If you didn’t catch either of the games on TV this weekend, you seriously missed out on some brilliant football, and SO MANY GOALS!!! Normally I would give you a match report on just one of the games, but honestly picking between the Adelaide United v Perth Glory game and the Melbourne City v Newcastle Jets game is like making a decision between having peanut butter or promite on my toast in the morning. The decision is really difficult and often I end up having a slice of both. So this week is more like a platter of a normal “Matchday Monday”, with comments on all of the games from this round. Enjoy!!
Adelaide 3 – 1 Perth
A Kerr-less Perth found it difficult to get firing. Perth don’t appear to be a side that will dominate possession, especially with midfield warrior Nikki Statton out injured, and without Kerr they were unable to rely on her on the counter. Meanwhile Adelaide are my pick for the dark horse of the season. They’re good and dominated a tired looking Perth side. Both these sides have invested well with their imports and it is paying dividends. Doniak proved to be Adelaide’s star, grabbing a hat trick. Meanwhile Rachel Hill for Perth, was again brilliant, but it was evident she missed having Kerr in support, often looking isolated when pushing forward. Adelaide were the deserving victors of this game, leaving chase for the top spot in the league table wide open.
Western Sydney Wanderers 0 – 1 Brisbane Roar
This is probably the most sane result of the weekend, with Brisbane getting a tight 1 nil win. Unfortunate for WSW, they didn’t have the opportunity to build off their win from last weekend. For Brisbane this is a good win and puts them back into the mixer of what looks like a roller coaster w-league season for all teams. I didn’t get the chance to follow this game, but this is an important win if Brisbane want to be in contention for the final four at the end of the year.
Melbourne City 5 – 2 Newcastle Jets
Freaking insane game. The phrase “a game of two halves” seriously rang true in this game. Jets were firing in the first half,despite an early goal by City from Kyah Simo.City were pressed early, which resulted in defensive mistakes in the first half. The first one the most ridiculous and probably one of the rarest sights you will see all season. The normally reliable Lydia Williams, slipped when intending to pass out from the back, allowing for Katie Stengel to pounce and score her first of her two goals for the Jets. But City replied in the second half to prove to any doubters (including yours truly) that they are still the team to beat. They stretched the game, with players on the flanks, Ashley Hatch and Steph Catley, giving Jets defenders a headache and material for many nightmares for the next week. Some seriously ridiculous goals. Legit check out both of Jess Fishlock’s goals. You won’t be disappointed.
Canberra United 3 – 2 Sydney FC
An absolute roller coaster game to follow on twitter. The result? I’m gutted. Sydney are now winless. Canberra somehow rallied from 2-1 behind to get the win, massive thanks to Heyman who ensured the green team got their first points on the board. Both teams have issues and look to be a far cry from the ruthless competitors and champions they have been of seasons past. There remains hope. Both teams have players with potential and a decent mix of experience and youth. Somehow this experience and youth need to figure out how to blend so they can tap into that potential.