The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players that took part in Round 2 of the A-League Women season.
Round two of the A-League Women had some close games, brilliant solo efforts and reversals of form.
Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC and Perth Glory maintained their 100 per cent records and Newcastle put Wellington to the sword.
The Western Sydney Wanderers and Canberra United are still in search of a first win and Adelaide United moved on from last week in the best way possible.
Goalkeepers and defenders
GK: Annalee Grove (Adelaide United)
Grove gets the nod this week for turning her form around so quickly. Her round one game against Melbourne Victory was one to forget. To her credit she moved on from that thrashing to put in a strong, dependable performance against Canberra United.
A clean sheet eluded her but up against the reigning Dolan Medallist Michelle Heyman she was excellent.
RB: Polly Doran (Melbourne Victory)
Doran was one of last season’s most improved players. She has quickly evolved into one of the competitions best fullbacks. In the Melbourne Derby she was tireless on the right flank and productive going forward. Her strong run and dangerous cross set up Victory’s winner.
CB: Kim Carroll (Perth Glory)
Up against her old side, Carroll was one of Perth’s best in an end to end game. Both sides were under siege for parts of this match and she was vital to surviving the onslaught.
Carroll went off injured in the later stages of the game, but without her a Perth win would have been far more difficult.
CB: Jessie Rasschaert (Brisbane Roar)
In her home debut, Rasschaert was a defensive goliath. She had to contend with some of the league’s best veteran attackers in the first half and the brightest young talents in the second.
Brisbane narrowly lost this match but if not for Rasschaert they would have gone behind early. Sofia Sakalis seemed destined to score but the centre back slid in at the last moment to deny a certain goal.
It was just one of many crucial interventions by Rasschaert who was awarded Player Of The Match by the Roar fans.
LB: Tyla-Jay Vlajnic (Melbourne City)
Vljanic was probably City’s best player in the derby and her performance was nearly a match winning one. In the first half when City were in control she was sturdy at the back and tried to test Casey Dumont when she went forward.
Her well struck free-kick resulted in the first goal of the game after Amy Jackson headed into her own net. It was a standout shift at fullback by Vlajnic in an entertaining game.
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Emily van Egmond (Newcastle Jets)
In one of the most exciting signings of the season, Emily van Egmond returned on loan to Newcastle.
She did not do anything spectacular, but her quality was there for all to see. Freed from the defensive duties that sometimes shackle her at international level, ven Egmond enjoyed her first game back.
Her passing range and general game sense made her a joy to watch. The change in fortunes for the Jets can be partially put down to the injection of quality they now have in midfield. Enjoy watching her play while she’s here.
Alex Chidiac (Melbourne Victory)
Melbourne Victory already had the competition’s brightest young stars in Kyra Cooney-Cross, Melina Ayres and Polly Doran. Adding Alex Chidiac to that squad feels almost unfair. Victory supporters will not be complaining, especially after a virtuoso performance as an attacking midfielder.
Chidiac has an ability to create space for herself with her array of tricks, shimmies and changes of pace. Her ability to cruise through traffic then find the strikers makes her a constant threat.
Melbourne City are no strangers to what she can do but they were unable to stop her on Sunday. Chidiac’s assist for Catherine Zimmerman changed the game in a few seconds of magic.
Nanako Sasaki (Adelaide United)
The Japanese midfielder had a huge impact for Adelaide against Canberra. The Reds fell behind to a Michelle Heyman goal but Sasaki was able to equalise with a perfectly hit long range rocket.
Not content with one outstanding highlight, she set up Emily Condon’s winner. Her lofted pass was perfect in its timing and execution. It was a world class piece of skill.
In Nanako Sasaki, Adelaide might have their replacement for Dylan Holmes.
Marie Dolvik Markussen (Newcastle Jets)
The Norwegian international scored the Jets’ second goal of the day and set up Tara Andrews for the fourth. Her guile in the forward line is something that will excite the Jets’ faithful and her partnership with Andrews looks an exciting one.
Dolvik Markussen gives Newcastle the second goalscoring option it has needed for years. Her performance against Wellington was a complete striker’s game.
Tara Andrews (Newcastle Jets)
Newcastle scored five goals against Wellington Phoenix. Two of those came from Tara Andrews in a matter of minutes. First she headed home Emily van Egmond’s perfectly flighted corner, and fter Wellington turned the ball over in defence, Dolvik Markussen laid the ball into Andrews’ path.
The number nine hammered the ball home from the edge of the area. She was subbed off soon after as the Jets tested their depth. She had already done enough to put the game beyond doubt for the home side.
Remy Siemsen (Sydney FC)
Another week in the A-League Women usually means another goal for Siemsen. In the Sydney derby she scored a brace in a match winning performance. Her first was a simple tap in, her poachers instinct helping her get on the end of a fumble from the Wanderers goalkeeper.
The next was an early contender for goal of the season. As Western Sydney tried to play out from the back, the ball was intercepted and given to Siemsen. She turned inward and curled her shot into the far top corner. It was well placed and struck with venom.
Sydney FC won the premiership last season despite an early goal drought from the number 10. Siemsen in goal scoring form spells trouble for the rest of the competition.
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