Glory’s undefeated start to the Westfield W-League season came to an end after a narrow 1-0 away defeat to Newcastle Jets.
Import Jennifer Hoy’s 48th minute penalty proved the difference, after the American was taken down at the front post by Glory defender Arianna Romero. Hoy placed her strong right footed strike across Maizels into the bottom left corner.
The first half proved tense and tight, with opportunities a rarity for both sides. Vanessa DiBernardo almost got Glory off to the perfect start when her 30 metre pile-driving shot crashed off the upper side of the top bar. Kerr went close on two chances, while Jets goalkeeper Kelsey Wys was substituted early on with a knee injury.
After Hoy’s strike in the second half, Glory regained control of the match and piled the pressure on the Jets. Kerr’s one-on-one effort was saved well by Coelho, before a late push saw Mautz place a shot narrowly wide of the far post. Mautz then turned provider for Kerr with a well-weighted cross, but the captains header drifted inches wide of the far post.
The win puts the Jets on top of the table for now at least, while Glory drop down to fourth place.
Glory now have a long break before taking on Melbourne Victory at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne on December 4. Glory then return home to take on Sydney FC on December 11 at Dorrien Gardens, ticketing information here: http://www.w-league.com.au/tickets
Newcastle Jets 1 (Hoy 48’ P)
Perth Glory FC 1
McDonald Jones Stadium, Round 3
2’ Vanessa DiBernardo strikes a powerful strike from 30 metres out, which crashes off the top of the crossbar.
19’ Stanton delivers a smart ball into the box to find Kerr, the captains glancing header goes across the face of the goals for the Jets to clear to safety.
22’ Kerr gets on the end of a corner and sends a powerful header towards goal, Jets defender Claire Wheeler clearing the shot off the goal line.
45+4’ Kim Carroll sends a powerful free kick just over Coelho’s crossbar from 40 metres out.
47’ Jets win a penalty. Kingsley
48’ Jets score, 1-0. Hoy makes no mistake from the spot, striking strongly into the bottom left corner past Maizels.
53’ Mautz has a strike from the edge of the box, but Coelho saves the low shot well at her near post.
55’ Nenadovic strikes her acutely angled free kick onto the crossbar, Glory clear the rebound.
64’ Kerr fires in a cross towards Sutton at the near post but the striker can’t reach it for the equaliser.
75’ Kerr turns past O’Reilly and fires her shot straight at Coelho in the one on one situation.
84’ Kingsley is put through on the left wing and tries to cut back for Dobson to tap into an empty net, but Maizels saved brilliantly with an outstretched leg to deny her.
90+1’ Mautz strikes narrowly wide of the far post from just inside the 18-yard-box.
90+3’ Mautz turns provider this time, floating a perfect cross to captain Sam Kerr, her header goes inches wide of Coelho’s far post.
Newcastle Jets: 1. Kelsey WYS (GK - 20. Claire COELHO 13’), 2. Sophie NENADOVIC, 3. Elizabeth O’REILLY, 4. Megan OYSTER, 5. Arin GILLILAND, 6. Cassidy DAVIS, 7. Gema SIMON (C), 8. Emma STANBURY, 9. Jennifer HOY (10. Rhali DOBSON 65’), 17. Jenna KINGSLEY, 18. Clare WHEELER (13. Grace MCINTYRE 77’)
Unused sub: 19. Ashlee BRODIGAN.
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
Perth Glory FC: 1. Melissa MAIZELS (GK), 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Kim CARROLL, 4. Alyssa MAUTZ, 5. Patricia CHARALAMBOUS (17. Natasha RIGBY 65’), 7. Nicole STANTON, 9. Rosie SUTTON, 10. Vanessa DIBERNARDO (8. Shawn BILLAM 73’), 13. JAYMEE GIBBONS (14. Caitlin DOEGLAS 51’), 20. Samantha KERR (C), 22. Arianna ROMERO
Unused sub: 18. Gabby DAL BUSCO (GK)
Yellow cards: Stanton 71’
Red cards: nil