-ins.

Her second-half goal was the cherry on top for Roar, after comfortably beating Perth Glory 4-0 at Lions Stadium on Sunday evening.

While the tap in was one of Crummer’s easiest goals, and did not match the efforts made by Olivia Chance and Emily Gielnik, it was the highlight of the night.

The Matilda, who suffered a broken leg against Adelaide back in 2019, has endured a long and difficult comeback which included multiple surgeries and setbacks.

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The Roar head coach was happy to see Crummer grab the Roar’s final goal of the evening in her long-awaited W-League return.

“Full rainbow or double rainbow? Whatever it was, the goal at the end of the rainbow was Larissa scoring. We will take that any day of the week,” Goodship said.

“Our medical staff and high-performance staff have got to take credit because they have been working incredibly hard behind the scenes to get her to the stage where she can read the play.

“To do it in front of her fans, in front of her family and friends, it is just a special moment for her.”

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Despite the positive news, Roar fans held their breath as Gielnik limped from the field after starring with two goals.

Whilst there were initial concerns, Goodship confirmed the W-League leading goal scorer only suffered a cramp.

“Obviously with the schedule we’ve had and two tough games last week, coming into training this week, yeah just a little bit of cramp,” he said.

“She was great again. She is a threat no matter where we play her, and she is always looking to create opportunities and works hard right away so very happy with her.”

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While disappointed with the first half, Goodship said his side were comfortable as Perth struggled to threaten a Roar outfit who remain undefeated.

“I think the first half was very disappointing; weren’t happy with the performance at all,” he said.

“In the second half, I thought we were dominant and were comfortable. In saying that, the first half we were comfortable without the ball as well and they didn’t really threat.”

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Goodship is looking forward to utilising the Roar’s upcoming bye for both rest and the chance to gift squad players minutes against NPL Queensland sides.

“I think it is a time we need to rest, have a couple of days off,” he said.

“We have organised a couple of games for our squad players, fringe players and players we have identified outside of that environment.

“We are always looking ahead, always planning ahead. We are playing against two NPL teams in the next couple of weeks to give our squad and fringe players some minutes.”

The Roar will travel to face Canberra United in their next fixture on March 7.

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