Heat, constant fouls makes Roar ‘angry’

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Brisbane Roar could’ve improved upon their 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory on Saturday afternoon if it weren’t for the scorching conditions and referee intervention, says Matilda and Roar forward Larissa Crummer.

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The result sees Brisbane barely clinging onto the fight for the last four spots in this iteration of the A-League Women’s competition.

While it was a valiant effort, the Roar are lamenting the opportunity lost against the dangerous Melbourne Victory.

“If we can fight like that against a top side in 35-degree heat then I’d love to see what we can do when it’s not so hot and not 2pm,” Crummer said post-game.

To Crummer’s point, the brutal conditions at Perry Park quelled both teams ability to play vivacious football.

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The contest also brought 30 fouls, 15 for either team, halting any chance for either side to string momentum together, much to the players frustration.

“It upsets the game, I think all the players have a little chat about it while we’re playing,” Crummer said.

“Some fouls aren’t fouls and it’s just stop-start all the time, which makes us angry.”

Bright sparks still emerged amidst the Roar’s discontent, like a masterly goal from Shea Connors.

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With Victory having scored just two minutes prior, Connors decided she would go at it alone and produce one for the highlight reel.

The Roar winger parted the defence like the red sea, spun herself round like a top and curled the ball through the top right corner for an absolute pearler of a finish.

Glorious goals aside, Brisbane now reside precariously in sixth place and now need to extract every point they can in the remaining games of the season.

“Every week we talk about where we are sitting and that we need to take points off teams ahead of us,” Crummer said

“I think we need to keep putting our head down and get three points here on out, every game.”

Feature Image Credit: Kyoko Kurihara

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Liam Cook
Aspiring football enthusiast. Covering Brisbane Roar in 2022/23.

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