The W-League season is well and truly under way as the third round of the W-League saw record attendance, with the Sydney derby highlighting the round on Saturday and Sunday.
The Sydney Derby got the highest ever (non double-header) W-League crowd as 3084 fans flocked to Marconi Stadium to see Sydney FC manage a 2-0 win over Western Sydney on Saturday night.
Sydney FC took just 12 minutes to hit the lead as Jasmyne Spencer scored a solid opening goal before the physicality of the derby ramped up leading to a much tighter half from there on to keep it 1-0 at the break.
Despite a derby atmosphere the two sides did fairly well not to cross the line, for the most part, and on the hour mark Amy Harrison had the second goal for Sydney FC.
In the 86th minute Western Sydney’s slim chances really came to an end as Linda O’Neill was shown a second yellow card, sealing the 2-0 win for Sydney FC.
Brisbane Roar managed an impressive performance as a strong first-half proved too much for Newcastle Jets as they managed a 3-1 victory at Perry Park.
It only took ten minutes for Emily Gielnik to hit the opening goal before Hayley Raso doubled the lead in the 28th minute as Brisbane were proving dominant in the first half, ending the half 2-0 up.
It took just six minutes in to the second half for Raso to seal her brace as she scored again before the Newcastle Jets pulled one back in the 77th minute through Rhali Dobson, for the 3-1 final score.
Over in Perth, Glory kept their perfect season alive as they managed a 3-1 win over Adelaide United at Ashfield Sports Club on Saturday night.
The first half proved a tight encounter with neither side able to get many chances away and looked set to head to the break scoreless only for Elisa D’Ovidio to hit the opening goal right before the break for Perth Glory.
Adelaide responded right after the break as Lisa-Marie Woods scored in the opening minute of the second half to make sure Perth Glory had to go for the match.
And go they certainly did as goals to Matildas Sam Kerr and Kate Gill in the 56th and 59th respectively proved too much for Adelaide to overcome.
On Sunday Canberra United failed to remain with the leading duo of Sydney and Perth as they fell to an entertaining 4-2 loss at McKellar Park.
It was a tight first half but Melbourne Victory came alive in the latter stages as Lauren Barnes scored the opener in the 38th minute and Steph Catley added another with three minutes left in the half to put Victory 2-0 up at the break.
Three minutes in to the half a phenomenal strike from Lisa De Vanna put Melbourne Victory 3-0 up and leaving Canberra United in deep trouble.
But Canberra United looked to respond and in the 59th minute they had a goal that pulled them back in to the match.
Unfortunately for Canberra that did not last long as Melbourne Victory managed a fourth just nine minutes later as Gema Simon put away a clincher.
Canberra did manage one more goal but it was only a consolation as Caitlin Munoz put away an 80th minute goal, the last of the week but not enough as it ended 4-2.