Missed a game? Catch up on all of the action from week 4 of the Westfield W-League
Canberra United-s dominance at the top of the Westfield W-League ladder continues unabated, with Round 4 also marked by a return to form for Sydney FC who gunned down the previously unbeaten Newcastle Jets.
Defeat for the Jets saw Canberra open up a five-point lead at the summit following a 2-1 win at home over Melbourne Victory.
Sydney showed ominous form to overpower the Jets 4-1 in Newcastle to leapfrog their opponents into second.
Brisbane Roar finally returned to the winners circle with a hard-fought 2-1 victory on the road against Adelaide United.
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Canberra maintained their winning form in holding off a typically fierce challenge from Melbourne Victory to secure a fourth three-pointer from as many starts. The team from the nation-s capital are the league-s top goals corers, and also have a share of the best defensive record in the league.
First-half goals from Ashleigh Sykes, her second in as many starts, as well American Taryn Hemmings proved too much for the visiting Victory. Kendall Fletcher pulled a goal back in the latter stages, but in a match in which numerous chances were created at either end, it was United-s finishing that proved decisive.
A tight contest was expected in Newcastle between the Jets and Sydney FC and so it proved during a scoreless first half. However, inspirational midfielder Kyle Ledbrook scored almost immediately after the second period commenced to open up the floodgates as a trio of Matildas stars - Thea Slatyer, Catlin Foord and Heather Garriock - put the game out of reach.
Tara Andrews grabbed a late consolation for a Jets side which had lost Lisa De Vanna during the half-time interval following a hefty collision with Sydney goalkeeper Allison Lipsher.
The Jets will have the chance to pull themselves back into title contention next week when they visit leaders Canberra in a match that is shaping as one of the highlights of the season.
Finally in Adelaide, champions Brisbane Roar were made to work overtime before subduing a resilient home side and claiming their first win in their third start.
Captain Clare Polkinghorne and Ashley Spina scored either side of the interval, however Marijana Rajcic-s goal set up a tense finale. The Lady Reds only narrowly failed to find an equaliser after some late pressure, but despite the loss the league-s bottom side will take confidence from their performance against the Westfield W-League heavyweights.
Westfield W-League 2011/12 Week 4 Round-Up
Newcastle Jets 1 (Tara Andrews 86-) Sydney FC 4 (Kylie Ledbrook 47-, Thea Slatyer 55-, Caitlin Foord 64-, Heather Garriock 75-) Saturday 12 November 2011 Adamstown Oval, Newcastle Local kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Casey Reibelt
Newcastle Jets: Melissa BARBIERI (gk), Alanna KENNEDY (Alexandra HUYNH 77-), Nicola BOLGER, Gema SIMON (Hannah BREWER 65-), Linda O'NEILL, Tara ANDREWS, Emily VAN EGMOND, Lisa DE VANNA (Rhali DOBSON 46-), Monnique KOFOED, Stacey DAY, Ariane HINGST Substitutes not used: Alison LOGUE (gk) Yellow Cards: Linda O-Neill 61- Red Cards: Nil
Sydney FC: Allison LIPSHER (gk), Teresa POLIAS, Renee ROLLASON (Rachael SOUTAR 80-), Estelle JOHNSON, Servet UZUNLAR, Heather GARRIOCK, Sarah WALSH (Chloe LOGARZO 64-), Kylie LEDBROOK, Teigen ALLEN, Thea SLATYER, Brittany WHITFIELD (Caitlin FOORD 52-) Substitutes not used: Monique JACKSON (gk) Yellow Cards: Renee Rollason 7-, Heather Garriock 17-, Teigan Allan 79-, Allison Lipsher 86- Red Cards: Nil
Canberra United 2 (Ashleigh Sykes 24-, Taryn Hemmings 39-) Melbourne Victory 1 (Kendal Fletcher 78-) Saturday 12 November 2011 McKellar Park, Canberra Local kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Kate Jacewicz
Canberra United: Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), Caitlin COOPER, Ellie BRUSH, Caitlin MUNOZ, Michelle HEYMAN, Nicole SYKES, Ashleigh SYKES (Kahlia HOGG 69-), Sally SHIPARD, Ellyse PERRY, Taryn HEMMINGS, Jennifer BISSET (Hayley RASO 46-) Substitutes not used: Aroon CLANSEY (gk) Yellow Cards: Hayley Raso 79-, Caitlin Munoz 85- Red Cards: Nil
Melbourne Victory: 1. Brianna DAVEY (gk), 2. Rebekah STOTT, 3. Maika RUYTER-HOOLEY, 4. Kendall FLETCHER, 5. Danielle JOHNSON, 6. Rita MANKOWSKA (Gulcan KOCA 71-), 7. Stephanie CATLEY, 8. Ashley BROWN (Catlin FRIEND 74-), 10. Jodie TAYLOR, 15. Amy JACKSON, 16. 13. Katrina GORRY Substitutes not used: Louisa BISBY, Cassandra DIMOVSKI Yellow Cards: Katrina Gorry 45-, Rita Mankowska 51- Red Cards: Nil
Adelaide United 1(Marijana Rajcic 76-) Brisbane Roar 2 (Clare Polkinghorne 38-, Ashley Spina 63-) Saturday 12 November 2011 Burton Park, Adelaide Local kick-off: 4pm
Adelaide United: Kristi HARVEY (gk), Ruth WALLACE, Anna GREEN, Abby ERCEG, Racheal QUIGLEY, Leanne SLATER (Grace FRENCH-KENNEDY 70-), Marijana RAJCIC, Donna COCKAYNE (Daniela DI BARTOLO 80-), Georgia MACRI (Ashleigh GUNNING 61-), Nenita BURGESS, Katherine EBBS Substitutes not used: Sian MCLAREN (gk) Yellow Cards: Marijana Rajcic 90- Red Cards: Nil
Brisbane Roar: Hoshimi KISHI (gk), Laura ALLEWAY, Karla REUTER, Clare POLKINGHORNE, Brooke SPENCE, Joanne BURGESS (Ellen BEAUMONT 90-), Ashley SPINA, Tameka BUTT, Vedrana POPOVIC, Sasha MCDONNELL (Catherine CANNULI 78-), Emily GIELNIK (Lana HARCH 71-) Substitutes not used: Monique NELSON (gk) Yellow cards: Nil Red cards: Nil
Bye: Perth Glory