Vine shines in Sydney ALW win over Perth

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Uncapped Sydney FC forward Cortnee Vine has given Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson food for thought as she helped swat Perth Glory aside in a 4-0 win to maintain the Sky Blues' unbeaten A-League Women run on Saturday.

Vine will jump on a plane to Dubai on Sunday after it was announced that she would fight it out with Holly McNamara, Winonah Heatley, and Karly Roestbakken for the two remaining spots in Gustavsson's Asian Cup squad.

And the 23-year-old will leave Sydney in the form of her career with four goals to her name in six appearances this season.

At Kogarah Oval she scored once and played a role in two other goals as the Sky Blues wrapped up victory against a Perth side that was forced to play three games in a week with ease.

"I just felt like from the start we grooved today," she told AAP.

"We clicked and it felt like we showed what we could do. We were missing a few players but I was very happy with what we did.

"Props to Perth because they put up a good challenge in difficult circumstances.

"I would love to be here for the rest of the season because we're hitting such good form, but it's an amazing opportunity to go and potentially represent my country.

"I found out on Monday and had an email saying I'd been selected to attend the pre-camp. I wasn't really awake and couldn't process it all.

"I kept it a secret, but I'm just going to go in there and show Tony what I can do, I'm stoked and I'm going to give it my all."

Vine led Sydney's charge with Remy Siemsen, who was also included in Matildas set-up, and they combined in the 11th minute.

Vine's cross found Siemsen who fired a shot at Courtney Newbon, with Mackenzie Hawkesby on hand to bundle in the rebound.

Hawkesby soon returned the favour, sending a pin-point cross-field ball in Vine's direction who skimmed Sarah Carroll and coolly finished beyond Newbon.

In a sublime display of skill, Vine then chased a ball that looked to be going out, kept it in, went to the byline, and nutmegged Carroll before crossing to Siemsen who finished in the 25th minute.

Charlize Rule's well-weighted header from a corner in the second half further extended the Sky Blues' advantage before Vine and Siemsen were take off after an hour.

A Liz Anton handball gave Hawkesby the chance to make it five from the spot, but her penalty was well saved by Newbon.

"They played a really good game and the three games in eight days showed," Perth captain Natasha Rigby said.

"That's not an excuse, they outplayed us and we'll have to go back to the drawing board. We've got the Jets next week so we'll regroup and go from there."

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