Heroic Moments: How Perth teenager sparked incredible Westfield W-League comeback

A week ago, Leticia McKenna had never appeared in the Westfield W-League, let alone scored a goal in the competition. 

Now, she has achieved both, and in some serious style. 

WATCH: Eight-goal thriller in the capital as points are shared
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Perth Glory took an early lead in their clash with Canberra United on Sunday, but had seen Sarah Carroll dismissed on the hour mark and were staring down the face of a 4-1 defeat with 10 minutes of normal time remaining.

Alyssa Mautz struck in the 82nd minute to give Glory a glimmer of hope, before McKenna threw the contest into the realm of the extraordinary.

With Glory piling forward, Sam Kerr saw her effort blocked and the ball looped high into the air. It fell to McKenna who softened the ball with a deft first touch, and promptly dispatched a stunning half volley over Sham Khamis.

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It was a touch and finish one would not expect from a 16-year-old. Yet, as we have seen in the Westfield W-League time and time again, these players rise to the occasion and continually raise the bar. 

McKenna's moment of inspiration galvanised Glory again, who would ultimately equalise through Rachel Corsie's stoppage-time own goal.

The match ended 4-4 all things told - a contest that match the Westfield W-League's previous highest scoring draw. Incredibly, lightning struck twice as these two sides played out an eight-goal tie only 10 months earlier, with Canberra coming back from a three-goal deficit on that occasion.

Relive that classic encounter here

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Sam Kerr celebrates after contributing to Perth's equaliser against Canberra United.

History-making Jasmyne Spencer haunts her old club

For Sydney FC fans, Jasmyne Spencer's hat-trick would have been bittersweet. The 28-year-old American spent two seasons with the Sky Blues and notched 12 goals in 27 games. 

But for the Melbourne City faithful, Spencer's performance could prove to be a landmark moment as she became the first City player to register a Westfield W-League hat-trick.

Not only was Spencer's match packed with class and grit, but it came at a time when City desperately needed to win, or risk falling six points behind their title rivals.

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Spencer celebrates her goal against Sydney FC.

City's win now puts them on equal points with Ante Juric's women, and they now seem once more like the real deal of the competition after their Round 1 scare against Canberra.

Special attention must be drawn to Spencer's third goal, which epitomised her performance and those of her teammates. After latching onto a smart through ball from Rhali Dobson, Spencer ran in behind and hammered home into the top-right corner beyond the outstretched hands of Aubrey Bledsloe. 

City will now take on first-placed Melbourne Victory, adding spice to a Melbourne Derby which is never short of fire.

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Victory celebrate after Natasha Dowie's goal against Newcastle Jets.

Heroic moments around the Westfield W-League

  • Carson Pickett now has two goals in two games for the 2018/19 Season, after sliding a cheeky free-kick past Jada Whyman. Her two goals are directly responsible for Brisbane Roar's four points on the ladder, which put them on top in equal first with Melbourne Victory and Canberra United. 
  • In the Round 2 opener, Melbourne Victory got back to winning ways in some style of their own. Melina Ayres produced an absolute rocket from approximately 25-metres, giving Britt Eckerstrom no chance. Ayres' strike was almost a carbon copy of the one she scored in the 2017/18 Season against Brisbane Roar at Suncorp, proving the 19-year-old's performance was more than a fluke.