Ladder-leading Sky Blues remain perfect

Sydney FC underlined their title credentials with a confident 3-1 win over Perth Glory as the W-League champions strolled to victory in the grand final rematch.

Remy Siemsen bagged a double inside the opening six minutes, while Caitlin Foord added another from the penalty spot as the Sky Blues virtually put the game to bed by halftime at a baking hot Dorrien Gardens in Perth on Sunday.

The win kept Sydney FC top of the standings with a perfect record after three rounds, narrowly clear of surprise contenders Western Sydney Wanderers on goal difference.

Foord, playing her 100th W-League match, also hit the crossbar in the second half with Caitlin Doeglas pulling a goal back soon after the break for the Glory.

But the new-look home side, now without Matildas' superstar Sam Kerr and fellow forward Rachel Hill, looked a shadow of the unit which stormed their way to last season's title decider.

The visitors dominated possession at times and the Glory struggled to carve out goalscoring opportunities with Sky Blues' goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe rarely troubled.

Sydney FC lined up without Matildas' regular Alanna Kennedy and proven goalscorer Veronica Latsko in another positive sign as they prepare for next week's heavyweight match-up against three-time champions Melbourne City.

Despite the absence of Kennedy, the Sky Blues have conceded just once in their three matches with the backline bolstered by stalwart defender Ellie Brush after her stint in the WAFL.

Melbourne City maintained their hold on third with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Adelaide United on Saturday, as Kyah Simon netted her first goal since returning from long-term injury in Shepparton.

Norwegian attacker Elise Thorsnes bagged the winner as Canberra United quelled a spirited Newcastle Jets' comeback to win by the odd goal in five in Newcastle earlier on Saturday.

Perennial underachievers Western Sydney Wanderers continued their strong start to the season on Thursday, with their 3-2 win over Brisbane Roar built around a hat-trick from American forward Kristen Hamilton.