We had a good enough side to win: Chance

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Brisbane Roar will not be featuring in the W-League grand final this season after a 2-6 drubbing against Melbourne Victory at Lions Stadium on Sunday night.

The much anticipated Easter Sunday semi-final clash was headlined by the absence of two of the Roar’s star players, in captain Clare Polkinghorne and leading goal scorer Emily Gielnik.

Polkinghorne was an integral part to the Roar’s defensive structure in the 2020/21 W-League season, while Gielnik contributed an impressive 13 goals in 12 appearances for the club.

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Roar midfielder Olivia Chance was disappointed with the result. She said the Roar missed the clinical part of their game that players like Polkinghorne and Gielnik provided.

“I think you are always going to miss those players [Polkinghorne and Gielnik] after playing with them all season,” Chance said.

“It affected our criticalness and how we moved as a team, it’s hard when they aren’t there.”

While they lacked defensive experience and their goal scoring talisman, Chance said the side were still good enough to get the job done.

“The team that was on the park was good enough to win that game but it just didn’t fall our way on the night,” she said.

Despite scoring one of the goals of the W-League season, Chance had little to celebrate as the side fell to pieces defensively going on to concede six goals.

Lisa De Vanna was a handful for the home side, scoring two goals and contributing to just about every goal scoring opportunity that night.

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Melbourne Victory coach Jeff Hopkins praised the 36-year-old’s big game experience that gave the side an edge against their opposition.

“She’s absolutely amazing, a player of that intensity and the quality she’s got is an inspiration to the rest of the team,” Hopkins said.

“When you see a player out there playing like that you can’t help but raise your own game so she was excellent,” he said.

The Victory are now through to the W-League grand final where they will meet the winner of the second semi-final between Sydney FC and Canberra United.

Featured Image Credit: Bradley Kanaris/Brisbane Roar

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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.
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