Roar Women round out campaign in Melbourne


Brisbane Roar’s Westfield W-League campaign has come to a close with a 3-1 defeat against Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Sunday.

In the first game of a double header between the two clubs, a goal on her 19th birthday for Hollie Palmer wasn’t quite enough as the premiers took all three points in the final game of the regular season.

After being introduced from the bench at the break, it took only four minutes for Palmer to influence the game, finishing from close range.

The 19-year-old was one of six teenagers on the park for Jake Goodship’s side by the 60-minute mark – a group that included 16-year-old Jamilla Rankin who played a full 90 minutes in defence in her Westfield W-League debut.

Polkinghorne, Rankin

Ally Watt’s second-half brace then saw the hosts restore their lead initially taken in the first half through Milica Mijatovic.

A campaign during which the Roar introduced five debutants to the Westfield W-League ends with Jake Goodship’s squad in fifth place


Melbourne City – Mijatovic 34’ – 1-0
Carpenter finds Mijatovic on the edge of the area who shapes a shot inside the far post with a second touch.

Brisbane Roar – Palmer 49 – 1-1
Indiah-Paige Riley does terrifically well to fight her way into the area before picking out birthday girl Hollie Palmer who finishes from close range.

Palmer, Riley, Women

Melbourne City – Watt 55’ – 2-1
City make the most of a turnover in their attacking third as Watt is the beneficiary with a finish from close range.

Melbourne City – Watt 69’ – 3-1
The ball pinballs around the six-yard box before falling to Watt who pokes home from point-blank range.

Westfield W-League 2019/20 – Round 14: Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Sunday, 1 March

Melbourne City 3 (Mijatovic 34’, Watt 55’, 69’)

Brisbane Roar 1 (Palmer 49’)

Half-time: 1-0

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