Round 4 of the Westfield W-League was an eventful one for a number of Westfield Matildas stars who scored fantastic goals, made stunning saves and continued careful injury comebacks in a weekend full of action.
The likes of Tameka Yallop, Hayley Raso and Emily van Egmond all found the back of the net for their sides, while Alanna Kennedy and Kyah Simon continued their respective journeys back from injury as Sydney FC and Melbourne City faced off at Cromer Park.
With Round 5 set to kick off tomorrow night, you can bank on the Westfield W-League stars being in the thick of the action once more.
Read on for a full preview of your Westfield Matildas in the Westfield W-League.
Melbourne Derby a stern test for Victory
After going goalless for Newcastle in the 2018/19 Westfield W-League campaign, Emily van Egmond is on a hot run of form scoring three goals in her first four games for her new side Melbourne City.
Westfield Matildas defenders in Jenna McCormick and Teigen Allen will have their work cut out for them against a van Egmond-led City outfit boasting fellow Westfield Matildas Lydia Williams, Steph Catley, Ellie Carpenter, Aivi Luik, Kyah Simon and Emma Checker.
Simon has one goal to her name in the 2019/20 Westfield W-League campaign thus far, but highlighted after her side’s win over Sydney FC last weekend that getting minutes under her belt was her sole focus as she aims to build on her solid starts and put in a full 90-minute display this weekend.
PREVIEW: Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory
Canberra aim to inflict more pain on struggling Glory
Canberra United made light work of Perth Glory in a 2-0 Round 1 victory and they’ll be chasing similar success when the two sides meet once again at Dorrien Gardens on Friday night.
Westfield Matilda’s defender Karly Roestbakken ran amok against Glory in Round 1, making her way into the Westfield W-League Team of the Week for her impressive display from right back highlighted by an assist for Canberra’s second goal.
Glory have lost all three of their games to start the season and will be desperate to send Roestbakken and co. back to Canberra without a point to show for their travels.
PREVIEW: Perth Glory vs Canberra United
Brisbane hit form in time for clash with the Reds
Winless Adelaide United travel to Lions FC Stadium to face a Brisbane Roar outfit high on confidence this weekend.
Westfield Matildas Mackenzie Arnold, Clare Polkinghorne, Katrina Gorry, Tameka Yallop and Hayley Raso all featured in Brisbane’s first win of the season against Canberra last weekend, with Yallop and Raso both scoring in a 2-1 win on the road.
Mary Fowler has gone cold after scoring on debut for Adelaide in Round 1, and after a bye last weekend both her and Westfield Matildas goalkeeper Sarah Willacy will be looking to get back to their best as Adelaide chase their first points of the season to keep within touching distance of the finals places.
PREVIEW: Brisbane Roar vs Adelaide United
Sky Blues desperate to bounce back against Jets
Sydney FC dropped their first points of the season against Melbourne City last weekend and it proved a costly defeat as City jumped them on the table into second place.
Now the Sky Blues are out to steady the ship with a positive result away to Newcastle when the two sides meet at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.
Westfield Matildas defender Alanna Kennedy played her first 45 minutes of the season last weekend after an injury layoff and her presence could be key for her side this weekend should she be deployed from the start by head coach Ante Juric.
After a very quiet afternoon against City, Sky Blues forwards Caitlin Foord, Remy Siemsen and Princess Ibini will all be looking to impact the scoresheet against the Jets, while Chloe Logarzo, who set up the only Sky Blues goal last weekend, will undoubtedly produce a predictably composed performance from midfield once more.
But Newcastle won’t be pushovers for the Sky Blues after winning for the first time in Perth in 11 years last weekend.
Westfield Matilda Gema Simon ran riot on the night laying eight crosses, creating two chances and notching an assist in her side’s 2-1 win and she’ll hope to be just as industrious when her side host Sydney FC on Sunday.
PREVIEW: Newcastle Jets vs Sydney FC