Glory were unable to follow up last weekend's win over Adelaide United as they were downed 5-2 by Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium.

The visitors took an early lead through a stunning strike from Xavi Torres and after falling behind to first-half goals from Dario Vidosic and Goran Paracki, fought back to level things up via Shane Lowry's header just after the break.

Phoenix restored their lead courtesy of Gui Finkler's close-range effort, however, before Andrija Kaludjerovic fired home his fourth goal of the season from the penalty spot 16 minutes from time to make it 4-2.

The in-form Serb then added his second and the home side's fifth right at the death to round out the scoring.

And yet the Remembrance Round clash began so brightly for Glory on a chilly afternoon in the New Zealand capital.

Teenage home goalkeeper Keegan Smith gifted Kenny Lowe's side an indirect free-kick just inside the box when he handled Marco Rossi's backpass under pressure from Andy Keogh and following a touch from Diego Castro, Torres calmly stroked the ball over the wall and into the roof of the net.

Glory's lead was to last just four minutes, however, as Krishna made his way into the box and stood up a fine cross for Vidosic who beat Liam Reddy from close range with a downward header.

The visitors responded to the setback in positive fashion and went close to restoring parity when Castro cut inside from the left and flashed a low shot narrowly wide of Keegan's far post.

But despite finding themselves under sustained pressure, it was Phoenix who grabbed the game's next goal.

The lively Krishna pounced on a wayward pass from Scott Neville and played in Paracki whose angled drive from the right-hand side of the box found the bottom corner.

Glory could count themselves unfortunate to be trailing at the break and they rectified that situation within two minutes of the re-start.

Seconds after a fierce Brandon Wilson strike had been palmed over the bar by Smith, Lowry was first to meet a teasing cross from Mitch Nichols and the central defender's glancing header made it 2-2.

Again Darije Kalezic's men hit back swiftly, however, as five minutes later Krishna found space on the right flank and when he picked out Finkler, the former Melbourne Victory midfielder had time to take a touch and pick his spot.

And Wellington duly extended their lead, albeit in controversial circumstances.

After a lengthy referral to the Video Assistant Referee, match official Kurt Ams adjudged that Scott Neville had handled Alex Rufer's cross in the box and Kaludjerovic calmly drilled home the resulting penalty.

But if there was some dispute about Kaludjerovic's first goal, there was none about his second as the striker's powerful, 86th-minute header gave Reddy no chance.

Match Details

Wellington Phoenix 5 (Vidosic 13', Paracki 34', Finkler 52', Kaludjerovic (pen) 74', 86') Perth Glory 2 (Torres 9', Lowry 47')

Half time: 2-1

Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Referee: Kurt Ams

Wellington Phoenix: 30.Keegan SMITH (GK), 2.Daniel MULLEN, 4.Goran PARACKI, 6.Dylan FOX (14.Alex RUFER 45'), 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Dario VIDOSIC (12.Adam PARKHOUSE 82'), 9.Andrija KALUDJEROVIC, 13.Marco ROSSI, 17.Ali ABBAS, 21.Roy KRISHNA, 23.Matthew RIDENTON

Substitutes not used: 1.Lewis ITALIANO (GK), 11.Hamish WATSON, 19.Thomas DOYLE

Yellow cards: Paracki 40', Rufer 45+2'

Red cards: None

Perth Glory: 33.Liam REDDY (GK), 2.Alex GRANT, 4.Shane LOWRY, 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 8.Xavi TORRES, 9.Andy KEOGH (c), 14.Chris HAROLD (11. Mitch MALLIA 62'), 15.Brandon WILSON, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18. Andreu GUERAO (20.Jake BRIMMER 70'), 23.Scott NEVILLE (5.Jacob POSCOLIERO 78')

Substitutes not used: 13 Nick FEELY (GK), 19.Joseph KNOWLES

Yellow cards: Harold 16', Wilson 37'

Red cards: None

Perth Glory exacted revenge for last season’s Grand Final defeat with a crushing 4-1 win over Melbourne City in the Westfield W-League season opener at nib Stadium on Friday night.

Glory stunned the reigning champions in the second half after Matildas star Sam Kerr opened the scoring for the home side in just the third minute of the match.

Kyah Simon equalised for City three minutes into the second half, but from there it was all Perth as US import Rachel Hill netted a brace and fellow-new recruit Nicola Bolger found the back of the net to seal the result.

Costa Rican international Raquel Rodriguez was impressive in her W-League debut, showing great composure on the ball and affecting some brilliant passes from the midfield to strikers Kerr and Hill.

Defenders Amanda Frisbie and Tash Rigby were also critical in nullifying the influence of dangerous City attackers Ashley Hatch and Larissa Crummer.

“We were under a bit of pressure but I thought we handled it well,” Kerr said.

“The only real danger was Hatch down the right side and I thought Tash did a great job on her for 80-90% of the game. Other than our mistakes, I honestly don’t think they put too much through.”

Kerr capitalised on a brilliant pass from Sky Blue FC teammate Nikki Stanton in the third minute to give Glory the lead, threading the ball past City goalkeeper Emily Kenshole, who was a late replacement for Emily Shields who injured herself in the pre-match warm-up.

City dominated the first half with Hatch, Simon and Japanese attacker Yukari Kinga keeping the Glory defence on their toes.

Glory custodian Melissa Maizels was forced to make a number of crucial saves, including one above her head to deny Hatch on the cusp on half time.

