SportCity's W-League title hopes hang by a thread

15:10  11 january  2019
15:10  11 january  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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City's W-League title hopes hang by a thread© AAP Image/George Salpigtidis Elise Kellond-Knight of Melbourne City reacts after failing to convert a penalty during the Round 11 W-League match between Melbourne City FC and Brisbane Roar. Melbourne City’s chances of defending the W-League title they have won for the past three years in succession hang by the slenderest thread after they somehow found a way to lose 1-0 to a Brisbane Roar team they had dominated for virtually the entire 90 minutes at AAMI Park on Friday night.

City is back in sixth position with 13 points in the nine-team league in which the top four make the finals. They have now played ten games out of their 12, so they would need to win both remaining fixtures and hope that several rivals slip up if they are to have a chance of defending their championship. That is unlikely to happen.

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Melbourne Victory, Brisbane, Perth Glory and Sydney have all played nine games and respectively have 19, 17, 16 and 15 points, while Adelaide is two points clear of City having only played eight matches.

There can rarely have been a more one-sided first half than the opening 45 minutes of this W-League clash.

To say that City monopolised possession would be an understatement: Brisbane got out of their own half about as often as a prisoner in solitary confinement gets relief from their cell as the hosts camped on the edge of the Roar area.

City's W-League title hopes hang by a thread© AAP Elise Kellond-Knight’s face says it all after missing a penalty for City. But possession is only nine-tenths of the law, and City could not find the extra edge needed to make the breakthrough that might have opened the floodgates.

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Rado Vidosic’s team peppered the Roar goal with shots from distance and close in but couldn’t find a way past Mackenzie Arnold, Brisbane’s Matildas number two.

City have only themselves to blame, no-one more than striker Rhali Dobson, who missed a chance midway through the first half that it was surely easier to convert.

The opportunity arose after Roar skipper Claire Polkinghorne slipped, leaving Steph Catley with the ball on the left of the Roar penalty area.

The Matildas full-back skipped past a couple of challenges before cutting the ball back. It came to a completely unmarked Dobson who had the goal at her mercy, but somehow the forward got under the ball and contrived to hit the crossbar, the ball bouncing out to safety.

Even by that point City had mounted enough pressure to have their noses in front.

Theresa Nielsen’s early cross was scrambled to safety by Arnold, while the keeper did well to parry Elise Kellond-Knight’s eighth-minute drive. Arnold then blocked at close range Tameka Butt’s effort before the same player fired over the bar after she got to the rebound from Rebekah Stott’s shot first. Nielsen then fed Butt, who shot wide, the Matildas veteran heading over.

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City's W-League title hopes hang by a thread© AAP Chioma Ubogagu points to the sky after breaking the deadlock for Brisbane Roar.

Brisbane was parking a fleet of buses, their penalty area a sea of orange as they somehow held out while Catley shot just wide and Stott’s long shot failed to hit the target.

The hosts had the perfect chance to break the deadlock in the 47th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Roar centre-back Jenna McCormick shoved over Jasmyne Spencer as they jumped for a Catley cross.

Kellond-Knight stepped forward and drove the spot-kick wide of Arnold’s right-hand post.

Shortly after Spencer made space well for herself before driving wide and City’s agony continued. Things got worse 14 minutes from time.

Amy Jackson had just hit the woodwork before a rare Brisbane forward foray saw English striker Chioma Ubogagu fasten on to a long ball from McCormick, dribble past City’s Japanese midfielder Yukari Kinga and then beat the hitherto unemployed Lydia Williams with a low shot to the keeper’s left.

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