An 18th minute goal by Perth Glory striker Sam Kerr has pushed it into the Westfield W-League top four at the expense of a flat Sydney FC side at Dorriens Gardens on Sunday afternoon.
Kerr’s explosive goal was the highlight of the match collecting a sublime pass from Shawn Billam before acrobatically finishing past a helpless Dham Khamis.
Moments later Kerr had a chance to double the lead and her account for the afternoon when she wrong-footed Sydney goalkeeper Sham Khamis and played the ball towards the open goal, only to be stopped on the line by some smart thinking by Maltida’s defender Alanna Kennedy.
It had been a tense start to the match with both sides exchanging bouts of possession in the opening 15 minutes before Kerr’s magic turned the game on its head.
Kerr and American player Vanessa DiBernardo tormented the Sydney defence all afternoon and were unlucky not to create more goal scoring opportunities.
Thee Sky Blues struggled to create any clear cut chances with Nicola Bolger, Remy Siemsen and Oliver Price all kept in check all afternoon by the reliable Perth defence.
The hard fought win pulled Perth Glory into the top four and onto equal points with Canberra United who are in 3rd place.
Sam Kerr was delighted with her side’s win and how important it was to string a second win together “This is a huge three points for us,” Kerr said. “We’re always happy when we get the win, especially when it’s two in a row, and Sydney’s a great side.”
Sydney were gallant in defeat with the defensive trio of Alana Kennedy, Liz Ralston and Teresa Polias regularly closing down Perth’s attacking raids.
Captain Polias stressed that her young side has plenty of improvement in them and will use the extended break to refresh and recharge for their upcoming clash against the Brisbane Roar on the 23 December at Lambert Park.
She was also glowing in praise for a Perth side that controlled the game.
“We weren’t good enough today, our passing let us down,” Polias said. “Credit to Perth, they were very dangerous on the counterattack and controlled the game.”