Brisbane Roar Women will look to their next match for improvement after a 4-0 defeat to Newcastle Jets Women in Round 7 of the Westfield W-League at AJ Kelly Field at Kippa-ring today.
With five regular Starting XI players unavailable through international duty and a suspension, it was always going to be a tough match for the Roar Women.
And the home side were on the back-foot early in humid and hot conditions as they conceded a goal after just 21 minutes following a miscommunication in defence.
The new line-up, which included a host of youngsters, refused to be rattled and there were moments of brilliance from the attacking players as they linked with each other and made menacing crosses into the box.
However, indecision on the ball and wasted chances denied the Roar Women an early equaliser.
As the match wore on, it became more evident that key players were missed and a patched-up defence struggled at times under constant pressure from Jets players Caprice Dydasco and Rhali Dobson and their surging runs down the flanks.
While younger members of the squad stepped up to fill important roles within the Starting XI – and there were moments whenthey stood out – the lack of fluency in the team started to show as Newcastle took greater control of the game.
While patches of the first half saw Brisbane play with confidence and dominance, the Roar Women faded in the heat of the second half and defensive structures began to break down which allowed the Jets to run away with the match.
While the final 4-0 scoreline suggested a lop-sided match, it wasn't.
he defensive efforts by the Roar Women's Angela Beard and Alisha Foote did not go unnoticed as they helped Brisbane regroup after going two down and provided service to ensure the forwards had chances in the 18-yard box.
The scoreline also didn't show that the Roar Women had a number of chances in front of goal, from free-kicks to perfectly placed crosses, but the ball did not find the back of the net, despite their best efforts.
There were moments of dominance by Brisbane Roar Women when they strung passes together and worked off the momentum of each other, but the lack of intensity, urgency and accuracy in front of goal cost them in the end.
Words by ANGELA BACIC
21’: Indecision in the Brisbane Roar defence lead to the defence being caught out by the Newcastle Jets attack and Adriana Jones scored in the bottom left corner from inside the box. 0-1
55’: A break on the right side of the pitch by Caprice Dydasco saw her one-on-one with Roar keeper Haley Kopmeyer as she came out to try and narrow the angle. The Jets striker placed her shot into the bottom left-hand corner. 0-2
78’: Jets' Jenna Kingsley turned just inside the box and hit her effort into the bottom left corner. 0-3
85’: A free kick from just outside the 18 yard box by Megan Oyster hit the inside of the post and ricocheted into the back of the Roar goal. 0-4
Brisbane Roar were missing five of the starting XI players from their squad for the match because of international duty and suspension. That's tough for any squad to overcome.
Brisbane Roar stand-in captain Amy Chapman: “We were extremely disappointed with the result in the end.
“We just need some points now,.it’s all good and well if were playing alright but we need to convert that into some points.”
Brisbane Roar Women coach Belinda Wilson: “It was disappointing all round. There were things we worked on during training and we were aware of what they were capable of doing.
“The execution is the key thing that lets us down, along with our decision making on and off the ball.”
Brisbane Roar Women have lost four games in the row as they go into their Round 8 match against long-time rivals Canberra United on Saturday at McKellar Park. It's time to repeat their upset win over Canberra in Round 1 and get their season back on track.
Westfield W-League 2015/16 Round 7 at AJ Kelly Park, Kippa-ring, Sunday, 29 November, 2015.
Brisbane Roar 0
Newcastle Jets 4 (Jones 21’, Dydasco 55’, Kingsley 78’, Oyster 85’)
Brisbane Roar FC: 1. Haley KOPMEYER (gk), 3. Amy CHAPMAN (c), 6. Angela BEARD, 7. Gabe MARZANO, 8. Ayesha NORRIE, 12. Alisha FOOTE, 14. Summer O’BRIEN, 16. Ashley SPINA (Brooke GOODRICH 78’), 17. Emily GEILNIK, 18. Maili FORBES (Elise FRANCO 82’), 19. Sofie PERSSON (Cortnee VINE 57’).
Substitute not used: 20. Carrie Simpson (gk)
Yellow cards: Maili Forbes (13’) Red cards: Nil
Newcastle Jets: 1.Hannah SOUTHWELL (gk), 2. Sophie NENADOVIC (Miller 74’), 4. Megan OYSTER, 5. Caprice DYDASCO, 6. Cassidy DAVIS, 7. Gema SIMON (c), 10. Rhali DOBSON (Wheeler 35’), 13. Adriana JONES, 17. Jenna KINGSLEY, 19. Hannah BROMLEY, 23. Siahn BOZANIC (Ferguson 62’)
Substitute not used: 20. Claire Coelho (gk)
Yellow cards: Ferguson 78’ Red cards: Nil
Referee: Rachel Mitchenson Assistance Referee 1: Renae Coghill Assistant Referee 2: Joanna Charaktis Fourth Official: Rebecca Durcau