Sunday, 22 December 2013 5:07 PM
Western Sydney have made it back-to-back wins in the Westfield W-League after a 3-0 victory against Newcastle at Centrebet Stadium on Sunday.
In sweltering conditions in Sydney’s west, a first-half goal to winger Linda O’Neill and Catherine Cannuli’s brace after the break proved the difference between the two sides.
But there was a touch of controversy with the Jets, who have now gone 13 games without a win dating back to late last season, after they were denied what looked like a certain penalty while trailing 1-0 midway through the second half.
Wanderers defender Camille Levin appeared to barge into the back of Rhali Dobson in the box and she tried to meet a left-wing cross but the visitors’ appeals for a penalty went unanswered.
Three minutes later Cannuli doubled the Wanderers’ lead and the result was safe.
The victory sees the Wanderers jump up to fifth on the W-League ladder ahead of a clash with league-leaders Melbourne Victory early in the New Year.
With the match played in near 40-degree heat, both sides struggled to play with high intensity for long periods but it was the Wanderers who still dominated large chunks of possession.
They went closest to opening the scoring on 12 minutes when Levin’s cross from the left evaded everyone and was headed for the corner only for Jets goalkeeper Eliza Campbell to get a finger on it to push it onto the post.
The Jets’ best chance came midway through the first half when skipper Gema Simon blasted home from close range only for the goal to be ruled out for an infringement on Wanderers custodian Dimi Poulos.
It was the only real moment of concern for the home side and they continued to create opportunities at the other end.
Emily van Egmond shot straight at the goalkeeper from the edge of the box 17 minutes before the break before O’Neill squandered two chances – the second drawing a courageous save from the impressive Campbell.
But there was nothing the Jets shot-stopper could do to deny O’Neill for a third time right on half-time.
The pacy winger timed her run to perfection, racing on to Heather Garriock’s through-ball, rounding Campbell and sliding into an open goal to give the Wanderers a deserved lead at the break.
It was the Jets that came out stronger in the second half but it was the home side still asking most of the questions.
Campbell again had to be quick off her line to snuff out another chance for O’Neill while Garriock’s free kick sailed just over the crossbar soon after.
Dobson was terribly unlucky not to have won a penalty for Levin’s clumsy challenge before the Wanderers made the most of the let-off with two more goals.
First O’Neill turned provider on 71 minutes, breaking free of the off-side trap before squaring to Cannuli who tapped into an empty net.
Five minutes later Cannuli snuck in between two defenders to clinically head home Helen Petinos’ cross to complete a second straight 3-0 win for the Wanderers.
Western Sydney Wanderers 3 (O’Neill 45, Cannuli 71, 76)
Newcastle Jets 0
@ Centrebet Stadium
Christmas came early for Ernie Merrick and the Wellington Phoenix as they recorded their first victory of the season with a 1-0 win over Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium on Sunday.
Questionable defending from Sydney FC allowed Wellington to feast on several opportunities in the first half and they took a deserved 1-0 lead at the break.
Despite the defensive frailties at the back from the visitors it was a piece of attacking brilliance from Carlos Hernandez that led to a relieved Stein Huysegems scoring the opener after 33 minutes.
The second half started badly for the hosts when Paul Ifill needed to be stretchered off the field with an Achilles injury.
But Sydney were still unable to find a precious goal as the Phoenix held on for their first victory of the season in front of 6,339 fans in Wellington.
The win is the first under coach Ernie Merrick and it moved the Phoenix up to 10 points.
As for Sydney FC, who entered the match with five wins from their past six matches, their attacking mojo was severely deflated with the absence of injured Italian star Alessandro Del Piero.
Coach Frank Farina, however, will be more concerned about the generous defence that gifted plenty of chances for the hosts.
The Phoenix dominated the opening half and were deservedly up 1-0 at half-time courtesy of Huysegems’ third goal of the season.
The relief was noticeable for the former Belgium international, who missed a crucial penalty against Central Coast on Thursday that ultimately denied his team a point.
After taking a superb ball from Hernandez, rounding goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic and passing into the net from a tight angle, Huysegems ran to fellow striker Jeremy Brockie and the rest of the bench to celebrate.
At the other end, Joel Chianese added his name to the Westpac Stadium wall of shame after his slipped shot in front of a vacant goal crawled wide to the delight of the Yellow Fever.
