Second half Roar earns draw

Brisbane Roar’s Westfield W-League winning streak has come to an end, but they remain unbeaten after four rounds following a 1-1 with Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Brisbane Roar-s Westfield W-League winning streak has come to an end, but they remain unbeaten after four rounds following a 1-1 with Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium.

A half-time pep talk from Roar coach Jeff Hopkins helped turn his side-s fortunes around after conceding a first half goal to keep Brisbane atop the table.

Brisbane had the home side on the back foot early, settling better in the greasy conditions.

Lana Harch and Courtney Beutel both had opportunities from outside the penalty area in the opening six minutes, but neither could put their efforts on target.

In the torrential rain close control was difficult, but both sides showed plenty of composure on the ball.

Casey Dumont was forced into the first save of the match on 16 minutes when she came out to the feet of Sarah Walsh following a pinpoint cross by Julie Rydahl.

A minute later Cathrine Paaske threatened Dumont-s goal, but her shot went well over the bar from the edge of the box.

Beutel went close again on 23 minutes when she turned and shot from a tight angle, but a fingertip from Sydney goalkeeper Nikola Deiter was enough to push the ball past the post.

Brisbane continued to heap pressure on the home defence but were unable to find the target.

They were made to pay for their inability to find the back of the net after 34 minutes when Paaske glided through the heart of the Roar defence to slot past Dumont and open the scoring.

The goal sparked a period of domination for the team in sky blue as the Brisbane side struggled to respond to the setback.

Only some desperate last-line defending from the Roar stopped Sydney extending their lead in the five minutes following the goal.

When Brisbane did spring forward, they were still unable to make the most of opportunities with Harch hitting a shot directly at Deiter when free in the box following a defensive mistake from the Sydney backline.

Immediately after the restart Brisbane were level courtesy of a Kyah Simon headed own goal.

Looking to clear a Joanne Burgess cross, Simon could only watch helplessly as the ball bounced off her head and into the corner of the net.

Beutel had the perfect opportunity to give Brisbane the lead five minutes later when she muscled her way into the box, but from 12 yards out she was unable to hit the target with only the keeper to beat.

After the early flourish from the Roar, Sydney again began to take control of the game with the away side looking to hit the Sky Blues on the break.

Both sides had their chances through the middle stages of the half, but neither was able to find the decisive tough in front of goals.

Roar and Matildas striker Jenna Tristram returned to action for the first time in 12 months when she replaced Beutel on 65 minutes to complete her recovery from an anterior crucial ligament injury.

Harch again had the chance to put the Roar in front for the first time, but finding the target was thwarted by a goal line clearance from Sydney captain Heather Garriock.

It was the last serious chance of the match as the game ended locked at 1-1.

Roar defender Kate McShea said she felt her side was a little flat in the first half, but gave as good as they got in the second.

“I give credit to Sydney, they came out hard in the first half and won the 50-50 balls,” McShea said.

“We came in at half time and spoke about lifting the intensity and I think we did that.

“Sydney did score the own goal, but I think that came as a result of the pressure we were putting them under.”

Sydney FC 1 (Cathrine PAASKE 34-)

Brisbane Roar 1 (Kyah Simon T.O.G. 46-)

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney

Referee: Rebecca DURCAU

Sydney FC line-up: 1. Nikola DEITER (gk), 2. Teigen ALLEN (16. Linda O-NEILL 75-), 3. Danielle BROGAN, 4. Alesha CLIFFORD, 6. Servet UZUNLAR, 7. Heather GARRIOCK, 8. Julie RYDAHL (12. Michelle CARNEY 82-), 9. Sarah WALSH (19. Leena KHAMIS 62-), 10. Kylie LEDBROOK, 11. Cathrine PAASKE, 15. Kyah SIMON.

Substitutes not used: 20. Carla MONFORTE (gk)

Yellow Cards: Danielle BROGAN (59-)

Red Cards: Nil

Brisbane Roar line-up: 1. Casey DUMONT, 2. Kate McSHEA, 3. Karla REUTER (19. Ellen BEAUMONT 46-), 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE, 5. Brooke SPENCE, 6. Joanne BURGESS, 8. Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 10. Lana HARCH, 11. Aivi LUIK, 16 Lauren COLTHORPE, 18. Courtney BEUTEL (9. Jenna TRISTRAM 65-).

Substitutes not used: 14. Sasha McDONNELL, 20. Kate STEWART (gk)

Yellow Cards: Kate McSHEA (82-)

Red Cards: Nil

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