Glory Women into Grand Final

Players join Gabe Marzano in celebrating her first Glory goal. Photo: Football West News

Monday, December 15, 2014

Perth Glory Women have booked a place in their first Westfield W-League Grand Final after a 3-0

win against Sydney FC at nib Stadium today.


Report by Chris Andrawes

Goals from Elisa D’Ovidio, Kate Gill and Gabe Marzano set-up Glory for a Grand Final clash with Canberra United on Sunday, December 21, at the same venue.

“I’m really proud of the way the players played today,” Harnwell said. “It’s not easy playing at midday in Perth in the summer but the energy and ability in the first half and the goals were top drawer.

Despite missing star striker Samantha Kerr through injury, Glory started strongly against Sydney and were rewarded after only 15 minutes with a brilliant finish from D’Ovidio. The Glory no.13, who announced this week her intention to retire at the end of the season, struggled to keep her emotions in check as she celebrated scoring the opener.

Glory dominated the play throughout the opening period but Sydney still managed to threaten occasionally.

Amy Harrison was stopped by a brilliant piece of goalkeeping from Mackenzie Arnold as she ran in on goal.

Harrison was unlucky on several occasions as Arnold pulled off a wonder save to stop her shot from nestling into the top corner.

Glory capitalised on their dominance with a wonderful goal from Gill, who chipped goalkeeper Casey Dumont from the edge of the box.

The second half began as the first had ended with Glory dominating possession and attacking opportunities.

Sydney briefly looked dangerous through striker Jasmyne Spencer, who was unlucky not to win a penalty as she chose to stay on her feet, before firing a shot straight at Arnold.

Glory sealed the victory with a third goal that was more a result of calamitous defending than brilliant football from Glory.

Sydney keeper Dumont cleared the ball straight into defender Renee Rollason, who attempted to control, but only ended up spilling the ball to Gill in the penalty area. Gill laid the ball off to substitute Gabe Marzano, who slotted her first Glory goal.

The heat took its toll and as players tired a series of half chances were created.

Harrison saw her effort from distance roll just wide, following Arnold’s clearance which left her stranded a long way off of her line.

While at the other end Dumont pulled off a brilliant save following a goal mouth scramble.

MATCH DETAILS

Perth Glory 3 (D’Ovidio 10′, Gill, 37′, Marzano 70′)
Sydney FC 0
Sunday 14th December 2014
nib Stadium
Kick-off: 12:00pm
Referee: Casey Reibelt
Assistant referees: Renae Coghill, Joanna Charaktis
4th official: Matthew Southern

Perth Glory: 1. Mackenzie ARNOLD, 2. Sarah CARROLL, 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Alanna KENNEDY, 9. Caitlin FOORD, 12. Kate GILL, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO (8. Gabrille MARZANO) 14. Collette McCALLUM, 15. Shelina ZADORSKY, 17. Marianna TABAIN (8. Shawn BILLAM 80′)
Substitutes not used: 16. Thia EASTMAN, 18. Gabby Dal BUSCO
Yellow cards: 3. Carys HAWKINS (77’)
Red cards: nil.

Sydney FC: 1. Casey DUMONT, 2. Teresa POLIAS, 5. Jasmyne SPENCER, 6. Servet UZUNLAR, 7. Nicola BOLGER, 8. Amy HARRISON, 10. Renee ROLLASON, 12. Chloe LOGARZO (13. Trudy CAMILLERI 77′), 15. Tiegen ALLEN 16. Samantha JOHNSON, 17. Kyah SIMON,
Substitutes not used: 3 Elizabeth RALSTON, 11, Natalie TOBIN, 21. Sian McLAREN
Yellow cards: 16. Samantha JOHNSON (82’), 5. Jasmyne SPENCER (90+2’)
Red cards: nil

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