The Maestro outplays the Glory

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100 DUB caps for absolute gun Ella Mastrantonio, regular, own and disallowed goals and an unfortunate concussion for Eliza Campbell were just a few of the talking points as the Wanderers hosted Perth Glory.

As the last match of round 10 comes to a head with the Wanderers hosting Glory, I’m reminded we only have another month of the glorious DUB left before finals and I start to work out what results we need to guarantee Brisbane Roar comfortably make the finals.

Win every game? Sure. That’d be nice.

A Perth win today would have been nice too.

They definitely won the battle of the starting line-up tiles as WSW used tiny font on their line-up graphic trying to make you look twice. I had my glasses on and still needed to lean into my laptop screen to make sure I didn’t miss anyone.

That’s as close to victory as Glory would get, with Cortnee Vine and Kristen Hamilton testing Perth every chance they got, as Courtney Nevin, Caitlin Cooper, Kyra Cooney-Cross and The Maestro all provided support where needed.

Just a couple of minutes in and Vine could smell blood in the water with a chance, but it was Cooper who found the early breakthrough. Nevin delivered a stunning cross that Cooper met at the back post and headed home.

Wanderers continued their pressure early on resulting in a collision between Campbell and Vine in the 7th minute. After getting two knocks to the head, Campbell was judged to be ok to continue which given what we now know doesn’t seem like a great idea.

Still, Campbell managed to keep the Wanderers at bay for the rest of the first half, even pulling off a cracking save in the 25th by diving to her right and denying Hamilton from range.

There was very little for Perth to celebrate up front in the first 45, their best chance coming from Jamie-Lee Gale whose shot from 20 yards out just lifted over the crossbar.

A bit of a scare for the Wanderers on the stroke of half time. Not a Glory goal, but Denise O’Sullivan went down with a corked hip in her last appearance for the season. She’s a fantastic player so it’s disappointing to see her pick up a knock before heading back overseas.

HT: WSW 1-0 PER

Only a goal down but not looking like their going to score, Glory made three changes at half time. Two were tactical with Kat Jukic and Julia Sardo making way for Caitlin Doeglas and Isabella Wallhead, while Campbell’s earlier knock was worse than originally thought and was taken off with a concussion (replaced by Morgan Aquino).

While Glory looked to better their first half performance it looked like their Twitter account had given up, switching between ALL CAPS and sentence case in the one subs tweet.

The tactical changeup seemed to work as Doeglas provided some much-needed oomph up front. Her presence paid off in the 53rd as she cleaned up some scrappy Wanderers defending to level the scores.

You’ve got to hand it to the Wanderers, they were not phased at all and continued their dominance. Hamilton’s shot shortly after the Perth equaliser was blocked on the line by Natasha Rigby who could only clear the ball as far as Vine. With Aquino moving towards the near post, Vine calmly shot across goal into the bottom left in the 56th.

Despite their better performance in the second half Glory couldn’t find a way back. To make matters worse Courtney Nevin’s long range strike took a deflection off Wallhead that Aquino had no chance of saving to make it 3-1 in the 86th. Aquino was being cautious with her movement tracking Nevin’s strike and it’s unfortunate that Wallhead just poked the ball in the wrong direction.

Glory looked to claw back a late consolation goal as Ari Romero found that back of the net but the flag went up. It’s a harsh blow considering she was kept onside by Vine but it wouldn’t have made a difference to the result.

FT: WSW 3-1 PER

By Bree Reidy

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