Roar too strong for Victory

Queensland Roar remain top of the Westfield W-League following a 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory at Ballymore on Saturday night.

Queensland Roar remain top of the Westfield W-League following a 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory at Ballymore on Saturday night.

Courtney Beutel and Tameka Butt scored either side of half-time and Melissa Barbieri saved a penalty for the Victory as the Roar dominated their opponents.

Queensland was on the attack early and Karla Reuter forced the first save after eight minutes when her shot from a tight angle was held by Barbieri.

Despite losing Louisa Bisby to a potential collar-bone fracture, the visitors came close to scoring on 22 minutes when Sophie Hogben's free kick whistled past the Roar goal from long range.

The Roar had a great chance on the half-hour mark when Maika Ruyter-Hooley slipped on the ball in defence and let Lana Harch through.

Harch squared the ball to Tameka Butt but the Roar midfielder mis-hit the shot with the goal at her mercy and Kellond-Knight's follow up was smothered by the ‘keeper.

The home team got the opening goal just three minutes later.

Brooke Spence's cross from the left wing was perfectly placed for Beutel to nod home from close range for her second goal of the season.

The Queenslanders continued to attack after the break and created a number of chances early on.

Seven minutes after the restart a McShea corner kick caused chaos in the Melbourne area but Melbourne's desperate defence kept the ball out of the net.

Kim Carrol then headed McShea's resulting corner kick wide.

A minute later the Roar had another chance to increase the lead when Beutel broke the offside trap and rounded Barbieri, only to see her effort go wide.

The Roar's second goal came in the 58th minute through a spectacular Butt strike.

Kellond-Knight's corner was cleared to the edge of the area and Butt latched on to the chance with a rocket into the top corner.

Butt then won her team a penalty on 73 minutes when she was brought down by Marlies Oostdam, but Barbieri denied Kellond-Knight with a terrific save to her left.

Despite Barbieri's heroics, Melbourne never looked like getting back into the match as they struggled against a watertight Queensland defence.

Roar coach Jeff Hopkins praised his team for their professionalism throughout the match.

"They made things difficult for us in the first half especially," Hopkins said.

"(But) the way the girls were playing they were confident we would create chances and we saw as the game went on more and more chances became available to us."

Barbieri was disappointed her penalty save had no effect on the final result.

"We were playing a quality outfit in the Roar and I'm just proud of my girls for coming out, showing what Melbourne Victory's made of and making a game of it," she said.

Match Details

Queensland Roar 2 (Courtney Beutel 33-, Tameka Butt 57-) Melbourne Victory 0

Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane Saturday 22 November 2008

Referee: Lee Corey Assistant Referees: Renae Coghill, Brooke Staff Fourth Official: Rebecca Durcau

Queensland Roar line-up: 1.Casey DUMONT (gk), 2.Kate McSHEA, 3.Karla REUTER, 4.Claire POLKINGHORNE, 5.Brooke SPENCE, 7.Kim CARROLL, 8.Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 10.Lana HARCH (17.Tashina ROMA 87-), 13.Tameka BUTT (12.Veronica WILLIAMS 78-), 16.Lauren COLTHORPE, 18.Courtney BEUTEL

Substitutes not used: 20.Lara BOON (gk), 15.Stephanie LATHAM

Yellow cards: Nil Red Cards: Nil

Melbourne Victory line-up: 1.Melissa BARBIERI (gk), 3.Marlies OOSTDAM, 4.Tal KARP (c), 6.Maika RUYTER-HOOLEY, 7.Sarah GROENEWALD, 8.Louisa BISBY (2.Meghan ARCHER 20- (18.Ursula HUGHSON 70-)), 9.Rebecca TEGG, 11.Brittany TIMKO, 12.Sophie HOGBEN, 15.Daniela DIGIAMMARCO (19.Enza BARILLA 75-), 17.Alisha FOOTE

Substitutes not used: 20.Nicole PAUL (gk)

Yellow cards: Marlies Oostdam 75- Red Cards: Nil