Canberra United, the only side in the W-League without an attachment to an A-League club got this year’s W-League season off to a fantastic start as they demolished Adelaide United in Adelaide 4-1.
Canberra showed their intentions early as Matilda’s striker Michelle Heyman opened the scoring in just the second minute. But Adelaide United managed to fight back and equalize through Rachel Quigley. The reds were able to hold Canberra until the hour mark and that’s when it all fell apart.
Caitlin Munoz scored in the 61st minute and managed her brace in the 70th minute before Heyman popped up again in the 70th minute to wrap up a 4-1 win for Canberra United.
Meanwhile in Sydney, there was the small matter of the Grand Final replay as Sydney FC hosted Brisbane Roar. There were a host of stars missing for both sides with the Roar missing three players due to contractual commitments with their clubs in Denmark. For Sydney FC Leena Khamis also was in Denmark while Matlidas Heather Garriock and Kyah Simon were missing due to injury.
There was one notable inclusion in the Sydney FC squad, with perhaps the W-League’s biggest name player in the history of the league turning out in the blue of Sydney in USA international, Megan Rapinoe in the first match of her guest stint for the sky blues.
It was a tight and scrappy opening but it was burst to life with an early contender for goal of the season from Renee Rollason in the 27th minute, Leichardt Oval proving to be a hotbed for spectacular goals as last year’s Goal of the Year happened at the same venue.
It was beautiful play from Joanne Burgess that lead to the Roar’s equalizer, as she linked up well with Emily Gielnik to break through the Sydney FC defense and then slide her shot past Monique Jackson to equalize. 2011 World Cup Young Player of the Tournament Caitlin Foord was left until late as she recovered from her injury, but proved to make a big impact and next week’s match with her in tandem with Rapinoe should be exciting to watch.
The final match of the week saw Melbourne Victory also manage all three points as they defeated Perth Glory 2-0 at home in a match interrupted by 15 minutes for a thunder storm. It was two goals either side of half-time that condemned the Glory as Katie Holtham scored in the 38th minute before Amy Jackson scored the winner just three minutes after the break.
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