A 6-2 thrashing at home was the least of Brisbane Roar head coach Jake Goodship’s concerns post-game.
The second-placed Roar were beaten convincingly by the in-form Victory, though the coach had more to say on the referees than his own players.
“In my opinion, I thought the game was ruined by the referees,” he told FOX Sports post-game.
“I thought we had two goals disallowed.”
A controversial penalty and multiple offside decisions riled up the Roar interchange, resulting in the referees carding the coaching group.
Goodship was pleased with the fight of his side in dire conditions late in the game.
“I’m proud of the players, I’m proud of the staff and I’m proud of the fans. It was a good event,” he said.
“In my opinion, I’m very disappointed in the officials.
“I’m very, very proud of the players, so proud.
“They’ve done the club proud, good resilience and good luck to Victory next week.”
The controversial decisions have once again raised the question whether goal line cameras and the VAR system should be implemented in the W-League.
Tameka Yallop’s shot on goal in the 10th minute was celebrated by the Roar players as a goal, looking to be over the goal line after bouncing off the crossbar.
The referees did not call the shot a score.
The strong performers
Roar battled hard, kicking its second goal at the 74th minute off a strong second effort close to goals from Tameka Yallop.
While the rain bucketed down hard throughout the game, Victory was unstoppable in the forward half.
Veteran Matilda Lisa De Vanna found two goals from six shots, four of which were on target.
It was young forward Melina Ayres who stole the show, kicking her first W-League hat trick and notching up an assist.
Young midfielder Polly Doran was extremely clean with the ball, finishing the game with an 81.5% passing efficiency off 27 passes, further creating a chance on goal.
Angela Beard and Kyra Cooney-Cross worked hard to create opportunities, with 13 crosses between them. Cooney-Cross also created four chances of her own.
For the defeated side, Kim Carroll and Winonah Heatley performed strongly in what was a tough day in defence.
Carroll had six clearances, while Heatley won seven of her ten duels and performed four tackles.
Victory will either be hosting Canberra United in Melbourne or travelling to New South Wales to play Sydney FC depending on Monday’s result.
Fresh off her hat-trick, Ayres has no preference on which team her side will face in the season decider.
“Home would be a preference, but it doesn’t matter,” she said.
“We’re pretty happy. We had a lot of plans coming into the game that we knew we needed to execute, because we’re against a top side.
“The girls have done well to travel multiple times and back it up.
“We’ll be looking forward to a couple of days off.”
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