Wanderers primed for first Westfield W-League game away

The Wanderers Westfield W-League side will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they play Brisbane Roar in their first away game of the season at Lions Stadium tonight.

With two home wins from their opening two games of the season, head coach Dean Heffernan says the Red & Black are full of confidence and ready to go.

“It has been a good week. Obviously, it’s been a bit of a shorter week for us, but we have ticked all the boxes and we are ready to go and we are looking forward to our first away trip of the season,” said Heffernan.

“The main thing is that everyone is happy and they are all enjoying their football at the moment - that’s always a key to any football side.”

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Heffernan is happy with the rate of improvement in his side since the season kicked off.

“Round one was a very tough game (against Adelaide United), one we weren’t quite at our best and a little bit off but we managed to get the three points which was huge,” explained Heffernan.

“Round two against the Jets, the performance was very, very good with and without the ball so we are happy.

“We are confident and have done a lot of work this week in preparation for the game.”

Heffernan has no doubts is side will continue to improve the more they train and play together, but he would not put a percentage figure on just how much.

“I’ll hold back on the percentages and leave that to others,” Heffernan said with a grin.

“Look, we have had the full squad together now for 10 days, if that. 

“As I have said before, we are not in any different situation to any other Westfield W-League team.

“We are very happy with where we are at, but we also know there is a lot of improvements we can make.

“The good thing is the chemistry is quite high at the moment.”

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Part of that chemistry includes the recent introduction of US international Lynn Williams and Republic of Ireland international, Denis O’Sullivan. They made their Wanderers debut last week in the 1-0 win over Newcastle.

Both looked to have adapted very well to their new teammates and the speed of the Westfield W-League.

The Wanderers will face a Roar side that gave it their best shot in a 3-2 loss to Melbourne Victory last week. 

“They are a very good side,” Heffernan added.

“They showed glimpses, probably more than glimpses to be fair, last week of that.

“They have a few Matildas in there - Katrina Gorry, Claire Polkinghorne, Tameka Butt, and Hayley Raso - and they are very good players.

“We know it is going to be a tough test for us and we are looking forward to it.'