Brisbane Roar Women have booked their place in the Westfield W-League season 10 finals series following a scoreless draw against two-time defending champions Melbourne City on Sunday afternoon.
The Roar Women move three points clear of second-placed Sydney FC with two rounds to play, but have ensured they will be returning to the post-season for the first time since 2015.
The fire was ignited within the Roar defence as Captain Clare Polkinghorne was again stellar at the back and named as Player of the Match.
"It's always hard to come here and play against Melbourne City – they're desperate for points so they were always going to be fired up," Polkinghorne said.
"We came out pretty well in the first half, they picked it up in the second half and I thought it was a pretty good game."
Brisbane remain undefeated away from home in season 10 and have racked up 13 points from a possible 15 on their travels.
Pocket rocket Hayley Raso created panic on the wing throughout the match as did Emily Gielnik with the duo both forcing City keeper Lydia Williams into action.
Roar keeper Mackenzie Arnold displayed her full skill-set, making a number of crucial saves in what was Brisbane’s sixth clean sheet of the season – a league-high.
“Everyone is wanting to work hard for each other and you can see that on the field. We've conceded the least amount of goals in the league and the foundations we have at the back are really solid," Polkinghorne concluded.
The Roar now play their penultimate clash of the regular season away to Adelaide United next Sunday, 28 December (5pm KO QLD time).
STORY OF THE GAME
- An incredible ten (10) Westfield Matildas featured in the two starting lineups.
- Brisbane controlled possession in the opening 45 minutes, but after the break, the home side pushed hard for a go-ahead goal. The Roar's superior fitness, and another strong defensive display helped Mel Andreatta's side secure a valuable point away from home.
- Goalkeepers, Mackenzie Arnold and Lydia Williams, were both in fine form between the sticks as neither side could break the deadlock in an end-to-end Westfield W-League round 12 encounter at AAMI Park.
- Club stalwart Amy Chapman returned to the pitch, coming on in place of Emily Gielnik late in the second half.
- The Roar Women are now three points clear at the top of the table and have all but sealed a spot in this year's finals series.
Westfield W-League Round 12: Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Sunday, 21 January
Melbourne City 0
Brisbane Roar 0