W League Round-Up

Impetus editor Ben Gilby rounds up all the action from the opening weekend of the 2019/20 W League season Down Under.

The 2019/20 W League season opened on Thursday 14th November when Western Sydney Wanderers hosted Adelaide United at Sydney’s Marconi Stadium.

It was the South Australians who opened the scoring six minutes before the break when 16 year-old Mary Fowler who caught the eye all evening, scored from the spot after she herself was brought down. On the cusp of half-time, Wanderers levelled thanks to United States international Kirsten Hamilton. It looked as if the points would be shared, but deep into stoppage time at the end of the game, up popped Kyra Cooney-Cross who hit her free kick straight into the net. This was a significant result for Western Sydney Wanderers who, in winning this opening clash, equalled their total number of wins for the whole of the 2018/19 season. Adelaide will be no pushovers this season, so the Black and Red fans in the attendance of 787 went home in buoyant fashion.

Reigning champions Sydney FC top the fledgling league table after an ominously impressive 3-0 win over last season’s Minor Premiers Melbourne Victory at Jubilee Oval.

It only took the Harbour City side four minutes to open their account for 2019/20 when Remy Siemsen did something she failed to do in the whole of the previous campaign – put the ball in the net! In form Australian international Caitlin Foord played in the women who won the New South Wales state player of the year at the age of just sixteen in 2015, and Siemsen hit a low shot into the bottom corner. Victory had chances to hit back, with Melina Ayres denied on two occasions. They were left to rue these missed chances when the Sky Blues doubled their lead after Foord’s cross was hit home by Siemsen for her second. Dowie failed to take several further chances that came her way, and Sydney completed their fine win with a third when Shadeene Evans headed in Angelique Hristodoulou’s cross. 3,219 were in attendance.

Last year’s beaten grand finalists Perth Glory, who are without Western Australian superstar Sam Kerr this season after her move to WSL side Chelsea, suffered a disappointing 2-0 loss at Canberra United.

The Lime Greens only won three games in the whole of last season, and this result will raise hopes in the capital that their team can push much further up the table this time round. They started powerfully, scoring both of their goals in the opening eleven minutes. American Simone Charley hit home from close range after six minutes before she doubled up with a sensational curler into the top corner. Whilst Perth had their chances, it was Canberra who came closest to adding further goals as Charley combined brilliantly with countrywoman Katie Stengel and the Brazilian Camila. The 1,482 at McKellar Park saw so many encouraging signs for their team. As for Perth, they will need to use their bye next weekend to prepare themselves up for a repeat of last year’s Grand Final when an impressive looking Sydney visit on 1st December.

The final game of the round saw Newcastle Jets gain an excellent 1-1 draw against a strong Melbourne City squad.

Matildas star Emily van Egmond gave the visiting Victorians the lead on 22 minutes, scoring against the side she represented in 2018/19. Steph Catley laid off the ball to Claire Emslie, and the Scot’s pass was driven into the bottom left corner from outside the area as City led. Both teams hit the woodwork before the Jets gained their equaliser. Melbourne City’s attempt to clear a Newcastle attack only fell at the feet of Teigan Collister who instantly controlled the ball and fired home a stunning half volley to the delight of 1,523 at the Newcastle International Sports Centre.

Brisbane Roar received a bye in the opening round, and play their first game of their campaign next week at home to Melbourne Victory.

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