Margraf: First Brisbane Roar goal ‘a weight off my shoulders’

Anna Margraf

Anna Margraf has described her first Brisbane Roar goal as an exciting, pressure-relieving moment and a sign of how well the team is gelling early in the new season.

Margraf opened her Liberty A-League account with a poacher’s finish in the first half of last weekend’s Round 1 game away to Perth Glory.

Making her 16th appearance at the top level, she described the goal in a half-time interview as “bloody beautiful” and can now look forward to playing with an extra sense of freedom.

“I’m stoked to finally get the goal,” said the versatile Margraf, who slotted into the front three alongside Shea Connors and Larissa Crummer.

“It’s been a long time coming and to finally get it is a weight off my shoulders.

“Wherever I’m playing, I’ll always strive to do my best and help the team in any way I can. But especially with Shea and Crummer being really explosive up front, it means I can slide balls through for them.

“The combination is starting to come along nicely.”

Margraf believes the same can be said of the entire team, who were in the ascendency for the vast majority of their late 2-1 loss in Western Australia.

“There are definitely some positives coming through from the game,” the 20-year-old said.

“We had some good combination play. To be fair, I think a lot of people were surprised by our performance and how well we combined as a team.

“We just need to manage our game a bit better towards the end.”

The Roar will get the opportunity to do just that against the same opposition this Friday night as Perth make the trip to Perry Park.

“I’m very keen,” Margraf said. “It’s going to be great. [Perth] can come to our home game and hopefully we can show them how it’s done.”

Match Details

Liberty A-League Round 2
Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory
Friday, 10 December 2021
Perry Park
KO: 6:45pm

Feature image credit: Kyoko Kurihara