Roar outclass Jets, but finish third

Brisbane Roar have finished their Westfield W-League season on a high, comfortably beating Newcastle Jets 6-0, but have finished the league in third place after Sydney FC beat Central Coast Mariners to claim the premiership.

Brisbane Roar have finished their Westfield W-League season on a high, comfortably beating Newcastle Jets 6-0, but have finished the league in third place after Sydney FC beat Central Coast Mariners to claim the premiership.

Teenage midfielder Tameka Butt netted a hat-trick, with Clare Polkinghorne, Joanne Burgess and Lana Harch also finding the back of the net.

After their 18-game unbeaten run came unstuck last weekend, the Roar were keen to make amends and did so early on in the game, with skipper Clare Polkinghorne opening the scoring within two minutes of the first whistle.

After the first attack of the game resulted in a corner, Elise Kellond-Knight whipped in a corner that Jets shot-stopper Alison Logue struggled to control, and Polkinghorne was there to tap the ball home.

The Roar continued to dominate play and Joanne Burgess provided two almost identical crosses from the right for Butt to score twice before the break.

Butt-s first came from a left-footed rebound after Logue got a hand to her original shot, while her second was a calm strke from 10 yards out.

The 18-year-old wrapped up her hat-trick in the 66th minute, after Burgess again provided the perfect cut-back and Butt made a late run into the box to slot home with ease.

Burgess then turned goal scorer, netting the Roar-s next.

After a timely through ball from Harch, Burgess outpaced the last defender and did well to remain level-headed and chipthe ball over Logue in the Jets goal.

But the Roar were still not done, and Harch got herself on the scoresheet, hitting the ball from just inside the box to take the final score to 6-0.

Roar coach Jeff Hopkins was pleased with the way his side bounced back after some recent results.

“We had really good preparation going into the game, training was good, both the quality and intensity and the players responded well from last week-s defeat.

“It was some of the best football we-ve played, back to our form of early in the season.”

Hopkins said his team had the right momentum heading into the finals series.

“The other results could have been better for us, but now we-ve turned things around before finals and teams won-t want to be playing us now.”

Newcastle Jets 0 Brisbane Roar 6 (Clare POLKINGHORNE 2-, Tameka BUTT 19-/26-/66-, Joanne BURGESS 81-, Lana HARCH 91-) Saturday, 5 December 2009 Wanderers Oval, Broadmeadow Local kick-off: 4.00pm Referee: Kirralee Gardener Assistant referees: Tanya De Boer and Catherine Nash Fourth official: Penelope Nash

Newcastle Jets line-up: 1. Alison LOGUE (gk), 3. Pelay INGLES, 5. Stacey DAY (8. Bronte BATES 57-), 9. Kate HENSMAN, 10. Hayley CRAWFORD (c), 11. Carlie IKONOMOU, 13. Caitlin JARVIE (18. Leia SMITH 78-), 14. Hannah BREWER (17. Madeline SEARL 46-), 15. Renee CARTWRIGHT, 16. Kirstyn PEARCE, 19. Tara ANDREWS

Substitutes Not Used: Michelle GRIGG (gk)

Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Cards: Nil

Brisbane Roar line-up: 1. Casey DUMONT (gk) 2. Kate MCSHEA, 3. Karla REUTER 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 6. Joanne BURGESS, 8. Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 11. Aivi LUIK (12. Steph LATHAM 69-), 13. Tameka BUTT, 14.Sasha MCDONNELL (10.Lana HARCH 69-), 16. Lauren COLTHORPE, 19. Ellen BEAUMONT (7. Pam BIGNOLD 89-)

Substitutes Not Used: 20. Kate STEWART (gk)

Yellow Cards: Sasha MCDONNELL 49-

Red Cards: Nil