Glory land rising star for W-League 2021/22 campaign and beyond
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Perth Glory is delighted to confirm the signing of highly-rated young forward Alana Jancevski on a long-term deal.
Widely regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in the country, the 18-year-old is a Young Matildas representative who was previously a part of the set-up at Melbourne Victory.
Having opted to make the move to the West ahead of the Westfield W-League 2021/22 Season, Jancevski cannot wait to get started.
“Since I was a youngster, I’ve always wanted to play in the W-League,” she said, “and Alex Epakis [Glory Head Coach] has been amazing in helping me to get that opportunity.
“I’m excited for the challenge and to be joining an excellent group of girls who work really hard and want to be successful.
“Being a part of that will be a great opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to showing everybody how good a team we can be.
“I know that I’m going to grow as a footballer and as a person.”
Epakis, meanwhile, is confident that Jancevski has what it takes to make a major impact in purple in the coming years.
“I am really excited to have Alana at Perth Glory for the next few seasons,” he said.
“She is a very exciting player who has a lot of attacking qualities and will certainly help add some firepower to our attacking play.
“I believe Alana has the quality and confidence to really excel as a player and help the team reach new heights.
“She is a hungry and determined character with a fantastic level of confidence and professionalism about her and I am proud she has chosen Perth Glory as the best club for her development and growth.”
Glory CEO Tony Pignata believes that securing Jancevski’s services reinforces Glory’s growing reputation as the destination club for young Australian talent.
“Alex showed last season that he is committed to giving young players an opportunity at W-League level,” he said, “and Alana is another rising star that I’m sure our Members and fans will be hugely excited about seeing in Glory colours next year.
“She has huge potential and we’re confident that she will fulfil that with us in the coming seasons.”
Further W-League signing announcements will be made in the near future.
WWL - Glory downed by Jets at Dorrien
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Glory's search for a first win of the Westfield W-League season goes on after Newcastle Jets claimed a 4-0 victory at Dorrien Gardens on Monday evening.
Rhianna Pollicina had a hand in both of the visitors' first-half goals, firing home the first herself and then laying on the second for Sunny Franco.
Franco's header increased Newcastle's lead immediately after the break and the influential Lauren Allen added the fourth late in the piece.
Glory Head Coach Alex Epakis could not fault his young side's commitment, but felt that the Jets were clinical in punishing the mistakes they made.
"We keep putting in the best effort we possibly can, but we're an inexperienced team and we're still making some individual errors in key moments that are costing us goals," he said.
"Unfortunately, we were made to pay for every error we made and when you don't have much luck, other areas just build and build and they put more pressure on.
"We need to find a way to limit those errors and do a bit more.
"I thought we showed some good character to stay in the game in terms of we kept trying to go forward despite the scoreline, but it's the inexperience and little errors that we're being made to pay for."
After a cagey opening, the first chance of the night fell the way of the Jets as Allan was foiled by a brave, point-blank save from Lily Alfeld having been sent clear through on goal by a perfectly-timed pass from Tiana Jaber.
Glory responded in kind moments later, Caitlin Doeglas showing great pace to get in behind the Jets defence and fire in an angled shot which Claire Coelho did well to block at the near post.
As the half wore on, the chances began to flow and it was the visitors who came within centimetres of hitting the front in the 24th minute when a thunderous effort from Cassidy Davis crashed against the underside of the bar and bounced back out.
But Ashley Wilson's side were not to be denied just short of the half-hour mark, Allen capitalising upon a defensive error and picking out Pollicina whose emphatic finish gave Alfeld no chance.
Within seven minutes Newcastle had doubled their lead, Pollicina turning provider with a slide-rule through-ball for Franco who calmly picked out the bottom corner.
And only a fingertip save from Alfeld prevented Tara Andrews' header from making it 3-0 just before the break.
The respite proved short-lived for the home side, however, as two minutes after the restart a loose ball fell kindly for Franco who nodded home her second and the Jets' third goal of the night.
To their credit, Glory came close to hitting back immediately, the lively Doeglas surging away down the left and cutting the ball back for half-time substitute Malia Steinmetz whose well-struck shot drew a good save from Coelho diving to her left.
Jamie-Lee Gale also threatened with a header as the women in purple tried desperately to force their way back into the contest, but instead it was the Jets who had the last word as Allan was teed up by substitute Sophie Harding and applied a composed finish to complete the scoring seven minutes from time.
Perth Glory 0 Newcastle Jets 4 (Pollicina 29', Franco 36', 47', Allan 83')
Dorrien Gardens, Perth
Referee: Rachel Mitchenson
Perth Glory: 1.Lily ALFELD (gk), 2.Sarah CARROLL, 4.Natasha RIGBY (c), 5.Deborah-Anne DE LA HARPE, 6.Tijan MCKENNA (9.Malia STEINMETZ 46'), 7.Elizabeth ANTON, 8.Hana LOWRY, 10.Alexia MORENO (11.Patricia CHARALAMBOUS 57'), 14.Caitlin DOEGLAS, 17.Marianna TABAIN (12.Sarah MORGAN 65'), 18.Taneesha BAKER (13.Jamie-Lee GALE 46')
Substitutes not used: 20.Rebecca BENNETT (gk)
Yellow Cards: Anton, Moreno, Rigby
Red Cards: None
Newcastle Jets: 20.Claire COELHO (gk), 2.Hannah BREWER, 4.Chloe O’BRIEN, 6.Cassidy DAVIS (c), 9.Tara ANDREWS (15.Sophie HARDING 65'), 11.Rhianna POLLICINA (10.Pana PETRATOS 74'), 12.Tessa TAMPLIN, 13.Lauren ALLAN, 14.Tiana JABER, 16.Sunny FRANCO (5.Alisha BASS 76'), 18.Taren KING
Substitutes not used: 30.Nicole SIMONSEN (gk)
Yellow Cards: Brewer
Red Cards: None