Match Preview – More drama expected as Canberra rivalry is resumed


Glory’s Westfield W-League season-opener on Sunday will see Bobby Despotovski’s side renew a rivalry with Canberra United which has rarely failed to deliver in terms of intensity and in particular, goals.

Canberra United v Glory 2011

The last ten meetings between the two clubs have produced a total of 49 goals, 17 of those coming in the three most recent clashes.

Remarkably, Glory are yet to win in nine visits to United’s McKellar Park home, but last season’s 4-4 draw certainly felt like a victory for the WA side.

Trailing 4-1 with just eight minutes left, having also lost Sarah Carroll to a controversial red card, Glory staged an incredible fightback to earn a share of the spoils.

Leticia McKenna solo

In the 2017/18 season, meanwhile, the two sides thrilled the locals at Bunbury’s Hay Park by battling out another 4-4 draw, this time Canberra coming back to claim a point despite finding themselves 3-0 down with just 23 minutes on the clock.

Kim Carroll v Canberra

Last season’s second game between the two sides may not have yielded another goal-fest, but there was still plenty of drama as Sam Kerr’s hotly-disputed penalty earned Glory a 1-0 win which all but ended Canberra’s hopes of a top-four finish.

That victory was just Glory’s second over the women in green in 19 attempts, with the first coming back in October 2014 when Shelina Zadorsky and Kate Gill (2) supplied the goals.

As both sides are likely to be much-changed from last season, 2018/19 stats are of limited relevance, but it is interesting to note that Glory topped the league in terms of shot accuracy and shot conversion last term, while United were ranked number one for set-piece goals scored and also conceded the fewest goals in the competition despite ultimately finishing eighth.

Match Details

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Canberra United v Perth Glory

McKellar Park, McKellar

Kick-Off: 1:00pm (WST)(4:00pm (Local))

Referee: Isabella Blaess

Assistant Referee 1: Nia Southwell

Assistant Referee 2: Lauren Hargrave

Fourth Official: Georgia Ghirardello

Streaming Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS (www.foxsports.com.au) and Kayo Sports (www.kayosports.com.au)

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #CBRvPER

To purchase tickets visit www.w-league.com.au/tickets

Canberra United Squad:  1.Analee GROVE (gk), 2.Laura HUGHES, 3.Kaleigh KURTZ, 4.Jessie RASSCHAERT, 5.Nikola ORGILL, 6.Emma STANBURY, 7.Simone CHARLEY, 8.Olivia PRICE, 9.Katie STENGEL, 10.Camila Martins PEREIRA, 12.Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG 15.Ashlie CROFTS, 16.Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 19.Leena KHAMIS, 20.Shamiran KHAMIS (gk), 21.Rebekah HORSEY, 23.Lauren KEIR

**two to be omitted**

Unavailable: 11.Elise Thorsnes (yet to arrive)

Perth Glory squad: 1.Eliza CAMPBELL (gk), 2.Sarah CARROLL, 3.Kim CARROLL, 4.Ayesha NORRIE, 5.Shannon MAY, 10.Julia SARDO, 11.Leticia MCKENNA, 12.Jenna ONIONS, 13.Jamie-Lee GALE, 14.Caitlin DOEGLAS, 15.Alexia MORENO, 17.Liana COOK, 18.Isabella FOLETTA, 21.Morgan AQUINO (gk), 22.Abby GREEN, 24.Natasha RIGBY (c), 28.Katarina JUKIC

** two to be omitted**

Unavailable: Nil