Returning duo inspire Glory to Phoenix comeback

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Perth Glory are no strangers to a second-half comeback and their Monday night A-League Women’s fixture against Wellington Phoenix reminded everyone of their ability to do just that.

Only this time, Glory unveiled a new lethal combination of Cyera Hintzen and Demi Koulizakis, two players who were signed based on their ability to fulfil the role that the number nine brings.

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Both Hintzen and Koulizakis returned from a long spell of injuries, Hintzen having not played the last few games, while Koulizakis made her debut in purple after being sidelined for nearly eight weeks following a knee injury sustained during training.

The decision to sub them both on during the same moment of the game gave Glory an edge that saw the side score two late goals to beat the Phoenix 3-2.

While Hintzen found herself on the scoresheet, it wasn’t so much about their ability to strike but more so the energy both gave to the game to revive their chances of a comeback.

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Hintzen has built a reputation of being a high impact player since her days of playing for Texas Longhorns in the United States.

Koulizakis also spent time in the States but played the 2020/21 season with Canberra United.

For most, seeing Koulizakis and Hintzen on the field may have come as a surprise, especially considering the injury replacements who were bought on to relieve them.

Nonetheless, they’re two young, experienced and lively players who flew under the radar due to being sidelined but their return and combination will make future opposition reconsider tactics to account for this collective duo.

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“To have the impact that they did is really inspiring and it fills me with a lot of hope to see what they can contribute to the team for the rest of the season,” coach Alex Epakis said.

Glory have made it this far without their collective impact and a sense of the unknown lies ahead when thinking about what this side could unlock providing both remain injury free.

With chances of more game time on the table, it could see Koulizakis face her ex-club Canberra United in Glory’s next clash.

Feature Image credit: Tom McCarthy

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

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