Perth Glory look unrecognisable in A-League Women opener

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Alex Epakis’ Perth Glory have kicked off their A-League Women campaign with victory as they wash away last season’s woes with a 2-1 win over Brisbane Roar at Macedonia Park on Saturday night.

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An early goal from Anna Margraf put Roar in the lead all the way until the 87th minute when Glory’s persistent attacking attempts paid off.

Having full view of the action from the other end of the pitch, Morgan Aquino said it was a relief to finally see their efforts rewarded on the scoreboard.

“In the first half I think we under performed a little bit, so to get that goal just gave everyone a bit of a relief and pushed us to keep going,” Aquino said.

“It was really nice to have belief in the performance, especially coming off from last season where the performances weren’t as good as what they should’ve been.

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“There were a few times when their [Roar’s] six got free a lot, which was due to our pressing, but I think even when they did go to the ball; we did well to close it up.”

And that’s exactly what happened, Glory pressed from the opening whistle trying to add additional pressure and stress to Roar’s back line and eventually, it worked.

The Perth side continued to bring the fight to Roar, as they combined the right balance of youth and experience to enforce resilience and team work to get them over the line.

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“Everyone wanted to perform, and we all wanted to do well, just the belief around the squad was high,” said Aquino.

Entering the new season with new signings has allowed Glory to re-invent themselves and create a new reputation. The women in purple have taken last season’s wooden spoon and used it to stir the pot to brew up a victory dish.

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Glory are off to a firing start, Brisbane Roar finished second last season and although it may have been a hard-fought win, the team appears fit considering their late rewards in front of goal.

Perhaps the key takeaway is how they’re going to get to that stage earlier on in the game.

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Nevertheless, Epakis has a talented team of athletes who are very capable of a successful season and is leading this squad in that direction.

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Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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