Report: Roar Women suffer first defeat


Brisbane Roar Women suffered its first defeat of the Westfield W-League 2020/21 season with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Canberra United at Viking Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Roar fell behind early in the first half through three strikes inside half-hour, and despite a late first-half goal for Emily Gielnik, were unable to reign in the home side.

A long-range strike 20 minutes after the interval rounded out the scoring and secured the points for the hosts.

Gielnik’s 44th minute goal, her ninth of the season, was the highlight of the afternoon for the Roar in captain Clare Polkinghorne’s record-breaking 150th Westfield W-League appearance. With two matches to go, Gielnik remains at the top of the Golden Boot race.


The Roar will play out the remainder of the regular campaign on home turf, beginning next Friday night at Lions Stadium against Adelaide United before a bye ahead of a final-round date with the Jets at the same venue.


Canberra United – Flannery 10’ – 1-0
A scramble in the area combined with a couple of deflections sees Flannery’s shot dribble over the line to open the scoring.

Canberra United – Maher 23’ – 2-0
Maher drives at goal from long range which Aquino is unable to deal with as the hosts double their advantage.

Canberra United – Heyman 29’ – 3-0
Heyman breaks in behind the defence and latches on to a through ball before finishing coolly in to the bottom corner.

Brisbane Roar – Gielnik – 44’ – 3-1
A glancing header from Gielnik gets the better of the keeper and chews into the hosts’ lead shortly before the break.

Canberra United – Galic 64’ – 4-1
Galic takes everyone by surprise by shooting from way downtown, finishing into the top corner.

Westfield W-League 2020/21 Round 11: Canberra United vs Brisbane Roar
Viking Park, Canberra
Sunday, 7 March

Canberra United 4 (Flannery 10’, Maher 23’, Heyman 29’, Galic 64’)

Brisbane Roar 1 (Gielnik 44’)

Half-time: 3-1