Roar leave it late to claim Victory

Brisbane Roar have opened their Westfield W-League away campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory.

Brisbane Roar have opened their Westfield W-League away campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory.

With the encounter seemingly headed for a stalemate, substitute Ellen Beaumont found the back of the net in the 84th minute.

Beaumont was quickest to react after Lauren Colthorpe headed across goal from a corner taken by Elise Kellond-Knight, and determinedly scrambled the ball across the line.

The game lived the expectation of a tough encounter for both sides, and the Roar took the field without regulars Tameka Butt and Karla Reuter who were unavailable to travel due to injury and illness.

Sasha McDonnell, who made the switch from Canberra United in the off-season, and former Matilda Pam Bignold took their places in the starting eleven.

Last season-s Westfield W-League Player of the Year Lana Harch also withdrew at the last minute with illness.

Melbourne had the first of the chances, when Maika Ruyter-Hooley went close with a header but the Roar defence was quick to clear the danger off the line.

However, the best chance of the half fell to former Sydney FC player Joanne Burgess who found herself one-on-one with Melissa Barbieri, but the Victory ‘keeper pulled off an impressive save with her legs.

The home side came out firing in the second half, but again, it was the Roar who were closest to finding the elusive goal.

Captain Clare Polkinghorne found Burgess on the right, who curved the ball towards McDonnell.

McDonell sent the ball soaring goalwards with a brilliant volley, but again Barbieri was up to the challenge and instinctively dived the right way to deny McDonnell a debut goal.

In the end, it was Beaumont-s magic touch that sent the three points home to Brisbane.

Roar coach Jeff Hopkins was happy to get the result away from home.

“Like we said before the game, it was tough and we left it pretty late to get the win.

“We had about three or four really clear cut chances, but we kept going, didn-t panic and we got the result in the end.”

Given the circumstances, Hopkins was also pleased with the way his players performed.

“The fact that we were missing some key players and managed to play the way we did shows the strength of our squad, we brought players in and they did very well.

“At the end, Melbourne threw everyone forward but we defended really well and the girls stood strong.

“The most pleasing thing about the result was that they all kept disciplined right to the end and we knew that if we kept playing our way we-d get the result in the end.”

Brisbane Roar will look to continue their winning ways when they take on Central Coast Mariners at home next weekend.

Kick-off is at 6pm on Sunday 18 October at Ballymore Stadium.

Melbourne Victory 0

Brisbane Roar 1 (Ellen Beaumont 84-)

Melbourne Victory: 1. Melissa BARBIERI (gk), 2. Vedrana POPOVIC (7. Sarah GROENEWALD 82-), 3. Marlies OOSTDAM, 4. Tal KARP, 5. Laura ALLEWAY, 6. Maika RUYTER-HOOLEY, 8. Katie THORLAKSON, 11. Julianne SITCH, 12. Monnique HANSEN-KOFOED, 19. Enza BARILLA (13. Katrina GORRY 71-) , 21. Kara MOWBRAY

Substitutes Not Used: 10. Deanna NICESKI, 20. Nicole PAUL (gk)

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Brisbane Roar: 1. Casey DUMONT (gk), 2. Kate McSHEA 3. Karla REUTER, 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE, 5. Brooke SPENCE, 6. Joanne BURGESS, 7. Pam BIGNOLD, 8. Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT), 11. Aivi LUIK, 14. Sasha McDONNELL (19. Ellen BEAUMONT 79-),16. Lauren COLTHORPE, 18. Courtney BEUTEL

Substitutes Not Used: 12. Stephanie LATHAM, 15. Leah CURTIS, 20. Kate STEWART (gk)

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None