Perth Glory win over Adelaide United



A dominant Perth Glory Women had to wait until the closing minutes before taking a deserved 2-1 win from this afternoon’s outing with Adelaide United. Elisa D’Ovidio struck two minutes from the end of regulation time to decide the outcome after Kate Gill cancelled out Ann Mayo’s opener just before half time on a hot afternoon at Intiga Stadium in Inglewood. “It was a really tough game, we knew Adelaide would be tough especially in these conditions,” commented D’Ovidio, who team have maximum points after two games. “We worked really hard and just had to be patient and we got a bit of luck.

After a cagey opening few minutes Glory began asserting themselves on the game with captain Collette McCallum and midfield partner Shannon May seeing a lot of the ball. McCallum fashioned the first chance on goal after 12 minutes by playing in Gill whose one-on-one opportunity was spoilt by visiting goalkeeper Kristi Harvey. Four minutes later D’Ovidio’s goalbound header from a Marianna Tabain cross was hooked off the line by Abby Erceg. An error by match officials denied McCallum the go-ahead goal on 19 minutes, the midfielder dancing through the defence before placing into the net only for the referee to incorrectly rule offside.

The home team wasted little time in continuing their search for a goal after a drinks break. Sasha Andrews met a Tabain corner at the front post but was unable to get the end result she was after. The deadlock was eventually broken on 41 minutes by a sublime Mayo free-kick which gave Carly Telford no chance, the ball curling onto the inside the post and ricocheting into the Glory net. Things stayed that way all of four minutes before Gill stroked past Harvey after pouncing on a loose ball inside the 18-yard box.

The pace quickened for a second half which was played for the majority in Glory’s attacking half. Gill could have had her second goal of the day when in by McCallum but Harvey stole the ball off her boot. McCallum worked herself into space before getting off a rising shot that cleared the crossbar. Content to play on the counter, Adelaide’s best move of the half ended with a great Holly Patterson strike which Telford did well to keep out. The game was settled in the 88th minute when D’Ovidio latched onto a booming clearance by Telford and slotted into the bottom corner.