Kerr and Glory fly out of the blocks

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Fresh from leading Perth to a 4-1 romp over champions Melbourne City superstar Sam Kerr was adamant her sides mini preseason will have little affect on the team.

National Women’s Soccer League imports Raquel Rodriguez, Amanda Frisbie and Rachel Hill all debuted on Friday night despite only joining the club in early October.

Skipper Kerr admitted the lack of time with new teammates made it difficult for the squad but stressed her side will only get better as the season progresses.

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“They were the first minutes I’ve played with Rachel (Hill) and she’s only had two sessions with me – so I’m still getting to know her,” Kerr said.

“Bobby said at half-time ‘tell her what you’re going to do because you don’t know each other yet’.

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“I told her ‘when I flick it on, run on’ – and then it worked! She was able to pass it to Nicka (Nicola Bolger) and then we scored.

“Yes, it’s not ideal (to have a two week preseason), but we’ll make do and I think we showed that tonight. We’ll be better for it next week.”

For City, it was a return to the ground where they triumphed Perth in last seasons W-League Grand Final, however history failed to repeat itself.

City coach Patrick Kisnorbo could only rue his team’s inability to capitalise on the “fantastic” football they played throughout the 90 minutes.

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“Look its just one of those nights, I thought we dominated for 90 minutes,” Kisnorbo said.

“I was just looking at the video then and we had so many chances to score. The way we actually played football was fantastic.

“I’m disappointed that we don’t go home with three points, but sometimes you have to look beyond and take the good.”

Perth will want to keep the goals flowing when they take on Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium next Sunday, whilst City host arch-enemy Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Friday hoping to rectify their failures from Round 1.

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