Dowie achieves milestone in Victory’s draw with Wanderers

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Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers played out a 1-1 draw in Friday night’s W-League encounter at Lakeside Stadium.

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The match saw Natasha Dowie equal the all-time W-League goals record for Victory with the skipper’s goal shortly after the hour mark her 14th goal in 23 matches for Melbourne and now appears highly likely to go one step further and claim the record herself.

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Close to the final whistle of the first half, Wanderers got the first of the game and it was a case of being in the perfect position for Erica Halloway.

Dumont made a great save to her left but the resulting corner gave Wanderers the lead.

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The ball into the box wasn’t able to be cleared first time, therefore falling nicely to Halloway who from close range found the bottom left corner.

Thankfully for all involved the game would finish after the full ninety minutes.

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Play was halted after 36 minutes and the teams waited in the rooms for around half an hour as the worst of the storm passed.

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No interruptions from that point meant a lively second half contest.

Victory equalised through Dowie who was heavily involved in trying to find a winner and it was really there for Victory to take.

The captain’s contribution was immediate after the restart, turning to get a shot on target  but a comfortable save for Jada Mathyssen-Whyman.

Mathyssen-Whyman was called upon again after an hour gone after Dowie found Melina Ayres who tried to poke a shot around the Wanderers keeper but she made a smart stop.

Dowie’s goal three minutes later came after substitute Laura Spiranovic shot towards goal from just outside the box but her blocked shot allowed Dowie to bury the follow up effort into the bottom left.

She led the chances again within the next 10 minutes, first with a volley attempt just wide and then a free-kick which curled very close past the right post.

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Wanderers would have a big chance of their own though, as Marious Pieete unleashed at goal but Dumont was there to make a low save.

With chances galore for Victory they had ample opportunities to win the game but ultimately weren’t clinical enough.

The home side will take a point but it’s a result that could’ve easily seen them take all three.

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