The Sky Blues drew first blood in the inaugural Sydney W-League derby, while the reigning premiers record a thumping. And who claimed our player of the week?
|By TAKU TANEKA
|SYDNEY FC 1-0 WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
At Leichardt Oval, a tight battle took place in the first W-League Sydney derby as Sydney FC edged Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0. The sea-sawing, end-to-end affair was played at a fast pace, though few genuine scoring opportunities arose.
Ultimately, only a stellar individual effort in the first half from Sydney FC's New Zealand forward Emma Kete proved the difference as the W-League's newest club was condemned to their second loss in as many games.
|NEWCASTLE JETS 0-5 CANBERRA UNITED
A competitive first half display at Newcastle’s Wanderers Oval between the Newcastle Jets and Canberra United was made to count for nothing as the away side came out firing after the break and ran away with the result.
The match was poised at 0-0 at half time, before defending champions Canberra kicked into gear and Hayley Raso, Michelle Heyman, Ariane Hingst, Caitlin Munoz and Ashleigh Sykes found the score sheet en route to a 5-0 victory.
|PERTH GLORY 2-1 ADELAIDE UNITED
In soaring conditions at Intiga Stadium, Perth Glory and Adelaide United took part in a keenly contested match before the home side claimed a rousing come-from-behind victory.
Adelaide took the lead in the 41st minute when Ann Mayo beat Perth goalkeeper Carly Telford from a free-kick. However, on the eve of half-time, veteran Matilda Kate Gill squared the score before Elisa D'Ovidio sealed the win in the 88th minute.
The late winner saved the blushes of referee Renee Silvester and her assistant Jarrad Kennington, after they disallowed what would have been the Glory's opening goal in the first half due to an incorrect offside ruling.
|MELBOURNE VICTORY 0-1 BRISBANE ROAR
Against a quality Melbourne Victory outfit, a determined Brisbane Roar hung on to an early 1-0 lead to claim the points on their travels. The decisive moment arrived in the 18th minute, when 21-year-old Vedrana Popovic netted a classy free-kick.
Victory, who throughout the match enjoyed a large amount of possession, were unable to equalise despite continually pressing and creating ample opportunities. Their day was made even more disappointing, with key players Ashley Brown and Louisa Bisby ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering serious knee injuries.
GOAL.COM'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Matildas striker Michelle Heyman [pictured above] demonstrated why she is one of the best players in the W-League. With Canberra United's game against the Newcastle Jets in the balance, it was Heyman's class that opened the floodgates. Up until the 74th minute, the 24-year-old had been well contained by Hayley Crawford and Stacey Day. But the saying 'form is temporary, class is permanent' proved correct, as Heyman provided the assist for Hayley Raso's opener before the competition's reigning player of the year and Golden Boot netted herself 10 minutes later in the 5-0 rout.