Sunny Franco’s late goal has earned the Brisbane Roar a 1-1 W-League draw with Melbourne Victory.
Stuttering W-League powerhouse Brisbane Roar needed a late equaliser from Sunny Franco to salvage a draw against Melbourne Victory in the grand final replay on Sunday and avoid an unprecedented third successive defeat.
The Roar starting line-up featured ten internationals but it was unheralded substitute Franco who finally forced the ball home with eight minutes remaining to ensure the points were shared in a hard-fought match in Brisbane.
Melbourne midfielder Amy Jackson had put her side on track for victory midway through the second half after netting her fifth goal in six matches.
Australia goalkeeper Brianna Davey was forced off at halftime with a leg injury, as was fellow Matildas shot-stopper Casey Dumont who went off in Sydney FC’s 1-0 defeat against Perth Glory.
Leaders Perth made it six straight wins to start the season, opening up a handy five-point margin at the halfway point of the season with the victory over the second-placed Sky Blues.
Marianna Tabain nabbed the only goal of the match just after the half-time break, scoring with a trademark long-range effort into the top corner.
There were chances at both ends throughout the match, with notably Sydney’s Amy Harrison and Jasmyne Spencer failing to convert good openings.
Strugglers Adelaide United shocked Canberra United with an against-the-odds 3-2 victory, for their first three-points in the nation’s capital.
Canberra missed a host of chances with Adelaide’s Kristy Moore scoring two quality goals, and Tiarn Powell netting the winner for the Lady Reds after Canberra had twice drawn themselves level.
Western Sydney Wanderers suffered a humbling 5-1 home loss against Newcastle Jets, just seven days after causing one of the W-League’s great upsets with a win over Brisbane Roar.
However, the Wanderers held their own for long periods and they lead through Michelle Carney’s goal until just prior to half time when Emily van Egmond equalised against her former club.
The second half proved a different story with the visitors nabbing four goals, including a double for Tara Andrews, with the scoreline helping the Jets leapfrog Canberra into fourth on goal difference.