W-League | Glory, Roar share spoils in Perth

Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar played out an entertaining 0-0 tussle at Dorrien Gardens in front of a lively W-League home crowd on Saturday afternoon.

In a high quality match opposing goalkeepers Melissa Maizels and Mackenzie Arnold were kept very busy, producing multiple marvellous saves throughout the 90 minutes.

The first chance of the game saw Sunny Franco finish off a Katrina Gorry run and cross, however the effort was disallowed as Franco appeared to be offside.

In the 17th minute Glory star Sam Kerr played a sumptuous ball into the box forcing a fine double save from Arnold, with Alyssa Mautz unable to finish the follow up.

Kerr had three one-on-one opportunities in the first half but the clinical finishing seen last week against Western Sydney Wanderers was missing, unable to find her third goal of the season and take the lead for her team.

Emily Gielnik was able to cut inside Patricia Charalambous in the 30th minute to fire a left-footed shot directly at Maizels forcing an easy save from the Perth keeper.

Much of the attacking play in the first half resulted in miscued shots from both sides, Vanessa Di Bernado trying her luck with a left-footed curler from 19 yards narrowly missing the goal.

Franco thought she had given her team the lead in first half stoppage time when she bundled home a Gorry corner only for linesman Shane Skinner to spoil the celebration, ruling it offside.

The second half began in stunning fashion with Kerr attempting an audacious chip over Arnold but the custodian was equal to the task saving the shot easily.

Substitute Jaymee Gibbons sloppily gave away possession, which lead to a Gielnik counter attack for the Roar, however the tall winger was unable to finish the job fizzing her attempt across the face of the goal.

With the game in the balance late on, a tired Arianna Romero handed over possession to Roar substitute Allira Toby, who appeared certain to score, only for Kim Carroll’s last ditch defending enough to salvage a point for the home side.

Overall, the final score wasn’t reflective of the attacking nature of the game. Both sides were unable to break the deadlock throughout the 90 minutes, but plenty of positives on the defensive side can be taken for both managers as they look towards Round 3.

The Glory remain unbeaten and will face Newcastle Jets away next week in the hope their early season form can translate to their first away points of the season.

Meanwhile, Brisbane return home to A.J Kelly Field to face Canberra United who will be looking to rectify their form after losing to Melbourne City 2-1 at home this weekend.

Perth Glory: 0
Brisbane Roar: 0

Ground: Dorriens Gardens
Attendance: 659

Referee: Lara Lee
Assistant Referees: Shane Skinner, Matthew Southern
Fourth Official: Tom Dowle

Perth Glory: 1. MAIZELS Melissa, 2. CARROLL Sarah, 3. CARROLL Kim, 4. MAUTZ Alyssa, 5. CHARALAMBOUS (6. BENNETT Carla 85’), Patricia, 7. STANTON Nicole, 9. DEE SUTTON Rosie, 10. DI BERNARDO Vanessa (13. GIBBONS, Jaymee 52’), 14. DOEGLAS Caitlin (8. BILLAN Shawn 68’), 20. KERR Samantha, 22. ROMERO Arianna

Substitutes: 18. DAL BUSCO Gabrielle (GK),

Brisbane Roar: 1. ARNOLD Mackenzie, 3. CHAPMAN Amy (8. TORPEY Kaitlyn 78’) , 4. POLKINGHORNE Clare, 6. BEARD Angela, 7. FRANCO Sunny (12. TOBY Allira 63’), 10. GORRY Katrina-Lee, 11. FORBES Maili (13. BUTT Tameka 67’) , 14. O’BRIEN Summer, 16. FRAUSING-PEDERSEN Nina, 17. GIELNIK Emily, 18. EVANS Madlyn

Substitute: 20. WORTH Georgina (GK),

 

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