Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC’s winning form has continued with the pair consolidating an equal share of second on the Westfield W-League ladder.
Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC-s winning form has continued with the pair consolidating an equal share of second on the Westfield W-League ladder.
Sydney FC overturned an early deficit to overrun a gallant Adelaide United 4-1, while champions Brisbane Roar were made to work far harder before subduing Melbourne Victory with a 1-0 score line.
The heavyweight duo moved five points shy of leaders Canberra United with the team from the nation-s capital meeting the Roar next weekend in what is shaping as a blockbuster in Brisbane.
Saturday-s Week 6 meeting between Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory was postponed following the foul weather which blighted the east coast over the past week and will be replayed at a later date.
Brisbane Roar were forced to battle until the last minute at home to collect all three points against Melbourne Victory. It was the third single-goal loss of the season for the Victory as the visitors displayed a level of resilience that is fast becoming one of their hallmarks.
The Roar perhaps had the better of the first half with Tameka Butt and, later Joanne Burgess, coming close to adding to the scoreline. It was the Victory however that had the best opening with American import Danielle Johnson striking the frame of the goal with her effort.
However it was to be Roar substitute Emily Gielnik who settled the contest, with a goal two minutes after the restart. Gielnik, on for Ashley Spina who unfortunately became the latest player to suffer a ruptured knee ligament, hunted down a long ball and prodded home comfortably.
The Victory though finished the match powerfully as the home side clung to their single goal margin.
It was a different scenario in Adelaide as victors Sydney FC ended the game in strong fashion against cellar dwellers United. The home side started brightly and Mariana Rajcic-s clever chip on the half hour would have left the Lady Reds momentarily dreaming of their first points of the campaign.
However, Sydney were not to be denied and were in front by the interval as Heather Garriock scored with an impressive finish, while Servet Uzunlar got on the scoresheet after goalkeeper Sian McLaren failed to cleanly collect her cross.
The second half didn-t get any better for the United shotstopper who could only direct Leena Khamis- corner into the goal, before spilling Caitlin Foord-s effort, which narrowly went over the line. Foord, following up her midweek AFC Young Player of the Year award in Kuala Lumpur, turned in a typically high energy second half cameo.
The result was never in doubt once the third goal went in just past the midway mark of the second half, and the Sky Blues could even afford a second half penalty miss from the usually reliable Kylie Ledbrook.
Adelaide United 1 (Mariana Rajcic 30) Sydney FC 4 (Heather Garriock 38, Servet Uzunlar 42, Sian McLaren OG 76, Caitlin Foord 78) Saturday 26 November 2011 Hindmarsh, Stadium, Adelaide Local kick-off: 2.30pm
Referee: Stacey Sasopoulos
Adelaide United: Sian McLAREN (gk), Ashleigh GUNNING, Anna GREEN, Abby ERCEG, Ebony PHILCOX (Daniela DI BARTOLO 50), Racheal QUIGLEY, Leanne SLATER (Katherine EBBS 56), Marijana RAJCIC, Donna COCKAYNE, Emma CHECKER, Grace HENRY (Georgia MACRI 68) Substitutes not used: Kristi HARVEY (gk) Yellow Cards: Ebony Checker 68 Red Cards: Nil
Sydney FC: Allison LIPSHER (gk), Teresa POLIAS, Danielle BROGAN, Renee ROLLASON (Caitlin FOORD 53), Estelle JOHNSON, Servet UZUNLAR, Heather GARRIOCK, Sarah WALSH (Brittany WHITFIELD 62), Kylie LEDBROOK, Thea SLATYER, Leena KHAMIS (Teigan ALLEN 77) Substitutes not used: Monique JACKSON (gk) Yellow Cards: Nil Red Cards: Nil
Brisbane Roar 1 (Emily Gielnik 47) Melbourne Victory 0 Saturday 26 November 2011 Cleveland Showgrounds, Brisbane Local kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Rebecca Durcau
Brisbane Roar: Casey DUMONT (gk), Laura ALLEWAY, Clare POLKINGHORNE, Brooke SPENCE, Joanne BURGESS (Catherine Cannuli 75), Kim CARROLL, Lana HARCH (Sasha McDONNELL 91), Aivi LUIK, Ashley SPINA (Emily Gielnik 26), Tameka BUTT, Vedrana POPOVIC Substitutes not used: Hoshimi KISHI (gk) Yellow cards: Nil Red cards: Nil
Melbourne Victory: Cassandra DIMOVSKI (gk), Ashley BROWN, Kendall FLETCHER, Rebekah STOTT, Maika RUYTER-HOOLEY, Stephanie CATLEY, Jodie TAYLOR, Catlin FRIEND (Georgie Koutrouvelis 85), Amy JACKSON, Katrina GORRY (Enza Barilla 79), Danielle JOHNSON Substitutes not used: Brianna DAVEY (gk) and Rita MANKOWSKA, Yellow Cards: Nil Red Cards: Nil
Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory MATCH POSTPONED
Bye: Canberra United