Perth Glory begin long away trip with spirited Canberra United draw

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Perth Glory kicked off their five weeks of away games with one point after drawing 0-0 with old-time rivals Canberra United on Wednesday night.

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With momentum charging from Glory’s side at the opening, it soon drifted as gears switched and defensive play was implemented to ensure Canberra didn’t manage to sneak one through.

Previously on the scoresheet for Glory, Alana Jancevski and Susan Phonsongkham worked well to create chances for their side, with an attempted strike from Phonsongkham being the closest Glory got to taking a lead.

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“It was a more resilient performance compared to our last and I think we looked really good with the ball; that’s exactly what the team needed leading up to this game,” coach Alex Epakis said post-match.

Epakis said his side did enough and praised a handful of the players who made his job a little bit easier.

“The communication throughout the whole game was really strong from all the leaders including Tash, Kim and Lisa. They made a big impact throughout the day and throughout the game, they were immense,” he said.

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As the game reached the point where players became fatigued, the encouragement from their teammates pushed them to stay alert mentally.

Mie Leth Jans also put her experience to use by getting vocal and influencing the likes of Hana Lowry to win what they could in the final crucial moments.

As Epakis builds his squad to performing for 90 minutes, he takes only positives onto their next fixture against Sydney FC on Saturday.

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Epakis said the chances that were created well but need to be done with conviction in order for them to get results.

“It’s certainly a step in the right direction for where our expectations are,” he said.

“We didn’t get the three points, but we won in a lot of other areas today which is going to help the team going into the next game.”

Feature Image credit: Tom McCarthy 

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

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