De Vanna returns to haunt Glory

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Melbourne City ensured breathing space atop the W-League ladder with an impressive 4-0 away victory over reigning champions Perth Glory, with former Perth player and WA product Lisa De Vanna returning to haunt the home side.

A best on ground performance from De Vanna provided two assists and a goal in front of 483 fans at Ashfield Reserve. De Vanna, Welsh international Jess Fishlock, Larissa Crummer and Rebekah Stott all put in inspiring performances, as Glory offered very little other than the tenacious efforts of captain Sam Kerr.

With both sides looking to consolidate their place in the top four on the Westfield W-League ladder, it was Melbourne City who took control in the early stages with some great pressing and work down the left hand side from De Vanna. It was the Matildas captain who provided the quality down that wing in the 11th minute to provide Tabain with a simple tap in opportunity, which she blasted into the roof of the net from just inside the six yard area.

Melbourne continued to assert themselves with captain Jess Fishlock showcasing some tidy footwork and vision to pick out Crummer, who chested down and had her volley blocked away by Holtman.

City doubled their advantage in the 20th minute, with former Glory player De Vanna turning provider to finisher with a cool header into the bottom left-hand corner beating an outstretched Arnold.

Glory captain Sam Kerr, who recently returned from international duty, attempted to force her side back into the match with a great run and carry down the right hand flank, however, without numbers in the box Kerr’s cross was easily dealt with in the 28th minute.

It was Kerr again who provided Perth with another half-chance with a beautiful delivery into the box three minutes later, which led to a free kick to City keeper Burke after a collision with Schubert.

As the opening half drew to a close Melbourne looked to inflict more pain on the home side with some quality link up play on the edge of the Glory box from Crummer and Stott, but this time Perth were able to deal with it.

Glory acted swiftly on the counter with Kerr again spearheading the attack but her powerful run was eventually halted when she went down inside the area. Despite the cries from the home fans and players, the ref and linesman waved away the claims as half-time came with the score 2-0 in favour of the away side.

City picked up where they left off with Crummer making it 3-0 seven minutes into the second half. A breakaway counter attack and perfectly timed pass from De Vanna provided what was another simple goal for the Melbourne side.

Glory coach Despotovski realised a change was needed as he made the first substitution of the game on 56 minutes with Schubert being replaced by Lamonte, who made an immediate impact down the right wing with a nice piece of skill.

Perth’s woes continued however as City striker Crummer made it a brace by catching Mackenzie off her line. Crummer chipped the keeper sublimely to make it 4-0 in the 63rd minute.

Sam Kerr continued to try and inspire a revival with a run and shot from a tight angle, with her effort striking the top of the crossbar on 74 minutes.

Kerr’s frustrations were compounded after her audacious strike from 25 yards was deflected onto the crossbar by the fingertips of Burke in the 83rd minute.

As time drew to a close Glory had their best chance of the game quashed by City keeper Burke after Shannon May slipped Kerr in for a one-on-one. The game ended 4-0 to the visitors, Melbourne City taking away all three points and maintaining their 100% record.

Perth Glory: 1. ARNOLD Mackenzie (GK), 3. CARROLL Kim, 4. HOLTMAN Katie, 5. MAY Shannon, 6. BENNETT Carla, 7. STANTON Nicole, 11. HENDERSON Emily, 12. SCHUBERT Kathryn, 16. EASTMAN Thia, 19. MASTRANTONIO Ella, 20. KERR Samantha (C)

Subs: 8. BILLAM Shawn, 14. DOEGLAS Caitlin, 17. LAMONTE Ellie, 18. DAL BUSCO  Gabrielle (GK)

Melbourne City: 5. ALLEWAY Laura, 6. LUIK Aivi, 7. CATLEY Stephanie, 9. CRUMMER Larrissa, 10. FISHLOCK Jessica ©, 11. DE VANNA Lisa, 13. STOTT Rebekah, 15. JACKSON Amy, 16. GOAD Beatrice, 17. TABAIN Marianna, 20. BURKE Trudy (GK)

Subs: 3. CHIDIAC Alexandra, 4. BEATTIE Jeniffer, 8. LITTLE Kim, 36. HERD Erin

 

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Bryce Conway
21-year-old Communications and Media Student at UWA, avid Liverpool and Seinfeld enthusiast following Perth Glory during the 2015/2016 A-League season.