Lowry goal in vain as Glory slip to away defeat

Glory remain in the Liberty A-League top four despite going down to a 2-1 away defeat at the hands of Adelaide United on Saturday afternoon.

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Looking for their first win in the South Australian capital since December 2016, the visitors took the lead midway through the first-half as Hana Lowry volleyed in her third goal of the season.

But the Reds hit back just before the break courtesy of Isabel Hodgson and shortly after the restart, Nanako Sasaki grabbed what proved to be the winner as her effort eluded Morgan Aquino and crept into the net.

With Head Coach Alex Epakis missing the game for personal reasons, assistant Tiana Gauci took charge and she would have been heartened by Glory’s start to the game.

With Lowry playing in a more advanced position and combining effectively with the effervescent Millie Farrow, the women in white looked a threat throughout the early stages and deservedly hit the front 23 minutes in.

Overlapping from right-back, Liz Anton exchanged passes with Sofia Sakalis before delivering an inch-perfect cross which Lowry volleyed expertly past Annalee Grove in the home goal.

Glory looked set to carry that hard-earned lead into the break, only to be stung deep in stoppage-time by Hodgson.

The attacking midfielder had already gone close after being teed up by Chelsie Dawber, but this time she made no mistake, drilling home a low cross from former Glory forward Alana Jancevski.

And United duly turned the game even further on its head two minutes into the second half, Sasaki trying her luck from outside the box and Aquino allowing the ball to squirm from her grasp and cross the line.

As the second half wore on, Glory’s desperation grew, but with the exception of a long-range effort from Izzy Dalton and a late strike from Farrow which flew over the bar, they were unable to seriously trouble a well-marshalled home defence.

Match Details

Liberty A-League 2023/24 Season Round 14

Adelaide United 2 (I.Hodgson 45+4′, Sasaki 47′) Perth Glory 1 (Lowry 23′)

Half-time: 1-1

Marden Sports Complex

Saturday 27 January 2024

Isabella Mossin

Adelaide United: 1.Annalee GROVE (gk), 2.Emily HODGSON, 6.Hannah BLAKE (14.Jenna HOLTZ 87′), 8.Emily CONDON, 10.Chelsie DAWBER (28.Chrissy PANAGARIS 89′), 11.Isabel HODGSON (c), 12.Nanako SASAKI, 13.Ella TONKIN, 16.Dylan HOLMES (5.Sarah MORGAN 84′), 17.Zoe TOLLAND, 19.Maruschka WALDUS, 23.Alana JANČEVSKI (3.Meleri MULLAN 84′)

Substitutes not used: 26.Grace WILSON (gk)

Yellow Cards: I.Hodgson

Red Cards: None

Perth Glory: 1.Morgan AQUINO (GK), 3.Jessika COWART, 4.Natasha RIGBY (c), 7.Liz ANTON, 8.Hana LOWRY, 9.Millie FARROW, 11.Grace JALE, 12.Sofia SAKALIS (20.Quinley QUEZADA 83′), 22.Claudia MIHOCIC (18.Sadie LAWRENCE 63′), 23.Isobel DALTON, 27.Georgia CASSIDY (10.Susan PHONSONGKHAM 62′)

Substitutes not used: 19.Izzy FOLETTA, 24.Sally JAMES (GK),

Yellow Cards: Phonsongkham

Red Cards: None