W-LEAGUE: Glory tackle Adelaide United


Perth will be desperate to avenge last weekend’s result with a big win at home to Adelaide this Sunday.

The squad are more determined than ever to make something of their fantastic season after their shock loss to Canberra United in Round 12.

Head coach Bobby Despotovski labelled the result as a “wake-up call” for the players, which has come at a crucial time for them to re-adjust and grow from in time for finals.

“You’re going to lose games of football, it’s as simple as that,” Despotovski said.

“It’s how you rebound from them [that’s important,” he added.

Glory’s opponents Adelaide United enjoyed an astonishing 10-2 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers last weekend, with the win being their first of the season.

Despite their hiding of Western Sydney, Adelaide remains at the foot of the table with just eight points so far this term.

The battle between 3rd and 9th is another crucial tie for Perth as they seek to regain form for the finals campaign.

Star: Arianna Romero

Arianna Romero

Romero has played out of her usual position of full-back all season for Glory, with the Mexico international moving into the heart of defence alongside Kim Carroll. The 24-year-old has thrived in her new role, saying that she’s learned to read the game better and communicate more effectively with her teammates. Romero was recently called up for Mexico’s upcoming friendlies against Canada (read feature here), but a decision was made for the defender to see out the rest of the season with the WA side before linking up with her international teammates. The news is a massive boost for the club as they seek silverware in the coming weeks.

Key Battle: Vanessa DiBernardo v Sofia Huerta

DiBernardo v Huerta

The Chicago Red Stars teammates will do battle for the second time this season in the W-League. Huerta is fresh from a scintillating hat-trick against the Wanderers, and DiBernardo will be looking to build on her converted penalty last week against Canberra as she looks to make it two wins from two against the Mexico international forward.

Last Time They Met: Adelaide United 1-4 Perth Glory


The first encounter between the sides in Season 9 of the Westfield W-League saw Adelaide succumb to a powerful and clinical Glory side spearheaded by captain Sam Kerr. The skipper bagged a superb brace at the Elite Systems Football Centre to secure a convincing 4-1 win over the South Australian side in Round 7. 


Sunday, 22nd January Adelaide v Perth Glory
Venue: Dorrien Gardens
Kick-Off: 6:00PM (AWST) 9:00PM (AEST)

Referee: Casey Reibelt
Assistant Referee 1: Josh Mannella
Assistant Referee 2: Matthew Southern
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding


Perth Glory Squad: 1. Melissa MAIZELS (GK), 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Kim CARROLL, 4. Alyssa MAUTZ, 5. Patricia CHARALAMBOUS, 6. Carla BENNETT, 7. Nicole STANTON, 8. Shawn BILLAM, 9. Rosie SUTTON, 10. Vanessa DIBERNARDO, 13. JAYMEE GIBBONS, 14. Caitlin DOEGLAS, 17. Natasha RIGBY, 18. Gabby DAL BUSCO (GK), 20. Samantha KERR (C), 22. Arianna ROMERO

**one to be omitted**

Ins: 6.Carla BENNETT (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Nil

Adelaide United Squad: 2. Cheyenne HAMMOND, 4. Emily HODGSON, 5. MÔNICA, 6. Ally LADAS, 7. Stella RIGON, 10. Racheal QUIGLEY, 11. Sofia HUERTA, 12. Adriana JONES, 13. Lucy ADAMOPOULOS, 14. Grace ABBEY, 15. Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 16. Kelsey ZAFIRIDIS, 20. Sarah WILLACY (GK), 21. Claudia JENKINS (GK), 24. Danielle COLAPRICO, 25. Katie NAUGHTON (C), 30. Alex CHIDIAC

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 2. Cheyenne HAMMOND (promoted), 7. Stella RIGON (returns from injury) 
Outs: Nil
Unavailable: 1. Eliza CAMPBELL (GK) (hand – season), 8. Emily CONDON (illness), 18. Isabella SCALZI (foot – indefinite)