Melbourne Victory with work to do if they want to catch up to the league leaders and Perth Glory, well they’re still chasing their first win.. Perth Glory at home at Dorrien Gardens with their fantastic home support could in fact get their win. Melbourne Victory however, even with the long travel cross-country, up against a weaker (than last season) Glory would be confident af.
I hadn’t even set up my station within my big ass bean bag yet and Melbourne Victory had come out all guns blazing. Rosie Sutton with a shot on goal and in goal after a through ball from Lia Privitelli within the first minute. But the lines-woman was on it and raised the flag for offside.
Don’t blink though because before you know it, one of my favourite Balkan’s is testing the opposing goal. Kat Jukic with a shot that hits the left post. Followed by Morgan Andrews with a shot that just goes left. My lord, I am very happy I’m staying up past my bedtime for this.
It is somehow still 0-0 in the 23rd minute and we see Emily Menges concede a Penalty for Victory as she takes out Crystal Thomas. It was border lining on one of those sibling tackles, then you look at mum like ‘what did I do’. Menges very fortunate not to receive a yellow as only 2 minutes earlier she received her first yellow for a foul.
Crystal Thomas steps up for the penalty and her bottom left corner shot is saved by Casey Dumont. This woman honestly.
Melbourne Victory finally open the scoring in the 33rd minute with an Amy Jackson thunder-bastard. Jackson with the utter most control receiving the ball and followed through with a left foot rocket from outside the box which ricocheted off the inside of the cross bar and into the back of the net. An absolute screamer of a goal.
Perth Glory soon discover when it’s not on it’s not on and I’m pretty sure their ‘score’ button was not on. Victory go 2 up from another Amy Jackson goal, this time with her head. Comically a 3-person header much alike those drills we (or people who can successfully header a ball in a certain direction) do to improve our technique. From Dowie to Sutton to Jackson and it’s 2-0 to the Victory.
Melbourne Victory could’ve easily been on for more with how Lia Privitelli and Tash Dowie were playing but it was Amy Jackson who was stealing the limelight and with those finishes, damn right. Privitelli, Haley Hanson and Angie Beard probably had the toughest day out but we cannot forget about Emily Menges either. I probably should’ve thought this through a little better because now that I think about it, I could name a lot of the Victory team. Glory definitely came to play.
Thankfully for Perth fans and those like myself going for the underdog, Perth Glory found their on switch. With an attack we were dying to see, Glory found their feet through a Leticia McKenna goal in the 60th minute. After a poor turnover from the Victory defence, McKenna with the steal and a clean shot to the bottom left and Bob’s your uncle (could be) Glory got a goal. It’s on bitches.
Perth Glory started throwing the kitchen sink and much more at them. We even saw their goalie Eliza Campbell try a through ball but didn’t come to anything as Thomas was caught offside. A keeper assist is really clutching at straws.
Unfortunately (for anyone like myself in AEDT time) the play for most of the second half followed my mood. Slow and unable to push forward. Perth only able to capitalise on a Victory mistake showed their inability to succeed in the final third. Perth Glory still had their chances with Kat Jukic, Morgan Andrews and Crystal Thomas to name a few that were working their butts off, creating opportunities for themselves and teammates. So many great plays but like we say every week, just unable to finish the job.
It all ends 2-1 to the Victory and Glory still can’t find, well, any Glory. This Friday sees Perth travel to Adelaide to face the other team without a win this season, the relegation battle, I guess. And Melbourne Victory are at AAMI Park to face the Newcastle Jets in a game that I think could literally go either way.
By Rose Valente