Matildas at Home Review: Vine Time in Sydney with two goals and assist; Yallop scores for Brisbane

Cortnee Vine stole the show for Sydney FC, assisting a goal before scoring two, while Tameka Yallop made it six goal involvements from six games as she scored for Brisbane Roar.

Read our review of all of the action below.

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The round began in North Hobart where Western United defeated the Central Coast Mariners 2-1. Philippines international Jaclyn Sawicki scored within minutes for Western, before Rola Badawiya equalised almost immediately. A 28th-minute rebound that was put away by Hannah Keane proved the winner as the home side was able to hold on for all three points.

Chloe Logarzo played the full 90 minutes for Western and continued her good form, a heavily influential figure throughout. Meanwhile, it was another 20 minutes of football under the belt of Kyah Simon, who came incredibly close to equalising for the Mariners late in the match.

Adelaide United continued their run of good form, toppling the Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1. The Wanderers took the lead late in the first half thanks to a penalty from Amy Harrison. However – as they have done three times this season – the Reds were able to overhaul the deficit, with goals from Hannah Blake and local product Chrissy Panagaris sealing the win.

Melbourne Victory lifted themselves to fourth place in the table, defeating Brisbane Roar away from home 2-1. An early Emma Checker goal was cancelled out by a Tameka Yallop equaliser late in the first half. However, Rachel Lowe – who has now scored nine goals for the season – made no mistake of a late penalty to secure the win for Victory.

Elise Kellond-Knight and Alex Chidiac both played full games in midfield for Victory, while Emily Gielnik managed 64 minutes after starting the match. Lydia Williams is still unavailable after undergoing ankle surgery during the week.

Yallop played the full match for Brisbane but her goal was not enough to haul her hometown club over the line.

A masterclass from Cortnee Vine saw Sydney FC overcome Perth Glory 3-1 in front of an adoring home crowd at Leichhardt Oval. Vine began by delivering the ball for 16-year-old Maddie Caspers to score her third goal in a row. After a first-half equaliser for Quinley Quezada set the stage, Vine took control after the half-time break, scoring a pair of goals and lifting the Sky Blues to a victory.

Despite conceding, Jada Whyman once again impressed in goals for Sydney. The defending champions now find themselves third on the table, only three points behind first.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 03: Cortnee Vine of Sydney FC celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the A-League Women round 15 match between Sydney FC and Perth Glory at Leichhardt Oval, on February 03, 2024, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The Newcastle Jets came out on top in a see-sawing battle against the Wellington Phoenix, walking away with the 3-2 win. The Phoenix scored first through Mariana Speckmaier before goals to Zoe Karipidis and Libby Copus-Brown saw the Jets take the lead. Isabel Cox made it 2-2 before Philippines international Sarina Bolden stole the show, her brilliant goal in the 65th minute proving to be the winner. The result sees the Phoenix continue their woeful away form, while the Jets are only one point off the top six.

The final match of the round saw the shock of the season, with 12th-place Canberra United dismantling first-place Melbourne City 3-1. Michelle Heyman struck first, to go outright top of the Golden Boot charts with ten goals before Young Matilda Mary Stanic-Floody doubled their lead minutes later. Nicki Flannery sealed the result in the second half – a consolation goal for City in stoppage time was never realistically going to be enough – and the home side walked away with three points.