Roar Women clinch Premiership in dominant display
Brisbane Roar made Westfield W-League history on Sunday afternoon after securing a record-equaling third Premiership following a dominant display against Canberra United.
The Roar knew a win on the final day would be enough to see them crowned premiers for Westfield W-League season 10, and they secured the first piece of silverware for the season in some fashion.
First-half goals to Hayley Raso and Emily Gielnik, both of whom have now scored in consecutive matches, consolidated by a second-half brace from substitute Abbey Lloyd saw the hosts run out 4-1 victors.
Lifting her third Premiers Plate in an illustrious Westfield W-League career, Captain Clare Polkinghorne praised her side's ability to block out any distractions and put in a stellar performance.
"I am so proud of the way we came out today. We were able to stay level-headed and that allowed us to prepare as as normally as possible in the lead up," Polkinghorne said.
The Roar now face Melbourne City in a blockbuster Major Semi-Final at Perry Park on Sunday, 11 February (3pm kick-off). Tickets go on sale at Midday on Tuesday, 6 February.
Brisbane have faced City twice previously this season for a win and a draw.
"Next week will be a tough game, as most games have been this season, but I know that we'll give it our all," Polkinghorne said.
STORY OF THE GAME
- Brisbane Roar win their third Westfield W-League Premiership with a 4-1 dominating performance at Suncorp Stadium against Canberra United.
- Electric winger, Hayley Raso scores her fourth goal of the season in an impressive 90-minute performance for the girls in Orange.
- Abbey Lloyd once again proves her value off the bench for Mel Andreatta's side, scoring a brace with her first goal secured within five minutes of taking the field.
- Emily Gielnik scores for her second game in a row displaying her international skill-set and composure in front of goal.
Brisbane Roar - Raso 11’ - 1-0
American import, Carson Pickett clears a corner and with a swift kick from electric winger, Hayley Raso, the Roar ladies hit the lead.
Brisbane Roar - Gielnik 40' - 2-0
Nice delivery again from Pickett who finds the feet of Emily Gielnik from another corner and with perfect timing she lands her shot between the sticks securing a two goal advantage.
Brisbane Roar - Lloyd 71' - 3-0
Second half substitute, Abbey Lloyd intercepts a Canberra United pass and surges forward and makes no mistake with a classy finish past Haley Kopmeyer, giving the home side a 3-0 lead.
Canberra United - Thorsnes 74' - 3-1
Canberra’s Elise Thorsnes pulls a goal back for the away side with a powerful finish after nice delivery from Ellie Carpenter.
Brisbane Roar - Lloyd 90' - 4-1
Abbey Lloyd with a brace after a crazy peice of play with the ball rebounding off the crossbar and into the back-of-the-net securing Brisbane their third Westfield W-League Premiership.
Westfield W-League Round 14: Brisbane Roar v Canberra United
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Sunday, 4 February
Brisbane Roar 4 (Raso 11', Gielnik 40; Lloyd 71', 90')
Canberra United 1 (Thorsnes 74')