ALW R20 Preview: Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar will be looking for a crucial three points on the road when they take on Adelaide United at Marden Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon as they aim for a top six spot.

With three games remaining of the regular Liberty A-League season, Roar will look to do one better than their last meeting with Adelaide that ended in a tie, to snatch all three points away from home.


Head Coach Alex Smith is looking for a crucial three points away from home this Saturday and believes capitalising on periods of dominance and putting chances away will be key for the win.

“Any team in this league is dangerous, I thought we were the better team last time we played them and deserved more from the game, but it will be a big test away from home again. As always, I’m confident if we work hard and put away our chances then we won’t have any problems,” Smith said.

“For me, it’s about converting our periods of dominance into goals and points. That’s something we haven’t been able to do this year, that’s been a big problem. We’re just looking to use these last three games to try get as many points as possible.”


These two teams last met at Suncorp Stadium in Round 6 where the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate to see the points shared.  

Hannah Blake opened the scoring with a delightful individual goal to carry the ball past defence and around Jordan Silkowitz, finding the back of the net in the 13th minute. 

Just before half-time the Americans linked up which saw a stunning cross from Leah Scarpelli to Mia Corbin in the box where she struck off a first touch to mark her first goal under the bright lights of Suncorp Stadium. 


Games: 16

Brisbane win: 8

Adelaide win: 5

Draw: 3

KEY STATS – Brought to you by Opta

Brisbane Roar FC have lost only one of their last six A-League Women matches against Adelaide United (W3 D2) – a 2-8 defeat in February 2022; the Roar are undefeated in their three meetings against the Reds since then (W1 D2), scoring exactly one goal in each of those three games. 

Adelaide United have won three of their last five A-League Women matches in South Australia (L2), despite not leading at halftime on the day in any of those five games in their home state. 

Adelaide United have won 52% of their duels contested in the 2023/24 A-League Women season, the best rate of any team in the competition; although, they have contested the fewest duels per game of any team (76). 

Emily Hodgson has provided the assist for three of Adelaide United’s last seven goals in the A-League Women, including each of the last two; no Reds player has assisted more than two successive goals in the competition since Opta records began (2015/16). 

Hollie Palmer (Brisbane Roar FC) has had 25 shots in the 2023/24 A-League Women season, the most of any player yet to score a goal in the campaign. 

BRFC Liberty A-League Women Round 20 Squad:

  1. Keeley RICHARDS, 2. Rebecca KIRKUP, 3. Deborah-Anne DE LA HARPE, 4. Kijah STEPHENSON, 5. Jenna MCCORMICK, 6. Holly MCQUEEN, 7. Ayesha NORRIE (C) 8. Mariel HECHER, 9. Mia CORBIN, 11. Sharn FREIER, 12. Tamar LEVIN, 13. Tameka YALLOP, 14. Sarah O’DONOGHUE, 17. Leah SCARPELLI, 18. Teagan THOMPSON, 19. Hollie PALMER, 20. Bonnie DAVIES, 21. Isabella SHUTTLEWORTH, 23. Ashlee BRODIGAN, 32. Alicia WOODS




Liberty A-League Women 2023/24 – Round 20: Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar
Marden Sports Complex, Adelaide
Saturday, 16 March
KO 1:30pm AEST