Report: Roar Women remain undefeated with come-from-behind win in Sydney

Freier, Gielnik

Brisbane Roar remained undefeated as Emily Gielnik continued her red-hot streak with two goals in a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Thursday evening.

Leena Khamis put Brisbane on notice with the opening goal after 14 minutes but it was to be a short-lived lead as Gielnik equalised only two minutes later before scoring what was to be the winner from the spot in the 32nd minute.

There were plenty of nervy moments for the away side, none more so than a golden chance in the last minute of play which was spectacularly saved from point-blank range by Morgan Aquino on her debut for the Roar.

With six goals in four games, Gielnik has climbed to the top of the Golden Boot charts.

“Of course it feels good to be top of the scoring board but it’s not really the focus at the moment,” she remarked after the game.

“Just playing well and most importantly, during this big five days, getting the six points.”

Early season frustrations in front of goal for the Roar centre-forward have been dispatched to the annals of history.

“I was really disappointed for quite some time,” she agreed when asked about her turnaround in form.

“I did a bit of work with myself mentally…I knew once I got that first goal things would change for me. Overall, it’s a big team effort and they’re making my job pretty easy at the moment.”


The Roar next face a top-of-the-table clash against Sydney FC on Sunday afternoon.

“We’ve been dying to play them. They are our big rivalry team so I’m looking forward to the big game against them,” Gielnik added.


Western Sydney Wanderers – Khamis 14’ – 1-0
Libby Copus-Brown knocks a deep ball for Khamis who controls, takes a touch, cuts back and fires home across the face of goal.

Brisbane Roar – Gielnik 16’ – 1-1
Isobel Dalton slides a fizzing pass to Gielnik in the centre of the penalty area. The Matildas star produces some neat footwork before slamming the ball high into the net.

Brisbane Roar – Gielnik 32’ – 1-2
Mariel Hecher plays the ball off the hand of a WSW defender providing Gielnik with the opportunity to rocket home an unstoppable strike from the penalty spot.

W-League 2020/21 Round 7: Western Sydney Wanderers vs Brisbane Roar
Marconi Stadium, Sydney
Thursday, 11 February

Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Khamis 14’)

Brisbane Roar 2 (Gielnik 16’, 32’ pen.)

Half-time: 1-2