Brisbane fight back to share spoils with Sydney

Brisbane fought back to draw 1–1 with traditional interstate rivals Sydney FC to earn a valuable point in their Westfield W-League season campaign. Sydney took an early lead after a ricocheted corner fell to an unmarked Renee Rollason, who put the ball into the top right corner.

Brisbane fought back to draw 1-1 with traditional interstate rivals Sydney FC to earn a valuable point in their Westfield W-League season campaign.

Sydney took an early lead after a ricocheted corner fell to an unmarked Renee Rollason, who put the ball into the top right corner.

A second-half goal by Hayley Raso leveled the score, with the match fiercely contested to the final whistle. It-s the second consecutive 1-1 draw for Sydney and a valuable point for Brisbane, who were looking to recover from last week-s shock 0-1 loss to Adelaide.

Brisbane were forced to make an early substitution after Amy Chapman was injured in a tackle in the sixth minute while Emily Gielnik and Tameka Butt also returned to the squad.

This was the first time the teams met since Season 5-s semi final in which Sydney ran out 3-2 winners, and the first time goalkeeper Casey Dumont returned to her hometown. This time, though, she wore Sydney-s colours and faced off against Ballon d-Or shortlisted goalkeeper Nadine Angerer.

The early goal put Brisbane on the back foot for most of the first half, but both Gorry and Butt tested Sydney-s defence. Dumont could only tip Gorry-s shot up and over the crossbar, while Butt hit the crossbar outright.

Brisbane attacked from the first whistle of the second half, with Raso giving the ball to Gorry, who issued a long-range shot.

From there it was end-to-end football, with each team launching counterattacks. Sydney striker Jodie Taylor forced Angerer off her line in the 47th, then stepped her, but sent her shot wide.

Sydney pushed high for a free kick in the 54th as they sought a second goal. The turnover allowed Crummer to break away on the left and cross the ball to an on-running Raso, who took a touch, brought it under control, and put the ball across the goal low and right.

Two second-half yellow cards sent Samantha Kerr for an early shower just minutes before full time, but neither team could find an elusive second goal.

The teams now take a well-earned break over Christmas and the New Year. Brisbane will play away to Newcastle on 4 January, and will return home to play Perth on 11 January.

Brisbane Roar 1 (Raso 55-) Sydney FC 1 (Rollason 4-) Sunday 22 December 2013 Goodwin Park, Brisbane Local kick-off: 3pm (4pm AEDT) Referee: Kirralee Andruschak

Brisbane Roar: 1. Nadine ANGERER (GK), 3. Amy CHAPMAN (6. Joanne BURGESS 11-; 18. Sunny FRANCO replaced Burgess 61-), 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE (C), 5. Brooke SPENCE, 7. Kim CARROLL, 8. Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 9. Larissa CRUMMER (17. Emily GIELNIK 70-), 10. Katrina GORRY, 11. Vedrana POPOVIC, 14. Natasha WHEELER, 16. Hayley RASO.

Substitutes not used: 20. Kate STEWART (gk) Yellow cards: Nil Red cards: Nil

Sydney FC: 1. Casey DUMONT (gk), 11. Anna GREEN (16. Ellyse PERRY 46-), 4. Alesha CLIFFORD, 8. Amy HARRISON, 9. Caitlin FOORD, 2. Teresa POLIAS, 7. Nicola BOLGER (13. Trudy CAMILLERI 82-), 10. Renee ROLLASON, 20. Sam KERR, 14. Jodie TAYLOR, 18. Emma KETE, 19. Leena KHAMIS (12. Chloe LOGARZO 58-), 17. Sham KHAMIS (GK)

Substitutes not used: Shamiran Khamis Yellow cards: Polias (17-), Foord (65-), Kerr (87-, 91-) Red cards: Kerr (91-)