Holly McNamara double earns Melbourne City win before injuring knee

Melbourne City match winner Holly McNamara leaves the field on a stretcher against Newcastle on Sunday.

Melbourne City match winner Holly McNamara leaves the field on a stretcher against Newcastle on Sunday. Photo: Getty

Devastation followed elation for Melbourne City striker Holly McNamara as she was stretchered off with a knee injury after scoring the winner in a 3-2 A-League Women win over Newcastle.

The 20-year-old scored twice late in Newcastle to secure the win for her side but while scoring her second, in the second minute of injury time, she collided with Jets goalkeeper Izzy Nino.

McNamara, who has suffered two ACL ruptures in her short career, was in tears as she was carried off the field.

She had been called up to the Matildas squad this week to play two friendlies against Canada in December.

Elsewhere in the ALW on Sunday, Sydney FC forward Fiona Worts returned to haunt her former club with two goals in their 3-1 ALW win at Adelaide United.

In Brisbane, new Roar coach Alex Smith had a losing start to his tenure after Western United prevailed 1-0 at Ballymore.

United’s Matildas representative Chloe Logarzo set up the winner with a curling corner that was latched onto by Kahli Johnson.

The match of the day was in Newcastle, where Matildas star Emily van Egmond returned to her home club on a four-game guest stint.

The accomplished midfielder threatened to steel the match with a brilliant showing. She scored the opening goal after a sensational interchange of passing with striker Lara Gooch.

Her through-ball from halfway to set up Gooch for the second was sublime and gave the Jets a 2-1 halftime lead.

It looked like being enough until McNamara struck in the 78th minute and again in injury time to break Newcastle hearts and ensure Melbourne City stayed undefeated after five rounds.

Worts was the shining light in Adelaide. The 27-year-old from England scored her brace in the first half with composed finishes to continue her early season goal-scoring form for the defending champions.

The Sky Blues set up the win in the first half, when they dominated scoring opportunities.

Defender Tori Tumeth went on a brilliant run down right and cut back inside to Worts who finished with precision in the 20th minute.

Six minutes later fullback Abbey Lemon surged down the left and delivered a pinpoint cross. Worts timed her run to perfection and headed home.

New Zealand international forward Hannah Blake scored three minutes into first-half stoppage time for Adelaide, despite protestations from Sydney players for offside.

But Sydney captain Princess Ibini sealed the result via a penalty after she went on a scheming run into the box and was brought down.

The Sky Blues were without Matildas star Cortnee Vine due to a calf injury. Sydney’s win was soured by an ankle injury to midfielder Lucy Johnson.

It was a big day for veteran Jessica Seaman who was starting her first ALW game for Sydney since January 11, 2009.

The afternoon belonged to Worts, who had made 39 appearances for Adelaide United in three seasons, scoring 18 goals.

The Sky Blues moved to six competition points and seven behind leaders Perth Glory but have two games in hand due to their recent week in Uzbekistan for the AFC Champions League.

Adelaide United has one point from five matches.


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