The Glory continue to fall from grace, as another loss cements their place on the ladder, further and further. It’s heartbreaking to say that the W-league runners up are having everything but a glorious time (bad pun, strike 1).
After losing to Canberra United, Sydney FC and now the Newcastle Jets, Perth still sit last on the ladder with 0 points, and are struggling to adapt with life after their Matildas star captain, Sam Kerr, and her partner Nikki Stanton.
The game kicks off at Dorrien Gardens, where the Glory welcome the Newcastle Jets, for what is now Round 4 of the Dub season.
The game starts off fast and hard, as the Jets win the race to score first, scoring from a magnificent link up between Andrews, Collister and Flannery. Glory’s midfield and defense are stretched, leaving holes in their formation, making it easy for Collister to cut back into the path of Flannery, to make the scoreline, 1 – 0.
The game continues and Perth attempt to win one back, to make it levelled again, with Caitlin Douglas, only to have the ball go wide and passing Jukic, who was only feet away from a chance to make it 1 – 1.
It slowly becomes evident that Perth are battling, as Andrews makes it 2, for the Jets.
It’s about here where you can’t help but want to throw your head in your hands and say “GOD, I miss Sam Kerr”..
And it’s no lie that everyone DOES miss our backflip expert, along with MANY other key players that were once part of the Glory squad.
With missing key players such as Rachel Hill, Alyssa Mautz and youth prodigy, Jacynta Galabadaarachchi (who has joined one of England’s powerhouse WSL teams, West Ham United), of course it’s no secret that Perth Glory produces and is capable of pure talent, but it shows the gapping whole that is currently in the squad without them.
There is still a growing fight in this current Glory squad, as Jimenez pulls one back for the glory, with a sensational goal from a difficult angle. The scoreline is now shifted, at 2 – 1.
The celebration is short lived, though, as the Jets are given a penalty from a handball.
Stepping up to the box to take the kick, is Tara Andrews, against Eliza Campbell. And with everything the Glory keeper has left in her, she dives hard and fast, in the right direction, and saves her side from another blow to their already damaged position in the competition. (Everyone who knows me, knows I froth at the mouth when keepers save penalties. And this save, I loved) A perfect display of goalkeeping skill and a much needed confidence boost to the Glory.
The game comes to an end, the Jets taking the win and the 3 points at the end of the day, moving up the ladder into 5th. Perth Glory, on the other hand, may have put up a better fight this week, than last, but still sit with 0 at the bottom of the Dub ladder.
Only time will tell if this team can step up, or if this season will only be a regroup and rebuild season, after the departure of their key players, and Captain Sam Kerr, to Chelsea FC.
By Christina Trajceska