Our Roar Women have recorded a crucial Westfield W-League win in a nail-biting outing with Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Friday evening.
City came out hard & fast on their home turf, but were unable to break through the wall that was Brisbane’s defence as the Roar made the most of few opportunities in front of goal.
With just the Roar’s second shot of the game, Chioma Ubogagu fired the Roar into a one-goal lead in the 74th minute – a strike that would prove the difference between the two sides.
City controlled play throughout the majority of the contest but the goal scorer praised the Roar’s resilience.
“They put the pressure on us, missed a few chances but that’s football,” Ubogagu said.
“We were so strong defensively and then made our chance count.”
City came close numerous times throughout the contest, twice hitting the woodwork & also missing from the penalty spot in the 47th minute.
The Roar held strong against the City onslaught as the match wore on, making the most of their time in the attacking third.
“It’s easy to get down when things aren’t going your way, but we didn’t, we had a strong mentality, made adjustments at half-time and came out with a big three points,” Ubogagu continued.
The Roar Women return home for back-to-back home fixtures, firstly against Sydney FC at Lions Stadium on Saturday, 19 January (4pm KO) – get your tickets HERE.
STORY OF THE GAME
- The Roar returned to action for the first time in 2019, searching for a second ever win against Melbourne City.
- Elise Kellond-Knight missed the home side’s best opportunity from the penalty spot early in the second half, but Chioma Ubogagu scored the game’s only goal with just under 20 minutes remaining.
- The win sees the Roar fly up the Westfield W-League ladder into second place.
- Mackenzie Arnold maintained her record as the league’s best keeper so far this season, recording a third clean sheet.
- Taking away the three points the Brisbane Roar side jump from 4th to 2nd place on the ladder with only a few rounds remaining in season 11.
Brisbane Roar – Ubogagu 74’ – 1-0
A clever run from Obagagu on the half-way line sees her burn Melbourne City’s defence with pace before dragging the ball onto her right foot and firing a shot in under the keeper’s arm.
Westfield W-League 2018/19 – Round 11: Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Friday, 11 January
Melbourne City 0
Brisbane Roar 1 (Ubogagu 74’)