Sam Kerr brace seals comeback win for Perth Glory vs. Melbourne Victory
Sam Kerr appears primed for another stellar showing for the Matildas this week after her double lifted Perth Glory to a 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory on Sunday.
Kerr netted twice in the second half past an exposed Victory goalkeeper Casey Dumont as the Glory earned a come-from-behind win to remain joint-top with Brisbane Roar.
Kerr showed no ill effects after missing the Glory's last match with a minor quad strain, displaying her trademark turn of pace on numerous occasions.
Natasha Dowie had opened the scoring early in the second half for the visiting Melbourne side, but Glory equalised almost immediately through Rachel Hill.
Kerr, who this week was short-listed for Asia's Women's Player of the Year, will headline the in-form Matildas against China in Melbourne and Geelong over the coming week.
"I felt good out there, I got through it and we won, which is the main thing," said Kerr, who only played the first 70 minutes after an agreement with national team medical staff.
"Victory took it to us and we started poorly, but we came out strongly in the second half and deserved the win in the end.
"Next week will be a good test (for the Matildas) against a good team to see where we are at ahead of next year's Asian Cup."
Canberra United also secured a comeback win after Newcastle Jets had claimed an early lead on home soil via Emily van Egmond's penalty.
The Jets could have extended their lead when Cortnee Vine struck the crossbar, however United revived in the second period and earned all three points thanks to goals from Ash Sykes and Toni Pressley.
Sydney FC belatedly claimed their first win of the season in thrilling fashion on Saturday with Remy Siemsen scoring an injury-time winner against champions Melbourne City.
It had been a tough start for new Sky Blues coach Ante Juric but his side defied expectations to twice come from behind for a 3-2 victory.
The result continues an erratic start for the all-star City who sit mid-table with two wins from four outings.
The round commenced on Friday with Brisbane Roar knocking over Adelaide United thanks to a lone strike from Matildas' winger Hayley Raso in the dying minutes.