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Feb 12, 2022   |  6:55PM AET

Liberty A-League report: Victory 5-0 Wanderers

Liberty A-League report: Victory 5-0 Wanderers

Melbourne Victory made it four straight wins in the Liberty A-League, resoundingly beating the Western Sydney Wanderers 5-0 on Saturday.


Victory produced an emphatic display at AAMI Park to move back into third on the table.

Catherine Zimmerman scored a brace to go with goals from MelindaJ Barbieri, Kyra Cooney-Cross and Courtney Nevin.

Victory made a fast start and opened the scoring in the fifth minute through Zimmerman.

Polly Doran released Cooney-Cross – playing her 50th Liberty A-League game – down the right, the attacker crossing for Zimmerman, who needed two attempts to put away her fourth goal of the season.

Bryleeh Henry had a decent chance for the Wanderers just after the half-hour mark before Victory doubled the lead.

Cooney-Cross played in a wonderful through pass for Barbieri, who finished clinically in a one-on-one with Wanderers goalkeeper Sarah Langman for her first goal of the season.

Victory pushed to begin the second half and Alex Chidiac was denied by a good save from Langman following a dazzling run in the 49th minute.

Casey Dumont was needed to keep Victory’s two-goal lead intact, making a save down low to deny Henry.

Either side of the hour-mark and Victory finished the contest, scoring three times.

Cooney-Cross opened her account for the campaign, rounding Langman before finishing to score a deserved goal.

The attacker then set up Zimmerman for her second, the forward heading against the post before volleying in.

Nevin then made it 5-0 on her 20th birthday, her cross from the left floating into the far top corner for her first goal in the Liberty A-League.

The impressive Cooney-Cross almost added another, hitting the crossbar from 20 yards with her left foot after cutting in from the right as Victory closed out a strong win.

Key moment

What they said – Cooney-Cross

on the game…
“I think it was a better performance from the girls this week, been a bit rusty the last few weeks and we’ve been playing bottom teams and it just wasn’t good enough. We had a team meeting during the week and we put a few things together and said things that we need to be better at and I think the girls did that today.”

Player in focus

Cooney-Cross was in brilliant form against the Wanderers. Playing in attack, she scored and was involved in three other goals in a stunning display.


Victory climbed back into third on the table, level on points with City and four adrift of Sydney FC, having played the same number of games.


Liberty A-League 2021/22 Round 11
Melbourne Victory 5
(Catherine Zimmerman 5’/60′, MelindaJ Barbieri 32′, Kyra Cooney-Cross 58′, Courtney Nevin 63′)
Western Sydney Wanderers 0

Melbourne Victory: Dumont (gk); Doran, Bunge, Hendrix, Nevin; Chidiac (Murphy 62′), Jackson (c) (Eliadis 63′); Cooney-Cross, Barbieri, Zimmerman (Privitelli 81′); Markovski (Withers 46′).
Western Sydney Wanderers:
Langman (gk); Halloway (Chauvet 46′), Huynh, Cooper (c), Matos (Galea 84′); Henry, Galic (Price 73′), Steinmetz, Collister (Abdul Massih 68′); Copus-Brown, Habuda.

Yellow cards: Abdul Massih 90+1′, Cooney-Cross 90+5′
Red cards:
Attendance: TBA
Venue: AAMI Park

Next up

Victory looks to continue its winning streak when it meets Sydney FC at City Vista Recreation Reserve on Wednesday.