Round 3 saw Melbourne City find their shooting boots against fellow top four contender Newcastle.  Meanwhile Adelaide United upset the ladder leaders and Canberra United beat out  traditional rivals Sydney FC to leave them winless after three rounds.

Adelaide United 3 – 1 Perth Glory

Another match and another American posting a hattrick.  This time ladder leaders Perth Glory were on the receiving end of a striker’s hot streak.

After opening Adelaide’s goal account last round, Makenzy Doniak took it up a notch in Round 3 as she recorded a hattrick to help the Reds to an unexpected win over Perth.

With Perth missing their talismanic captain Sam Kerr due to a quad strain, Adelaide look to take full advantage and lead in the opening five minutes.

Adriana Jones and Doniak combined to escape the Glory offside trap, with Doniak placing her strike low and hard in the bottom corner of Melissa Maizel’s goal.

Perth lost another key component of their team 30 minutes in when full back Sarah Carroll sustained an injury.  A defensive re-shuffled ensued and again the Reds took advantage.  This time Doniak leaving behind Natasha Rigby before providing a similar finish to beat Maizels.

On top, Adelaide looked to push on and former Glory midfielder Alyssa Mautz forced a good save from her former teammate Maizels.

Not long after, Glory halved the deficit when newly appointed captain Emma Checker connected with a clearance to forget as she edged a Rachel Hill cross past Eliza Campbell.

The goal looked to reinvigorate Perth and Glory saw their key players in Raquel Rodriguez and Hill start to cause some problems for the Reds defence.

However, despite a couple of chances, Doniak would put the result to bed with another low, driving effort, this time from 16 yards out.

Stat of the Match:  Doniak was the definition of clinical for Adelaide with her three shots on goal resulting in three goals, 

Western Sydney Wanderers 0 – 1 Brisbane Roar

Fresh off a first victory for the season, the Wanderers looked to make a good start to their counter with a Brisbane Roar that was mauled at home by Perth.

Marlous Pieëte provided a good early run before cutting back to Kahlia Hogg.  The midfielder was unable to make the most of it as she fired over for the Wanderers.

A warning of things to come, Jada Whyman made an good claim early as Brisbane worked a free kick to the near post.  The next free kick went even closer with Carson Pickett giving a preview of her eventual goal when she struck just wide.

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Western Sydney’s defence was kept busy and a goalmouth scramble from a Roar corner forced them to clear the danger.

After surviving a host of Brisbane attacks, the Wanderers looked to make their move with Lo’eau LaBonta,  pouncing on a loose ball only to slice her shot wide of the target.

Carson Pickett finally broke the deadlock in the 30th minute when her second free kick from the right wing evaded all comers and nestled in the far corner

In the 39th minute Brisbane struggled to clear Kramer’s free kick but Waldus was unable to take advantage as she put her effort over the target as the Wanderers went into the break 1-0 down.

10 minutes into the second half, Pickett executed another pinpoint free kick with Abby Lloyd guiding her header just wide.

Western Sydney were able to find some space in the game and Lee Falkon made Mackenzie Arnold work as the Matildas goalkeeper did well to save Falkon’s deflected shot.  Not long after Arnold was called into action again with Rosie Sutton’s shot tipped onto the post.

Brisbane had a host of late chances but were unable to add to their tally but ultimately the sole goal proved enough.

Canberra United 3 – 2 Sydney FC

Canberra United produced a late fight back to see off traditional foe Sydney FC.

On Ash Sykes’ milestone match, United made a positive start with Carpenter, Sykes and Gordon combining with Michelle Heyman for the opening goal.

Sydney looked to fight back quickly with Lisa De Vanna in the thick of the action.  Given too much space, De Vanna put in a cross to Kylie Ledbrook but it went wide of the target.

Despite being behind, the Sky Blues turned up the pressure on the home team playing the ball around and finding their pacy front line.

The 37th minute saw Haley Kopmeyer called upon as Amy Harrison let loose from distance forcing Kopmeyer to punch away the effort.

Harrison and Kopmeyer tangled a few minutes later as Kopmeyer again produced a cracking save off the Sydney forward.

The reprieve barely lasted two minutes when De Vanna was adjudged to have been brought down by Toni Pressley.  The returning Ledbrook stepped up to the spot and recorded her first W-League goal since 2011.

Kopmeyer continued to be busy for Canberra in the second half as she denied De Vanna just after the re-start.  In a physical match, Sydney FC took the lead with another penalty after another tangle in the box.  Ledbrook stepped up to take it with the same result.

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MATCH ANALYSIS: Wanderers prevail over Adelaide United in stoppage time

Sydney produced a number of chances but were unable to capitalise and in the 76th minute they were punished for it as Grace Maher’s corner found Heyman.  Heyman’s header saw a scramble to clear off the line but Pressley was there to net the rebound.

Harrison forced a third save off Kopmeyer minutes later and it proved key as with seven minutes to go, a 1-2 between Sykes and Heyman ended in the latter placing her shot past Sham Khamis.

Melbourne City 5 – 2 Newcastle Jets

It was billed as the champs versus the challenger and on this occasion the champs pulled out a top class performance.

It started well for Melbourne City when Kyah Simon netted her second goal of the season with a low drive past Britt Eckerstrom.

Leading and in control, City then went on to produce two inexplicable defensive lapses with Katie Stengel taking full advantage first of Lydia Williams’ mistimed clearance and then Alanna Kennedy’s hesitance.

Just before the break City pulled one back when Larissa Crummer turned home a goalmouth effort after a corner to bring them level.

The second half was all one way traffic is City overrun the Jets.  The goalfest started with Simon and Steph Catley linking up with the full back producing a well placed cross to the lunging Jess Fishlock.

Crummer had her brace when she calmly finished before Fishlock produced a spectacular fifth goal from distance.

Match Stat:  If it seemed like Steph Catley was everywhere, that is because she probably was.  Catley notched up a match leading 97 touches, two clearances and a passing accuracy 84.4 percent

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