Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory both scored comfortable away wins to create a four-way logjam at the top of W-League ladder.
The Roar overcame a half-time deficit to overpower Western Sydney Wanderers 4-1 with Matildas midfielder Katrina Gorry bagging a stylish hat-trick.
The injury-hit Wanderers seemed on target for an unlikely upset win only for the star-studded Roar, inspired by substitute Hayley Raso, to turn the match on its head with a couple of quickfire goals immediately after the interval.
“We are probably still two or three weeks away from where we want to be,” said Roar coach Belinda Wilson.
“We had a disrupted pre-season and disruptions recently with national team commitments.
“We are looking to turn things around next week when we have some redemption to earn against Canberra after they beat us in the first round when we weren’t switched on.”
In the west, Melbourne Victory impressed with a 3-1 winning margin over Perth Glory in the first meeting between the pair since a contentious semi-final last season which saw the former win through to the grand final on penalties.
The Victory broke the deadlock midway through the opening half thanks to a classy chip shot from inspirational Wales captain Jessica Fishlock, in her first start since returning to the club.
Caitlin Friend and headline-grabbing Matildas forward Lisa De Vanna, playing against her hometown club, extended the margin before the Glory’s Canadian international Christina Julien nabbed a consolation for the home side.
While Roar and Victory sit on six points with Sydney FC and Canberra United, the latter two teams have a game in hand.
The match between leaders Sydney and Canberra was postponed with the Sky Blues participating in the Women’s World Club Championship in Japan as W-League champions.
Next weekend’s Sydney derby will also now be postponed after the Sky Blues defeated Japan’s NTV Beleza with a lone Emma Kete goal to win through to a semi-final meeting English club Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Adelaide United claimed just their sixth win in as many seasons with a 3-1 defeat of fellow cellar-dwellers Newcastle Jets.
The Lady Reds struck three times in a seven-minute first-half spell with youngster Tiarn Powell bagging a double.