Glory still flying high

Mackenzie Arnold was outstanding for Glory. Photo: Getty Images

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A double from Kate Gill and Shelina Zadorsky’s first Westfield W-League goal extended to five matches Perth Glory’s record winning start to a season as Canberra United were beaten 3-0 at Ashfield Sports Club today.

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Zadorsky opened the scoring in the 14th minute before Gill struck a 63rd-minute penalty and then crashed home a second with 10 minutes to play to give Glory their first win over Canberra in 11 attempts.

League-leading Glory were indebted to goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold, who made a string of fine saves against a Canberra side which failed to make the most of a hatful of chances.

Arnold was delighted at having kept the opposition scoreless for the first time this season.

“We knew it was going to be a challenge coming out against Canberra United but we all pulled together well and we’re really glad to get our first clean sheet and a win,” she said.

“It’s my first time on top of the table. It’s going to be a tough game against Sydney next week to try and battle it out and stay there.”

Arnold’s heroics started after just four minutes when she denied Ashleigh Sykes and she continued to provide stubborn resistance, twice disappointing both Canberra skipper Nicole Begg and Lori Lindsey in an impressive opening 45 minutes.

But while Canberra enjoyed the better share of possession and chances during the early exchanges, Glory were more clinical in front of goal.

Just a minute after Marianna Tabain’s stinging volley was brilliantly saved by Canberra’s former Glory goalkeeper Chantel Jones, Zadorsky broke the deadlock.

This time Jones was unable to hang on to Bronwyn Studman’s effort and Zadorsky was on hand to head the ball over the line, despite Canberra’s desperate attempts to clear.

Michelle Heyman had the ball in the net for the visitors in the 23rd minute after a ball over the top from Lindsey but the flag had been raised for offside.

Matildas attacker Caitlin Foord was first to threaten in the second half but her 52nd-minute shot hit the side netting to the relief of Canberra keeper Jones.

Just two minutes later Glory failed to deal with a corner and Heyman’s shot from a tight angle clipped the outside of a post.

But soon after Jones had stopped Samantha Kerr from increasing Glory’s advantage the Canberra keeper was booked for her reaction to conceding a penalty when she brought down the Perth striker.

Gill stepped up and doubled Glory’s lead and then took her personal tally to 10 goals for the season when she smashed the ball home after Jones had saved her initial header.

Glory coach Jamie Harnwell praised Arnold’s performance and conceded his side had been slightly fortunate to have won by three goals.

“Canberra had enough chances to have scored so that was a bit disappointing but when you’ve got someone like Macca, who pulls out a blinder for us today, it’s nice to get the win,” Harnwell said.

“To get out to 3-0 was great for us because we could settle a little bit and relax but they would probably feel a little hard done by.”

Glory will have home comfort again next Saturday when they host Sydney.

Perth Glory 2 (Zadorsky 14min, Gill pen 63, 80min)
Canberra 0
Ashfield Sports Club
October 11, 2014

Perth Glory: 1. Mackenzie ARNOLD, 2. Sarah CARROLL (3. Carys HAWKINS 84min), 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN, 6. Alanna KENNEDY, 9. Caitlin FOORD, 12. Kate GILL, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO (5. Shannon MAY 46min), 14. Collette MCCALLUM (8. Shawn BILLAM 75min), 15. Shelina ZADORSKY, 17. Marianna TABAIN, 20. Samantha KERR.
Substitutes not used: GK. Gabby DAL BUSCO.
Yellow cards: D’Ovidio 44min.

Canberra United: 1. Chantel JONES, 2. Catherine BROWN (17. Holly HOUSTON 81min), 3. Julia DE ANGELIS (15. Tegan RIDING 88min), 6. Caitlin MUNOZ, 7. Ellie BRUSH, 11. Michelle HEYMAN, 12. Sally ROJAHN, 13. Nicole BEGG (capt), 14. Ashleigh SYKES, 16. Lori LINDSEY, 22. Stephanie OCHS.
Substitutes: 18. Rebecca KITING, GK. Melissa MAIZELS.
Yellow cards: Brush 31min, Jones 62