The Brisbane Roar have won the W-League premiership for the third time, beating Canberra United 4-1.Brisbane Roar have won the W-League premiership for the third time, easing past Canberra United 4-1 to finish the regular season on top of the ladder.
The Roar needed a draw or victory at Suncorp Stadium to clinch their first piece of silverware since 2013 after second-placed Sydney FC smashed Western Sydney 4-1 earlier on Sunday.
But they never looked in doubt, with Matildas pair Hayley Raso and Emily Gieknik each scoring from corner kicks to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage at the interval, before a late double from substitute Abbey Lloyd iced the result.
It caps a big turnaround for Brisbane, who finished seventh last season in coach Melissa Andreatta’s first campaign in charge.
“We’re so excited. We knew we had to come out here and put on a show and we did just that,” Raso said.
“After a few tough seasons we’re just stronger than ever.”
Canberra had nothing to play for but pride after Melbourne City’s 3-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday ended their top-four hopes.
It’s just the second time in the capital club’s 10-year history they have not qualified for the finals.
Raso’s 11th-minute opener was a gift from United defender Toni Pressley, who inadvertently cushioned Carson Pickett’s dead-ball delivery right into her path.
She promptly pounced on the opportunity and could have had a first-half hat-trick after spurning two other golden chances, while Katrina Gorry also rattled the crossbar.
Five minutes before the break, Gielnik smashed the ball home at the near post to make it two for Brisbane.
Lloyd then latched onto an errant backpass from Aoife Colville for their third goal in the 72th minute.
Canberra’s Elise Thorsnes followed it up two minutes later with a sizzling volley.
But Lloyd wasn’t done, smashing home from close range in added time after collecting the rebound from her own shot, which cannoned off the upright.
Brisbane face a tough semi-final next weekend against perennial contenders City, who were untroubled in their rout of the third-placed Jets.
“That’s finals football, you want to be playing the best teams in the final four,” Roar skipper Clare Polkinghorne said.
“They’re all tough games so we’ll be looking for a really tough physical game next week.”
Newcastle will meet an in-form Sydney in the other semi.
On Friday night, wooden spooners Adelaide United beat Melbourne Victory 2-1 courtesy of goals from Makenzy Doniak and Jenna McCormick.
Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets
Leichhardt Oval, 4.45pm AEDT – Saturday, February 10
Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne City
Perry Park, 4pm AEDT – Sunday, February 11