Ali Abbas then tested Glen Moss but the comfortable height ensured the New Zealand shot-stopper was always in control.
The only thing more in control than the Phoenix’s defence was their attack.
A superb piece of work from Ifill found Huysegems in the middle of the box, but his effort hit the post before he miskicked an attempt minutes later.
The 31-year-old striker then looked to have been felled in the penalty area only for referee Peter O’Leary to wave play on.
It was Huysegems’ goal that separated the two teams at half-time.
Ifill was stretchered off early in the second half before Ranko Despotovic’s effort limped over the bar.
Hernandez had a fantastic opportunity to double the Phoenix’s lead with 25 minutes to play but his effort was well saved by Janjetovic from close range as the hosts maintained their intensity in attack.
The visitors looked naive going forward and were left to rue giving away possession in the final third as the minutes ticked down.
They had few chances but were threatening on the counter-attack.
Huysegems had a chance to seal the match with two minutes left to play but his shot soared well over the goal to ensure a thrilling final few minutes, but Merrick’s men held on.
Wellington Phoenix 1 (Stein Huysegems 33)
Sydney FC 0
Crowd: 6,339 at Westpac Stadium
Melbourne Victory 1 (Lisa De Vanna 82’)
Adelaide United 0
Saturday 21 December 2013
Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Melbourne
Local kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Katie Patterson
Melbourne Victory: Brianna DAVEY (gk), Jessica HUMBLE, Katie HOYLE, Stephanie CATLEY, Caitlin FRIEND, Jessica FISHLOCK, Lisa DE VANNA, Jessica SAMUELSSON, Enza BARILLA, Emma CHECKER, Gulcan KOCA
Substitutes – Cassandra DIMOVSKI (gk), Cindy LAY, Beatrice GOAD, Alexandra NATOLI
Cautions – Nil
Adelaide United: Melissa BARBIERI (gk), Alexandra GUMMER, Jessie WHAREPOURI, Rachael QUIGLEY, Lisa-Marie WOODS, Daila-Tais BORG (Laura STOCKDALE 56’), Jayah BROWN (Tegan RIDING 50’), Jenna McCORMICK, Tiarn POWELL, Snez VELJANOVSKA, Kristy MOORE
Substitutes – Kelly BARLTROP (gk), Daniela Di BARTOLO
Cautions – Lisa-Marie Woods 53’, Snez Veljanovska 85’
Perth Glory 0
Canberra United 2 (Ashleigh Sykes 51’, Stephanie Ochs 92’)
Saturday 21 December 2013
Percy Doyle Reserve, Perth
Local kick-off: 5pm
Referee: Casey Reibelt
Perth Glory: Chantel JONES (gk), Sarah CARROLL, Cecilie SANDVEJ, Shannon MAY (Amy KNIGHTS 88’), Ella MASTRANTONIO, Rosie SUTTON, Elisa D’OVIDIO (c), Thia EASTMAN (Jessica DILLON 92’), Marianna TABAIN, Shawn BILLAM (Emily HENDERSON 79’), Christina JULIEN
Substitutes – Kathleen WAYCOTT (gk)
Cautions – Cecilie Sandvej 55’, Sarah Carroll, 80’
Canberra United: Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), Catherine BROWN, Kendall FLETCHER, Ellie BRUSH, Grace GILL (Jennifer BISSET 57’), Michelle HEYMAN (Holly HOUSTON 89’), Sally ROJAHN, Nicole SYKES, Ashleigh SYKES (Meg McLAUGHLIN 70’), Lori LINDSEY, Stephanie OCHS
Substitutes – Trudy BURKE (gk)
Cautions – Ellie Brush 52’, Jennifer Bisset 88’
Brisbane Roar 1 (Hayley Raso 55’)
Sydney FC 1 (Renee Rollason 4’)
Sunday 22 December 2013
Goodwin Park, Brisbane
Local kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Kirralee Andruschak
Brisbane Roar: Nadine ANGERER (gk), Amy CHAPMAN (Joanne BURGESS 11’, Sunny FRANCO 65’), Clare POLKINGHORNE, Brooke SPENCE, Kim CARROLL, Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, Larissa CRUMMER (Emily GIELNIK 70’), Katrina GORRY, Vedrana POPOVIC, Tameka BUTT, Hayley RASO
Substitutes – Kate STEWART (gk)
Cautions – None
Sydney FC: Casey DUMONT (gk), Teresa POLIAS, Alesha CLIFFORD, Nicola BOLGER (Trudy CAMILLERI 82’), Caitlin FOORD, Renee ROLLASON, Anna GREEN (Ellyse PERRY 46’), Jodie TAYLOR, Emma KETE, Leena KHAMIS (Chloe LOGARZO 58’), Sam KERR
Substitutes – Sham KHAMIS (gk)
