Matildas goalkeeper Teagan Micah marked her W-League debut for Melbourne City with a clean sheet to deny a dominant Brisbane Roar in the season opener. Micah made several crucial saves in Tuesday’s clash at Dolphin Stadium in Redcliffe as City escaped with a 0-0 draw to stretch the club’s undefeated run to 17 games.
The Roar will leave the ground wondering just how they failed to get all three points. Facing a much-changed City team which had no players from last season’s grand final in their starting XI, the Roar had 25 shots to six but could not find a way past Micah.
Matilda Tameka Yallop was denied several times by Micah while Leticia McKenna was guilty of missing the Roar’s best chance when she was one-on-one with Micah late in the opening half but hit her shot straight at the City custodian.
Yallop will also wonder if her effort in the opening stages rebounded over the goal-line off the crossbar as replays suggested.
The point was a welcome one for City coach Rado Vidosic as his team begin life without departed Matildas Steph Catley, Lydia Williams, Emily van Egmond, Kyah Simon and Ellie Carpenter.
“I need a six pack after this game. They were good, I thought our effort and resilience was fantastic but they had some good quality in the midfield and they controlled the game,” Vidosic said. “Teagan Micah, she was unbelievable. If she continues like that she’s going to be number one Matilda very, very soon. So, all credit to her and our backline.”
Micah ended the game with seven saves, leaving Roar coach Jake Goodship frustrated.
“The amount of clear chances we had and number of good chances we created, it’s disappointing to draw and to say that against Melbourne City is probably unheard of,” Goodship said. “I was very pleased with the performance, but disappointed with the end result.”
City’s next match is against Canberra United on January 3 while the Roar also take on Canberra next, in Brisbane on 7 January.
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