Brisbane ready to roar in final Liberty A-League fixture

Brisbane Roar will take on Perth Glory at Perry Park this Saturday where they will look to finish their season on a high note in their last round of the Liberty A-League.  

Perth Glory have lost only one of their last six Liberty A-League Women matches against the Roar and have won their last three meetings. 

However, Brisbane are undefeated in all their matches played in Brisbane in 2023 and have lost only one of their last 10 Liberty A-League matches in Queensland.  

Last time these two teams met, the Roar returned home with a 2-0 loss after being unable to convert goal opportunities and struggled to match a determined Glory side.  

Perth found their first goal in the 22nd minute after Brisbane goalkeeper Isabella Shuttleworth slipped as she carried out a goal kick.  

Hana Lowry pounced on the mistake, chipping the ball over Shuttleworth to put Perth up 1-0.   

The intensity was kept up by Perth in the attacking third for Lowry to get a second in the 31st minute off a corner by being in the right place at the right time for a tap-in.  

In the 59th minute Shea Connors created an opportunity for Brisbane from a cross that nearly snuck through at the near post. 

Connors followed up on this ball and attempted another shot that went straight to the hands of goalkeeper Morgan Aquino.  

Perth Glory are currently in sixth place, so will be relying on other results to go their way and looking to secure the win this weekend in hopes of finding a spot in the top four. 

Shea Connors has been directly involved in each of Brisbane Roar’s last six goals with five goals and one assist.  

This is the longest streak of direct goal involvements by any Roar player in the competition since the beginning of the 2015/2016 season. 

Roar goalkeeper Hensley Hancuff believes the squad has had a successful season and is focused on the positives after overcoming the adversity faced with the three-point deduction.  

“Overall, it’s been a successful season. We have faced some adversity with our points being taken away from Western United which was one of our best games of the season,” Hancuff said. 

“But facing that adversity and being able to bounce back last week from a loss again, is really important that this team has showed throughout the entire season,” she added.  

The American feels as though she has achieved what she wanted when she came to Australia for the 2022/2023 Liberty A-League season and says her confidence has grown immensely.  

“I’ve developed a lot, my goal coming over here to Australia was to get playing time and get confident in my game and that’s what I’ve done,” Hancuff said.  

“I’m super comfortable playing, I’m super confident before games which is what you look for when you look at goalkeepers so I’m really excited to take what I’ve learnt here and my confidence that I’ve grown here and develop it even further.”  

She looks forward to the Roar’s last game of the season in front of home support to hopefully get the three points against a strong Perth Glory side.  

“It’s great ending the season at home, all the fans here have been so wonderful. It’s been a great season and I’m really looking forward to the show out tomorrow with all the fans and being able to get the win for them.” 

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