De Vanna back for Glory

Perth Glory Women welcomed star striker Lisa De Vanna into the side for her first game of the Westfield W-League season and the Australian International didn’t disappoint with a strong performance against Melbourne.

Perth Glory Women welcomed star striker Lisa De Vanna into the side for her first game of the Westfield W-League season and the Australian International didn-t disappoint with a strong performance against Melbourne.

De Vanna joined fellow Matilda Collette McCallum in purple however wet and blustery conditions made it tough going for the WA side who eventually succumbed to the Victory at Bob Jane Stadium.

A first half injury time penalty to Melbourne skipper Tal Karp gave the home side the impetus at the break and while the Glory did well to contain Victory-s advances for the majority of the second half, an own goal from Glory-s Carys Hawkins and a well taken header from Louisa Bisby gave the Victorians a comfortable 3 goal win.

The first genuine chance in the match came after 30 minutes when a deep free kick from Sarah Groenewald caught Glory keeper Maya Diederichsen under the ball, however defender Emily Dunn was on the spot to clear off the line.

Glory-s attacking moves brought De Vanna in the heart of the action but the skilful striker wasn-t able to break down a resilient Melbourne defence.

After bravely keeping a clean sheet for the majority of the first half, the Glory's resistance was finally broken in the second minute of injury time when Dunn brought down Melbourne's Rebecca Tegg in the penalty box.

Melbourne doubled its advantage in the 75th minute when a superb corner from Groenewald forced Hawkins to desperately lunge but the deflection cruelly flashed into her own net.

The Glory had a chance to get back into the match after winning a penalty of their own 12 minutes before time, however Victory ‘keeper Melissa Barbieri won the battle of wits against Matildas team mate Collette McCallum to save and keep her clean sheet intact.

Louisa Bisby put the icing on the cake eight minutes from time when she headed another lovely Groenewald corner into the net for the home team's third goal.

“I-m a little disappointed, it-s my first game back and we wanted to have a win today. We have a young side and are very inexperienced which was again the difference today” De Vanna said after the game.

“The team is disappointed about the result, the challenge now is to keep focused and get a win next week against Adelaide.

“It-s nice to be home and I am very excited about next week, I get to play at home in front of my mum and sister which I am really looking forward to,” De Vanna said.

Westfield W-League Rd3 Melbourne Victory 3 (Tal Karp 45-(pen), Carys Hawkins 75- og, Louisa Bisby 82-) Perth Glory 0 Saturday 8 November, 2008 Bob Jane Stadium, Melbourne

Referee: Kate Jacewicz Assistants: Catherine Hofman, Kris Flynn

Perth Glory: 20.Maya DIEDERICHSEN (gk), 2.Stacey LEARMONT (7.Ciara CONWAY 63-), 3.Carys HAWKINS, 5.Shannon MAY, 8.Tanya OXTOBY (c), 11.Lisa DE VANNA 12.Dani CALAUTTI, 13.Elisa D-OVIDIO (9.Katy COGHLAN 83-), 14.Collette McCALLUM, 15.Elle SEMMENS (16.Rachael SMITH 24-), 19.Emily DUNN, SUBS NOT USED: 1.Kate STEWART (gk)

Yellow Cards: Stacey Learmont, Elisa D-Ovidio Red Cards: None

Melbourne Victory: 1.Melissa BARBIERI (gk), 3.Marlies OOSTDAM, 4.Tal KARP (c), 6.Maika RUYTER-HOOLEY (5.Laura ALLEWAY 74-), 7.Sarah GROENEWALD, 8.Louisa BISBY (2.Megan ARCHER 84-), 9.Rebecca TEGG, 11.Brittany TIMKO, 15.Daniela DIGIAMMARCO, 16.Alisha FOOTE (13.Deanna NICESKI 82-), 19.Enza BARILLA SUBS NOT USED: 20.Nicole PAUL (gk)

Yellow Cards: Sarah Groenewald Red Cards: None

Next Match: Perth Glory v Adelaide United Saturday November 15, 2008 Members Equity Stadium, Perth Kick off 4.00pm (AWDT)