W-League round-up: Champions fall in Melbourne

United's woes in Victoria continued courtesy of a Jess Fishlock-inspired 3-0 loss, while Goal.com's player of the Week 4 again came from the Glory
GOAL.com Indonesia   By TAKU TANEKA


Tipping a winner between Perth Glory and Sydney FC prior to the game was a near impossible task, as both sides fielded under-strength teams at nib Stadium on Saturday due to international duty and injuries. Considering recent history between both outfits - the Sky Blues humiliated the Glory last season 11-0 - it was the home side with slightly more to play for as they sought revenge. In scorching heat, the match began at electrifying pace as both teams looked lively in front of goal. Ultimately, the deadlock was broken in the 18th minute when Rosie Sutton put Perth Glory ahead with a fine header. The celebrations were short-lived, however, as Chloe Logarzo equalised a minute later for the Sky Blues. Soon after, the Glory were lucky to remain level with a pressing Sydney FC. Again it was Logarzo threatening the goal and it was her shot that rebounded off Glory goalkeeper Carly Telford into the path of Nicola Bolger.  Bolger's strike hit the post, meaning the score stayed 1-1 at half-time. The game opened up in the second half as players from both teams tired in the sweltering conditions.  The Sky Blues looked most likely to find a winner, with a chance falling to Logarzo, who failed to convert, before a penalty shout to the away side in the 65th minute was also denied. But with the match heading towards a draw, Sutton scored a second header in the 76th minute before capping the win with her hat-trick five minutes from full-time.       


Canberra United travelled to Melbourne to play Victory under no illusions; for them to come away from Wembley Park with the points, a special performance was required on Saturday. Having not won in Victoria for four years, the task became even more difficult for Canberra in the 28th minute. Leading up to that point, Victory captain Jessica Fishlock had been terrorizing United's back four with her excellent positioning. Fishlock's dynamic start resulted in the first goal as she latched onto Cindy Ray's through ball before dribbling around goalkeeper Trudy Burke to score the opener. Things for the defending champions only got worse just before half-time, as Jessica McDonald doubled the Victory's with a venomous strike. Fearful of a comeback - given Canberra have scored all nine of their 2012-2013 W-League goals in the second half - Victory emerged from the break maintaining their attacking intent. Their determination to get forward matched by Canberra's desire for quick goals led to a free-flowing second half full of chances. United's best opportunities to get back into the match fell to captain Caitlin Munoz on the 55th-minute mark. Munoz's inaccuracy spoiled her first chance and goalkeeper Cassie Dimovski saved the second opportunity. In end-to-end fashion, Victory midfielder Jessica Humble nearly scored their third goal midway through the second half only for the crossbar to deny her effort. With time running out for Canberra, Victory capitalised from a corner in the 80th minute, with Enza Barilla putting the result beyond doubt. The result was Canberra's first loss of the season and saw Victory enter the top half of the ladder.        


Arguably the hardest-hit side by international duty was the Brisbane Roar, who faced the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday. The Wanderers entered the fixture full of confidence from their last two performances, having claimed an impressive 2-0 victory over Perth Glory and a draw against Canberra United respectively. That self belief was evident very early in the contest, as former Brisbane Roar player Catherine Cannuli scored for the visitors in the seventh minute with a strike from inside the six-yard box. The early goal shocked the home side who, for the remainder of the first-half, defended deeply as the Wanderers dominated possession, territory and shots on goal. Minutes after half-time, however, the Roar unexpectedly equalised through Amy Chapman from Elise Kellond-Knight's cross. The Roar should have gone ahead in the 51st minute but Hannah Beard's shot missed the target. Ascendancy soon returned to the Wanderers and they were not as wasteful in front of goal as their opponents. Approaching the hour mark, Cannuli netted her second with a brilliant strike from 30 yards that beat Roar goalkeeper and captain Hoshimi Kishi to regain a lead that the Wanderers held onto until the full-time whistle.        


A 90-minute performance from the Newcastle Jets provided them with their first win of the W-League season, as they crushed Adelaide United 4-0 on Saturday. Jets player Tara Andrews set the standard for the home side in the eighth minute when she beat Adelaide goalkeeper Kristi Harvey after being the recipient of a neat through ball. This was followed in the 39th minute via a penalty that Angela Salem converted after Adelaide's Alex Natoli brought Tiffany Boshers down inside the area. Following the interval, the home side appeared in cruise control and added to the score line in the 51st minute. After a scramble occurring inside the penalty area, Andrews hit a strike that was ultimately deflected by Kate Hensman on the way in. Rounding out the victory was American Tori Huster in the 66th minute, when she struck a first-time volley into the goal courtesy of a well-placed cross from Gema Simon. Adelaide tried valiantly to add respectability to the score throughout the second half, most notably when substitute Georgia Macri hit the crossbar on two separate occasions.


Helping to ensure Perth remained on top of the W-League was 22-year-old striker Rosie Sutton, who was instrumental in the Glory's defeat of Sydney FC on Saturday at nib Stadium. In her starting debut, Sutton seized the rare playing opportunity presented to her due to the international call-ups for Kate Gill and Lisa De Vanna. Sutton claimed a memorable hat-trick, made up of two headers and a conventional strike.

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