Williams has nothing but praise for Red & Black


US international Lynn Williams says there are better things to come after the Wanderers continued their impressive start to the Westfield W-League season on Friday night.

Playing their first game at Bankwest Stadium, the Red & Black made it two wins from two with a 1-0 win against the Newcastle Jets in a game that had to be halted for 30 minutes after a storm hit the venue midway through the first half.

Matildas star Amy Harrison had the honour of scoring the Wanderers W-League side’s first goal at Bankwest, calmly slotting home a 58th-minute penalty.

Williams and Republic of Ireland midfielder Denise O’Sullivan both made their Wanderers debut and put in quality displays in a sign of better things to come for them and Dean Heffernan’s team as a whole.

Williams was extremely unlucky to have a goal disallowed for offside in the first half with subsequent replays showing she was clearly onside while O’Sullivan bossed the midfield.

In her first game in Australia, the American was full of praise for her teammates and the quality of the Westfield W-League.

“I liked it. I should have had a goal, but that is for another time,” said Williams.

“We played well even. Even if things were not working out for us, we got on with it.


“That’s what the culture of the group has shown, is that we are going to be here and working for each other.

“If you have a group of girls working for each other the soccer will come. I have nothing but good things to say.

“The good thing is we are only going to get better. Denise and I have only been here a week, some others only two weeks, some three weeks.”

As for the Westfield W-League as a whole, Williams, who along with O’Sullivan and Kristen Hamilton were part of North Carolina Courage’s championship success in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), had nothing but good things to say.

“There are a lot of quality players in the League,” said Williams.

“In any league when you bring internationals from different places it only enhances it.

“I would say that about the NWSL, as well as the overseas internationals, make us who we are and bring a little bit of flair we don’t have without them.”