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Two sides desperate for a win, heavily beaten in round four, the Brisbane Roar found their dominance in the first half to set up the victory at home, keeping their season in touch.

Holly Palmer scored the opening goal for the game, being a threat in front of goal, by being dangerous in attack. Despite missing the first time, Palmer’s second effort and using her speed gave her side the first goal in the match.

The Roar continued to be sharp for the rest of the first half, being organised defensively, treasuring the ball better than the Wanderers and having more control better in all areas of the field.

The Wanderers lifted their attack and had more shots in attack, but did not make the most of their conversion, wasting opportunities in front of goal.

The Wanderers had two more total shots on goal in the first half, but the Roar had four more clearances and defensively dominated in interceptions, 11-5.

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One positive for the Wanderers was the work of their attack, as their attackers were able to get into free spaces. For the Roar, the work rate of Ayesha Norrie in her 50th game, Katrina Gorry and Larissa Crummer was a spark in the first half.

Roar keeper Hensley Hancuff was instrumental in the second half for the Roar, applying tight defensive pressure in the box, making it difficult for the Wanderers’ attack.

Whilst the Roar were able to dictate and find easy options across the field, the Wanderers struggled to find flow in possession, continually going backwards and struggling to find options forward, due to the tight defensive pressure from the Roar’s defence in Teagan Thompson, Kajsa Lind, and Tamar Levin.

The Wanderers made some final substitutions to change the momentum, but the Roar was able to maintain possession and remain poise.

The Wanderers created better opportunities in attack and midfield, but couldn’t convert their opportunity, sealing a much-needed victory for the Brisbane Roar, giving them a record of two wins, one draw, and two losses.

Round 6 sees Brisbane Roar travel to Newcastle to face the Jets, meanwhile, the Western Sydney Wanderers face an in-form Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.

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