Will Hamilton and Williams become the league's best strike duo?
Lynn Williams and Kristen Hamilton are already the deadliest strike force in the National Women's Soccer League and it is clear the Western Sydney duo are gunning for the same title in the Westfield W-League.
Williams and Hamilton scored 21 goals between them for North Carolina Courage on their way to clinching the 2019 NWSL Shield and Championship double, and have joined forces once more under Dean Heffernan at Wanderland for the 2019/20 Westfield W-League campaign.
The Wanderers are turning into genuine title contenders after finishing dead last the season before, and amongst the number of changes driving their resurgence the most telling has been in their frontline, who have combined for five goals already this season.
Hamilton has started the season in red-hot form scoring four goals in as many games to lead the Golden Boot race while Williams scored her first of the campaign against Melbourne Victory on the weekend.
In Williams and Hamilton, Wanderers boss Heffernan has a genuinely frightening combination of two capped US international strikers who will be an unstoppable force if both players hit their straps at the same time.
Six-game scoring streak puts Andrews in rare company
Tara Andrews scored Newcastle’s all-important second goal on Saturday night in a 2-1 win over Perth Glory on the road.
It was the Jets’ first win in Perth in eleven years, but while Newcastle have struggled as a team against the Glory over the years, Andrews has flourished.
Her second-half strike against Bobby Despotovski’s side meant that Andrews has now scored in six consecutive games against the Glory. She’s only the fifth player in Westfield W-League history to experience a six-game scoring streak against the same opposition.
Andrews had a chance to cap off her night with another goal from the penalty spot late in the game but was denied by Glory goalkeeper Eliza Campbell, but her goal proved enough to decide the contest as the Jets held on to their advantage to secure their first win of the season.
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Celia just the tonic for fledgling Glory
They failed to take a point from their clash with Newcastle on the weekend, but Perth Glory will take a whole lot out of the performance of Spain international Celia on her debut for the club.
Celia scored Glory’s only goal of the game with a crushing strike from a tight angle which flummoxed Jets goalkeeper Claire Coelho.
The dynamic utility player impacted the game all over the park, playing in a predominantly wide-left position but floating centrally and to the right where she scored her goal.
Without a point to their name after three games, it is clear Despotovski’s side are in for a challenging campaign, but with a player of Celia’s calibre, dynamism and flexibility in the squad to plug gaps in defence, midfield or attack, she may just well become Glory’s most important asset as the season ticks on by.
Resilient Raso in the wars against Canberra
Hayley Raso had a typically gritty night out against Canberra United on Thursday, braving a number of rash challenges to assist Brisbane’s first goal and score their second in what was the key performance behind her side’s 2-1 victory.
Raso hurtled into 16 duels in an action-packed 90 minutes and Roar fans were holding their breath when she went down under a heavy challenge, injuring her shoulder.
But Raso, as proven on many occasions in recent history, showcased strength and resilience to ride all the bumps and carry on to the final whistle, assisting Tameka Yallop’s early goal and heading home Brisbane’s second in the face of out-rushing Canberra goalkeeper Sham Khamis.
Fans of Brisbane and Australian football on a whole watch with gritted teeth as Raso puts her body on the line time and time again, but as she showed on the weekend her aggressive, committed style of play is often enough to inspire her side to victory.