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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Perth move top of W-League

By Pete Smith

Traditional W-League heavyweights Brisbane Roar, Canberra United and Sydney FC all tumbled to surprise defeats to leave last season's strugglers Perth Glory atop the ladder after round five.

With a host of key players absent across the league due to Matildas duty, upset results were always on the cards.

And so it proved, with the big-name trio all losing in the same round for the first time in the five-year history of the league.

Canberra United crashed to their first defeat in 18 matches, dating back to January last year, as Melbourne Victory trounced the reigning champions with three unanswered goals to move into second.

The Victory's new imports led the way with the home side two goals up at half-time thanks to strikes from Canadian Jessica McDonald, and English Super League Player of the Year Jessica Fishlock.

United, without six key players due to injury, unavailability or national team selection, were rarely in the contest and Enza Barilla sealed Melbourne's third win on the trot with a late goal.

"It's a good win, there's no doubt about that, but it could have been a more emphatic victory," said Victory coach Mike Mulvey, in his first season at the club.

"We put three in the back of the net and it could easily have been double that."

There was a similarly remarkable scoreline in Perth as the Glory secured a 3-1 win over Sydney FC, having last year suffered a record-breaking 11-0 loss against the same opponent in a campaign where they finished second last.

Unheralded Glory striker Rosie Sutton hit a hat-trick to more than make up for the absence of star forwards Lisa De Vanna and Kate Gill.

There was another upset in Brisbane as the home side was undone by former striker Catherine Cannuli, who scored both goals in Western Sydney Wanderers' 2-1 victory.

Cannuli scored in each half, either side of an Amy Chapman goal, as the league's newest club claimed the biggest scalp of its short history.

Newcastle Jets were comprehensive winners in a meeting of the leagues two bottom sides as Adelaide United were routed 4-0.

The Jets belatedly kick-started their season with a maiden win, while United now occupy bottom position.




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