Melbourne City were too strong for Perth Glory, but off the pitch, fans weren’t happy with the way the match was treated.
Melbourne's Ashley Hatch, Tyla Jay Vlajnic and Yukari Kinga scored within 20 minutes before halftime as a deflated Perth side collapsed before them.
But despite City’s attacking excellence, and the drawcard of Sam Kerr lining up against them, fans were left frustrated that such an important match was moved to an "unacceptable" venue, and wasn’t televised or streamed online.
The match was played at City Football Academy, in the suburb of Bundoora north-east of Melbourne. City's win moves them above Perth to fourth on the ladder, equal on points with Sydney FC but behind on goal difference.
The contest - which was originally scheduled at AAMI Park - was relocated to the City facility due to extreme heat in Melbourne.
City coach Patrick Kisnorbo praised the facilities at Melbourne, saying the club was "very fortunate" to have the City Football Academy, and that the team "played the pitch and conditions very well."
However, some fans voiced their displeasure at the arrangements on Twitter.
*1000+ people show up to a remote field with no seating to watch a women's soccer match from behind nets and tall fences*— Mel Killingsworth (@mehlsbells) January 7, 2018
Broadcasters: "Geez there's just no MARKET for this. We give up."#MCYvPER #wleague
A Melbourne City spokesperson acknowledged the experience of some attendees, but pointed out that fans had the ability to view from inside the fence, that the club held a player signing session after the match, and said that most fans had a positive experience.