Brisbane Roar missed the opportunity to take the W-League top spot off Melbourne Victory after Adelaide United claimed a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at the home of the premiers on Sunday.
Last season's table-toppers laid siege to the Adelaide goal, but instead it was the visitors who claimed all three points thanks to Veronica Latsko's winner just after halftime at Richlands.
World Cup-winner Yuki Nagasato made her much-anticipated debut for the Roar and the Japanese forward showed glimpses of her quality in concert with English attacker Chioma Ubogagu.
Adelaide goalkeeper Sarah Willacy made a miraculous save to deny Nagasato a debut goal and Ubogagu had a shot stopped on the line amid a catalogue of near-misses for the Roar.
Adelaide were not without their chances and Icelandic midfielder Gunnhildur Jonsdottir saw her effort crash off the underside of the crossbar.
The win lifts Adelaide into fourth and continues a bright start for the only club in the league not to have experienced finals football.
"We got the foreign girls in a little bit earlier, the interstate girls were in a bit earlier and we just had a little bit more time to be able to prepare for the season," said Adelaide coach Ivan Karlovic.
Brisbane coach Mel Andreatta indicated Nagasato will be the preferred centre forward option, despite often playing in a secondary forward role at international level.
"I definitely think Yuki, and what she gave us back to goal, is certainly the right option as a nine," Andreatta said.
Matildas' superstar Sam Kerr scored on her first home outing as a marquee player for Perth Glory, but it was fellow forward Rachel Hill who starred in a 3-0 victory on Saturday evening.
The American scored twice and set up Kerr for a third as the Glory put the winless Western Sydney Wanderers to the sword.
Earlier, the in-form Canberra United fell victim to a superb Cortnee Vine winner on the stroke of halftime as Newcastle Jets collected all three points.
After scoring six times in their opening two matches, United drew a blank with South African midfield ace Refiloe Jane and Scotland captain Rachel Corsie both absent on international duty.
Melbourne Victory claimed bragging rights over Melbourne City on Friday as the three-time reigning champions suffered a second loss in three outings this season.
Emily Gielnik scored the sealer after earlier having a goal ruled out, with Matildas' teammate Elise Kellond-Knight diverting a cross into her own net midway through the first half.