DECEMBER 7, 2014
Perth Glory Women will face fourth-placed Sydney FC in the Westfield W-League semi-finals after going down 2-1 to Canberra United in their final regular season match at Viking Park today.
Glory, who suffered only their second defeat of the season, will host Sydney at nib Stadium on Sunday, December 14.
Coach Jamie Harnwell was pleased with the performance despite the loss.
“The best thing about it was it was a competitive game,” Harnwell said. “They were right in our face, making it hard for us, which is what we will face in the finals, so I was happy from that aspect.”
Glory suffered a double blow with injuries to goalscorer Samantha Kerr (knee) and goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold (face), who will have scans tomorrow. But Harnwell is confident Glory will be prepared for the clash with Sydney.
“We’ve been preparing for this semi-final for three weeks really,” he said.
“Everyone knows their roles if they’re called upon. Hopefully Sam and Macca will be fine but I’m confident we’ve still got the team and quality even if they’re not.”
Kerr’s goal in the 52nd minute was cancelled out when Canberra’s Michelle Heyman found the back of the net in a goalmouth scramble after 68 minutes.
Ashleigh Sykes wonder-strike in the 86th minute sealed the win and booked Canberra’s semi-final place.
Kerr looked dangerous in the opening minutes creating a number of opportunities down the right-flank but Glory were unable to convert.
Both teams were evenly matched in the first half, but the premiers suffered a blow after Arnold collided with Heyman in the box just before the break.
Young Matildas’ goalkeeper Gabby Dal Busco made her first Westfield W-League appearance after being substituted for Arnold, who was unable to continue.
Kerr broke the deadlock after the break when she split the Canberra defence and finished clinically past former Glory goalkeeper Chantel Jones before Heyman’s response.
Canberra had the last laugh when Heyman crossed for Sykes, who volleyed home with a contender for goal of the season.
Canberra will travel to Simonds Stadium on Saturday to take on second-placed Melbourne Victory in the semi-finals.
Media release from Football West