Brisbane Roar have their first back-to-back win of the season after a 3-1 victory over the Western Sydney Wanders.
Just four days after Roar's 4-3 win over ladder leaders Melbourne Victory in very wet and windy conditions, a humid night at Dolphins Stadium was the perfect backdrop on a Thursday night.
Both sides were without some of their big-name players with Katrina Gorry (suspension) and Chioma Ubogagu (injury) missing for Brisbane Roar while Wanderers had Leena Khamis and captain Servet Uzunlar out.
The start of the first half was lacklustre for both teams with no serious attempts on goal by either side.
Roar struggled to string passes together in the first half which was further hampered by Wanderers' constant pressing.
However, the Wanderers were unable to make much of the ball once they had it and were met by a wall of Roar defenders.
It would take until the 35th minute to break the deadlock and it came with an own goal from Wanderers forward Sydney Miramontez.
⚽ @Yuki_Ogimi's wicked corner caused havoc, allowing @brisbaneroar to take the lead. #WLeague #BRIvWSW— Westfield W-League (@WLeague) December 20, 2018
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Celeste Boureille came close to doubling the score ahead of halftime after getting a vital turnover but her shot was over the bar.
Roar came out wanting to consolidate their lead and it didn't take long for the chances to come.
But before they could convert, Wanderers forward Georgia Yeoman-Dale took the ball around Mackenzie Arnold to level the scores.
The team in orange had an almost instant reply with birthday girl Indiah-Paige Riley scoring her first W-League goal. The 17-year-old didn't know much about the ball from corner but that didn't matter in the end.
However, there was controversy over a possible penalty before the goal was scored, with Yuki Nagasato getting hit in the back and going down in the box.
Wanderers had a chance to go level and Elizabeth Addo will be wondering why she didn't shoot when Arnold came out of her box top challenge her. Despite an open goal with only Clare Polkinghorne standing in the middle, Addo chose to try work the ball up the field and lost it.
Roar sealed the win when Carson Pickett put in a perfect ball to Allira Toby who put the game beyond Wanderers' reach and left the West Sydney side still searching for their first win of the 2018/19 W-league season.