Raso on target as Roar rout United

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Matildas star Hayley Raso scored her first goal since returning from a broken back to lead Brisbane Roar past a coy Canberra United 4-1 in the W-League on Friday.

In just her second match back from the brutal injury sustained last August, Raso raced onto a loose ball inside the United penalty area to give Roar the perfect start at Suncorp Stadium.

The 24-year-old was a constant threat to United's defence, who soon fell further behind after an unmarked Celeste Boureille buried the ball into the back of the net from a 32nd-minute corner.

While Nikki Flannery gave the visitors hope with a goal of her own on the hour-mark, it proved mere consolation as Roar romped towards all three points with further goals from Yuki Nagasato and in-form forward Allira Toby.

The win helped the Roar overtake Perth Glory at the top of the W-League table and left United with little chance of making the finals.