Cautions – Teresa Polias 17’, Caitlin Foord 65’, Sam Kerr 87’, 91’
Red Card: Sam Kerr 91’
Western Sydney Wanderers 3 (Linda O’Neill 45’, Catherine Cannuli 71’, 76’)
Newcastle Jets 0
Sunday 22 December 2013
Centrebet Stadium (Penrith), Sydney
Local kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Rachel Mitchenson
Western Sydney Wanderers: Dimi POULOS (gk), Caitlin COOPER, Shawna GORDON, Camille LEVIN, Emily VAN EGMOND, Heather GARRIOCK (Helen PETINOS 58’), Jenna KINGSLEY (Jessica SEAMAN 85’), Catherine CANNULI, Teigen ALLEN, Alanna KENNEDY, Linda O’NEILL (Michelle CARNEY 81’)
Substitutes – Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk)
Cautions – Emily Van Egmond 60’
Newcastle Jets: Eliza CAMPBELL (gk), Hannah BREWER, Stacey DAY (Siahn BOZANIC 46’), Ashley SPINA, Gema SIMON, Tara ANDREWS, Rhali DOBSON, Hannah BEARD, Jasmin COURTENEY (Clare WHEELER 58’), Cassidy DAVIS (Adriana JONES 78’), Lauren BROWN
Substitutes – Claire COELHO
Cautions – Hannah Beard 90’
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Sunday, 22 December 2013 8:14 PM
Perth’s tumultuous week continued on Sunday when winger Ryo Nagai was injured in an uninspiring 0-0 draw with Adelaide United at nib Stadium.
Nagai had to be carried from the field after injuring his hamstring in the 72nd minute as both sides desperately searched for a late winner to keep their A-League seasons alive.
The Japanese ace joins a long injury list in Perth that includes marquee signing William Gallas (calf), Shane Smeltz (ankle), Travis Dodd (knee) and Scott Jamieson (achilles).
It is a further blow for the Glory at the end of a week in which the club sacked coach Alistair Edwards amid a bitter feud with captain Jacob Burns and other senior players.
Burns, who confronted Edwards after last week’s 2-0 loss to the Melbourne Victory over the perceived nepotism towards Edwards’ sons Ryan and Cameron, was booed by a small section of the crowd at the start of the match.
But those jeers became cheers in the 70th minute when the 35-year-old former Socceroo made a match-saving tackle as Reds midfielder Marcelo Carrusca closed in on what appeared a certain goal.
Carrusca was the player who looked most likely to break the deadlock through the match and his best chance came when he was about to shoot on goal from close range with 20 minutes left on the clock.
However, a desperate Burns, who was reinstated to the starting line-up by interim coach Kenny Lowe after being controversially left on the bench by Edwards last week, came in from the side and blocked the attempt to effectively salvage a point for the struggling Glory.
Cameron Edwards also started and played 54 minutes before being subbed off, but his younger brother Ryan was left out of the squad altogether after failing to overcome a bout of gastro during the week.
Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic and Perth counterpart Danny Vukovic were never seriously troubled during a dull encounter played out in front of 9436 people.
Carrusca kept Vukovic on his toes with two ambitious attempts from outside the box, while the dangerous Jeronimo Neumann put some heat on the Glory gloveman on the cusp of half-time.
Glory youngster Jamie Maclaren was gifted several chances to challenge Galekovic, but was either unable to connect or closed down quickly by Adelaide’s defence.
Reds coach Josep Gombau surprisingly started Sergio Cirio on the bench despite the Spaniard’s strong performance in last week’s 4-0 win over Central Coast.
Cirio provided some spark, as did Glory winger Sidnei in his first game back from a hamstring injury, but neither were able to produce the magic required to find a winner.
<b>Perth Glory 0</b>
<b>Adelaide United 0</b>
Crowd: 9436 at nib Stadium
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