Kerr bags hat-trick in thrilling draw

Sam Kerr grabbed a remarkable 10-minute hat-trick as Glory fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium.

With the sides separated only by goal difference at the top of the ladder ahead of kick off, the game had all the makings of a classic and it did not disappoint, with Glory's skipper almost inevitably taking centre stage.

It was the Jets who drew first blood, Emily Van Egmond releasing Arin Gilliland who rounded Glory 'keeper Mel Maizels before calmly finding the net.

And it remained 1-0 until the 75th minute when Kerr cut in from the right and rifled in a fine, angled drive.

Just 60 seconds later, the Matildas star curled home from inside the box to put the visitors in front, only for the Jets to hit back almost immediately as Katie Stengel notched her fifth goal of the campaign.

Again Glory responded through Kerr, whose right-foot strike made it 3-2 with just six minutes left, but their hopes of a third away win of the season were dashed when the luckless Sarah Carroll put through her own net deep in stoppage time to ensure that the shares were spoiled.

Bobby Despotovski's side return to action on Friday 29th December when they welcome Brisbane Roar to Dorrien Gardens.


Match Details

Newcastle Jets 3 (Gilliland 31', Stengel 83', S.Caroll o.g. 90+4') Perth Glory 3 (Kerr 77', 82', 84')

Half-time: 1-0

McDonald Jones Stadium

Referee: Maddison Kennedy

Newcastle Jets: 28.Britt ECKERSTROM (gk), 2.Hannah BREWER, 3.Natasha PRIOR, 5.Arin GILLILAND, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 9.Katie STENGEL (21.Pana PETRATOS 90+6'), 10.Emily VAN EGMOND (c), 16.Nikola ORGILL, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY (11.Cortnee VINE, 71'), 18. Clare WHEELER, 23.Tori HUSTER,

Substitutes not used: 8.Sophie NENADOVIC, 20.Claire COEHLO (gk),

Yellow cards: Prior

Red cards: None

Perth Glory: 18.Melissa MAIZELS (GK), 2.Sarah CARROLL, 3.Kim CARROLL, 4.Natasha RIGBY, 7.Nicole STANTON, 9.Rachel HILL, 10.Raquel RODRIGUEZ (13.Jaymee GIBBONS 81'), 11. Nicola BOLGER (8.Shawn BILLAM,  55'), 16.Amanda FRISBIE, 17.Marianna TABAIN, 20.Samantha KERR (c)

Substitutes not used: 6.Danielle BROGAN, 30.Morgan AQUINO (GK),

Yellow cards: Stanton

Red cards: None