Western Sydney’s women shocked Sydney FC in a W-League round where the upsets simply kept on coming.
Western Sydney Wanderers’ W-League team secured an unlikely derby win over high-flying rivals Sydney FC with a resilient display to match that shown by their male counterparts in Saturday’s AFC Champions League final.
Sitting last on the table the youthful Wanderers side defied both extreme heat and their highly regarded opponents to collect a first win in six attempts over the second-placed Sky Blues at the Sydney United Sports Centre.
The winner came via the boot of unfortunate Sydney FC defender Teigen Allen who turned the ball into her own net against her former side, following a driving run and cross from Keelin Winters. Inspirational captain Winters had earlier put her side ahead through a contentious penalty in the first half, only for fellow American Jasmyne Spencer to draw the Sky Blues level with a superb strike from the edge of the penalty area just after the interval.
The win lifts the Wanderers off the bottom of the ladder, while it was a costly defeat for the Sky Blues who missed an opportunity to close on leaders Perth Glory in a weekend of surprises in the W-League.
The in-form Glory slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat against Adelaide United, missing the opportunity to draw level with Sydney FC’s record streak of eight successive W-League wins.
Perth went into the match missing key personnel in Sam Kerr and Collette McCallum, but were still hot favourites against a side holding an equal share of bottom spot.
Adelaide’s Kristy Moore scored on the hour mark and it could have been even worse for the Glory with Lisa-Marie Woods hitting the woodwork for the Lady Reds.
Last season’s premiers Canberra United bounced back to form with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory.
A competition record 14,068 spectators were on hand at Etihad Stadium for the opening match of the A-League double-header.
Ashleigh Sykes netted the only goal of the contest as Canberra inflicted a first defeat in six matches on the Victory, taking their top-four spot in the process.
The shocking season for Brisbane Roar continued with a 4-1 loss at Newcastle Jets virtually ending their campaign just past the halfway point of the competition.
The two-time champions suffered a fifth defeat in seven matches as the Jets turned up the pressure in sweltering conditions.
Newcastle’s Matildas midfielder Emily van Egmond led the way with a double as the Jets claimed a first-ever home win over the Roar.