Perth Glory made their way to the top of the ladder at Marconi Stadium, handing out a 5-1 beating to a valiant Wanderers side.
The first game of Round 13 was one of uncertainty for both the Wanderers and Glory fans.
After not being able to find a win all season, the Wanderers brought their A-game last week, dealing out a 4-1 drubbing to Adelaide United and giving hope to the red and black army.
Meanwhile, the usually dominant Perth were caught out unaware in Round 11 against the Newcastle Jets, going down 3-1. Round 12 was a bye for the Perth side, with this match up their first game in 12 days.
The opening minutes of the first half saw a confident Wanderers side, with Perth seemingly unprepared for the work they would need to do to gain possession, but it wasn’t long before 17-year-old Lexie Moreno kicked off the Glory goalfest.
Her first goal of the season, a group effort from Rachel Hill, linking up with Sam Kerr who delivered the assist to Moreno just outside the box.
From then on, Glory found their form. Perth's onslaught of attack certainly earned youngster Nicole Simonsen her stripes, but two Kerr strikes and a Kerr penalty were all swatted away by the Wander Women’s goalkeeper, keeping the score 1-0 until the 27th minute.
The last line of defence paid off for the Wanderers, with Leena Khamis using her head and converting an accurately pin-pointed Servet Uzunlar free-kick, for the equalizer.
The Western Sydney side were able to hang on to a 1-1 draw up until the 39th minute, when US import Katie Naughton netted Glory’s second goal, taking them into half time, one up.
Wanderers fans were well aware that all hopes of reaching the finals were dashed weeks ago, but seeing their team put a spanner in the works for such a dominant side and proving themselves solid competition, was just as rewarding.
For Glory, going down to the Wanderers, or even drawing could be the end to their finals campaign so what they did in the second half would decide their fate for the pointy end of the season.
In true style, Glory stepped up to the plate and the second half was a literal match of blood, sweat and tears. Fans witnessed favourite Sam Kerr eat grass and cop a bloody nose after a heavy collision with Uzunlar, but the referee decided all was fair in love and war and play continued.
The ever-present and impressive Elizabeth Addo kept Eliza Campbell busy, but it wasn’t enough to stop the onslaught the Wanderers were about to face.
In the 70th and 81st minutes, the unstoppable Kerr did what Sam Kerr does best, finding the back of the net and guiding her team to a 4-1 lead, but these weren’t just any goals.
Kerr’s second-half goals were number 64 and 65 for the 25-year-old and cemented her as the all-time leading goal scorer of the W-League.
Rachel Hill scrambled the fifth shot home for Glory, putting the nail in the coffin and sending Perth to the top of the ladder.
Round 13 went down as Perth Glory's first win away from home this season, and the Wanderers 11th loss at home.
The second last round of competition continues tomorrow, Friday 25 January at 5.20pm when Brisbane Roar take on Canberra United at Suncorp Stadium. You can catch all the action on Fox Sports, SBS Viceland or the MyFootball App.