Butt sees Roar back to winning ways

A Tameka Butt hat-trick was the difference as Brisbane Roar swept Western Sydney Wanderers aside 3-0 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In captain Clare Polkinghorne's record-breaking 100th Westfield W-League match, Butt slotted two goals in the first six minutes before sealing the win and her hat-trick in the 74th minute.

The match got off to the perfect start in the 3rd minute as Butt received Kaitlyn Torpey’s pass in her stride before belting a curving shot past Wanderers keeper Jada Whyman.

Whyman was cursing Butt’s name again three minutes later, as the Roar striker pounced on a mishandled Angela Beard cross to double her output for the match and put the home side in a commanding position.

After those two early breakthroughs the Roar settled into the match and saw out the first half without being troubled.

That changed early in the second half as Mackenzie Arnold was forced to make a stunning save, flying to her right and stretching every sinew to keep Katie Stengel’s rising effort out of the net.

The Roar had a fantastic chance to stretch their lead in the 72nd minute when Beard beat Whyman to a through ball before her attempt at the open goal was blocked by an Angelique Hristodoulou handball.

Butt notched her hat-trick minutes later, reacting quickest and tapping home after Whyman fumbled a long-range Katrina Gorry effort.

Polkinghorne ended her record-breaking afternoon by enjoying a standing ovation when substituted in the 90th minute.