The Roar pulled off a superb late win against Victory, while there were impressive wins for both Sydney teams. And who won our player of the week nod?
|By KIERAN JONES
|BRISBANE ROAR 3-2 MELBOURNE VICTORY
A Roar side missing six first-team players to international duties were still able to overcome Melbourne Victory on Saturday in Brisbane. A late strike by Victory's American import Jessica McDonald drew the scores level at 2-2 in the 92nd minute, but the Roar still had time for a winner. It was Ashley Spina who ended the visitors' four-match unbeaten run in the 95th minute, and her goal after a strong run down the left wing was the last kick of the match. Earlier, Amy Chapman had put the Roar in front twice with her brace, but her efforts were cancelled out by goals to Laura Spiranovic then McDonald. The win puts Brisbane equal second, two points behind Perth. The Glory had the week off, with their match against Canberra United postponed due to the latter's commitments in Japan at the International Women’s Club Championship.
|ADELAIDE UNITED 0-4 SYDNEY FC
Sydney FC demolished Adelaide in a dominant performance away from home on Saturday, propelling themself to equal second in the process. Minus star quartet Sam Kerr, Kyah Simon, Alanna Kennedy and Caitlin Foord - all away with the Matildas in EAFF East Asian Cup qualifying - the Sky blues were still able to romp to victory. Renee Rollason rose to head home an Ellyse Perry free-kick in the fourth minute, and the game was almost over seven minutes later when Emma Kete scored Sydney's second. Chloe Logarzo quickly put an end to Adelaide's hopes of a comeback with two goals after half-time.
|WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 3-0 NEWCASTLE JETS
Western Sydney continued their good form to overcome Newcastle 3-0 with a typically hard-working display. Wanderers captain Sarah Walsh scored either side of half-time - her first two goals of the season - before Candace Sciberras sealed the win for the hosts with a late goal. With the mercury nudging 40 degrees in Campbelltown, players had a hard start to the game, with a scrappy opening half worsened by the absence of Wanderers stars Servat Uzunlar and Teigan Allen to international duty. Coming off a win against the Roar last week, the Wanderers hit form in the second half and could have won by more if chances to Linda O'Neill and Alisha Bass were converted. The Wanderers sit in second and will face Perth next week in a top-of-the-table clash.
GOAL.COM'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK
After she was a late withdrawal from the Matildas squad, Sydney FC's Ellyse Perry showed her class in the Sky Blues' romp over Adelaide United. Taking the opportunity to attack from her defensive posting, Perry also took numerous threatening free kicks - one from 20 yards, which flew just inches from the post.