‘Believe in everyone’: W-League grand finalists epitomise shift to strength in depth | Samantha Lewis

‘Believe in everyone’: W-League grand finalists epitomise shift to strength in depth | Samantha Lewis

The Guardian

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Circumstances that forced their hands in the off-season may have become trump cards for Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC

Melina Ayres could have taken on the shot herself. As the Melbourne Victory forward spun away from Brisbane Roar defender Winonah Heatley, her natural striker’s instincts kicked in; her leg coiled backwards in preparation for a shot on goal.

But she didn’t. Instead, seeing teammate Lisa De Vanna in a better position, Ayres interrupted her own impulses and calmly poked the ball one channel further along, setting up the veteran winger to score the first of Victory’s six goals in Sunday afternoon’s first W-League semi-final.

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