Key Battle: Spencer v Toby


With all to play for, we are set for a crucial six-point clash with Brisbane Roar on Friday afternoon. Ahead of the match, we take a look at the key numbers between two prolific attackers, Jasmyne Spencer and Allira Toby.

Melbourne City attacker Jasmyne Spencer and Brisbane Roar forward Allira Toby may possess different strengths on the football pitch, but when it comes to their ability to impact a contest, both players can change the match in an instance.   

American important Spencer joined City at the beginning of the season, where she has since made an immediate impact. Born in New York, the American attacker commenced at City having already played in the W-League, where she represented both Sydney FC and Canberra United.

While for Brisbane’s Toby, the 24-year-old represented Adelaide United before she returned to her home state and joined the Roar.

With City sitting in fifth position on the league ladder, and Brisbane one-point ahead in fourth, Friday night’s clash is shaping up as a decisive contest that could shape the top-four, and consequently one team’s finals hopes.  

With both players being more than capable of turning the game for their team, we take a look at their respective numbers this season.

As both players are attackers, looking to influence the scoresheet is crucial. Spencer has demonstrated her ability to use her speed to get in-behind the opposition’s defence as well as score the spectacular from range, netting four crucial goals for City this season.

For the Roar, Toby has demonstrated her ability to score with both her head and her feet, netting three goals in seven games.

Not only have they been prolific in front of goal, but the duo has also showcased their ability to create attacking chances for their teammates. Spencer has made 12 key passes this season and two successful crosses, while Toby has registered one assist and nine key passes.

Similarly, Spencer has demonstrated her effectiveness with the ball at her feet. So far this season, she has made 132 successful passes, travelling at a pass accuracy percentage of 72.5 per cent. Her raw speed combined with her quick feet has also seen her make 12 successful dribbles. In contrast, Toby has made 76 successful passes, traveling at 60.8 per cent pass accuracy, she has also registered four successful dribbles.

When it comes to the defensive side of the game, Spencer has consistently demonstrated her willingness to track back and help her teammates in City blue. In the opening eight matches of the season, she has won seven tackles, made four clearances, one block and two interceptions.

With both players posing as a threat up front, albeit for different strengths, there is no doubt that one of the two can influence the result and change the match in favour of their team.

City host Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Friday 11 January, kick-off 5:20pm. Get your tickets here