Canberra join Perth Glory atop W-League

Natasha Rigby of Perth and Ashleigh Sykes. Source: Getty

W-League frontrunners Perth Glory have been unable to overcome the absence of star forward Sam Kerr, falling in a narrow loss to Canberra United.

Canberra United's 3-2 win over in-form leaders Perth at Belconnen on Saturday was enough to push them level with the West Australian powerhouse, although Glory's superior goal difference keeps them narrowly on top.

The winner came from England international Laura Bassett who struck with 20 minutes remaining, in a match that saw both sides were without their Matildas personnel, with Sam Kerr's absence perhaps the most keenly felt.

Young Matildas captain Grace Maher opened the scoring for Canberra midway through the first half with a superb low strike from outside the penalty area amid hot conditions in the nation's capital

American forward Rachel Hill was always a danger, getting on the score-sheet on the stroke of halftime by coolly slotting home past exposed Canberra goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer.

It was another youngster who put Canberra back in front as Amy Sayer netted with a delightful lofted finish on the hour mark.

Bassett then crashed home a loose ball from what proved to be the winner, although substitute Lexie Moreno pulled a goal back late on for Glory, scoring just 12 minutes into her W-League debut.

Natasha Dowie became Melbourne Victory's all-time top scorer as her second-half strike earned a 1-1 draw against Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday evening.

Erica Halloway had given the Wanderers a first-half lead after the match had been halted for 30 minutes as a thunderstorm swept through Melbourne.

The Victory enjoyed plenty of goalscoring chances, but the shared points leave both teams mid-table after five rounds.

Source AAP