Semi Final preview: Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC
The regular season is done and dusted, now it’s all about delivering when it matters as the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Finals Series gets underway on Sunday.
And both Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC know exactly what finals football is all about, having won four Championships and five Premierships between them in the competition’s history.
Of course, all that means very little ahead of Sunday’s do-or-die Semi Final at Dolphin Stadium in Redcliffe. It’s all about which side can produce on the day.
For Roar, they were in a similar position this time last season, hosting a Semi Final for a chance to make the decider.
Unfortunately, they couldn’t get the job done against Melbourne City and they bowed out one game short of the big dance, something they will be desperate to avoid this time around.
While they finished the regular season in second spot – one point and one place ahead of the Sky Blues – they bring patchy form into this one.
Mel Andreatta’s side won two and lost two of their last four games of the regular season, including a last-minute 1-0 defeat against Adelaide United.
But Sydney FC were also beaten in Round 14, falling 2-0 to Melbourne City, and will have to lift their performance to advance into the Grand Final.
Consistency has been an issue for Ante Juric’s side all season. At their best, they have been simply sensational, but when they don’t produce they can be vulnerable.
It will be interesting to see which Sydney FC team turns up on Sunday.
They do at least head north having enjoyed two wins over Roar this season, a 5-1 drubbing back in December, followed by a 3-1 win in Queensland just three weeks ago.
Ins and Outs
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk), 2.Carson PICKETT, 4.Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 5.Jenna McCORMICK, 6.Celeste BOUREILLE, 7.Indiah-Paige RILEY, 8.Kaitlyn TORPEY, 9.Chioma UBOGAGU, 11.Natalie TATHEM, 12.Allira TOBY, 14.Summer O’BRIEN, 15.Abbey LLOYD, 16.Hayley RASO, 17.Yuki NAGASATO, 18.Leah DAVIDSON, 19.Hollie PALMER, 20.Annie GROVE (gk), 21.Danielle WARD **two to be omitted**
Ins: 5.Jenna McCormick (promoted), 14.Summer O’BRIEN (promoted), 15.Abbey LLOYD (promoted)
Unavailable: 10.Katrina GORRY (ankle)
Sydney FC squad: 1.Aubrey BLEDSOE (gk), 2.Teresa POLIAS (c), 3.Shay EVANS, 4.Elizabeth RALSTON, 5.Ally GREEN, 6.Chloe LOGARZO, 7.Rachael SOUTAR, 8.Amy HARRISON, 9.Caitlin FOORD, 10.Savannah McCASKILL, 11.Lisa DE VANNA, 14.Alanna KENNEDY, 17.Angelique HRISTODOULOU, 20.Princess IBINI, 21.Julia VIGNES, 22.Sofia HUERTA, 23.Danielle COLAPRICO, 30.Trudy BURKE (gk) **two to be omitted**
Ins: 3.Shay EVANS (promoted), 4.Elizabeth RALSTON (promoted), 7.Rachel SOUTAR (promoted)
Unavailable: 18.Taylor RAY (knee - indefinite), 19.Amy SAYER (foot - indefinite)
How to watch
Tune in to FOX SPORTS 505 to catch this clash, with kick-off at 7:15pm AEDT. You can also stream the match live on the MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers. For viewers outside Australia and New Zealand without a broadcasting rights holder, you can watch games on the My Football Youtube channel.
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