City made to pay by Brisbane for W-League misses


Melbourne City's W-League title defence lies in tatters after a shock 1-0 defeat to Brisbane Roar that belied their superiority.

For the second straight week, City dominated their opponents but failed to cash in at AAMI Park on Friday.

The price they will pay is the return of their championship trophy after three years in City's cabinet.

Last week, Christine Nairn scored an injury-time winner to give Melbourne Victory a 1-0 win in their derby duel.

This week Brisbane delivered a similar sucker-punch when England international Chioma Ubogago raced onto Jenna McCormick's opportunistic through ball to curl home.

The fine 74th minute winner wasn't as late as Nairn's "Olimpico" but the impact was disastrous for Rado Vidosic's side.

With just two matches to play - less than their rivals - City find themselves sixth and will be lucky to make the top-four finals.

City have battled player unavailability all season, with key players Steph Catley, Kyah Simon and Jasmyne Spencer all missing matches and key star Jodie Taylor failing to present for her guest stint.

But that was no excuse against Brisbane who were without senior Matildas Katrina Gorry and Hayley Raso.

Over an agonising 90 minutes, City simply ran out of ways to miss.

Tameka Butt was prominent but at the heart of three gilt-edged chances in the first half.

She sent an improvised overhead kick high after 11 minutes and blazed wide after being sent through by Theresa Nielsen shortly after.

The third miss had to be seen to be believed.

Steph Catley capitalised on Clare Polkinghorne's slip, rounding Jenna McCormack to cut back to two waiting City players.

With goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold out of the picture, Rhali Dobson sent an unmissable volley onto the crossbar, with Butt slicing at the rebound.

A lifeline arrived on 47 minutes when McCormick's hands on Spencer saw a penalty awarded, only for Elise Kellond-Knight to side foot wide.

When substitute Amy Jackson's shot - of 21 efforts that City would put on goal - ricocheted off the post, it looked likely to be another one of those days for City.

Such it proved, with Ubogago's effort sucking the wind out of their sails.

Source AAP