The Western Sydney Wanderers claimed their first home win in two years with a 3-1 demolition of Melbourne Victory at a wet and slippery Marconi Stadium.

Captain Keelin Winters, striker Elizabeth Grey and 15-year-old Ellie Carpenter all played starring roles, with Carpenter notching her first W-League assist to live up to her mid-week Matildas’ call-up.

The Wanderers sought to control the game from kick-off, utilising the physical presence of Winters and Grey. Nippy play from Erica Halloway and Hannah Beard on the flanks meant Western Sydney posed a constant threat to Cassandra Dimovski’s goal.

Victory attempted to break when possible but these chances were rare and mostly without conclusive results.

Midway through the first half Carpenter, the third youngest player in the league, won a strong intercept clearance just over halfway before turning on the pace to burst through the Victory defence and into the 18-yard box.

Cutting the ball back at the byline Carpenter rolled a short pass to an unmarked Carney who calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net for the first goal of her season. 

Victory responded through a series of wasted chances, skying a rebounding-corner before Christine Nairn launched a long-range shot on goal, forcing a save from the Wanderers keeper Mathyssen-Whyman.

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Early in the second-half, Victory applied pressure on the Wanderers through constant balls into the box, drawing punches, saves and scrambles from the Wanderers.

The Wanderers made it two when Liz Grey’s header from a corner was going wide of the goal, but a deflection from a Victory player caused the ball to cross the line for an own goal.

The game opened up as both Victory and Wanderers squandered chances. Things got worse for Victory when Carney was brought down in the box midway through the second half. Keelin Winters stood up and placed the ball in the top right corner of the goal.

Victory’s Laura Spiranovic was then able to drag her side back into the contest with a strike that ripped into the top corner of Western Sydney’s net.

Shortly after, Grey looked to reinstate the Wanderers’ dominance with a shot that rocketed off the crossbar.

The game continued in a back and forth fashion as both teams were afforded chances on goal, but players either shot high and wide, or the goalkeepers made good saves.

Melbourne Victory is yet to win a match this season and a fifth loss on the trot is an ominous sign. Meanwhile Western Sydney will take mountains of confidence going forward following their first home win in two years.

Western Sydney Wanderers: 3. MOSCATO Carmelina, 4. O’BRIEN Chloe, 6. SOUTAR Rachael, 8. HALLOWAY Erica, 9. GREY Elizabeth, 10. CARNEY Michelle, 11. WINTERS Keelin (c), 12. BEARD Hannah, 14. KOULIZAKIS Demi, 15. CARPENTER Ellie, 20. MATHYSSEN-WHYMAN Jada (GK)

Subs: 1. MICAH Teagan (GK), 7. PETNIOS Helen, 16. O’NEILL Linda, 17. ROBERTS Alix

Melbourne Victory: 1. DIMOVSKI Cassandra (GK), 5. PALMER Briar, 6. MARTIN Annabel, 7. BARILLA Enza, 8. POLLOCK Jamie, 9. SPIRANOVIC Laura, 10. NAIRN Christine, 11. BARBIERI Melinda, 13. SLATYER Thea, 16. RASO Hayley, 26. LAY Clindy

Subs: 2. NATOLI Alexandra, 4. TARANTO Melissa, 11. KNIGHT Whitney, 30. MORRISSEY Teresa (GK)

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