Perth Glory defeat Brisbane Roar in first game of new season

Samantha Kerr in action. Photo: Getty Images

Roar coach gives Glory praise

Monday, September 15, 2014

Brisbane Roar coach Belinda Wilson has paid an early compliment to the new-look Perth Glory after Kate Gill scored twice for the WA side in a 2-1 win in the opening round of the Westfield W-League on Sunday.

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Playing at Ashfield Reserve for the first time, Glory Women took the game to last season’s grand finalists and were in front after just 12 minutes when Gill slid in to convert from close range.

She doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the second half before Emily Gielnik scored a stoppage time consolation for Roar.

Pictured: Marianna Tabain gets in a cross. Photo: Getty Images

Wilson had no doubt a Glory side boosted by six Matildas would be significantly improved on last season.

“They’re a little bit of an unknown this season,” she said. “They’ve changed their formation, they’ve changed the way they play, which sprung us a little bit in the first 15-20 (minutes). But they look like they are going to do well this season.

“With the individuals that they’ve got within the team they are obviously going to improve, it’s just how well they join together as a team and go from there.”

Pictured: Glory girls get ready for the second half. Photo: Football West News

Glory coach Jamie Harnwell was delighted with the early signs as six new faces settled quickly to record a first-up win.

Matildas attacker Samantha Kerr was lively in her first game back home in Perth after two years away and Mackenzie Arnold is a much more mature figure between the posts on her return to WA.

There were debut Glory performances from Alanna Kennedy, Shelina Zadorsky, Caitlin Foord and Gabe Marzano, who made her entrance from the bench.

“For 60-70 minutes we did really well and we had to defend when they pushed and we did that as well so I’m really proud of the players,” Harnwell said.

“There’s still room for improvement. We probably gave the ball away a little bit sloppily at times. We tried to overplay a little bit as well when they were set quite well. But we’ve beaten Brisbane 2-1… last year’s grand finalists.”

Glory are away to Newcastle Jets on Saturday before returning to Ashfield Reserve for a September 27 clash against Adelaide United (kick-off 3pm).