Brisbane Bracing for Wellington Visit

Brisbane Roar will host Wellington Phoenix for the first time in the Liberty A-League when the two clubs face off this Sunday afternoon at AJ Kelly Park.

The clubs have only met once before, with Brisbane recording a come from behind win in Wollongong on January 16 last year.

It was a frustrating start to the match as the Roar failed to convert an early penalty before falling behind to quick goals from Alyssa Whinham and Grace Jale after 24 minutes.

However, Brisbane found a way back into the contest when Mariel Hecher struck in the 34th minute and Larissa Crummer levelled the scores almost immediately after halftime.

Katrina Gorry capped the comeback from the spot in the 87th minute, to send all three points back to Brisbane after a dramatic afternoon at WIN Stadium.

When the Roar welcome Wellington to AJ Kelly Park this weekend, they will be eager to record a win in the visitor’s first competitive fixture in the Sunshine State.

Wellington has enjoyed a highly consistent squad all season with six members of their squad featuring in every match so far.

Both Brianna Edwards and Michaela Foster have featured in every minute of the Phoenix’s campaign so far and have been named in the matchday squad.

Head coach Garrath McPherson has gone with an unchanged squad for this fixture including the Roar’s own duo of ironwomen Larissa Crummer and Kajsa Lind who have played 90 minutes in all nine matches to date.

Another three players have featured in every match for the Roar so far, with Shea Connors, Hollie Palmer and captain Eash Norrie having started all nine fixtures thus far.

Connors has been busy on the ball, leading all Liberty A-League players with 47 take-ons.

Football Ferns international Indiah-Page Riley in line for her third appearance of the season.

Riley has played 120 minutes since re-joining the club where she commenced her professional career and has already contributed with a goal against Adelaide.

Heading into Round 11 of the Liberty A-League Brisbane sits in seventh place, behind Canberra United on goal difference.

At AJ Kelly Park this season, the Roar have taken four points from three matches, defeating Western Sydney, losing to Sydney FC and drawing with Adelaide United.

Tune in to Brisbane’s next Liberty A-League match this Sunday when they host Wellington Phoenix.

The match is broadcast on 10Play and tickets are available here!