Wins for Sydney FC and Perth as Melbourne rivals play out thriller

By: John Greco, W-league.com.au

The start of the Westfield W-League 2019/20 Season is just over a week away and most clubs are getting some vital match practice ahead of the new campaign.

And a host of clubs were in action over the weekend, including defending champions Sydney FC.

Ante Juric’s Sky Blues took on Newcastle Jets at a wet Wagga Wagga on Sunday, emerging with a 2-1 victory.

It was new signing Mackenzie Hawkesby that stole the show, with the former Western Sydney Wanderers forward scoring a match-winning double.

“I’m learning so much about the winning culture within the club so I was just happy to step out on the field, do my best and have a good attitude,” said Hawkesby.

“I really enjoyed the game. I got the two goals from two really great assists from Caitlin Foord too, and I was happy with the overall performance of the team.”

Mackenzie Hawkesby was the star for Sydney FC

Glory retain the Challenge Cup

Perth Glory was in excellent form as they outshone the Gold Fields WA State Team 4-0 at Percy Doyle Reserve in the annual pre-season match-up.

Leticia McKenna struck twice for Glory, with further goals to Lexie Moreno and Caitlin Doeglas.

Glory struck twice in the first seven minutes through Moreno and Doeglas, before McKenna struck a quickfire brace after the break.

It was a solid hit-out for Bobby Despotovki’s squad as they ramp up their preparations towards their season-opener against Canberra United on Sunday, November 17.

Perth Glory won the annual Challenge Cup

City, Victory in six-goal thriller

The Melbourne Derby looks set to be a cracker in 2019/20 if Sunday’s 3-3 draw between City and Victory is any indication.

The two local rivals played a behind-closed-doors friendly at the City Football Academy, with Victory producing a strong second-half fightback to earn a draw.

City was in control in the first 45 minutes, taking a 3-1 lead to the break courtesy of goals from Mari Pastor, Emily van Egmond and Maja Markovski, while Natasha Dowie scored Victory’s goal.

An own goal five minutes after the break and a last-minute strike by Grace Maher past Lydia Williams earned Victory a share of the spoils.

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