A-League round up: Goals galore as Perth dominance continues

Millie Farrow of Perth Glory in action
Millie Farrow of Perth Glory in action during the A-League match against Adelaide United at Macedonia Park on November 11, 2023. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

In a weekend bursting with thrills, the A-League delivered a football spectacle and Perth Glory continued their perfect start to the season.

The teams racked up 20 goals across five matches. The action included a nail-biting Perth Glory victory and a seven-goal thriller between Melbourne City and Western Sydney Wanderers.

Let’s dive into the highlights and key moments from the latest A-League game week.

Perth Glory 2-1 Adelaide United

In a nail-biting 2-1 win, Perth took all three points from Adelaide United. Dylan Holmes got the goal-scoring action underway for the hosts in the 43rd minute. The No.16 tapped the ball home at the near post following an initial deflection from a corner.

Shortly after half-time, Grace Jale got the equaliser for Perth, slotting the ball beyond Annalee Grove. Susan Phonsongkam bagged the winner for the hosts with just four minutes of regular time left to play. The No.10 fired the ball home from a tight angle to take all three points for the home side.

Wellington Phoenix 3-1 Western United

Wellington Phoenix continued their good early season form. The side took all three points against last season’s beaten Grand Finalists Western United on Sunday. The visitors nearly took the lead in the 12th minute. Adriana Taranto smashed the crossbar from 12 yards out after being played in by Chloe Logarzo, following some good interplay between the two and Hannah Keane.

The Nix took the lead just after the half-hour mark when Chloe Knott poked home as Western couldn’t clear their lines from a corner. Macey Fraser doubled Wellington’s lead in stunning fashion with five minutes left of the first half. The No.7 fired in a free-kick from 20 yards out, giving Alyssa Dall’oste no chance in the Western goal.

An own goal from Keiwa Hieda on 75 minutes, inadvertently heading a corner past her keeper, put Wellington out of sight. A 93rd-minute strike from Logarzo that looped over Rylee Foster proved nothing more than a late consolation for the side from Victoria.

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Central Coast Mariners 1-1 Brisbane Roar

A close one-all draw gifted the Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar a point apiece. With less than a minute between the two goals, the crowd were treated to a flurry of action midway through the opening half. Rola Badiwaya found the back of the net in the 26th minute to break the deadlock. The forward got her head to a well-worked corner, putting her side ahead.

Seconds later, Ayesha Norrie found a reply. Rushing into the box, the No. 7 slotted the ball beyond Courtney Newbon to bring the tie back level. Despite good chances for both sides, the tie remained level with the honours shared.

Melbourne Victory 4-0 Newcastle Jets

A brace from Rachel Lowe helped Melbourne Victory cruise past Newcastle at the home of the Matildas. The Victory midfielder was gifted the game’s opening goal after just two minutes. Jets keeper Isobel Nino fumbled a cross into the path of Lowe who easily tucked the ball home.

The Jets nearly responded in a perfect manner in the seventh minute. Lara Gooch’s long-range effort, however, was well kept out by Lydia Williams, tipping the ball over the bar. Lowe nearly had her second of the day with 12 minutes played as a poor throw-out by Nino presented the hosts with an opening. The strike however lacked power and Claudia Cicco cleared the ball off the line.

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The hosts doubled their lead with 25 minutes left when Alana Murphy’s free-kick was only cleared to Lowe on the edge of the box. The No.23 fired home through a crowd of bodies to give Victory some breathing room. Less than a minute later, Murphy turned provider with a long pass over the top of the Jets’ defence. The effort was latched onto by Ella O’Grady, who made no mistake lifting the ball over Nino to put the Vuck out of sight.

Melbourne City 4-3 Western City Wanderers

In a seven-goal thriller, Melbourne City snatched all three points from Western Sydney. A penalty awarded to the Sky Blues in the 26th minute saw Rhianna Pollicina tuck away the spot kick to give the hosts the early lead. A second for the hosts came just six minutes later. Holly McNamara opened her account for the afternoon shortly before half-time.

Sophie Harding pulled one back for the visitors in the 42nd minute reducing the deficit to a single goal going into the break. Two goals in quick succession from McNamara put City comfortably ahead by the 64th minute.

A 69th-minute effort from Vicky Bruce reduced City’s lead to two with twenty minutes left to play. Harding’s second of the day would prove little more than a consolation as the forward found the back of the net just five minutes later.

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