Holly McNamara has scored a brace in Melbourne City's 4-0 win over Perth, keeping City in the hunt for top spot in the A-League and denting the Glory's finals hopes.
Melbourne City remain firmly in the hunt for the A-League Women premiers plate and have struck a blow to Perth's finals hopes with a comfortable 4-0 win over the Glory in Gosford.
MELBOURNE CITY - PERTH GLORY
- Melbourne City beat Perth Glory 4-0 in their Sunday A-League Women's match
- City's Hannah Wilkinson became the fastest player to score 10 goals in a season.
- Melbourne now sit second in the ladder, Perth are fifth.
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Rhianna Pollicina's half-volley on the stroke of halftime gave City the upper hand before Holly McNamara scored a second-half brace, while Hannah Wilkinson added a 94th-minute dagger to seal three points.
It ended fifth-placed Perth's five-game unbeaten run and ensured second-placed City remain within touching distance of leaders Sydney FC, ahead of two games without New Zealand internationals Wilkinson and Rebekah Stott.
"It was a grind," McNamara told Paramount Plus.
"Credit to Perth because that was a hard game. We didn't play our best football but we definitely fought out that win."
Perth got off to a bright start with a flurry of unrewarded shots before City settled.
Pollicina pushed through a knee injury suffered on the half-hour mark and three minutes into stoppage time, Wilkinson headed a long ball into the path of the playmaker, who chested the ball down then coolly half-volleyed home.
Perth were unable to bundle in a goalmouth scramble in the 61st minute and immediately after, City got on the counterattack.
Barbieri hoofed the ball long and Abbey Green fluffed her attempted clearing header straight into the path of Matildas young gun McNamara, who broke forward and coolly finished past Courtney Newbon.
Perth turned to veteran goalscorers Lisa De Vanna and Leena Khamis off the bench but neither was unable to inspire a comeback.
The Glory looked fatigued off the back of a tight turnaround from their win over Adelaide and in the 88th minute, City substitute Leticia McKenna slipped a lovely through ball to McNamara, who brilliantly chipped Newbon to seal her brace.
Six minutes later, Wilkinson got away on the break, beat Newbon and coolly snared City's fourth, with Perth's appeals for offside dismissed.
Hannah Wilkinson becomes the fastest player to score 10 goals in the @LibFinancial A-League, with this finish late in @MelbourneCity's 4-0 win over @PerthGloryFC. #PERvMCY #WeAreALeagues pic.twitter.com/0HcrHpDRqk— Liberty A-League (@aleaguewomen) February 13, 2022
"We came in with a really specific game plan which we could see was working for the first 40-50 minutes," Perth coach Alex Epakis said.
"Then unfortunately the goal that we conceded just before half-time just meant that the second half we had to go forward a little bit more and go after them a little bit more. As a result that left us a little bit open in those transition moments
"I think 4-0 was an inflated scoreline, it probably wasn't a 4-0 game but nonetheless credit's got to go to City, they were good and we just weren't as good today as what we can be."
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