Simon caught the Perth defence napping early in the second half with a powerful strike from outside the penalty area to level the score at 1-1 before Bobby Despotovski’s side sprang into action.

Hill found space on the right wing in the 75th minute and shrugged off a challenge from City’s Alanna Kennedy before netting her first goal in purple.

Eight minutes later Hill teamed with Bolger to put the result beyond doubt, with the American adding another in the first minute of added time to cap a memorable night for Glory and avenge last season’s Grand Final heartache.

“There’s nothing more I can ask,” Despotovski said.

“We came here to get three points and we got three points. I’m over the moon.

“We defended well and we scored four good goals. We didn’t have that many friendlies in the lead up, so I think the players did an extraordinary job tonight.”


Match Details

Perth Glory 4 (Sam Kerr 3’, Rachel Hill 75’, Nicola Bolger 83’, Rachel Hill 90’+1)

Melbourne City 1 (Kyah Simon 48’)

Attendance: 1308 at nib Stadium

Referee: Rachel Mitchenson

Assistants: Arvin Shanmugnathan, Adrien Liechti

Fourth Official: Matthew Southern

PERTH GLORY: 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Kim CARROLL (6. Danielle BROGAN 89’), 4. Natasha RIGBY, 7. Nicole STANTON, 9. Rachel HILL, 10. Raquel RODRIGUEZ, 11. Nicola BOLGER (8. Shawn BILLAM 84’), 16. Amanda FRISBIE, 17. Marianna TABAIN (12. Shannon MAY 46’), 18. Melissa MAIZELS (GK), 20. Samantha KERR (C)

Subs not used: 1. Gabrielle DAL BUSCO (GK)

Yellow cards: Nil

Red cards: Nil

MELBOURNE CITY: 2. Yukari KINGA, 3. Lauren BARNES, 4. Ashley HATCH, 7. Stephanie CATLEY (C), 9. Larissa CRUMMER, 10. Jessica FISHLOCK, 13. Rebekah STOTT, 14. Alanna KENNEDY, 15. Amy JACKSON, 17. Kyah SIMON, 30. Emily KENSHOLE (GK)

Subs not used: 5. Lia MULDEARY, 11. Rhali DOBSON, 19. Tyla Jay VLAJNIC, 20. Emily SHIELDS (GK)

Yellow cards: Nil

Red cards: Nil

Bobo's controversial first-half penalty and another spot-kick from Adrian Mierzejewski condemned Glory to a 2-0 defeat against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.

The Brazilian had sent an earlier penalty crashing against the crossbar before making amends in the final minute of the first half by finding the net after Joseph Mills was adjudged to have handled Luke Wilkshire's shot.

The decision looked harsh on the Glory defender, but was upheld even after a lengthy referral to the Video Assistant Referee.

Substitute Mierzejewski then sealed the points for Graham Arnold's men in the 93rd minute, rifling home following a foul from Xavi Torres on Milos Ninkovic.

Glory defended stoutly for long periods, with Liam Reddy outstanding in goal and went close themselves through Diego Castro, Shane Lowry and Chris Harold.

But although they finished strongly, as they have in every game so far this term, the visitors were ultimately unable to prevent the reigning Hyundai A-League champions from extending their unbeaten home run to 19 games.

Reddy was first called into action after nine minutes to keep out a fine effort from Jordy Buijs, before opposite number Andrew Redmayne matched him by producing a similarly impressive save to tip Castro's free kick over the bar.

The Sky Blues swiftly resumed their assault on Glory's goal, however and moments after Bobo had blazed wastefully over when well-placed, the hosts were awarded a penalty.

Mills was penalised for nudging David Carney in the back, but Bobo's subsequent spot-kick struck the underside of the bar and failed to cross the line.

Wilkshire was then denied twice in quick succession by Reddy before Sydney finally broke through, albeit in controversial circumstances, as Mills fell foul of referee Shaun Evans and this time Bobo made no mistake from the spot.

Despite having spent much of the first half on the back foot, however, Glory almost went in level at the break as Lowry's header from a Castro free kick drifted narrowly wide.

Reddy was again called into action to foil Bobo on the hour-mark, while Harold flashed a fierce drive over the bar at the other end as Glory battled their way back into the contest.

But with the home fans' nerves perhaps just starting to flutter, Mierzejewski sealed the deal by successfully converting the third penalty of the game right at the death.

Match Details

Sydney FC 2 (Bobo 45', Mierzejewski 90+4) Perth Glory 0

Half-time 1-0

Referee: Shaun Evans

Sydney FC: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 4.Alex WILKINSON, 5.Jordy BUIJS, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Michael ZULLO, 9.BOBÔ (18.Matt SIMON 87'), 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 17.David CARNEY (11.Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI 66'), 26.Luke WILKSHIRE

Substitutes not used: 8.Paulo RETRE, 22.Seb RYALL, 30.Tom HEWARD-BELLE (GK)

Yellow cards: None

Red cards: None

Perth Glory: 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 2.Alex GRANT'(6.Mitch NICHOLS 57'), 4.Shane LOWRY, 8.Xavi TORRES, 9.Andy KEOGH (c), 14.Chris HAROLD (19.Joe KNOWLES 69'), 16.Joseph MILLS, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18. Andreu GUERAO (20.Jake BRIMMER 57'), 22.Adam TAGGART, 23.Scott NEVILLE

Substitutes not used: 13 Nick FEELY (GK), 15.Brandon WILSON

Yellow cards: Lowry 23', Mills 41, Torres 90+3'

Red cards: None