Perth Glory defy form and history to secure first win of the A-League Women season

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The stats and scoreboard were against Perth Glory, but they found a way to beat Canberra United 3-2 on Sunday.

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Throughout all of the A-League Women seasons to date, Perth Glory has faced Canberra United 26 times. Of these games they had only won twice before.

Even more shocking is out of 21 games at home, Glory only managed to win six, the last win being in 2019.

Yet to win a game all season, the pressure was on with odds really not in their favour.

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Manager Alex Epakis said Glory knew the challenges going in, with Canberra United always being a challenging fixture for the team.

“In my time here, every game that we’ve played against Canberra United has been exactly how the game we just played was: very end to end with waves of different types of emotions,” he said.

“It’s a fixture that we as a club and as a group always look forward to because we know it’s going to be tough.”

It was just that – tough.

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Temperatures peaking at 33 degrees at Macedonia Park, the players were put under the pump.

Canberra got off to a good start getting 2-0 up.

A last-minute goal from Rylee Baisden in two minutes of added time kept Glory in it going into the second half.

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Epakis said this goal was an essential part of achieving the final result.

“That was like the life support starting back up again. It was critical,” he said.

Maybe the win was what Glory needed to revive their season after a lack of a home ground advantage.

Glory’s season has started in a semi-shaky fashion. But this comeback and fiercely fought win gives them confidence going into the next fixture.

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“The players knew it was really important to get a win today. We had no doubts internally and our faith was never questioned,” Epakis said.

“We knew we’re capable of results like this and performances like that.

“It was performance built on resilience and character. I know that they’re really emotive words, but that was that’s what it was.”

Glory demonstrated a solid team effort in the fight against Canberra United which should take them comfortably into their nine-day break during the holiday period.

Feature Image: Tom McCarthy

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Tylah Tully
Tylah Tully
Current journalism student in Perth. Fanatical sports fan. One of two writers covering the Perth Glory men and women’s teams for the 2022/23 season.

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