Di Bernardo double gives Perth victory over Roar

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A brace from debutant Vanessa Di Bernardo gave Perth Glory a precious win against Brisbane Roar on Sunday afternoon.

An early goal after a mistake from Roar goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer and a stunning late screamer from the American import meant Perth left Suncorp Stadium with all three points.

The Glory would stun Brisbane to grab the opener just eight minutes in as goalkeeper Kopmeyer was robbed in her box by Samantha Kerr.

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Kopmeyer did fantastically to deny Kerr with her feet from close range only for the rebound to roll to Di Bernardo, who made no mistake to slot it home.

Perth weren’t having much of the ball early on yet were making it count when they did and Caitlin Foord blazed over after being played through on goal.

Kerr was a constant thorn in the side of the Roar’s defence in the early goings but she would be forced off midway through the first term with an ankle injury.

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Katie Holtham came close to doubling her side’s advantage as she edged the ball just wide from Kim Carroll’s free kick a minute from the half time break.

Brisbane would have been disappointed going into the break, as they couldn’t string together anything incisive and failed to test goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.

Kirsty Yallop and Katrina Gorry weren’t finding much success pulling the strings from deep with their forward line unable to get on the end of their long range passing.

Perth were again finding plenty of joy on the break in the second half and Foord had the goal at her mercy having rounded Kopmeyer, but a heroic sliding challenge from Ruth Blackburn denied her.

With just over 20 minutes to play, Brisbane were left visibly frustrated in their search for an equaliser as they couldn’t put any of their four quick-fire, close range chances past the sea of Glory legs.

Arnold had barely been tested all day but had to be on her toes as an in swinging cross was turned on goal by Yallop, forcing the keeper into a fine save.

Vanessa Di Bernardo sealed the points at the death in style with her second of the game.

She received the ball with her back to goal from 30 yards out, swivelled on her heels and launched into the back of the net, just out of reach of Kopmeyer.

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Perth’s win pushes them above Brisbane to third in the table and the Roar will now face a tough away trip to the red hot Melbourne City.

BRISBANE ROAR: 1. KOPMEYER Haley, 3. CHAPMAN Amy, 4. POLKINGHORNE Clare, 6. BEARD Angela, 9. VINE Cortnee, 10. GORRY Katrina, 11. YALLOP Kirsty, 12. FOOTE Alisha, 13. BUTT Tameka, 15. BLACKBURN Ruth, 17. GIELNIK Emily.

SUBS: 16. SPINA Ashley, 18. FORBES Maili, 19. PERSSON Sofie, 20. SIMPSON Carrie.

PERTH GLORY: 1. ARNOLD Mackenzie, 3. CARROLL Kim, 4. HOLTHAM Katie, 5. MAY Shannon, 6. BENNETT Carla, 7. STANTON Nicole, 9. FOORD Caitlin, 13. BROGAN Danielle, 16. EASTMAN Thia, 20. KERR Samantha, 23. DI BERNARDO Vanessa.

SUBS: 12. SCHUBERT Kathryn, 14. DOEGLAS Caitlin 18. DAL BUSCO Gabrielle 19. MASTRANTONIO Ella.

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