Crummer’s 758 days of pain eradicated with one emotional goal

A couple of her teammates stole the show with spectacular goals but it was a regulation tap-in from Larissa Crummer that most excited Brisbane Roar players, coaches and fans alike on Sunday night.

Crummer scored the final goal of the match as Roar cruised to a 4-0 drubbing of Perth Glory to increase their Westfield W-League winning streak to five matches.

While it was one of the easiest goals of Crummer’s career, she has never scored one as sweet.

It’s because it’s been a long and arduous road back to the pitch for the 25-year-old, who suffered a sickening broken leg while playing for Newcastle Jets back in January 2019.

Crummer shattered the tibia and fibula bones in her left leg in a heavy collision with Adelaide goalkeeper Sarah Willacy.

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Larissa Crummer
Larissa Crummer had been out of action for more than two years after this injury in 2019

Since then she has endured five surgeries, countless setbacks and plenty of hours in the treatment room to get back on the Westfield W-League stage for the first time in 758 days.

“I was happy just to get on the field but to get a goal as well was unbelievable,” an ecstatic Crummer told Fox Sports after the match.

“I felt pretty good considering everything I have been through.

“I never once thought about [not] going into a tackle. It’s just good to be back.”

The return of Crummer – a former Westfield W-League Golden Boot winner and 20-cap Westfield Matilda – underlines the incredible depth of talent at Jake Goodship’s disposal.

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WATCH: Crummer marks return with a goal

Roar again showed they look the team to beat, scoring some incredible goals on their way to a fifth straight win.

Olivia Chance kick-started the rout with a stunner for her first Westfield W-League goal before Emily Gielnik took control with a double.

Gielnik’s first strike – a goal of the season contender - came from just a couple of metres inside Glory territory, before notching her eight of the campaign early in the second half.

Asked about her jaw-dropping first goal, Gielnik said: “It’s a striker’s dream to score a long goal like that.

“I saw my moment, the keeper was off her line and I just had one thought, ‘hit it’.

“I hit and well and managed to get it just over the fingertips [of the keeper]…I’m pretty stoked about that.”

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The only sour note for Roar was a late injury to Gielnik, that saw her limp from the field with a groin problem.

“I wish it was a cramp, that’s what I thought it was initially. I felt my groin just go,” Gielnik explained.

“For a minute I didn’t think I could take another step, so better to be safe than sorry…hopefully it’s nothing too serious.”

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