Glory turn it on with win over Adelaide

Perth Glory produced one of their finest performances of the season with a 2-1 victory over Adelaide United side at Ashfield Reserve on Sunday.

With Brisbane Roar defeating Melbourne Victory 4-0 earlier in the day, the Glory women’s side were out of contention for a finals place before their last home game of the season against Adelaide United.

Adelaide were straight onto the attack from kick-off, looking to consolidate fourth place. The away side started strongly in the opening five minutes dominating possession and forced Glory into a string of ill-weighted long balls, which captain Elizabeth Milne dealt with expertly.

Adelaide striker Abigail Dahlkemper had a good chance to put her side in the lead on seven minutes, with her striker on the edge of the six yard area almost squeezing through Gabrielle Dal Busco.

Glory worked their way into the game nicely, Vanessa Di Bernardo central to their attacking surges. A series of shots on goal and a sublime backheel through-ball by the US import was great viewing but United keeper Kaitlyn Savage was equal to the task.

Di Bernardo was at it again on 17 minutes with her run and cross down the right wing finding compatriot Nicole Stanton who’s speculative back-heel flick was blocked, as Adelaide cleared the danger. Di Bernardo has a golden chance to put the home side up two minutes later following a great ball from Shannon May. The striker however was unable to convert the opportunity with Lauren Steer diving in to block the shot.

A clash of heads between Stanton and Alexandra Gummer saw a break in play as Gummer received treatment at the 24 minutes mark. The delay was welcome respite for the away side as they struggled to deal with the attacking pressure heaped on by the likes of May and Di Bernardo.

Adelaide keeper Savage was having a fantastic half, with her heroic double save from Di Bernardo and Stanton late in the half ensuring Adelaide remained on level terms.

The half ended 0-0, with Glory very much in the ascendancy.

Both sides came out swinging in the early stages of the second half, the deadlock quickly under threat. Rose Sutton came closest, her header from a corner bounced over the bar on 52 minutes.

Just as the second half was beginning to lull, Di Bernardo struck to put the Glory 1-0 up on 63 minutes. The American was able to steal the ball from Milne in the area and slot home from close range with a thunderous strike into the back of the net. It was a lead that the side deserved following their stellar first half display.

Glory almost double their lead through substitute Caitlin Doeglas with her curling effort well held by Savage. Doeglas was everywhere, the attacker central to Perth’s push for a second.

Di Bernardo doubled her tally and Glory’s lead with a belting one-on-one finish past a helpless Savage. The Adelaide defence that started the game so strongly weren’t able to contain the ever-enthusiastic import.

Adelaide gave the home side a tense final ten minutes with Dahlkemper heading one back and Ella Mastrantonio being sent for an early shower for her second bookable offence.

Perth Glory held on for an impressive 2-1 win after a nervy five minutes of stoppage time. The result may not have held any significance for the home side, but it makes life slightly more difficult for Adelaide as they look to make the finals.

Perth Glory: 2. CARROLL, Sarah 3. CARROLL, Kim (c) 5. MAY, Shannon 6. BENNETT, Carla 7. STANTON, Nicole 8. BILLAM, Shawn 11. HENDERSON, Emily 16. EASTMAN, Thia 18. DAL BUSCO, Gabrielle (GK) 19. MASTRANTONIO, Ella 23. DI BERNARDO, Vanessa

Subs: 12. SCHUBERT, Kathryn 14. DOEGLAS, Caitlin 15. STANNETT, Angelique 22. GOOCH, Evangeline (GK)

Adelaide United: 1. SAVAGE, Kaitlyn (GK) 2. STEER, Lauren 3. GUMMER, Alexandra 4. KILLION, Sarah 5. TOBY, Allira 8. CONDON, Emily 11. SUTTON, Rosie 12. MILNE, Elizabeth (c) 13. DAHLKEMPER, Abigail 18. MAGGIO, Lorena 21. HODGSON, Isabel

Subs: 6. RYDER, Chantelle 10. CAMPAGNALE, Georgia 15. MCNAMARA, Matilda 20. CLAUDIA, Jenkins (GK)

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