Sydney FC Women
Brisbane Roar FC Women
Westfield W-League R8
Leichhardt Oval

Roar net four to leave leaders Sydney FC stunned

Brisbane Roar surged into the Westfield W-League Premiership race by inflicting Sydney FC’s first defeat of the season in a commanding 4-1 win at Leichhardt Oval.

Westfield Matildas ace Tameka Yallop and teenager Jamilla Rankin got the Queenslanders off to a flying start, scoring either side of Clare Wheeler’s goal for the Sky Blues, before Clare Polkinghorne’s second-half header and a late own goal by 'keeper Jada Whyman sealed the shock result.

Emily Gielnik’s perfectly-flighted delivery was headed in at the far post by Yallop in the eighth minute to notch her second goal of the campaign, before Wheeler offered a quick reply three minutes later by charging down Roar shot-stopper Morgan Aquino’s kick and deflecting the ball into the away side’s net.

Brisbane were handed a gift of their own when Sydney goalkeeper Whyman spilled Mariel Hecher’s right-wing delivery and Rankin scored her first competition goal with a simple close-range tap-in to cap a breathless opening 16 minutes in the Harbour City.

Having not dropped a single point from their six games this season, the Sky Blues’ hopes of maintaining a perfect record were slipping away when Polkinghorne extended Roar’s lead in the 52nd minute with a bullet header from Rankin’s in-swinging corner.

And Ante Juric’s ladder-leaders saw their winning streak evaporate in the 82nd minute as Whyman fumbled Rankin's cross into her own net, as Jake Goodship’s side celebrated a fourth straight victory to close to gap at the top to two points, although Roar have played a game more than the Sky Blues.

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GOAL: Yallop - Roar get on the board first in Sydney
GOAL: Wheeler - Sky Blues even it up in quick fashion
GOAL: Rankin - Rankin is given a gift to put Brisbane back on top
GOAL: Polkinghorne - Polkinghorne's header gives the Roar a two-goal cushion
OWN GOAL: Mathyssen-Whyman's error seals the victory for Brisbane

Next fixtures – Round 9

Sydney FC v Adelaide United
Sunday, 21 February 2021
Venue: Cromer Park
Kick-off: 4.05pm AEDT
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Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory
Sunday, 21 February 2021
Venue: Lions FC Stadium
Kick-of: 7.05pm AEDT
Match Centre

THURSDAY REPORT: Roar up to second thanks to Gielnik’s brace against Wanderers
SIGNING NEWS: Halloway returns to Wanderers

Westfield W-League 2020/21
# Club P W D L PTS
Sydney FC Women 12 9 1 2 28
Brisbane Roar FC Women 12 7 4 1 25
Melbourne Victory Women 12 7 2 3 23
Canberra United Women 12 6 4 2 22
Adelaide United Women 12 7 1 4 22
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Women 12 4 1 7 13
Melbourne City FC Women 12 4 1 7 13
Newcastle Jets Women 12 2 1 9 7
Perth Glory Women 12 0 1 11 1