W-League | Perth Glory too much for Victory

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Perth Glory have come out with a dominant second half display to dispatch the bottom of the league Melbourne Victory at Lakeside Stadium.

In a physical and tight game both teams came out fighting in the opening stages of the match.

Victory captain Christine Nairn looked to get involved early, while Perth’s star winger Samantha Kerr looked dangerous down the right flank. Despite having a slice more possession Victory found themselves behind just past the quarter-hour mark.

Glory’s Rosie Dee Sutton managed to dribble the ball out of a crowded spot following a cross from the right flank and managed to slip it past the rushing Bethany Mason-Jones, who despite the scoreline managed to keep the Victory in the game for vast stretches of time.

To their credit, the Victory didn’t roll over from that point on stringing together multiple chances, none better coming from the head of Natasha Dowie whose looping header nearly caught Melissa Maizels in the Perth goal out.

Kerr had multiple chances to put the game to bed late in the first half but was denied by Mason-Jones, arguably Victory’s best player of the match.

Victory, meanwhile, pressed for an equaliser but their momentum was stopped when Maizels connected with Dowie and was substituted. Clutching her right hand Maizels looked to be in great discomfort as Gabrielle Dal Busco came on as her replacement.

Victory went into the break still believing they could salvage something from the match. But when the two teams returned it was the Glory who looked dangerous.

Kerr who had been peppering the goal all day had yet another shot saved by Mason-Jones onto the upright. Still despite the Glory’s dominance Victory were still looking for that equaliser.

Lia Privitelli hit her weak shot straight at Dal Busco and Nairn’s shot from distance was always rising. But in the 64th minute the Glory doubled their lead through a stunning strike from Vanessa Di Bernardo.

The Glory number ten picked the ball up at the top of the box and with a deft touch swivelled onto her left and smashed the ball into the top left corner, scoring surely a goal of the season contender.

With the wind knocked out of their sails the Victory looked down and out and Perth ran out the match 2-0.

A fourth consecutive loss leaves the Victory rooted at the bottom of the W-League table as they take on fellow cellar dwellers Western Sydney Wanderers next week.

Melbourne Victory 0
Perth Glory 2 (Dee Sutton 16′, Di Bernardo 64′)

Melbourne Victory: 20. MASON-JONES Bethany (GK), 2. NATOLI Alexandra, 3. CHEAL Alexandra, 6. MARTIN Annabel, 7. PRIVITELLI Lia, 9. DOWIE Natasha, 10. NAIM Christine (C), 11. BARBIERI Melindaj, 15. TARANTO Adriana, 16. JOHNSON Samantha, 25. WHITE Kariah

Substitutes: 8. NORRIE Ayesha, 13. SPIRANOVIC Laura, 17. KOCA Gulcan, KENSHOLE Emily(GK)

Perth Glory: 1. MAIZELS Melissa (GK), 2. CARROLL Sarah, 3. CARROLL Kim, 4. MAUTZ Alyssa, 7. STANTON Nicole, 9. DEE SUTTON Rosie, 10. DI BERNANDO Vanessa, 13. GIBBONS Jaymee (33’), 17. RIGBY Natasha, 20. KERR Samantha (C), 22. ROMERO Arianna

Substitutes: 5. CHARALAMBOUS Patricia, 8. BILLAM Shawn (33’), 14. DOEGLAS Caitlin, 18. DAL BUSCO Gabrielle (GK)

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