W:LEAGUE Clinical City clinch Championship

Perth Glory Women 0 Melbourne City Women 2

Perth Glory Women have been defeated 2-0 by back-to-back champions Melbourne City in front of a record crowd at the Westfield W-League Grand Final.

A bumper crowd of 4591 at nib Stadium was on hand to see Perth Glory’s second Westfield W-League Grand Final appearance in three seasons. The match would ultimately end in heartbreak for the Glory girls, who had the majority of chances throughout the match.


Five star Glory outclass Reds to jump into top four

Adelaide United 0 Perth Glory 5

Perth Glory FC has put on an attacking master-class performance in the City of Churches, to defeat defending champions Adelaide United 5-0 at Coopers Stadium tonight.

The scoring opened in bizarre circumstances just 15 minutes into the match. Chris Harold’s floated cross found Reds defender Iacopo La Rocca unmarked at the back post, who miscued his headed clearance and put the ball past his keeper and into the back of the net.

Glory’s Spanish marquee Diego Castro doubled Perth Glory’s lead 22 minutes later with a classy move. His quick feet were too much for the Adelaide defence, cutting inside and slamming his strike past Reds ‘keeper John Hall into the bottom far corner.

Glory evenutally pulled away 5-0 to record its biggest win over Adelaide in Hyundai A-League history (matching its NSL record dating back to 2003-04) and at the same time jumped into the top four with eight games remaining in the season.


Castro double gives Perth the Glory

A Diego Castro brace and a tap in from Adam Taggart has helped Perth Glory claim a crucial 3-2 win in a five-goal thriller.

It was a frenetic opening half that saw both sides display their attacking prowess with Diego Castro and Adam Taggart heavily involved for Glory with Nick Feely making his Hyundai A-League starting debut between the sticks, while Andrew Nabbout caused problems down the left for the Jets.

Perth opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Nigel Boogard's lunging tackle on Taggart was adjudged a foul by referee Jonathon Barreiro, which Castro slotted into the bottom left corner.

Despite enjoying a majority of possession, Newcastle always seemed a threat when venturing forward and levelled proceedings on 38 minutes after Nabbout's dangerous cross was headed home by Andrew Hoole.

Just moments later Castro restored Glory's lead with a smart finish at Jack Duncan's near post. The Spaniard's dazzling footwork opened up space for the midfielder whose fizzing shot was too quick for the Jets keeper. Taggart then doubled Perth's advantage with a timely tap in following Josh Risdon precise left-foot cross to the back post.

Newcastle refused to lie down, with Jason Hoffman scoring a spectacular long-range goal to halve the deficit at the 72nd-minute mark. Despite the Jets resilience, Glory showed great composure in the final stages to secure a well-deserved 3-2 win in front of 12,903 at nib Stadium.

Key Moments:

First Half:

7' Nabbout makes a dashing run into the Glory box and his curling effort is saved by Feely. 11' GOAL | Castro's cross from the left-wing is met by an outstretched Taggart, but his volley is just wide of the post. 12' Keogh's one-on-one chance is expertly saved by Jets keeper Jack Duncan. 13' Nigel Boogard's lunging tackle on Castro is deemed a foul and the Spaniard coolly converts to open the scoring. 16' Hoole shoots from a tight angle just inside the area and is comfortably collected by Feely. 19' Taggart's tidy footwork allows the Socceroo to shoot, which is parried by Duncan to Keogh who taps home but is offside. 30' Risdon's low shot is saved by Duncan after a surging run from the defender. 38' GOAL | Nabbout's accurate cross finds Hoole who rises to head the Jets level. 40' Castro's attempted cross is deflected onto the post by a Jets defender. 41' GOAL | Castro was back at it again moments later as his low shot from well inside the area sneaks in at the near post to put Glory 2-1 up.

Second Half:

59' GOAL | Risdon's superb curling left-footed cross is met by Taggart at the back post who taps home to give Glory a 3-1 lead. 60' Nabbout tries his luck from distance, but his strike is straight at Feely who catches comfortably. 72' GOAL | Hoffman halves the deficit with a thumping shot from 30 yards.

Perth Glory FC Squad: 13. Nick FEELY (GK), 4. Shane LOWRY (5. Rhys WILLIAMS 38'), 6. Dino DJULBIC, 8. Rostyn GRIFFITHS (C), 9. Andy KEOGH, 14. Chris HAROLD (10. Nebo MARINKOVIC 72'), 15. Brandon WILSON, 16. Joseph MILLS, 17. Diego CASTRO, 19. Josh RISDON, 22. Adam TAGGART (24. Milan SMILJANIC 89')

Subs not used: 7. Joel CHIANESE, 30. Jordan THURTELL

Yellow Cards: Nil.

Newcastle Jets Squad: 20. Jack DUNCAN (GK), 2. Daniel MULLEN, 3. Jason HOFFMAN 4. Nigel BOOGARD, 7. Andrew HOOLE, 8. Mateo POLJAK, 15. Andrew NABBOUT, 18. Ma LEI LEI (10. Wayne BROWN 58'), 19. Morten NORDSTRAND (12. Harrison SAWYER 70'), 22. Lachlan JACKSON, 28. John KOUTROUMBIS (23. Devante CLUT 83')

Subs not used: 50. Tomislav ARCABA (GK), 16. Nicholas COWBURN

Yellow Cards: 22. Lachlan JACKSON 30', 18. Ma LEI LEI 32', 2. Daniel MULLEN 54', 4. Nigel BOOGARD 90+1'


W:LEAGUE Glory punish Sydney

Glory Women advance to W-League Grand Final

Perth Glory Women have booked their spot in the Westfield W-League Grand Final with a convincing 5-1 annhilation of Sydney FC at nib Stadium.

A Vanessa DiBernardo double led Glory to a 5-1 triumph in a thrilling end-to-end encounter. Glory came from behind in front of 1592 loyal fans as the side made a real statement en route against a Sydney side featuring a host of Matildas stars.


Glorious double header for Perth

Glorious double header for Perth
Perth Glory Women have secured a home final for the first time in two seasons, following a late 1-0 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers at Popondetta Park in New South Wales this afternoon.
Glory Women

Caitlin Doeglas struck in stoppage time to secure the three points and second spot (equal first with Canberra on points) on the Westfield W-League ladder, for Perth to earn the right to host a home semi-final against Sydney FC next weekend.


The match will be a curtain raiser to Perth Glory’s Hyundai A-League fixture against Newcastle Jets next Saturday night at nib Stadium, kicking off at 4pm.

Glory’s W-League coach Bobby Despotovski said he was thrilled with the result and happy his troops had achieved what they set out to do at the start of the season.


“The girls deserve to be in the position they are in. I was a bit disappointed for them not to take top spot, but from last year to this year it has been a vast improvement, from the coaching and across the whole organisation” he said.


The players worked very hard for this and I want them to rise to the occasion and it’s only fitting to play at nib in the semi-final as well” he said.


It’s a fitting end to the end of the regular season for Doeglas who scored the match winner to secure the top-two finish. The youngster scored the fastest goal of the season for Glory, ironically against the Wanderers at nib Stadium in Round One.


“We dominated big parts of the game. With Sammy (Kerr) being suspended we missed her speed but its great Caitlin stepped up to grab the winner” Despotovski said.


Tickets to Glory’s Hyundai A-League match against the Jets will also guarantee free entry to the early W-League clash and can be purchased HERE.

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