Matildas at Home Review: Chloe Logarzo hits 100 appearances; Alex Chidiac returns

Chloe Logarzo made it 100 appearances in the league and reigning Julie Dolan medalist Alex Chidiac returned to the competition as the A-League Women played their final games for 2023.

Read our recap of all of the Matildas at Home action below.

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The round began with a chaotic 5-3 victory for Melbourne City over Brisbane Roar. The Roar opened the scoring through American striker Mia Corbin in the fourth minute. Two goals to Emina Ekic within 100 seconds turned the game around, and Kiwi international Hannah Wilkinson made it 3-1 at half-time.

A Jenna McCormick header and a second goal for Corbin kept Brisbane in it, but a third for Ekic and a Pollicina penalty sealed it for the home side. Tameka Yallop played the full match for the Roar and impressed, particularly in the first half, but was unable to score her first goal of the season.

Jada Whyman kept a clean sheet against the impressive Wellington Phoenix, as her Sydney FC side held on for a 1-0 win. It was Young Matilda Jynaya Dos Santos who scored from a header in the 78th minute to win it, her first goal in the competition in only her second appearance. 

Cortnee Vine started the match and was subbed off in injury time after looking lively, and creating plenty for Sydney.

Canberra United and Western United played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in Chloe Logarzo’s 100th A-League Women’s appearance. It was a tale of two halves – Canberra had the better of the first half, and Michelle Heyman’s 98th competition goal gave them the lead at the break. 

However, Western United came out the stronger team in the second half – equalising through Adriana Taranto - and will feel aggrieved to not have snatched the winner.

Both teams gave Logarzo a guard of honour at the end of the game to celebrate her achievement as the latest competition centurion. She started and played the full match for Western United.

Western Sydney Wanderers upset a star-studded Melbourne Victory, with goals to Amy Harrison and Young Matilda Alexia Apostolakis either side of the break sealing a 2-0 win. 

Lydia Williams and Elise Kellond-Knight played the full match, but the headline was the return of reigning Julie Dolan medalist Alex Chidiac to the side. Announced the morning of the match, she started on the bench and came on in the 59th minute, but was unable to haul her side over the line.

Emily Gielnik remained unavailable for Melbourne Victory through injury.

 

A brace for Englishwoman Millie Farrow meant that Perth Glory were able to hold on away from home, defeating the Central Coast Mariners 2-1. The shot count read 22 to 4 in favour of the Mariners but they weren’t able to make their opportunities count. The Glory’s win reminded the league of their title credentials – they sit three points behind leaders Melbourne City to begin 2024.

Kyah Simon remains unavailable for the Mariners through injury, with the star forward hoping to return in the new year, to help spur on the Mariners to a finals berth thus season.

The final match of 2023 saw Newcastle Jets come from behind to defeat Adelaide United 3-1. Adelaide struck first through Dylan Holmes but the home side were dominant, and they soon made it count. 

Libby Copus-Brown scored her first of the season after a wonderful ball from Lorena Bauman, and Natasha Prior struck from a corner to put the ball in the back of the net for the first time in her A-League Women’s career to take the lead. Philippines international Sarina Bolden sealed the result in the second half.

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