Roar lose opener in the west


Brisbane Roar W-League has opened their Westfield W-League 2014/15 season with a narrow 2-1 loss to Perth Glory at Ashfield Sports Club today.

2013 Golden Boot winner Kate Gill scored a brace, including a penalty, to start Glory's campaign while Emily Gielnik scored a consolation goal in the final minute for Brisbane.

The home side dominated the match and utilised Samantha Kerr's pace, whose shot in the 12th minute was fumbled by keeper Kate Stewart, allowing Gill to slide the ball into the bottom right corner of goal.

Brisbane found it hard to contain Kerr but had a promising spell around the half hour mark with both Gielnik and Hayley Raso finding their efforts denied by goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.

Glory continued their pressure in the second half and were awarded a penalty in the 53rd minute after Kerr was brought down by Raso and Gill cooly converted to double their lead.

Captain Clare Polkinghorne worked hard in midfield for the visitors with support from Katrina Gorry and found the back of the net in the second half stoppage time after Gielnik found space in the box and flicked the ball past a flat-footed Mackenzie. 

Brisbane Roar now host Sydney FC in round two of the Westfield W-League, next Sunday, 21 September at Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre. Kick off is at 3pm.

Perth Glory 2 (Kate GILL 12', 52(p)')
Brisbane Roar (Emily GIELNIK 90+4')