Australia Westfield W-League
Canberra United 1 - 0 Melbourne Victory
Michelle Heyman 83’ (Canberra United)
Michelle Heyman goal late in the second half has seen Canberra United scrape past Melbourne Victory 1-0 in their Westfield W-League semi final at Mackellar Park on Saturday afternoon.
The fourth-placed Victory defied their ladder position and took it to the undefeated United early and could have been one or two up after a stellar first 25 minutes.
But they were made to rue a couple of costly misses from captain Jodie Taylor as Canberra gradually gained ascendancy in a dominant second half.
Melbourne bravely held out attack after attack until the 83rd minute, when Canberra’s star striker Heyman finally broke through.
She took the ball from outside the box and in the bumping duel, broke free and struck home a powerful left-foot shot which took a deflection off Rebekah Stott’s back and into the left hand corner.
Brisbane Roar 1 - 1 Sydney FC
Renee Rollason 18' (Sydney FC)
Emily Gielnik 90+5' ( Brisbane Roar)
Brisbane Roar will meet Canberra United in the Westfield W-League grand final after eliminating Sydney FC in a sensational penalty-shootout win at Queensland Sport and Athletic Centre on Sunday afternoon.
The Roar had been out of the contest until star bench weapon Emily Gielnik scored a stunner in the final minute of injury time, sending the game into a thrilling extra-time period, followed by a 4-3 triumph from the penalty spot.
Adding to the drama was a second yellow card for star player Kyah Simon in the dying seconds of extra-time, which was followed by coach Alen Stajcic blowing up at officials and being escorted by security into the stands.
The victory means Brisbane have qualified for each of the competition's four grand finals, while Sydney miss out on the decider for the first time in three seasons.
Both sides had great chances to win the game in extra-time, but keepers Casey Dumont and Allison Shipper stood tall.
Brooke Spence, Tameka Butt, Aivi Luik and Kim Carroll all converted their penalties for Brisbane, while Terasa Polias and Estelle Johnson were the unlucky ladies to miss for Sydney.
Sydney's opener came in the 18th minute when Renee Rollason rose above the pack to latch on and head home a perfectly-weighted free kick from Servet Uzunlar, taken 40 yards out and towards the right-hand sideline.