W-League round-up: Gill, De Vanna fire as Perth thump Jets

Perth led the winners with their resounding victory over the Newcastle Jets, making it easy to choose Goal.com's player of the week
GOAL.com Indonesia   By TAKU TANEKA


Having been beaten by Sydney FC in Week 3, Brisbane Roar travelled to Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday to take on Adelaide United. Starting the game strongly, the Roar enjoyed the majority of possession and capitalised early as striker Amy Chapman scored in the ninth minute with a notable individual effort.  In a composed finish, Chapman controlled a lob that travelled over Adelaide's defenders before calmly slotting the one-on-one opportunity. Out for their first win since their Week 1 4-3 triumph against the Western Sydney Wanderers, Adelaide were unlucky to enter half-time down after winger Holly Patterson hit the post in the 36th minute. Just minutes after returning from the interval, the Roar thought they had their second, only for Lana Harch to be ruled offside. However, there was no denying the Roar in the 63rd minute when Elise Kellond-Knight - in her return from injury - slotted a penalty after she was fouled by Alex Natoli. The 2-0 away victory pushed the Roar up to fourth on the W-League ladder.


Things for the Newcastle Jets, who have struggled for form so far this season, did not get any easier as they faced on Saturday a Perth Glory side keen to avenge their shock loss to the Western Sydney Wanderers in Week 3. It took just five minutes for Newcastle's woes at the back to be on display once again. Former Jet Lisa De Vanna - in her first match back for her home-town side - scored from distance to give the Glory an early 1-0 advantage. Controlling the tempo and territory in the game, the Glory doubled their lead in the 21st minute as Collette McCallum made it 2-0 - an advantage they took into the second half. Any hopes of the Jets making a comeback were dashed in the 58th minute when a shot that was initially parried fell to Kate Gill, who put the ball into the net. Four minutes, later the score was 4-0 courtesy of Gill again, who finished from Matildas' team-mate De Vanna. It seemed every attacking raid generated goals and six minutes later Gill showcased her class by providing Marianna Tabain's goal in the 68th minute to make the score an embarrassing 5-0. Now playing to salvage some pride, the Jets scored their first goal since Week 1 through American Tori Huster. But the final word fell aptly to Gill who, after being brought down in the penalty area late in stoppage time, stepped up to the mark for a penalty to seal a hat-trick in the 6-1 rout.   


Reigning champions Canberra United have started the 2012-2013 season undefeated and looked to continue their run against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday. In picturesque, sunny conditions, United looked poised to do just that as they started the game in a manner that reinforced their champion status. In the early exchanges they nearly went ahead via Michelle Heyman, only for the crossbar to intervene and keep the scores level. It was a missed chance the away side would soon rue. In the 23rd minute, Teigan Allen drove a strike into the bottom-right corner to give the Wanderers an unexpected 1-0 lead they carried well into the second half. United did not give up and the pressure they applied eventually led to an equaliser in the 73rd minute, when Caitlin Munoz beat Elizabeth Durack with a free-kick. For the remaining minutes, both teams unsuccessfully tried to find a winner and - United captain Ellie Brush receiving a late red card for a second bookable offence - the match ended a draw.


A trend throughout Week 4 of the W-League saw two out of three away sides claim victory and Melbourne Victory added to that statistic as they defeated Sydney FC 2-1 on Saturday. With the influential Ellysse Perry missing from Sydney’s line-up due to hamstring soreness, Victory looked to capitalise on this advantage from the outset. In the eighth minute, the positivity Victory had shown with the ball in possession paid off, as Stephanie Catley made it 1-0 to the visitors from a free kick. However, in the 41st minute, Sydney FC's Alanna Kennedy equalised with a header from a Samantha Kerr corner. Throughout the second half, the hosts appeared most likely to break the deadlock, with a notable chance falling to captain Kyah Simon early in proceedings, who just missed her attempt on goal following a lively attack from Kerr. But just as the match appeared destined to finish as a draw, Victory substitute Laura Spiranovic - sister of Australia international Matthew - scored her first W-League goal in the 81st minute, having entered the field of play just four minutes earlier. Ultimately, the late goal proved to be the difference between the two sides.


Perth Glory's veteran striker Kate Gillwas at her predatory best on Saturday against the Newcastle Jets. Scoring a second half hat-trick, ironically against the side she began her W-League career with in 2008, Gill demonstrated why she has been capped over 50 times for the Matildas. Even when she was not scoring, Gill remained heavily involved and it was her assist that led to Tabian's goal to make the score 5-0 in the 68th minute. The performance sent an ominous warning to the Matildas' upcoming opponents at the Women's EAFF East Asian Cup qualifying tournament later this month, with Gill certain to play a key role.

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