2020-21 Australian W-League, Semifinals
  • Olivia Chance (43')
  • Tameka Yallop (74')
  • Lisa De Vanna (23', 61')
  • Catherine Zimmerman (45')
  • Melina Ayres (47', 87', 90'+6')

De Vanna leads Melbourne Victory into W-League final with big win over Brisbane Roar

An attacking masterclass by veteran forward Lisa De Vanna guided Melbourne Victory into the W-League grand final with a 6-2 win over Brisbane Roar.

The four-time W-League championship winner scored two and set up another, while Melina Ayres scored a second-half hat-trick, as Victory claimed an emphatic victory in Sunday's semifinal to reach their first decider since 2014.

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Jeff Hopkins' team will now face the winner of Monday's semifinal between Sydney FC and Canberra United in next Sunday's grand final.

De Vanna scored in either half with Ayres's treble and another from Catherine Zimmerman capping a confident performance just days after losing the premiers plate showdown against Sydney FC.

New Zealand international Olivia Chance and Roar captain Tameka Yallop struck for the hosts, who were playing without key Matildas pair Clare Polkinghorne and Emily Gielnik following their departure to Swedish top flight club Vittsjo GIK.

The hosts were left feeling aggrieved after a number of refereeing decisions went against them. Captain Tameka Yallop appeared to have opened the scoring in the ninth minute when her shot looked like it had crossed the line before bouncing clear but referee Lara Lee didn't give a goal, much to Yallop's dismay.

The Roar's sense of injustice reached fever pitch in the second half when Victory were awarded a penalty following an innocuous challenge by Roar goalkeeper Georgie Worth, coach Jake Goodship receiving a yellow card for his protests on the sideline.

Ayres missed the spot kick and Roar thought they were right back in the match moments later when Mariel Hecher tapped home but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Earlier, De Vanna opened the scoring with a thumping finish in the 23rd minute before a wonder goal by Chance levelled the scores in the 43rd minute.

Victory regained the lead just before half-time through Zimmerman before De Vanna broke the game apart in the second-half. The veteran ran clear of the Roar defence in the 48th minute and Ayres was on hand to tap home after Worth had palmed away the 36-year-old's shot.

De Vanna put Victory three goals clear in the 61st minute when she pinched the ball off Yallop and slotted home again with her left foot.

Yallop got one back for the Roar in the 75th minute before the late refereeing dramas but Ayres added two late strikes to add some gloss to the scoreline for the visitors.