Kerr at the double for Glory

Kerr scores two to seal home-semi final. Photo: Getty Images

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Perth Glory Women have secured a home semi-final after a 4-2 victory over Newcastle Jets at Ashfield Sports Club on Saturday.

Report by Peter Simcox

A first half brace from Samantha Kerr and a goal to Caitlin Foord cancelled out Jets skipper Emily van Egmond’s early strike.

Substitute Elisa D’Ovidio added a fourth goal in the second half, while the Jets scored a late consolation goal through Tara Andrews.

The visitors made a perfect start and were ahead after only seven minutes. Van Egmond saw Glory keeper Mackenzie Arnold off her line and a sublime chip gave the Jets the early lead.

Van Egmond was running the show and five minutes later her lob was tipped over by Arnold at full stretch.

But on 21 minutes Glory levelled. A cross by Sarah Carroll found Kerr, who challenged Jets keeper Claire Coelho. The keeper’s punch only went as far as Foord, who fired home from the edge of the box.

The goal lifted the league leaders and three minutes later they hit the front, the pacey Kerr racing clear and holding off Cassidy Davies to finish clinically past Coelho. Glory added a third on the stroke of half-time.

The Jets had not learnt their lesson and another long ball sent Kerr racing clear. She lobbed the on-coming Coelho to give the home side a 3-1 lead at the break.

Newcastle took the game to the lead leaders in the second half and Glory defenders Alanna Kennedy and Shelina Zadorsky were working overtime. But the Jets could not find a way through.

The Glory showed the Jets how to do it and added a fourth on 84 minutes, D’Ovidio pouncing on a mistake from Jets defender Sophie Nenadovic to fire home.

To the Jets’ credit they continued to press and were rewarded with a consolation goal from Andrews in the final minutes.

Despite the win and earning a home semi-final, Glory Coach Jamie Harnwell knows they will have to play better if they are to go any further in the competition.

“It wasn’t our best performance of the season which is disappointing, but a win is good for us and to earn the home semi-final, but we can’t keep playing like that or we won’t last very long,” Harnwell said.

“The two goals we conceded were sloppy, although I thought we kept them at arm’s length for large periods of the game.

“But the last ten minutes we dropped our bundle a bit and we struggled to keep the ball.  We’ve had a good defence all season but today we had a few players have an off day.”

Sam Kerr played for an hour before being substituted but was delighted to get the three points despite not seeing out the whole game.

“It wasn’t the prettiest of games today, but sometimes you have to win ugly and we did that today,” Kerr said.

“It was a class strike from Emily (Van Egmond) early, but we know once we scored one we would get on with it.

“I was happy to get an hour after struggling with my hamstring in recent weeks, and hopefully I’ll be able to play 90 next week.”

Glory sit eight points clear of second-placed Canberra United and 10 points clear of third-placed Sydney.

Perth Glory 4 (Foord 21’, Kerr 24’, 45+4’, D’Ovidio 84’)
Newcastle Jets 2 (Van Egmond 7’, Andrews 89’)
Saturday 8 November 2014
Ashfield Sports Club, Perth
3pm (6pm AEDT)
Referee: Katie Patterson
Assistants: Josh Nixon and Tom Dowle
Fourth official: Matthew Southern

Perth Glory: GK Mackenzie ARNOLD, 2 Sarah CARROLL, 4 Bronwyn STUDMAN (3 Carys HAWKINS 65’), 5. Shannon MAY, 6 Alanna KENNEDY, 9 Caitlin FOORD, 12 Kate GILL, 14 Collette MCCALLUM (c), 15 Shelina ZADORSKY, 17 Marianna TABAIN (13 Elisa D’OVIDIO 75’), 20 Samantha KERR (7 Gabrielle MARZANO 64’)
Subs not used: RGK Kathleen WAYCOTT
Yellow cards: Carroll 23’, Kennedy 57’

Newcastle Jets: GK Claire COELHO, 2 Georgia YEOMAN-DOYLE (12 Sophie NENADOVIC 34’), 3 Hayley CRAWFORD, 5 Katherine REYNOLDS, 6 Angela SALEM, 7 Victoria HUSTER, 8 Amber NEILSON (15 Elizabeth COPUS-BROWN 72’), 9 Tara ANDREWS, 10 Emily VAN EGMOND, 11 Rhali DOBSON (17 Grace MACINTYRE 62’), 16 Cassidy DAVIS,
Subs not used: RGK Renee RUDDER
Yellow cards: Crawford 75’