W-League round-up: Wanderers break through

The W-League's newest club claimed its first-ever win, led by Goal.com's player of the week. Elsewhere, Canberra United's title defence continued unabated
GOAL.com Indonesia   By TAKU TANEKA


Canberra United's stellar beginning to the campaign continued as they maintained their unbeaten record with a 3-1 victory over Adelaide United. Playing at McKellar Park in Canberra, Racheal Quigley put the away side in the lead with a free-kick strike in the 38th minute. The goal meant Canberra United went to half-time one goal down, despite dominating possession and creating multiple goal-scoring opportunities. When the second half commenced, Canberra United pressed hard for an equaliser and were rewarded in the 73rd minute via a Caitlin Cooper header from a corner. From another set play five minutes later, Canberra's captain Ellie Brush latched onto a free-kick with a powerful header to put the home side in front 2-1. Rounding out the victory was a venomous strike from substitute Samantha Wood, who continues to impress with the impact she is generating in her cameos from the bench.


In a replay of last season's semi-final, Sydney FC travelled to Queensland for their clash with the Brisbane Roar. Stating their intentions from the outset, an early chance fell to Sydney FC's Ellyse Perry, who returned to the line-up after cricket commitments forced her to miss the derby against Western Sydney Wanderers in Week 1. Unfortunately for Perry, her shot sailed over the bar and out of play. The next real opportunity to find the back of the net fell to Nicola Bolger, but the Sydney FC player could not beat Brisbane goalkeeper Hoshimi Kishi in the 20th minute. Having spent the majority of the first half defending, Brisbane Roar surprisingly hit the lead late in the first half after a move involving Sachiko Tatsuoka and captain Clare Polkinghorne led to Lana Harch's goal. But just after half-time, Sam Kerr leveled the score in the 46th minute to commence Sydney FC's. After mounting pressure being applied to the home side, New Zealand international Emma Kete put the visitors in the lead in the 57th minute before Perry flaunted her talent with a stunning free-kick in the 62nd minute to seal Sydney's 3-1 victory. The win keeps them on equal points with Canberra United on the W-League ladder, but second due to goal difference.


After losses to Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar in the opening fortnight of the W-League, Melbourne Victory secured their first win of the season against the Newcastle Jets at Geelong's Simonds Stadium. Both teams created opportunities to score goals in the first half as Gema Simon from the Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory's Stephanie Catley were lively. Despite the chances, the game edged towards half-time with a 0-0 score looking likely. But deep in stoppage time, Victory defender Rebekah Stott broke the deadlock. Catley instigated the goal by whipping in a cross that Stott desperately connected with to force the ball into the net. After the break, momentum favoured the Victory as they searched for a second goal. Newcastle Jets goalkeeper Eliza Campbell kept busy between the sticks, saving notable efforts from the Victory’s Amy Jackson, Enza Barilla and Jessica McDonald. A bad afternoon for the Jets got worse in the 81st minute as Stacey Day was sent off after being booked twice. For the remaining minutes, the Victory used their numerical advantage to keep possession and consequently win. The result means the Melbourne Victory move to seventh on the ladder.


Fans gathered at Campbelltown Stadium for the fixture between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory on Saturday afternoon were treated to a shock result that saw the away side handed their first defeat of the season. From kick-off it was clear a tough away journey was on the agenda for the Glory, as the Wanderers created chances and nearly went in front in the 34th minute via Trudy Camilleri. She missed the target but soon after the midfielder scored the opening goal after being played in for a one-on-one with Glory goalkeeper Carly Telford. Both sides continued to attack but lacked the finishing touch in front of goal until Camilleri added to her tally with a strike to make the score 2-0 in the 61st minute. That goal pushed the result out of doubt as the home side defended astutely to keep a clean sheet in the Camilleri-inspired 2-0 win.


With her player-of-the-match performance against the previously unbeaten Perth Glory, Trudy Camilleri was dynamic in the Western Sydney Wanderers maiden W-League victory. As evidenced by her exciting two goals which fell on both sides of the half-time break, the midfielder - formerly of the now-defunct Central Coast Mariners - was a constant threat all match. If Camilleri can consistently spark her team with her clinical finishes and creativity on the ball, the Wanderers will shock more sides as the season progresses.

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