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Westfield W-League: Moscato scores game-winner

Carmelina Moscato scored the game winner in stoppage time for the Western Sydney Wanderers this weekend. (Photo: Western Sydney Wanderers)

Canadian international Carmelina Moscato scored the game winner in stoppage time for the Western Sydney Wanderers this weekend. (Photo: Western Sydney Wanderers)

It was wild weekend in the Westfield W-League across Australia as there were penalties awarded, a red card shown to a goalkeeper, and a last-ditch, stoppage-time game-winner. Here’s how the league’s fourth round of fixtures went:

Western Sydney Wanderers 2–1 Newcastle Jets
The Western Sydney Wanderers came from behind on Saturday to earn their first win of the season, defeating the Newcastle Jets 2-1. Newcastle’s Jenna Kingsley struck first in the 3rd minute of play with a header off a cross from Rhali Dobson, but Wanderers’ midfielder Chloe O’Brien equalized in the 57th minute after knocking in the ball off a scramble in front of goal. Just as the match looked like it would end in a draw, Canadian international and Wanderers defender Carmelina Moscato was able to get on the end of a cross in the 92nd minute, and headed in the winner, ensuring the Wanderers the victory. Keelin Winters (Seattle) also played the full 90 for the Wanderers, while Kendall Johnson (Portland) did not play. Caprice Dydasco and Megan Oyster, both on loan to Newcastle from the Washington Spirit, played 90 minutes each.

Melbourne City 4–2 Canberra United
Melbourne City earned their fourth win of the season on Sunday with a 4-2 victory over reigning Westfield W-League champions Canberra United. Goal-scorers for City were Marianna Tabain (5’), Larissa Crummer (11’), Aivi Luik (41’) and Seattle Reign FC loanee Kim Little (87’). Ashleigh Sykes (29’) and Western New York Flash loanee Michelle Heyman (60’) were Canberra’s goal-scorers.

After having a hand in all three of City’s first-half goals and hitting the crossbar with a shot of her own, Lisa De Vanna was shown a red card in the 57th minute for an off the ball incident where she appeared to hit Canberra defender Nicole Begg in the face with the palm of her hand.

Jessica Fishlock (Seattle) and Stephanie Catley (Portland) played the full match for Melbourne City, and Kim Little (Seattle) was subbed off in the final minute of stoppage time. Little earned player of the match honors. For Canberra, Ellie Brush (Houston), Veronica Perez (Washington), Kendall Fletcher (Seattle), and goal-scorer Heyman (WNY) all played a full 90.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported this week that England international Jodie Taylor will not be joining Canberra United after aggravating the knee injury she sustained prior to the World Cup. Canberra is actively looking for a replacement.

Adelaide United 4–0 Melbourne Victory
Adelaide United handed Melbourne Victory their fourth loss of the season on Sunday, leaving the Victory at the bottom of the table with zero points. Rosie Sutton struck first in the 13th minute for Adelaide, and Victory’s Christine Nairn nearly equalized just after with a long-range shot that hit the post. But Adelaide’s attack was too much for the Victory, as Tiarn Powell added a second goal in the 33rd minute and Sutton added a third in the 55th minute. In the 70th minute, Melbourne Victory keeper Melissa Barbieri took down Adelaide’s Marijana Rajcic in the box. Barbieri was shown red for the tackle, and Sutton stepped up and buried the penalty kick, completing her hat-trick. For Adelaide United, Abby Dahlkemper (WNY) played a full 90, and Sarah Killion (Sky Blue) played 73 minutes. Nairn (Washington) and Hayley Raso (Washington) both played 90 minutes for the Victory.

Sydney FC 1–0 Perth Glory
Kyah Simon’s first-half penalty kick proved to be the difference for Sydney FC on Sunday, as they edged the Perth Glory 1-0 for their second win of the season. Sydney FC midfielder Amy Harrison was taken down in the penalty area in the 14th minute, and the referee pointed to the spot. Simon coolly put away the penalty, and despite constant trouble from Perth’s Sam Kerr, the Sky Blues were able to hold on for the win. Goalkeeper Michelle Betos (Portland) started for Sydney FC and earned her first clean sheet of the season, while Simon (Boston) and Jasmyne Spencer (Orlando) both played 90 minutes for Sydney as well. The trio of Sky Blue FC loanees featured in the match for Perth, with Sam Kerr and Nikki Stanton both playing 90 minutes, and Caitlin Foord playing 32 minutes in her return from a hamstring injury that kept her out of last weekend’s fixture.

Brisbane Roar had a bye this weekend.

Next week, Canberra United visits Newcastle Jets, Melbourne City looks to stay perfect as they host Adelaide United, Perth Glory visits Brisbane Roar, and Melbourne Victory look for their first points of the season away to Western Sydney Wanderers. Sydney FC has a bye.

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