W-League semi-final preview | Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC

This weekend's first Westfield W-League semi final sees minor premiers Brisbane Roar take on rival powerhouse Sydney FC.

Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC

Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre, Brisbane

Saturday 19 January 2013

Kick-off: 3pm local (4pm AEDT)

Live on ABC 1

This weekend's first Westfield W-League semi final sees minor premiers Brisbane Roar take on rival powerhouse Sydney FC.

Both sides head into the clash with a full complement of players, with the Roar unlikely to change their winning formula from last week. Sydney FC will retain the services of Ellyse Perry, who faces a scheduling clash with the women's domestic T20 cricket final.

Head to head, both sides have shared the honours this season with one win apiece. The Roar will take a psychological edge into the semi, however, having triumphed in their last encounter 2-0. But captain Clare Polkinghorne knows it's no time for complacency.

"Obviously the latest result we played two weeks ago went in our favour so we'll take confidence from that game," she says.

"But it's finals football now and what you've done in the season doesn't really count for too much and we've got to produce a good display on Saturday to make it through."

That fresh slate mentality is echoed by Sydney FC captain, Kyah Simon.

"It's been pretty even all throughout the season. I think there's definitely more competition and talent in this year's W-League... But I think when it's finals time, nothing else really matters" she says.

And the job won't be an easy one if the form guide is anything to go by. Brisbane are undefeated in their last seven games, including a resounding 5-1 victory over Canberra United in their last outing.

Big game nerves shouldn't be a problem either. Brisbane Roar boast the enviable record of having appeared in every Westfield W-League grand final so far.

"Obviously making the last four grand finals there's always that expectation," says Polkinghorne.

"I've got no doubt if we play good football like we produced last weekend then we'll be in good stead to hopefully knock Sydney off this weekend and make another grand final."

As far as motivation goes, Sydney FC will no doubt be aiming to avenge last year's Westfield W-League semi final result against the same opponents, which ended in dramatic circumstances.

"That's in the past and hopefully we can turn up this weekend and just leave it all out on the pitch and get the result that we go up there for," says Simon.

"It's gonna be tough being away from home and having their crowd and their fans there but we went up there last year and we put up a good fight and probably should've won the game, but that's football and hopefully we can manage to win the game this weekend."

Neither side will leave anything in the tank for what is shaping up as an absolute cracker. Whatever the result, a berth in the grand final will not be given lightly.

Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC will be shown live on ABC 1.