W-League | Colaprico brace fires Reds past Glory

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Adelaide United have thwarted Perth Glory’s hopes of finishing Round 11 on top of the W-League table, running out 2-1 victors at Dorrien Gardens in Perth.

Danielle Colaprico scored two stunning long-range efforts either side of half time, cancelling out Rosie Dee Sutton’s early opener for the Glory.

The blustery conditions in Perth didn’t affect the fluidity of the match with both teams playing in a free-flowing attacking nature.

The game burst alive in the 10th minute, when Samantha Kerr played a sumptuous ball in to Rosie Dee Sutton. The Glory striker was good enough to control and round Adelaide ‘keeper Sarah Willacy and put her team ahead.

Adelaide struck back instantly after Danielle Colaprico managed to work some space on the edge of the box and hit a simply perfect left-footed strike into the bottom left corner.

The scores were locked at 1-1 after 15 minutes.

Samantha Kerr had a glut of chances in the first half to put her team ahead, but failed to make the most of her opportunities.

Sarah Willacy made numerous magnificent saves for the visitors throughout the opening 45 minutes, ensuring both sides entered the half time break level at 1-1.

The free-flowing nature of the game continued in the second half, with a goalmouth scramble ensuing in the 56th minute.

Vanessa Di Bernardo was industrious in midfield throughout the match and cleverly found a sprinting Kerr in the box, however Willacy stood tall once again and parried away the Glory skipper’s effort.

Rosie Sutton was in the right spot for the follow up, but failed to put the ball in the back of the net.

The drama continued in the 66th minute when assistant referee Josh Mannella ruled Rosie Sutton was offside, disallowing Di Bernardo’s go-ahead goal.

Di Bernardo put the frustration behind her four minutes later, smashing a 30-yard freekick against the crossbar, much to the disbelief of the 637 strong crowd.

Perth were made to rue their missed chances when Colaprico stepped up in the 84th minute to end the home sides hopes of victory.

The Glory defence allowed the American too much space on the edge of the 18-yard box, and the playmaker obligingly smashed home  past a scrambling Gabrielle Dal Busco.

Perth’s frustration boiled over in the remaining five minutes, with skipper Samantha Kerr seeing red for her second bookable offence of the match.

Adelaide were ultimately too strong and held on for a stunning upset win.

Perth Glory 1 (Sutton 10’)
Adelaide United 2 (Colaprico 15’, 84’)

Stadium: Dorrien Gardens, Perth
Attendance: 637

Referee: Casey Reibelt
Assistant Referees: Josh Mannella
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

Perth Glory: 18. DAL BUSCO Gabrielle (GK), 2. CARROLL Sarah, 3. CARROLL Kim, 4. MAUTZ Alyssa, 7. STANTON Nicole, 9. SUTTON Rosie Dee, 10. DI BERNARDO Vanessa, 13. GIBBONS Jaymee (14. DOEGLAS Caitlin 69’), 17. RIGBY Natasha, 20. KERR Samantha ©, 22. ROMERO Arianna
Substitutes: 1. MAIZELS Melissa ©, 5. CHARALAMBOUS Patricia, 8. BILLAM Shawn

Adelaide United: 20. WILLACY Sarah (GK), 4. HODGSON Emily, 5. HICKMAN-ALVES Monica, 10. QUIGLEY Rachael (6. LADAS Ally 76’), 11. HUERTA Sofia, 12. JONES Adriana, 14. ABBEY Grace, 15. CAMPAGNALE Georgia, 24. COLAPRICO Danielle, 25. NAUGHTON Kathleen ©, 30. CHIDIA Alexandra
Substitutes: 21. JENKINS Claudia (GK), 13. ADAMOPOULOS Lucy, 16. ZAFIRIDIS Kelsey, 21. JENKINS Claudia

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Stewart Marshall
Football lover so feeling lucky to be following Perth Glory for season 16/17.

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