Early arrivals at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday can expect to see to desperate teams do battle in a match neither can afford to lose.
Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United
Saturday 8 November 2014
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
(Hyundai A-League double-header)
Local kick-off: 3.30pm (4.30pm AEDT)
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Two years ago this would have been a mismatch of significant proportions but the Westfield W-League has proven itself to be a fast-evolving and dynamic competition. The very idea that Brisbane could be propping up the table was unthinkable.
Even a period of a few weeks can see the landscape change significantly. Three weeks ago Adelaide United were themselves in last position without a point to their name. Fast forward to the present day and they are in within touching distance of the top-four.
In fact a win in Brisbane will push the Lady Reds into a share of fourth, provided the Jets are shot down in the west later in the day.
Adelaide will have fond memories of their last visit to the Sunshine state when a storied 1-0 win – their only victory over the Roar in ten attempts – proved a symbolic result for the Lady Reds’ revolution under Ross Aloisi.
Adelaide, however, have lost a host of their talented teen crop for this weekend’s match as the Westfield Young Matildas continue their FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup campaign in Vietnam.
The Roar, in contrast, have their many star players all available, including goalkeeper Nadine Angerer who returns from international duty with Germany.
Brisbane turned in a strong performance last weekend at Sydney FC and there were strong signs that they are starting to rediscover their old mojo. Adelaide, you have been warned.
Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Nadine Angerer (gk), 2. Laura ALLEWAY, 3. Amy CHAPMAN, 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 5. Brooke SPENCE, 6. Hayley RASO, 7. Kim CARROLL, 8. Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 10. Katrina GORRY, 11. Vedrana POPOVIC, 13. Tameka BUTT, 14. Natasha WHEELER, 17. Emily GIELNIK, 19. Ayesha NORRIE, 20. Kate STEWART (gk)
Ins: Nadine Angerer (returns from international duty)
Outs: Teagan Micah (omitted)
Unavailable: Larissa Crummer, Sunny Franco, Angela Beard, Brooke Goodrich (all Westfield Young Matildas)
Adelaide United squad: 1. Melissa Barbieri (gk), 3. Danielle Brogan, 5. Jesse Wharepouri, 7. Katrine Pedersen, 9. Lisa-Marie Woods, 12.Daila-Tais Borg, 14. Rachel Alonso, 15. Jenna McCormick, 16. Katie Holtham, 17. Tiarn Powell, 19. Gabby Bentley, 20. Sarah Willacy (gk), 22. Elysha Magor, 23. Kristy Moore (C)
Ins: Jessie Wharepouri, Rachel Alonso, Lauren Steer, Gabby Bentley, Elysha Magor (all promoted)
Outs: Monique Iannella, Isabel Hodgson, Dylan Holmes, Emily Condon, Alex Chidiac (all Westfield Young Matildas)