Sydney FC have dealt the Westfield W-League an ominous warning after a record-breaking 11-0 victory against Perth Glory.
Sydney FC have dealt the Westfield W-League an ominous warning after a record-breaking 11-0 victory against Perth Glory. A remarkable nine second-half goals saw the Sky Blues demolish the existing record scoreline of 7-1 achieved by Newcastle Jets last season against Adelaide United.
The win took Sydney to within three points of Canberra United as the leaders narrowly failed to collect all three points in drawing 2-2 on the road in Brisbane.
Meanwhile, in an equally pivotal match, Melbourne Victory put a three-point margin between themselves and fellow top-four aspirants Newcastle Jets with a 2-1 win over their rivals in Geelong.
The Week 7 results set up a fascinating and potentially season-defining contest next Saturday as Canberra host Sydney, where victory for the home side will virtually sew up the premiership.
Much of the weekend focus though was grabbed by Sydney who were unrelenting in attack, scoring a remarkable five goals in a 15-minute period immediately after half-time.
Renee Rollason, Kylie Ledbrook and Leena Khamis all scored trebles, while Kyah Simon, on her long-awaited return from injury, bagged a goal during injury time.
Such is Sydney-s depth in attack, Simon and fellow Westfield Matildas striker Sarah Walsh started on the bench while AFC Young Player of the Year Caitlin Foord was subbed off after an hour.
In Brisbane, the Roar lost touch with their long-term rivals, falling two points behind the Sky Blues, after their draw against the visiting Canberra.
The team from the nation-s capital came close to maintaining a perfect record of six wins from as many starts only to unluckily concede an own goal with just two minutes remaining.
The two teams traded early goals through Joanne Burgess for the Roar and a Sally Shipard penalty for United.
The visitors then took the lead for the first time through competition leading scorer Michelle Heyman, before Ellie Brush put through her own net to ensure the spoils were shared.
An equally crucial match-up took place in Geelong where home side Melbourne Victory scored a comeback win as Jodie Taylor scored in each half.
Jets ace Lisa De Vanna was largely well handled by the Victory defence, with the visitors hamstrung by the absence of midfield creator Emily van Egmond because of injury.
Earlier Nicole Bolger put the Jets in front but it was to be an unhappy return for goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri on her first return to her hometown state.
Westfield W-League 2011/12 Week 7 Round-Up
Melbourne Victory 2 (Jodie Taylor 40, 65) Newcastle Jets 1 (Nicole Bolger 36) Saturday 3 December 2011 Skilled Stadium, Geelong Local kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Catherine Hoffman Melbourne Victory: Brianna DAVEY (gk), Rebekah STOTT, Maika RUYTER-HOOLEY, Kendall FLETCHER, Danielle JOHNSON, Stephanie CATLEY, Ashley BROWN (Louisa BISBY 61), Jodie TAYLOR, Catlin FRIEND (Laura SPIRANOVIC 84), Katrina GORRY, Amy JACKSON
Substitutes not used: Cassandra DIMOVSKI (gk), Gulcan KOCA Yellow Cards: Amy Jackson 23- Red Cards: Nil
Newcastle Jets: Melissa BARBIERI (gk), Hannah BREWER, Alanna KENNEDY, Alexandra HUYNH (Tara ANDREWS 84), Nicola BOLGER, Gema SIMON (Bronte BATES 78), Linda O'NEILL (Rhali DOBSON 70), Lisa DE VANNA, Monnique KOFOED, Stacey DAY, Ariane HINGST
Substitutes not used: Alison LOGUE (gk) Yellow Cards: Nil Red Cards: Nil
Brisbane Roar 2 (Joanne Burgess 7, Ellie Brush own goal 88) Canberra United 2 (Sally Shipard 9, Michelle Heyman 78) Saturday 3 December 2011 Cleveland Showgrounds, Brisbane Local kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Kate Jacewicz Brisbane Roar: Casey DUMONT (gk), Laura ALLEWAY, Clare POLKINGHORNE, Brooke SPENCE, Joanne BURGESS (Sasha MCDONNELL 88), Kim CARROLL, Lana HARCH, Aivi LUIK, Tameka BUTT, Vedrana POPOVIC, Emily GIELNIK (Catherine CANNULI 63)
Substitutes not used: Hoshimi KISHI (gk), Ellen BEAUMONT Yellow cards: Kim Carroll 9-, Joanne Burgess 48-, Catherine Canulli 88- Red cards: Nil
Canberra United: Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), Caitlin COOPER, Kahlia HOGG, Ellie BRUSH, Grace GILL (Hayley RASO 70), Michelle HEYMAN (Georgia YEOMAN-DALE 87), Nicole SYKES, Ashleigh SYKES, Sally SHIPARD, Taryn HEMMINGS, Jennifer BISSET
Substitutes not used: Aroon CLANSEY (gk), Sally ROJAHN Yellow Cards: Ellie Brush 61- Red Cards: Nil
Sydney FC 11 (Renee Rollason 24, 42, 50, Kylie Ledbrook 47, 78, 87, Tanya Oxtoby 58og, Leena Khamis 59, 60, 75, Kyah Simon 93) Perth Glory 0 Saturday 3 December 2011 Leichhardt Oval, Sydney Local kick-off: 7pm
Referee: Kirralee Gardner Sydney FC: Allison LIPSHER (gk), Teresa POLIAS (Brittany WHITFIELD 81), Danielle BROGAN, Renee ROLLASON, Estelle JOHNSON, Servet UZUNLAR, Heather GARRIOCK, Caitlin FOORD (Sarah WALSH 59), Kylie LEDBROOK, Teigen ALLEN (Kyah SIMON 71), Leena KHAMIS
Substitutes not used: Sham KHAMIS (gk) Yellow Cards: Nil Red Cards: Nil
Perth Glory: Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk), Carys HAWKINS, Tanya OXTOBY, Katie HOLTHAM, Ella MASTRANTONIO (Erika ELZE 65), Danielle CALAUTTI, Elisa D'OVIDIO (Katarina JUKIC 65), Lisa-Marie WOODS, Marianna TABAIN, Emma KETE, Sarah CARROLL (Shannon MAY 46)
Substitutes not used: Kristy TESCHINSKY (gk) Yellow Cards: Katie Holtham 67- Red Cards: Nil
Bye: Adelaide United