Football West report on Glory v Adelaide

Glory girls snatch victory in scorcher

Elisa D’Ovidio celebrates her late winner with Rosie Sutton. Photo: Getty Images.

Glory girls snatch victory in scorcher

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Perth Glory made hard work of a gruelling 90 minutes played in 35 degree heat, running out 2-1 winners against a resilient Adelaide United in Round 2 of the Westfield W-League.

Report by Kalon Harrison

Glory failed to capitalise on a plethora of chances throughout the match, particularly in the first half.

Kate Gill went one-on-one with Adelaide keeper Kristi Harvey in the 12th after being played through by Glory captain Collette McCallum, but Harvey closed down Gill quickly and got her body behind the ball.

Four minutes later Elisa D’Ovidio had a header from six yards cleared off the line. Marianna Tabain played a good cross from the left wing, with Harvey flapping at the ball creating the chance for the number 13.

There was a cloud of controversy in the 19th minute when assistant referee Jarrad Kennington ruled D’Ovidio offside after McCallum broke through the defence and scored; despite clearly not interfering with the run of play. McCallum’s goal was disallowed.
After the drinks break Adelaide were starting to break on the counter attack, fashioning more chances for themselves.

The deadlock eventually broke two minutes from half time with a sumptuous free kick by Ann Mayo of Adelaide from the right side of the box. The ball dipped and curled right onto the inside of the post leaving England International Carly Telford helpless.

Glory fought back though, and with the last kick of the half, Gill equalised after a smart pivot inside the box, stroking the ball past Harvey.

The second half started much the same as the first half with the home side dominating both the chances and possession.

The heat took its toll on both teams as the half wore on though, with chances not being created as often as the first half.

Gill was wasteful on a few occasions as the home side were looking for the win with Adelaide happy to sit back and play on the counter.

The breakthrough finally came in the 88th minute when Telford managed to split the entire midfield, with D’Ovidio reacting first to spin away from her defender, run with the ball for 20 yards and place it into the bottom left corner.

After scoring the winner D’Ovidio spoke confidently about the result.

“It was a really tough game, we knew Adelaide would be tough especially in these conditions but it’s quite lucky I was able to run onto it (Telford’s through ball),” she said.

“Credit to Adelaide, they worked really hard and made it hard for us, but credit to our girls too, we worked really hard and just had to be patient and we got a bit of luck”

“After two home games we wanted to get 6 points so hopefully we can go away next week and improve on the things we need to improve on and hopefully we can go to Sydney and come back with three points.”

Perth Glory 2 (Gill 45+2′, D’Ovidio 88′)
Adelaide United 1 (Mayo 44′)

Intiga Stadium, Inglewood
Crowd: 942
Referee: Renee Silvester

Perth Glory: 1. Carly TELFORD, 2. Sarah CARROLL (9. Rosie SUTTON 65’), 3. Carys HAWKINS, 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN, 5. Shannon MAY (8. Ella MASTRANTONIO 77’), 6. Sasha ANDREWS, 12. Kathryon GILL, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO, 14. Collette McCALLUM (c), 15. Elizabeth MILNE, 17. Marianna TABAIN (19. Shawn BILLAM 90+4’)

Unused Substitutes: 20. Zoe PALANDRI (GK)
Yellow cards: Bronwyn STUDMAN 43’
Red cards: Nil

Adelaide United: 1. Kristi HARVEY, 3. Alex NATOLI, 5. Abby ERCEG (c), 6. Cassandra TSOUMBRIS (11. Grace HENRY 77’), 7. Racheal QUIGLEY (: 2. Ruth WALLACE 46’), 9. Marijana RAJCIC (18. Georgia MACRI 56’), 13. Ann MAYO, 15. Emma CHECKER, 16. Jessica WATERHOUSE, 17. Laura JOHNS, 19. Holy PATTERSON

Unused Substitutes:  12. Elise WHORLOW
Yellow cards: Marijana Rajcic 50’
Red Cards: Nil