Credit: Emily Mogic / TWG
In my world, a holiday isn't a holiday without a good long drive so we took off from Noosa to watch the W-League match between Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC at the Cleveland Showgrounds.
Having watched Brisbane play in both round 1 and 2, I expected plenty of pace on and around the ball but Sydney had all of that covered and more.
Brisbane seemed to feel the effects of missing Tameka Butt and Sydney were able to control the game from the very start until Lana Harch scored for Brisbane late in the first half against the run of play.
The next goal came from a messy back pass allowing Sam Kerr to score for Sydney and tie things up. From that point I think it would be fair to say Sydney FC stole the show with a goal to Kete in the 59th minute and a final one 4 minutes later to Ellyse Perry who looked like scoring throughout the game … a birthday present to Sydney FC fans.
Kishi did a great job in goal, making a number of bone crunching saves. She was well supported by Claire Polkinghorn who seemed to be playing further forward than the previous two matches.
Sydney's forwards were pressing high, causing plenty of trouble for Brisbane's defence and were unlucky to not add more goals to the scoreline.
Ellyse Perry played well as did Kyah Simon. Sam Kerr seemed to fade in the second half and the crowd gave a big cheer to Larissa Crummer when she was subbed on.
For Roar, the score could've been worse so they should take the 3-1 loss, regroup and welcome back Tameka Butt, KK (1 week) and Kim Carroll as soon as possible.
It's not all bad though with Gorry playing great football supported by Polkinghorn, Gielnik and Kishi.
A great Roar crowd filled the stands and fence line and all of us were quite cold by the end of the match. I'm looking forward to getting back to some of that Melbourne weather.
Next week … well, with no games in Melbourne will we head to Sydney for the double header or watch ABC? Let's just say there's only 12 rounds of football so make the most of it!