Victory brush aside Wanderers in goal fest

By: Mark Gojszyk

Westfield W-League – Season 7 – 2014/15 – Round 2
3pm, Sunday 21 September, 2014 – Broadmeadows Valley Park, Melbourne

Melbourne Victory FC 5 (Racheal Quigley 20’ 47’, Amy Jackson 24’, Lisa De Vanna 52’, Gulcan Koca 74’)
Western Sydney Wanderers 3  (Keelin Winters 12’ 56’, Michelle Carney 93’)

Melbourne Victory have won their first home game of the season, comfortably dispatching Western Sydney Wanderers 5-3 at Broadmeadows Valley Park on Sunday.
The loss compounded Western Sydney’s poor start to the season, who have now conceded 9 goals in two defeats.

While the visitors scored the opener, Melbourne Victory mostly dominated proceedings, with American import Christine Nairn slicing open the Wanderer’s defence with five goal involvements.

The early contest was played predominantly in Victory’s half, with Lisa De Vanna fashioning the first chance for Racheal Quigley, but her strike under pressure sailed safely high.

Quigley had another opportunity minutes later, almost pouncing on Caitlin Cooper’s underhit backpass, but ‘keeper Trudy Burke was on hand to gather the ball.

Western Sydney would strike first in the 11th minute against the run of play, capitalising on sloppy Victory play.

Beattie Goad’s poor pass was latched onto by the Wanderers, who broke forward, with Steph Catley conceding a free kick on the edge of the area.

Up stepped Keelin Winters, who drove her free kick past Brianna Davey into the net.

Victory stepped up intensity to try wrestle back the ascendency, and De Vanna found Goad with a through ball, but the struggling winger’s first touch was heavy and took her too far wide.

The hosts did square the ledger minutes later, with a Nairn corner kick headed home by Amy Jackson.

De Vanna almost earnt the lead moments after the restart, cannoning Goad’s cutback into the crossbar.

She did have a hand in Victory’s eventual second goal, winning the ball deep in the Wanderers’ back third, with Nairn taking possession and playing through Quigley, who chipped an advancing Burke.

Spectators barely had time to take their seats after the half-time break before Baird notched up another assist, cutting back to Quigley from the byline for an easy finish.

The American almost scored a goal of her own, latching onto Ella Mastrantonio’s chipped through ball, but her shot was desperately saved.

Nairn was again the architect in the 52nd minute, playing a ball that split the defence and found De Vanna, who scored her first goal of the season to extend Victory’s lead even further.

Western Sydney momentarily stemmed Victory’s flow with a goal of their own, when Hannah Beard’s through ball found Winters, who beat the offside trap to score her second goal of the game.

Nairn was in the thick of the action to put the icing on the cake, when her shot from De Vanna’s expert build up play was blocked, only for substitute Koca to pounce on the rebound.

With time running out, Carney pounced on an uncharacteristic Emma Checker backpass error to score West Sydney’s consolation goal with the last kick of the game.

Crowd: 300

Melbourne Victory FC: 1. Brianna Davey (GK), 7. Steph Catley (c), 8. Amy Jackson, 9. Racheal Quigley (17. Gulcan Koca 69’), 10. Christine Nairn, 11. Lisa De Vanna (14. Tiff Eliadis 76’), 12. Ella Mastrantonio, 15. Emma Checker, 16. Beattie Goad (6. Gema Simon 59’), 19. Maika Ruyter-Hooley

Substitutes not used: 20. Cass Dimovski (GK)

Western Sydney Wanderers FC: 1. Trudy Burke (GK), 2. Caitlin Cooper (c), 3. Jessica Seaman, 5. Helen Petinos (13’ Jordan Baker 86’), 6. Rachael Soutar, 8. Grace Henry, 9. Keelin Winters, 10. Michelle Carney, 12. Hannah Beard (!5. Rhianna Pollicina 76’), 14. Demi Koulizakis, 19. Chloe O’Brien

Substitutes not used: 20. Shamiran Khamis (GK),18. Tia Gavin


Referee: Casey Reibelt  7/10  
Assistants: Sarah Ho, Joanna Charaktis; 4th official: Harley Natis

BOTN Player Points:
3. Christine Nairn
2. Racheal Quigley
1. Keelin Winters

Pitch rating: 8/10
Game rating: 7/10

By Mark Gojszyk