Emily van Egmond made a huge impact on her return to the league for Newcastle Jets, but a match-winning two-goal performance by Holly McNamara was overshadowed by a potentially serious injury.
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The weekend began with the Central Coast Mariners securing their first win at home after re-entering the competition this season. A second-half goal to local academy player Annalise Rasmussen was enough for a historic 1-0 victory. The Mariners end the round in fifth, with a game in hand on those above them.
Kyah Simon is still yet to be deemed fit enough to make a matchday squad for the Mariners.
Top of the table Perth Glory hosted a thriller on Saturday evening, ending in a 2-2 draw with Melbourne Victory. A goal to Australian u23 representative Hana Lowry deep in stoppage time levelled it up for the home side. Perth had been leading for most of the game until a second-half Rachel Lowe brace had Victory fans thinking they had won it – only for Lowry to be the hero for Glory.
Lydia Williams and Elise Kellond-Knight both played the full game for Melbourne Victory. Kellond-Knight was effective in midfield while Williams pulled off some stunning saves to keep her side in the match. Emily Gielnik was not named in the matchday squad after an injury acquired last week.
A brace to Fiona Worts on her return to her old club meant that Sydney FC defeated Adelaide United 3-1. Sydney dominated most of the match, but a first-half Hannah Blake goal kept Adelaide in the game. A penalty dispatched by Princess Ibini to make it 3-1 sealed the result.
Cortnee Vine was not named in the matchday squad, still recovering from a hamstring injury picked up against the Philippines in the last international break.
Chloe Logarzo’s Western United held on to a 1-0 victory over Tameka Yallop’s Brisbane Roar. A first-half goal to Kahli Johnson after a pinpoint Logarzo corner was the deciding factor in new Roar coach Alex Smith’s first game in charge. The Roar fought hard, but could not manage to find an equaliser – and could have been further behind if not for a fantastic performance from goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz.
Logarzo started the game and was subbed out in stoppage time after having a significant impact on proceedings. Tameka Yallop, meanwhile, started on the bench after some minor fitness issues but entered the field of play in the 58th minute.
Emily van Egmond had a huge impact on her return to the Newcastle Jets, scoring one goal and assisting another. However, a second-half brace to Holly McNamara meant that the visiting Melbourne City came away 3-2 victors.
Unfortunately, the game was overshadowed by a potentially serious injury to McNamara, who was recalled to the national team on Saturday after overcoming an ACL injury late last season. She has taken the A-League Women’s by storm this season – her match-winning brace just her latest achievement – and all thoughts are with her as we await news of the extent of the injury.