Brisbane fires Westfield Matildas
Brisbane Roar’s contingent of Westfield Matildas have starred in the squad’s 2-2 friendly against the DPR Korea at a sodden Spencer Park, Brisbane.
Brisbane Roar-s contingent of Westfield Matildas have starred in the squad-s 2-2 friendly against the DPR Korea at a sodden Spencer Park, Brisbane.
Tameka Butt, Kim Carroll, Elise Kellond-Knight and Claire Polkinghorne started the match for Australia, while Lauren Colthorpe and Aivi Luik were used off the bench.
Down an early goal to the visitors, Colthorpe proved the catalyst for an Australian equaliser early in the second half, knocking the ball into the path of striker Kate Gill to head home.
Earlier, Carroll and Kellond-Knight dented many of DPR Korea-s attacks on the left-hand side of defence, while Butt and Polkinghorne worked tirelessly in the centre of midfield.
Colthorpe and Luik were brought on to wreak havoc in the Koreans defence, but the dreadful conditions made creative football difficult.
Matilda-s coach Tom Sermanni saved special praise for Butt, a late replacement for the injured Heather Garriock.
“It is a disappointment (missing Garriock), but on the positive side young Tamika Butt came in and had a tremendous game,” Sermanni said.