Natasha Dowie bags a hat-trick in Big Blue victory

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A hat-trick from Melbourne Victory’s captain Natasha Dowie ensured a 3-2 triumph over Sydney FC at Jubilee Stadium in Sunday’s W-League affair.

Within the first five minutes Dowie volleyed a bouncing ball which easily beat Sydney’s keeper Aubrey Bledsoe at the far post.

Dowie’s second goal came just before half time – Teigen Allen was brought down in the box by Princess Ibini, with the Victory being awarded a penalty. The captain placed the ball into the left corner with only one minute of added time remaining, giving Victory the 2-1 lead before half time.

Her third goal was set up by a neat flick into the box where Dowie was waiting. Her touch took the ball towards the goal before she found the bottom left corner once again.

“She said before the game she’s going to get a hat-trick for her dad, and she actually went ahead and did it… it’s amazing!” said jubilant Victory manager Jeff Hopkins.

Hopkins said he was very impressed with Dowie’s finishing, joking that the club would find some money to keep her father in Sydney for next week’s game too.

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“She’s that type of player… she prides on the ball being played through to her and she prides on good service.”

“We recognised a couple of areas we thought we could get her in today, and the girls have played to our strengths.”

Although Sydney seemed to be the better side dominating with more possession and chances, Hopkins said it was all part of the game plan.

“We’re happy to concede some possession, we came here with a plan and the girls executed it well… we’ve been working on finishing, and as you can see today finishing is critical.”

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Sydney’s goals came after a Lisa De Vanna cross led to a Chloe Logarzo tap in, with the second being an iconic Alanna Kennedy free kick. But they weren’t enough to beat Dowie’s three efforts.

It was only the third Melbourne win against Sydney FC in W-League history, with Dowie proving pivotal in the Victory’s success. Melbourne remain undefeated, currently sitting at the top of the table. Catch Dowie and the Melbourne Victory women in their round five home match against Western Sydney Wanderers.

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Lani Johnson
Bachelor of journalism student from the University of Sydney covering Sydney FC. Passionate about writing and football.

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