Teenagers… flogged 10-1 last week, the Wanderers’ young guns dealt W-League heavyweights Brisbane Roar a 2-1 defeat the next.
Western Sydney Wanderers secured one of the greatest upsets in the history of the W-League with a scarcely believable 2-1 win over competition heavyweights Brisbane Roar on Sunday, just a week after conceding ten goals.
The Wanderers, comprised almost entirely of teenagers, crashed to a near-record 10-1 defeat eight days earlier, but somehow bounced back to defeat the star-studded Roar whose line-up features eight internationals, including reigning world player of the year Nadine Angerer.
Former Roar midfielder Hannah Beard put the Wanderers in front early on at Suncorp Stadium, and while Roar equalised moments before half-time through Tameka Butt, the visitors continued to hunt a winner in an end-to-end contest and went ahead for a second time ten minutes after the break when Larissa Crummer scored an own goal.
“It was a backs to the walls effort after last week, and to put pressure on them (Brisbane) was superb,” said Wanderers coach Norm Boardman.
“We were always confident about the girls and their quality, and we reacted really well.
“The players just had to find self-belief. We had to improve defensively, and some of those mistakes are just because of their age.”
Leaders Perth Glory continued their imperious form with an impressive 3-0 win over last year’s premiers Canberra United to make it five wins from as many starts.
Glory striker Kate Gill again led the way scoring twice in the second half, to complement an early goal from Canadian defender Shelina Zadorsky, as the home side claimed a first ever victory over the team from the nation’s capital.
Matildas captain Gill has now nabbed ten goals in just five matches sending an early statement to new national team coach Alen Stajcic ahead of next year’s Women’s World Cup.
Despite the one-sided scoreline, the match was full of chances at either end with Canberra striker Michelle Heyman hitting the post and also seeing a goal ruled out for offside.
Sydney FC remain two-points shy of the Glory after earning a hard-fought 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets thanks to a first-half strike from Jasmyne Spencer.
Sky Blues goalkeeper Casey Dumont was busy throughout making several key stops to give new coach Daniel Barrett his first win since replacing Stajcic.
Melbourne Victory leapfrogged Canberra United into third with a confident 4-0 win over struggling Adelaide United.
Midfielder Amy Jackson nabbed a second-half hat-trick, while American playmaker Christine Nairn scored a candidate for goal of the year with a stunning long-range strike