Jess Fishlock underlined her status as one of the most influential players in the W-League with a match-winning double for Melbourne City against Canberra United on Sunday.
The Welsh international scored goals either side of Michelle Heyman’s equaliser as City ran out 2-1 winners.
The result sees Patrick Kisnorbo’s side move into the top four at the halfway mark of the competition.
For long periods at AAMI Park, City looked like falling short.
It was only through Fishlock’s intervention that they returned to the winner’s list for the first time in a month.
The 30-year-old dispossessed Toni Pressley after Laura Bassett’s poor pass before drilling a swerving ball past Haley Kopmeyer on 19 minutes.
Heyman’s reply four minutes later also came with a healthy dollop of defensive disaster.
Matildas No.1 Lydia Williams made a hash of a pass to Alanna Kennedy, allowing Heyman to strike from close range.
City looked set to pay for Williams’ uncharacteristic blunder when almost an hour of toil failed to produce a cut-through moment.
But up stepped Fishlock, who had been the focus of attention from tough-tackling Canberra opponents all afternoon.
Fishlock started a move that she would finish, latching on to Kinga’s through-ball and striking her second goal of the afternoon wiht just 10 minutes left.
With just seconds remaining, Matildas defender Ellie Carpenter hit the crossbar from long range that might have given Heather Garriock’s side an unmerited point.
But City hung on and can look forward to the second half of the season with optimism.
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