W-League report: Victory 2-1 Wanderers

Melbourne Victory moved further clear atop the Westfield W-League after a 2-1 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.

Summary

First-half goals from Natasha Dowie and Christine Nairn set up Victory at Latrobe City Stadium in Morwell.

But it was forced to hold on for a fourth straight win after Kylie Ledbrook's long-range strike for the Wanderers in the second half.

The result saw Victory move five points clear at the top after starting the season with four wins and a draw.

After a bright opening, Victory took the lead in the 13th minute as Dowie scored her fifth goal of the season.

Emily Gielnik put the captain in behind with a beautiful pass and Dowie poked a finish past Jada Mathyssen-Whyman.

Grace Maher threatened for Victory before it doubled its lead six minutes prior to half-time.

Gielnik's spectacular effort from out wide was pushed away by Mathyssen-Whyman, but Nairn reacted quickly to put away the rebound.

The Wanderers grew into the contest in the second half and they struck with 17 minutes remaining, Ledbrook pulling a goal back from distance.

While Dowie had a goal ruled out for offside, Victory held firm to secure yet another three points.

Result

Westfield W-League 2018/19 Round 5
Melbourne Victory 2
(Natasha Dowie 13', Christine Nairn 39')
Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Kylie Ledbrook 73')

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Next up

Victory has a bye in Round 6 before making the trip to Brisbane to face the Roar on Sunday, December 16.