Melbourne Victory claimed their first win of the Westfield W-League season after a snatch and grab 3-1 away win over Perth Glory.

Despite starting brightly with some impressive build up play in the Round Seven encounter, the home side fell 1-0 behind after only nine minutes, Hayley Raso stabbing home for the bottom placed Melbourne Victory. The winger, on loan from Washington Spirit, slotted from close range following a great set piece from Christine Nairn.

Glory refused to the let the early setback phase them as they continued their tidy work in midfield. DiBernardo threatened in the 20th minute after some persistent pressure but was met by a stubborn Victory defence.

Nairn was at it again with the dead ball in the 24th minute as she saw her free kick from almost 25 yards force Glory keeper Gabrielle Dal Busco into a smart save at full stretch.

Victory took their one goal advantage into the break after a solitary minute of stoppage time with Glory undoubtedly the better side. American import DiBernardo worked tirelessly, asking plenty of questions of the Melbourne defence throughout the half. It was an entertaining first 45 with positive attacking football being played by both sides.

The match continued in the same vein after the interval with a number of shots for each side. Raso and DiBernardo saw their respective mazy solo runs result in half chances as the open style of play characterised proceedings.

Victory doubled their lead on 51 minutes with Nairn finding the back of the net with a delightful free kick. Glory were left seething as the goal came following a controversial handball decision on the edge of the box.

The second goal proved to inspire the home side with a flurry of chances falling to Nicole Stanton, Shannon May and DiBernardo after the introduction of Bennett for Schubert. DiBernardo’s sublime footwork created a huge chance after beating two defenders on 61 minutes, but was unable to deliver the final product as her shot fell straight into the hands of Melissa Barbieri.

Bobby Despotovski’s side were desperately unlucky to not at least pull one goal back with their fantastic play in all areas of the park going unrewarded. Melbourne had a goal disallowed for offside following another Nairn free kick, which resulted in Melinda Barbieri leaving the field injured in the 81st minute.

Glory’s resilience was finally rewarded as Shannon May cooly converted on 84 minutes. May capitalised on Victory keeper Dal Busco’s brain fade as she produced a composed finish from 30 yards into an unguarded net. Just as Glory threatened to snatch a late equaliser, substitute Whitney Knight delivered the killer blow to make it 3-1 on 90 minutes with no change to the score in the three minutes of stoppage time.

Despite such a positive overall performance for Glory, they will be left bitterly disappointed to walk away empty handed from the match, which was played in front of 537 fans at Ashfield Sports Club.

Perth Glory: 18. DAL BUSCO Gabrielle (GK), 3. CARROLL Kim (C), 4. HOLTMAN Katie, 5. MAY Shannon, 7. STANTON Nicole, 11. HENDERSON Emily, 12. SCHUBERT Kathryn, 14. DOEGLAS Caitlin, 16. EASTMAN Thia, 19. MASTRANTONIO Ella, 23. DIBERNARDO Venessa

Subs: 6. BENNETT Carla, 8. BILLAM Shawn, 15. STANNETT Angelique, 22. GOOCH Evangeline (GK)

Melbourne Victory: 20. BARBIERI Melissa (GK) (C), 2. NATOLI Alexandra, 6. MARTIN Annabel, 8. POLLOCK Jamie, 9. SPIRANOVIC Laura, 10. NAIRN Christine, 11. BARBIERI Melinda, 13. SLAYTER Thea, 16. RASO Hayley, 26. LAY Cindy, 27. DOWIE Natasha

Subs: 1. DIMOVSKI Cassandra (GK), 4. TARANTO Melissa, 12. KNIGHT Whitney, 15. TARANTO Adriana

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