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Micah’s heroics frustrate Roar

Melbourne City goalkeeper Teagan Micah has produced an outstanding display to foil Brisbane Roar in the opening match of the W-League season.Despite dominating for the entire contest at Dolphin Stadium on Tuesday, the Roar had to settle for 0-0 draw, with defending champions City thankful for Micah’s heroics – which included seven saves – as…

Melbourne City goalkeeper Teagan Micah has produced an outstanding display to foil Brisbane Roar in the opening match of the W-League season.

Despite dominating for the entire contest at Dolphin Stadium on Tuesday, the Roar had to settle for 0-0 draw, with defending champions City thankful for Micah’s heroics – which included seven saves – as well some help from the woodwork.

The Roar took control from the outset, hitting the crossbar and the post in the first 15 minutes, with Matildas pair Tameka Yallop and Emily Gielnik both foiled by the frame of the goal.

Moe-born Micah, who was raised in Redcliffe, the location of Tuesday’s match, denied Yallop in the 31st minute.

The 23-year-old keeper was again called into action two minutes before half-time with a save

to prevent Leticia McKenna opening the scoring.

The Roar had only had themselves to blame for not scoring on the stroke of half-time when Yallop failed to hit target from inside the six-yard box.

Micah’s form continued after the break when she again saved a McKenna shot in the 52nd minute.

Within 60 seconds the Roar had another chance but Katrina Gorry’s long-distance strike hit the crossbar, much to City’s relief.

Micah continued her player-of-the match performance in the 59th minute when she tipped a deflected Yallop shot on to the bar.

Micah was again busy eight minutes late to parry a goal-bound Gorry strike to safety.

City rarely threatened but had a good chance in the 28th minute when Rhali Dobson got behind Brisbane’s defence.

But Dobson’s shot was well saved by Roar goalkeeper Georgina Worth.

The W-League season continues on Wednesday when Western Sydney Wanderers host Sydney FC at Bankwest Stadium.

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