Westfield Matildas in the Westfield W-League: Catley sparks City's title challenge

Steph Catley created the goal that earned Melbourne City a three-point lead at the top of the Westfield W-League.

A City side crammed with seven Westfield Matildas earned a fifth straight win of the campaign to open up a gap at the top of the ladder on Thursday.

Catley saw her thunderous free-kick cannon back off the crossbar and New Zealand international Rebekah Stott bundled in the loose ball into the net to clinch a 1-0 win against Perth Glory.

Left-back, and vice captain, Catley played at the back alongside Emma Checker and Ellie Carpenter, while Lydia Williams helped seal a clean sheet between the City sticks.

Kyah Simon made her 100th appearance in the competition, starting in City’s midfield alongside fellow Westfield Matildas Aivi Luik and Emily van Egmond.

City extended their grip at the summit of the league table with  Sydney FC slumping to a 5-0 defeat against Harbour City rivals Western Sydney Wanderers and losing their second-place spot.

WATCH: Catley's shot crashes back off the crossbar and Melbourne City take the lead against Perth Glory.
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Last year’s wooden spoon outfit, Wanderers, maintained their unbeaten start to the 2019/20 season with a dominant 5-0 victory against their Sydney Derby rivals.

Westfield Young Matilda, Kyra Cooney-Cross, was the star of the show, scoring two first-half goals as Western Sydney announced their arrival as title contenders with a statement win.

Amy Harrison got the ball rolling for her hometown club against her former employers after only four minutes with a rifled strike to open the floodgates.

WATCH: Harrison drills in a goal against her former club Sydney FC.

The 17-year-old Cooney-Cross doubled the advantage two minutes later and added another before half-time, before a late brace from US international Lynn Williams wrapped up a day to forget for the Sky Blues.

Alanna Kennedy, Chloe Logarzo, Caitlin Foord and Princess Ibini were the Westfield Matildas on the receiving end of the Champions’ humbling defeat.

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Hayley Raso and her Brisbane Roar teammates were frustrated by Westfield W-League Premiers Melbourne Victory in a 0-0 draw at Epping Stadium.

Victory goalkeeper Casey Dumont was in superb form to deny the Queenslanders’ Westfield Matildas Raso, Katrina Gorry and Tameka Yallop.

Jenna McCormick played a starring role in the home side’s backline, who saw Teigan Allen subbed off after 42 minutes with an injury.

Mackenzie Arnold and Clare Polkinghorne delivered solid performances for the Roar defence as both Westfield W-League Finals Series contenders remained deadlocked.

WATCH: Smart play from Hayley Raso almost sets up Rylee Baisden for the opener.

On Sunday, Karly Roestbakken's Canberra United tightened up their grip on a top four place with a 2-1 win against Adelaide United.

Former Westfield Matilda Leena Khamis was on the scoresheet for the Green Machine, as goalkeeper Sarah Willacy and striker Mary Fowler could not prevent a fifth straight defeat for the Lady Reds.

WATCH: Karly Roesktbakken shows her attacking prowess, almost scoring for Canberra.

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