W-League wrap: Perfect Perth extend lead

Perth Glory is enjoying a huge start to the new season with both the W-League and A-League teams sitting top of their respective tables.

While at the other end, Western Sydney Wanderers is in the doldrums, occupying last spot in the men’s and women’s game.

Glory’s W-League side increased their buffer to five points and extended their winning run to six matches following an action-packed round six on the weekend.

The Perth team edged visiting Sydney FC at Ashfield Sports Club on Saturday thanks to Marianna Tabain’s lone second-half strike.

Perth Glory 1 (Marianna Tabain 51’)
Sydney FC 0

Brisbane Roar played out a tough 1-1 draw against Melbourne Victory on Sunday in the first meeting between the two sides since last season’s grand final.

An equaliser and first W-League goal from Sunny Franco six minutes from the end averted a three-match losing run for the Roar, who fell behind to Amy Jackson’s goal midway through the second half at Goodwin Park.

Brisbane Roar 1 (Sunny Franco 84’)
Melbourne Victory 1 (Amy Jackson 72’)

The big upset of the round was Adelaide United’s first ever-win in the nation’s capital.

A 3-2 scoreline gave Adelaide their first points of the season, as veteran forward Kristy Moore led the way with a brace against Canberra United at McKellar Park on Sunday.

In a see-sawing match, Adelaide struck first before Canberra equalised.  The visitors again got their noses in front on the hour before Canberra replied 15 minutes later. But the joy was short-lived with Tiarn Powell striking back with the winner also immediately.

Canberra United 2 (Michelle Heyman 47’, Caitlin Munoz 75’)
Adelaide United 3 (Kristy Moore 43’, 60’, Tiarn Powell 76’)

Western Sydney Wanderers were briefly on target for another upset as they edged in front against the visiting Newcastle Jets just before half-time on Sunday.

But a second-half four-goal blitz from Peter McGuiness’ side saw the Jets inflict a 5-1 hammering on the Wanderers at Marconi Stadium.

Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Michelle Carney 31’)
Newcastle Jets 5 (Emily van Egmond 45+2’, Katherine Reynolds 47’, Tara Andrews 51, 59’, Georgia Yeoman-Dale 75’)