Western Sydney Wanderers star import Lynn Williams has questioned the disparity between A-League and W-League resourcing following her side’s 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets.
Seizing control throughout much of the lightning-delayed contest against the Jets at Bankwest Stadium, the Wanderers were nonetheless forced to sweat it out.
As the final minutes ticked down on Friday night, Western Sydney was only able to get on the scoresheet through Amy Harrison’s 59th-minute penalty.
That strike, however, wasn’t the sole occasion the side in red and black found the back of the net in the contest, with Williams having a 31st-minute strike incorrectly ruled out for offside.
Replays showed that the former NWSL MVP was onside when the ball was played into her on the edge of the six-yard box.
Had VAR been in operation for the fixture, such an error would have been picked up and the goal allowed to stand. However, said technology is not employed in the W-League.
“I think any things that the men’s teams have, the women’s team should automatically have,” Williams told journalists post-game.
“Whatever stance you take on VAR, if the men’s side has it the women’s side has to have it. If the men’s side gets to play in a nice stadium, why aren’t the women playing in a nice stadium? If the men’s side has a great facility, why don’t the women have that as well?
“So yeah, they just got a goal called for VAR [Kwame Yeboah’s second-minute strike in Wanderers 3-2 A-League loss to Melbourne City] and we didn’t have that option to even look at it.
“I just think it should be equal. I don’t understand why it’s not.”
Williams clarified, though, that she wasn’t including the Wanderers in her criticisms.
“The Wanderers, I think have been really great,” she said.
“Kristen [Hamilton] was here a little bit before me and we felt that like the living situation wasn’t exactly… nice and they quickly were like ‘oh, we’re so sorry about that, here’
“I have nothing but good things to say about it, I have not a bad thing.”
Despite the disallowed goal drama, the win over the Jets means that the Wanderers are two wins from two to start the 2019/20 W-League season.
Bringing in a number of star-imports such as Williams, the club is expected to finally begin to challenge the traditional W-League powers in the coming season and the attacker reflected that she was impressed with what her new teammates had produced so far.
“I thought we played well,” said Williams.
“I thought even if things weren’t working out for us, we just got on with it and I think that’s what the culture of the group has shown – we’re going to be here and working for each other.
“I think that’s what stands out the most for me, not even the soccer, I think if you have a group of girls that are willing to work for each other the soccer will come.
“I’ve only been here a week. Some players have been here for five works, some players two weeks three weeks.
“I think the longer that we play together we’ll figure out what each other want, where they want the ball, what each other’s tendencies are.
“It’s nice to know that we can win and grow at the same time, we’re not losing and growing.”