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It was a weekend of mixed emotions for Brisbane Roar as one side returned to winning ways while the other saw their Finals Series hopes come to a close.
Jamie Maclaren came off the bench to score a crucial later winner in Brisbane Roar’s 1-0 win away to Wellington Phoenix on Saturday.
Maclaren tapped home the only goal in the 87th minute following some good work from Brandon Borrello to end Roar’s three-match losing run.
“We feel that we’ve been playing well and that if we kept performing then the results would go our way,” coach John Aloisi said after the match.
“I thought that we played some good football and got an important three points.”
The much-needed win keeps Brisbane three points clear of fifth-placed Perth Glory, but still eight points adrift of the top two.
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Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
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Brisbane Roar’s hopes of forcing their way into the Westfield W-League Finals Series are over after a 3-1 defeat to Melbourne City on Sunday.
Needing to win to stay in top four contention, Roar fell 2-0 behind through goals from Marianna Tabain and Rebekah Stott either side of half-time.
Katrina Gorry pulled one back for the visitors but City sealed their victory courtesy of a second from Stott in stoppage time, ensuring Brisbane will miss the Westfield W-League Finals Series for only the second time in the club’s history.
“Over the next few days we will assess the season but quickly look forward to a positive future,” coach Mel Andreatta said after the match.
“As a group we are determined to build and plan for a successful Westfield W-League Season 10.”