Melbourne Victory leave Adelaide United ‘four’ dead

By Mark Gojszyk:
Westfield W-League 2014/15 season, Round 5
3pm, Sunday 12th October 2014- Lakeside Stadium, Melbourne
Melbourne Victory FC 2 (Nairn 29’, Jackson 59’, 87’, 89’)
Adelaide United FC 0 
Melbourne Victory women have consigned Adelaide United to their fifth straight defeat of the season, comprehensively routing the Lady Reds 4-0 at Lakeside Stadium.
Christine Nairn opened the scoring with a bullet from distance, while Amy Jackson was the day’s hat-trick hero, leaving the visitors outright last on the ladder after five rounds.
Lisa De Vanna was menacing early on, shooting wide from distance and linking up well with Nairn to almost generate the first meaningful attempt on goal.
The contest was scrappy early on, with Adelaide trying to stifle Victory’s attacks, and the tactic was initially effective as the hosts struggled to generate chances on goal.
It took one moment of brilliance from Nairn to open the scoring half an hour into the contest, when she picked up the ball from 25 yards, took a touch and struck past Melissa Barbieri.
Victory nearly had another goal minutes later when Amy Jackson dribbled the ball into the box following a set piece, but this time Barbieri prevented a clear chance to score.
Lisa De Vanna was victory’s culprit moments later, picking up a cross from Gema Simon and missing high from point blank range.
It capped off a dominant but wasteful half from the girls in navy blue, who restricted Adelaide to not a single shot on target.
After the break Victory again came out attacking, and Amy Jackson doubled the advantage in the 59th minute when she controlled Simon’s delivery into the box and struck truly.
Lisa-Marie Woods had Adelaide’s first clear cut chance on target minutes later, with Brianna Davey needing two nibbles to hold onto her powerful shot.
Even though the contest was effectively wrapped up, two late scrambled goals to Amy Jackson blew the scoreline out to 4-0, a deserving result for a dominant Victory.
Match Stats:
Crowd: 500
Melbourne Victory: 1. Brianna DAVEY (GK), 2. Hannah BREWER (16. Beattie Goad 76’), 5. Lauren BARNES, 6. Gema SIMON, 7. Steph CATLEY (c), 8. Amy Jackson, 10. Christine NAIRN, 11. Lisa DE VANNA (14. Tiff Eliadis 80’), 12. Ella MASTRANTONIO, 15. Emma CHECKER, 18. Elli Reed
Substitutes not used: 20. Cass DIMOVSKI (GK), 17. Gulcan KOCA
Yellow Card(s): Nil
Red Card(s): Nil
Adelaide United: 1. Melissa BARBIERI (GK), 4. Lauren STEER (10. Alex Chidiac 67’), 7. Katrine PEDERSEN, 8. Emily CONDON, 9. Lisa-Marie WOODS, 11. Isabel HODGSON (5. Jessie WHAREPOURI 87′), 12. Daila-Tais BORG, 14. Rachel ALONSO (17. Tiarn POWELL 51’), 15. Jenna MCCORMICK, 16. Katie HOLTHAM, 23. Kristy MOORE (c)
Substitutes not used: 20. Sarah WILLACY (GK),
Yellow Card(s): Nil
Red Card(s): Nil
Referee: Rachel Mitchenson
Assistants: Joanna Charaktis, Jordan English
4th official: Harley Natis
BOTN Player Points
3. Amy Jackson (Melbourne Victory)
2. Christine Nairn (Melbourne Victory)
1. Gema Simon (Melbourne Victory)
Pitch Rating 8/10
Game Rating 6/10