Double dose of football delight

Despite a week off for Perth Glory’s senior men’s team, Glory’s youth and women’s teams will be in full flight at 6PR stadium this weekend.

Despite a week off for Perth Glory-s senior men-s team, Glory-s youth and women-s teams will be in full flight at 6PR stadium this weekend.

Fresh from a week bye, Perth-s young guns are preparing for a fierce battle with league leaders Brisbane Roar this Saturday.

Two of the strongest teams in the competition enjoyed a thrilling 0-0 draw in round 3 and both squads will be out to take home all three points in what is set to be an entertaining top three clash.

The Roar are coming off a disappointing 2-1 loss to eight-placed Adelaide and will be looking to solidify their spot at the top of the table.

Glory can now look forward to two home games in a row which will help them stay well within reach of the top two.

Perth Glory women will be in action on Sunday as they face the Newcastle Jets in the final match of round 5 of the Westfield W-League.

Last weekend saw Perth leave Brisbane heartbroken after the Roar won the match with the last kick of the day when former Glory striker Lisa De Vanna shot past Tine Cederkvist for the winner.

Their opponents Newcastle are coming off one of the Westfield W-League-s greatest upsets as sub¬stitute Tara Andrews scored a late double to defeat Sydney FC 2-1; the Champions- first loss in 15 matches. The dramatic winner came in the 90th minute with the 16-year-old scoring from inside her own half.

Last season-s contest was taken out by Perth in a 1-0 result after midfielder Col¬lette McCallum struck in just the 10th minute of the match. In season one of the Westfield W-League, Newcastle won the first encounter 4-1, while their clash in Round 10 was a 0-0 draw.

It will be the first time that AFC Women-s Player of the Year Kate Gill comes up against her former side, after scoring six goals from 10 ap¬pearances for the Jets back in season one.

Gill has been in devastating form for club and country since leav¬ing the Jets for Perth and averages a goal a game for the Glory.

The young Jets will be full of confidence following their huge victory against Sydney and will take on a wounded Perth who lost in the most devastating of circumstances.

Westfield Matildas defender Thea Slatyer will be a key Newcastle player to watch as she marshals the defence with captain Hayley Crawford. Goalkeeper Allison Lipsher kept her side alive last week with five saves and her form in today-s contest will be vital to Newcastle-s chances.

As each week rolls on, Perth-s new international signings are becom¬ing more accustomed to their team¬mates and the vastly different weather conditions in Australia. This can only boost the Glory and as the season is so short there is no better time to grab three points. A victory could see the Glory jump up into the top four on the Westfield W-League table.

PERTH GLORY YOUTH V BRISBANE ROAR Saturday, 4 December 6PR stadium, Inglewood Kick-off: 5pm (AWST)

Perth Glory squad: Tim DOYLE, Cameron EDWARDS, Dean EVANS, Sam MITCHINSON, Sahr MUSA, Harry O-BRIEN, Brandon O-NEILL, Sebit OYET, Alex PEARSON, Ryan PEARSON, Billy QUINNCROFT, Joshua RISDON, Storm ROUX, Stephen WALMSLEY.

In: Sebit OYET (returns from injury) Unavailable: Nil

*One to be added


Sunday, 5 December 6PR Stadium, Inglewood 5pm

Perth Glory squad: 1. Tine CEDERKVIST (gk), 2. Stacey LEARMONT, 3. Carys HAWKINS, 4. Samantha KERR, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Alexandra SINGER, 7. Alexandra NILSSON, 8. Tanya OXTOBY (c), 11. Lara FILOCAMO, 12. Kate GILL, 13. Elisa D-OVIDIO, 14. Collette McCALLUM, 15. Jaymee GIBBONS, 16. Sadie LAWRENCE, 17. Marianna TABAIN, 20. Kathleen WAYCOTT (gk)

*one to be omitted* In: Stacey LEARMONT (promoted) Out: Nil Unavailable: Nil