Brisbane Roar’s perfect start to the season has came to an end on Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 loss to a strong Adelaide United side.

It was a physical match with both teams doing whatever it took to win the ball and win the three points.

It was a match, which could have gone either way in the dying minutes but Adelaide were deserving winner’s of the match with the performance they put in.

Brisbane Roar - Key Points and Players

After falling behind early, Brisbane struggled to stay composed in their attack and defence as Adelaide kept the pressure on each time they received the ball.

With the return of Katrina Gorry and Tameka Butt, Brisbane’s midfield stood firm with Gorry, trying to weave her way through the Adelaide team to ensure her side had a chance at goal. They were able to work themselves back into the game late in the second half, however were denied in front of goal each time.

Once again there were positive for Brisbane with once again the fitness of players coming almost paying off the later the match went.

The usual suspects Gorry and Butt were good while Ruth Blackburn and Polkinghorne stood firm in the centre, making tackle after tackle to hold Adelaide at bay.

Although she didn’t start the match, new Kiwi signing Kirsty Yallop was impressive in her debut. She came on as a second-half substitute and was denied a goal by some wonderful goalkeeping by Adelaide's Savage.

Brisbane took every opportunity there was in front of goal but Savage stopped nearly every shot on target leaving a frustrated home side come the final whistle.

Adelaide United - Key Points and Players

Despite having an outstanding record against Adelaide, the Roar had trouble finding their way through a tough Adelaide defence. Lauren Steer and Alexandra Grummer were brilliant in shutting down Brisbane attackers, Emily Gielnik and Gabe Marzano.

Adelaide’s long ball play didn’t fit with Brisbane’s style of play. Younger Roar players were caught out each time an Adelaide player would distribute the ball to pacy attackers Rosie Sutton and Emily Condon.

Sutton and Condon continued on their strong opening season form, penetrating the Roar defence time and time again, forcing them under pressure and into mistakes.

Emily Condon was a standout player during the match. She was everywhere her teammates needed her to be and created havoc down the right flank for Summer O’Brien and Clare Polkinghorne.

At the other end of the pitch, goalkeeper Kaitlyn Savage was outstanding again between the posts; making world class saves from strikes by Gielnik, Tameka Butt and Gorry. She was instrumental in their win.

Since a shaky opening 30 minutes against the Western Sydney Wanderers, Adelaide have developed into a more cohesive and attacking unit with the week off paying dividends for coach Jamie Harnwell.

What’s next?

Brisbane Roar bye couldn’t have come soon enough with three of their Matilda’s players needing to have a break before their next home match against Perth Glory. Meanwhile, Adelaide United are away again to Melbourne Victory on Sunday. It will be an entertaining match with Melbourne Victory still searching for their first points of the season.

Brisbane Roar 1 (Gorry 23’) A

delaide United 2 (Sutton 10’, Condon 52’)

Sunday 1 November 2015

Cleveland Showgrounds, Brisbane

Kick-off: 2:00pm

Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1. Haley Kopmeyer (gk), 3. Amy Chapman (9. Cortnee Vine 63'), 4. Clare Polkinghorne (c), 6. Angela Beard, 7. Gabe Marzano, 8. Ayesha Norrie (11. Kirsty Yallop 63'), 10. Katrina Gorry, 13. Tameka Butt (16. Ashley Spina 78'), 14. Summer O'Brien, 15. Ruth Blackburn, 17. Emily Gielnik.

Substitutes not used: 20. Carrie Simpson (gk) Cautions: Gorry 26'

Adelaide United squad: 1. Kaitlyn Savage (gk), 2. Lauren Steer (18. Lorena Maggio 66'), 3. Alexandra Gummer, 4. Sarah Killion, 6. Chantelle Ryder, 8. Emily Condon, 10. Georgia Campagnale (5. Allira Toby 79'), 11. Rosie Sutton, 12. Elizabeth Milne (c), 13. Abbigail Dahlkemper, 17. Tiarn Powell (9. Marijana Rajcic 69').

Substitutes not used: 20. Claudia Jenkins (gk) Cautions: Gummer 85', Maggio (90+1')