After three brilliant goals, a Mackenzie Arnold assist (RIGHT?!) and some amazing Katrina Gorry shithousery, Brisbane Roar claim their first victory of the season.
After what’s felt like an eternity (but was actually a few weeks) the Roar have finally won a DUB game this season. It feels bloody good too.
Canberra were in good form coming into this match after their away win last weekend (their first away win in a long time people) and Roar are always brilliant to watch (not bias at all) so you know we were in for a treat with this game.
There were a few early chances for both sides, the home side had a great chance early on as Simone Charley beat Arnold at the edge of the box but had to stop short. Not offside but Elise Thorsnes fouled Celeste Boureille in the lead up and that was too close for my liking.
Roar started to pile the pressure on straight after, Isobel Dalton with a shot from range after Canberra failed to clear the corner but her shot just didn’t dip early enough in the 9th. Tameka Yallop drew first blood with her strike in the 17 th coming off the underside and in for a goal. Shout out to Indiah-Paige Riley to make the run in and make sure that ball went over the line. That’s the kind of hunger and great positioning you love to see in the team.
Rylee Baisden would have doubled Roar’s lead in the 24th if it wasn’t for Sham Khamis’ acrobatics in goal, pulling of a stunning save at the near post.
Hayley Raso made it 0-2 in the 41st , getting a head to Arnold’s long ball from the back and beating S.Khamis to find the back of the net. The courage to run and win the ball with S.Khamis running in is outstanding and props to Arnold for that great ball.
HT: CBR 0-2 BRI
Canberra definitely lifted in the second half, but Roar are just as good with Baisden hitting the woodwork in the 57th. The breakthrough finally came for United in the 66th . After shooting wide moments earlier Thorsnes steals the ball off Polks which is a feat in itself, runs into the box and shoots into the top right to make it 1-2. Hate to admit it but that was a stunning strike.
From there both teams had their fair share of chances, none more so than Leena Khamis in the 88th with a header towards the bottom corner, but Arnold changes her direction and pushes it away.OUTSTANDING. Give Arnold the keys to the Brisbane please.
Raso had a chance to make it 1-3 a minute later but missed a sitter after beating S.Khamis with her shot going over the crossbar.
Five minutes added time is the worst when you’re a goal up but Roar deal with it well. Gorry’s ‘speed’ walking to take the corner after her shot was pushed out is peak Brisbane Roar. The boos from the Canberra crowd and the anger from Heather Garriock made it even sweeter. After almost seven long minutes of stoppage time Roar manage to keep Canberra out and bag all three points.
FT: CBR 1-2 BRI
By Bree Reidy