Roar through to Westfield W-League decider

Brisbane Roar will meet Sydney FC in the Westfield W-League Grand Final after beating Central Coast Mariners, thanks to Karla Reuter’s timely first goal of the season.

Brisbane Roar will meet Sydney FC in the Westfield W-League Grand Final after beating Central Coast Mariners, thanks to Karla Reuter-s timely first goal of the season.

Reuter-s 61st minute free kick was enough to see off a resilient Mariners side who were unable to find the back of the net.

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The Roar started the game brightly, keeping the majority of possession but took twenty minutes to register their first real chance of the game.

A corner taken by Kate McShea met the head of Lauren Colthorpe, but the unmarked midfielder put the ball just wide of Jillian Loyden-s post.

Left-footed livewire Elise Kellond-Knight, boosted by her midweek joint Westfield W-League Young Player of the Year award, created the next chance for the Roar, putting in a deft chip towards Sasha McDonnell.

The striker outran two Mariners defenders but was beaten to the ball by Loyden, who cleaned up the pieces.

The Roar continued to dominate, and former FC Indiana player Aivi Luik then made a chance of her own.

After pushing the ball wide of the incoming defender Lydia Vandenbergh, she tested Loyden with a powerful right-footed shot, but the US import was up to the challenge and managed to get two hands on the ball.

The Mariners then had an opportunity before the break, Kendall Fletcher trying her luck with a free-kick after she spotted Roar custodian Casey Dumont off her line, but her hopeful shot was well over the crossbar.

After a scoreless first stanza, the Roar wasted no time making their intentions for the second half known and their persistence paid off on the hour mark when they were granted a free-kick 20 yards out.

Reuter stepped up to take the set piece and sent an impressive left-footed shot curling over the immobile Loyden in the Mariners goal.

Far from content with defending their 1-0 lead, the Roar continued to push and look for a second, but their task was made harder when McDonnell was sent off for her second bookable offence with twenty minutes still to play.

Few chances fell to their side in the dying stages of the game and desperation began to show in the actions of the Mariners players, but in the end it was Reuter-s effort that made the difference.

Reuter was named Westfield Player of the Match and was deservedly delighted with the result.

“We-re stoked to be in the grand final,” she said.

“We-ve worked hard, stuck together and that-s what this season has been all about.”

Defender Kate McShea echoed Reuter-s sentiments, and praised the competitiveness of the Mariners.

“It was a very, very tough game, we had to draw on our experiences and players like Karla Reuter and Clare Polkinghorne really stepped up.

“Hats off to Central Coast though, they put up a great fight and hung in right to the end there.”

Brisbane Roar will take on Sydney FC in the 2009 Westfield W-League Grand Final next Saturday 19 December at Shark Park, Cronulla.

Central Coast Mariners 0 Brisbane Roar 1 (Karla REUTER 63-) Sunday, 13 December 2009 Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford Referee: Kirralee Gardener

Central Coast Mariners line-up: 1. Jillian LOYDEN (gk), 2. Caitlin COOPER (C), 3. Lyndsay GLOHE (13. Trudy CAMILLERI 73-), 4. Rachael DOYLE, 9. Renee ROLLASON, 10. Kendall FLETCHER, 11. Michelle HEYMAN, 12. Samantha SPACKMAN, 14. Ashleigh CONNOR, 16. Jenna KINGSLEY (8. Kelly GOLEBIOWSKI 45-), 19. Lydia VANDENBERGH

Substitutes not used: 7. Teresa POLIAS, 15. Elizabeth O'REILLY, 20. Rachel COOPER (gk)

Yellow cards: Michelle HEYMAN 75-

Red cards: Nil

Brisbane Roar line-up: 1. Casey DUMONT (gk) 2. Kate MCSHEA, 3. Karla REUTER, 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 6. Joanne BURGESS (18. Courtney BEUTEL 75-), 8. Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 11. Aivi LUIK, 13. Tameka BUTT (10.Lana HARCH 89-), 14.Sasha MCDONNELL, 16. Lauren COLTHORPE, 19. Ellen BEAUMONT (7. Pam BIGNOLD 68-)

Substitutes not used: 20. Kate STEWART (gk), 12. Steph LATHAM

Yellow cards: Lauren COLTHORPE 32-, Sasha MCDONNELL 33-/69-, Karla REUTER 48-

Red cards: Sasha MCDONNELL 69-