Matildas at Home Review: van Egmond scores in back-to-back games for Newcastle

Emily van Egmond scored her second in two games for Newcastle, as the A-League Women’s continued to produce plenty of goals and excitement before the international break.

Read a recap of the weekend’s results below.

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The Western Sydney Wanderers stunned Chloe Logarzo’s Western United on Saturday, securing their first three points of the season and their first win away from home in 20 attempts. Sophie Harding’s 81st-minute goal gave them the lead, while a stoppage-time sealer from Cushla Rue made it 2-0. Logarzo played the full match in midfield.

Over in Auckland, the Wellington Phoenix won their first-ever Distance Derby, overcoming previously unbeaten Perth Glory 2-1. Millie Farrow gave Perth the lead in the first half, before goals to Hope Breslin and Chloe Knott after the break meant that the Phoenix walked away with the three points. It was a game played to a high standard indicative of two teams who will no doubt be in the conversation for finals – or more – come the end of the season.

A late winner to American McKenzie Weinert saw Melbourne Victory defeat the Central Coast Mariners 2-1. Faye Bryson equalised for the Mariners after Kurea Okino’s 59th-minute goal, but Weinert’s stoppage-time heroics saw the home fans leave happy. Lydia Williams and Elise Kellond-Knight both started for Victory, with Kellond-Knight being withdrawn in the second half. Emily Gielnik remains out injured for Victory, while Kyah Simon is yet to appear in a matchday squad for the Mariners.

Emily van Egmond picked up another goal and assist in Newcastle Jets’ exhilarating 4-3 victory over Canberra United. It was another fantastic performance from the midfielder, who played the full match as she reached the halfway point of her guest spell for Newcastle.

Emily van Egmond of the Jets celebrates scoring a goal with team mates during the A-League Women round six match between Canberra United and Newcastle Jets at McKellar Park, on November 26, 2023, in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
Emily van Egmond of the Jets celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during the A-League Women's round six match between Canberra United and Newcastle Jets at McKellar Park, on November 26, 2023, in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Michelle Heyman got the home side off to the best possible start, scoring in the second minute, before a goal to Jets debutant and Philippines international Sarina Bolden and a perfectly weighted chip from van Egmond gave Newcastle a 2-1 lead.  They took that lead into half-time before the game once again exploded into life. Serbian international Vesna Milivojevic scored directly from a free kick to make it 2-2. The Jets responded immediately – Bolden scored a second, before speedster Lauren Allen gave them a two-goal buffer. Another Milivojevic goal gave Canberra hope just before stoppage time, but it wouldn’t be enough.

Incredible! @PilipinasWNFT star Sarina Bolden scores FIVE minutes into her @NewcastleJetsFC debut! 🇵🇭🔥

What a start at her new club for the @FIFAWWC goalscorer 👏

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— Liberty A-League (@aleaguewomen) November 26, 2023

Meanwhile, the defending premiers and champions Sydney FC were defeated 3-2 by a Melbourne City side who are now three points clear at the top of the table. City led 3-0 at half-time thanks to an Emina Ekic Olimpico, sandwiched between goals to the American Julia Grosso and Young Matilda Daniela Galic. Sydney fought back – goals to defenders Jordan Thompson and Charlotte McLean on either side of a 30-minute lightning break gave them hope – but City held on.

Jada Whyman, recently called up to the CommBank Matildas squad as an injury replacement for Mackenzie Arnold, started in goals for Sydney FC and played the full match. Cortnee Vine is still unavailable for Sydney with a hamstring injury while Holly McNamara missed her first game for City, after that devastating ACL tear last week.

Finally, Tameka Yallop’s Brisbane Roar came from behind to play out a 1-1 draw with Adelaide United. Mariah Lee capitalised on a defensive mistake to open the scoring for Adelaide, but Mia Corbin equalised for Brisbane later in the first half. Brisbane had the better of the play overall but was denied by some strong saves from Australian U23 representative Annalee Grove. Yallop started the game and played 70 minutes for Brisbane.

The A-League Women will now pause for the international break next week. You can keep an eye on players from the league participating in the CommBank Matildas tour of Canada, or the Young Matildas friendlies against China.

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This article was originally published on the CommBank Matildas website.