Defending champions Sydney FC moved top of the W League ladder after two rounds after a 1-0 win at an Adelaide United side who are yet to win this season.
Despite this, it was the South Australians who had the best of the early chances after Isabel Hodgson’s effort came back off the cross bar and also forced the Sky Blues keeper Aubrey Bledsoe into several smart saves. Adelaide were left to rue these missed chances when Australian international Caitlin Foord slotted home after fellow Matilda Chloe Logarzo played her in. Adelaide had their chances to level – notably through sixteen year-old striker Mary Fowler – but Sydney held on to gain the win in front of 786 at the Marden Sports Complex.
Cross city rivals Western Sydney Wanderers are in second place on goal difference, being the only other team to win both matches so far. The Black and Reds defeated Newcastle Jets 1-0 in Parramatta.
The match was under threat from a severe thunder storm which saw the players taken off the pitch for half an hour, but when it did, it was the hosts who offered the most threat. Wanderers hit the post and bar more times than was believable. In addition, several great saves from Claire Coelho and poor finishing served to keep the Jets in the game for longer than they really should have been. In the end, the only goal came from the spot after United States international Lynn Williams’ shot was handled by Newcastle’s Clare Wheeler. Wanderers’ second straight win means that after just two rounds this season, they have won more games than in the whole of the last campaign when they finished rock bottom. The game also saw the biggest attendance of the round with 2,992 at Parramatta’s Bankwest Stadium.
Melbourne City are third after they followed up a draw last week with a last gasp win over an improving Canberra United outfit.
The Lime Green’s followed up their win last week over Perth Glory by taking the lead against the side that many believe are potential champions this season. Katy Stengel’s strike just before the hour was just reward for a gritty and determined performance by Canberra. However, try as they might, they just could not hold on against a City side rammed full of international talent. Their lead lasted just seven minutes before Serbia’s Milica Mijatovic fired home the equaliser. Canberra were then cruelly denied even point at the very death. The referee controversially ruled that Yukari Kinga was brought down in the box by United’s Jessie Rasschaertin despite the Canberra player clearly winning the ball. Up stepped Matildas’ international Emily van Egmond to fire home the winner four minutes into stoppage time. The vast majority of the 1,293 at McKellar Park went home frustrated at their side’s cruel defeat.
Brisbane Roar played their first game of the campaign after a bye in round one, when they hosted Melbourne Victory at Dolphin Oval.
The Victorians had a fast start when an own goal from Kaitlyn Torpey put them ahead after ten minutes. Natasha Dowie doubled the advantage just four minutes later from the spot. Brisbane rallied and created countless opportunities. Therefore it was no surprise when Tameka Yallop got a goal back after 24 minutes. Things could have got even better for the Roar when they were awarded a penalty, but Yallop was denied by Casey Dumont, who made eight stunning saves throughout the game. With fourteen minutes left, Dowie’s second strike of the evening looked to have sealed the win. The drama was not over though as Indiah-Paige Riley’s effort reduced the deficit to a single goal once more with only ten minutes left. Casey Dumont sealed Victory’s win thanks to several further great saves. It was a fine spectacle for the crowd of 2,139.
Perth Glory received the bye in Round Two, but they will return to action this coming weekend when they host Sydney FC in a repeat of last season’s Grand Final.