A number of Westfield Matildas stars enjoyed some post-Christmas success in the Westfield W-League, with Melbourne City defender Steph Catley bringing in the New Year with a win in her 100th Westfield W-League match on Monday.
Catley’s impressive milestone was made extra special as City scored in second-half stoppage-time to snatch a 1-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers.
Jess Fishlock was City’s hero, tucking away Westfield Matildas attacker Kyah Simon’s pass to secure City’s second win in their last five matches and keep them in touch with the top four.
Catley has been a shining light for Patrick Kisnorbo’s side all season and believes the win over the Wanderers was a just reward for some excellent recent performances.
“The way we played was pretty similar to how we’ve played in other matches this season but the end product was there, which is what we haven’t had in the past few weeks,” Catley said.
“We’ve been hitting posts and crossbars; everything but the back of the net. We’ve been doing a lot of work on it in training and to finally get the breakthrough and the three points is an amazing feeling.
“I’m sure the team will be hyped up for next week [against Perth Glory] after that positive win. We’ve been keeping really positive. We’re quite happy with how we’re playing in general and now we just have to keep rolling on.”
Here’s a wrap of how some other of the Westfield Matildas’ best performed in Round 9.
In just her second match since joining Sydney FC for the remainder of the season, Foord proved to be the match-winner against Adelaide United.
With scores locked at 1-1 heading into injury-time, substitute Foord scored a dramatic winner to make it five wins in a row for the red-hot Sky Blues.
Raso capped a breakout 2017 with a goal in her final match of the year as Brisbane Roar upset a Sam Kerr-less Perth Glory 2-0 in the west on Friday night.
Raso, who won the NSWL title with Portland in 2017, scored the opener at Dorrien Gardens to keep Roar at the top of the ladder.
While “Mini didn’t get her name on the scoresheet in Perth, she was at her creative best for Mel Andreatta’s side.
Gorry was arguably Roar’s best on the night and while she didn’t get her name on the scoresheet, she set up Allira Toby’s match-sealer with a killer assist.
EMILY VAN EGMOND
The classy midfielder again ran the show for the Jets in a tricky match with Victory at a wet AAMI Park on Friday afternoon.
Van Egmond produced a number of brilliant pieces of skill as the Jets cemented a top-two spot on the ladder with a 3-1 win.