Melbourne Victory have shrugged off their poor start to the season, but it’s Sydney FC and Perth Glory at the top of the table.
Reigning W-League champions Melbourne Victory cast aside their stuttering start to the season in emphatic fashion by inflicting a record-breaking 4-2 defeat on Canberra United.
It was a weekend of records as Perth Glory and Sydney FC retained top spot, the latter’s win in the Sydney derby watched by a W-League record attendance.
Inspired by new American arrivals Lauren Barnes and Elli Reed, the Victory confidently outperformed Canberra with two goals in either half against a side that went into the weekend holding an equal share of top on the ladder.
Barnes opened the scoring from the penalty spot late in the first half, and Matildas fullback Steph Catley doubled the lead just prior to the interval. Lisa De Vanna scored a typically spectacular goal to increase the lead with substitute Gema Simon also on the scoresheet.
Despite two second-half goals Canberra could not prevent a record defeat, with the team from the nation’s capital having never previously conceded three goals on home soil during the W-League’s seven-season history.
“We are very happy to get those three points locked away,” said Victory striker De Vanna. “To be quite fair I thought it was quite an even game against a very good Canberra side.
“There is still some gelling to be done, but the new players that came did quite well.”
Sydney FC were pushed hard by city rivals Western Sydney Wanderers before running out 2-0 victors in what could be the last match at the Sky Blues’ helm for newly-named Matildas coach Alen Stajcic.
Jasmyne Spencer and Amy Harrison scored the goals in front of 3,084 spectators at Marconi Stadium; a record for a regular-season stand-alone match in the W-League.
Perth Glory kept pace alongside the Sky Blues with three wins from as many starts as they overpowered visiting Adelaide United 3-1.
Matildas duo Sam Kerr and Kate Gill maintained their sparkling early-season form with a goal apiece, with forward Elisa D’Ovidio also on the scoresheet.
Two-time champions Brisbane Roar finally found form to defeat Newcastle Jets following two losses to open the season.
Buoyed by the return of world player of the year Nadine Angerer in goal, the Roar eased to a 3-1 victory at Perry Park with Hayley Raso netting twice.