Four scorching strikes get Round 3 off to a flyer

A quartet of goals of the highest order have rattled the back of the net in the first two Westfield W-League games of Round 3, reminding all watching on of the top draw, game-winning talent sprinkled league-wide in the 2020/21 campaign.

Brisbane Roar hosted Canberra United on Thursday, January 7 before Sydney FC travelled to take on Newcastle Jets the following afternoon in the first two fixtures of Round 3.

Four goals struck across the two games flew into the back of the net from distance, turning both fixtures into memorable battles heavily impacted by moments of sheer quality, which will live long in the memory of fans around the league. 

Read on to see all four goals, and choose your pick of the bunch! 

MATCH REPORT: Newcastle Jets 1-2 Sydney FC

Katrina Gorry – Brisbane Roar

Katrina Gorry’s strike from outside of the box caught Canberra ‘keeper Sally James off guard, as the strike sailed into the top right corner to hand the Roar an early lead in the contest.

It was Brisbane’s first – and only – goal of the 2020/21 campaign to date, and it was scored in some style.

Grace Maher – Canberra United

After Gorry put the Roar in front with a first-half strike of pure class, Grace Maher stepped up to the plate in the second half to produce a truly outrageous equaliser from within the centre circle.

Despite desperately scrambling backward and getting her gloves on the ball Brisbane goalkeeper Georgina Worth couldn’t stop Maher’s attempt from dropping into the back of the net, as the Green Machine stole a point from their opponents.

THURSDAY REPORT: Maher scores from centre circle to clinch a point for Canberra against Roar
THURSDAY REACTION: ‘We need to be better’: Gorry calls for improvement from misfiring Roar

Taylor Ray – Sydney FC

Trailing Newcastle Jets one goal to nil, Taylor Ray ventured forward from midfield to show Sydney’s strike force – who had been wasteful throughout the first half of play – how to hit them, lashing a clinical shot past Claire Coelho and into the bottom right corner.

The 19-year-old’s touch and shot from Courtnee Vine’s pass were lightning-quick, displaying technique and class as she got the ball out from under her feet and lashed her side back into the game.

Rachel Lowe – Sydney FC

Anything Ray can do, Lowe can do better.

That was the message transmitted from Rachel Lowe’s actions after the latter replaced the former on the pitch for Sydney FC with scores locked at 1-1 in the second half.

Lowe had been on the ground for just five minutes before making a vital impact in stunning fashion; a first-time strike from distance curled high over Coelho into the top left corner to give the Sky Blues a lead thanks to the second top-quality goal of the contest.

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Which of the four players hit their strike the best? Have your say below!