Western Sydney Wanderers host Westfield W-League powerhouse Brisbane Roar invigorated by their first win of the season.
The Wanderers found their feet last weekend with a victory over Adelaide United following two defeats to start the season. The question is, whether the new-look side is now settling into their rhythm or if last weekend’s win was an anomaly. Last weekend’s win was notable for goals from American striker Katie Stengel and her compatriot Paige Nielsen.
Despite a modest track-record in the Westfield W-League, the Wanderers have won two of their seven outings against the two-time champions, though both curiously were away from home.
The Roar head to Sydney looking better placed than they have done for several seasons. They opened with a win over Sydney FC, and pushed fellow championship contenders Canberra United to the very brink last weekend before slipping to a 1-0 defeat. Their squad is at full strength and features no less than seven current or past Westfield Matildas.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar
Saturday 26 November 2016
Venue: Marconi Stadium
Kick-Off: 3:00pm (Local)
Referee: Rebecca Durcau
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Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Jada WHYMAN (gk), 2.Caitlin COOPER (c), 4.Chloe O’BRIEN, 5.Helen PETINOS, 6.Kendall FLETCHER, 7.Sarah YATIM, 8.Erica HALLOWAY, 9.Katie STENGEL, 10.Paige NIELSEN, 11.Georgia PLESSAS, 12.Rachel LOWE, 13.Eliza AMMENDOLIA, 14.Alex ARLITT, 15.Ellie CARPENTER, 16.Alix ROBERTS, 23.Joey BURGESS, 22.Casey DUMONT (gk) **two to be omitted**
Ins: 5.Helen PETINOS (promoted), 7.Sarah YATIM (promoted), 23.Joey BURGESS (promoted), 22.Casey DUMONT (gk) (returns from injury)
Outs: 18.Angelique HRISTODOULOU (not selected), 30.Courtney NEWBON (gk) (injury replacement contract expired)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk), 2.Nina FRAUSING-PEDERSEN, 3.Amy CHAPMAN, 4.Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 5.Brooke SPENCE, 6.Angela BEARD, 7.Sunny FRANCO, 8.Kaitlyn TORPEY, 10.Katrina GORRY, 11.Maili FORBES, 12.Allira TOBY, 13.Tameka BUTT, 14.Summer O’BRIEN, 15.Abbey LLOYD, 17.Emily GIELNIK, 18.Maddy EVANS, 20.Georgina WORTH (gk) **one to be omitted**
Ins: 15.Abbey LLOYD (promoted)
Unavailable: 9.Cortnee VINE (fractured fibula – 4-6 weeks)