Week off a blessing in disguise: Harnwell

Perth Glory coach Jamie Harnwell says last week's match postponement against Newcastle Jets has worked in the team's favour in preparation for tomorrow's vital Westfield W-League clash against Sydney FC.

Perth Glory coach Jamie Harnwell says last week's match postponement against Newcastle Jets has worked in the team's favour in preparation for tomorrow's vital Westfield W-League clash against Sydney FC.

The last time Perth was in competitive action saw reigning champions Brisbane Roar defeat the Glory 5-2, but tomorrow evening-s match at Leichhardt Oval is the perfect stage for the team in purple to get their season back on track.

Sydney FC is coming off a 4-1 defeat of Adelaide United and three points for the Glory would be a massive boost in the hunt for a debut finals appearance.

“With the postponement of the Newcastle game it has meant we have had a bit more time at training to rectify the problems from the Brisbane game and how we are looking to play against Sydney,” said Harnwell. “The players have worked hard and we are going to go over there and take the game to them.

“There is no point in us sitting back, we need put them on the back foot and get a win.”

Norwegian international Lisa-Marie Woods is finally in contention to make her first start for Perth after her international clearance didn-t arrive in time for the Brisbane fixture and Harnwell is looking forward to finally seeing her on the pitch.

“Having Lisa-Marie here for an extra week to familiarise herself with the team has been great and I think the rest of the players are excited to see her play as well,” said Harnwell.

“It won-t be an easy game as Sydney is a very strong side with good players all over the park, but if we can play to our potential for a full 90 minutes we will be in with a chance.”

Joining Woods into this weekend-s squad will be Lara Filocamo and Sarah Carroll, with the latter a chance to make her debut after missing most of the season with international commitments and injury problems.

Kick-off against Sydney FC is at 7pm local time tomorrow (4pm Perth time).

Sydney FC v Perth Glory Saturday 3 December 2011 Leichhardt Oval, Sydney Kick-off: 4pm (Perth time)

Sydney FC squad:1. Allison LIPSHER (gk), 15. Thea SLATYER, 3. Danielle BROGAN, 5. Estelle JOHNSON, 6. Servet UZUNLAR, 4. Renee ROLLASON, 10. Kylie LEDBROOK, 2. Teresa POLIAS, 9. Sarah WALSH, 12. Teigen ALLEN, 8. Caitlin FOORD, 13. Brittany WHITTFIELD, 7. Heather GARRIOCK, 19. Leena KHAMIS, 16. Alisha BASS, 14. Rachael SOUTAR, 21. Chloe LOGARZO, 20. Monique JACKSON (gk), 30. Sham KHAMIS (gk) * four to be omitted

In: Alisha Bass, Rachael Soutar, Chloe Logarzo, Sham Khamis (all promoted)

Unavailable: Kyah Simon (injured), Victoria Balomenos (injured - season)

Perth Glory squad:1. Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk), 3. Carys HAWKINS, 4. Erika ELZE, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Katarina JUKIC, 7. Sadie LAWRENCE, 8. Tanya OXTOBY (c), 9. Katie HOLTHAM, 10. Jaymee GIBBONS, 11. Ella MASTRANTONIO, 12. Danielle CALAUTTI, 13. Elisa D-OVIDIO, 15. Lara FILOCAMO, 16. Lisa-Marie WOODS, 17. Marianna TABAIN, 18. Emma KETE, 19. Sarah CARROLL, 20. Kristy TESCHINSKY (gk) *three to be omitted

In: Lisa Marie-Woods (Fortuna Hjorring, Denmark), Lara Filocamo, Sarah Carroll (both promoted)