Perth football fans should be out in force on Monday because their high-flying local heroines are on a rich run of form, one that has been as entertaining as it has been rewarding.
Since the Glory’s last home game – a 1-0 win against leaders Sydney FC – the side have enjoyed two rollicking successive away wins, scoring seven times in the process. And their 3-2 at Melbourne Victory in midweek was one of the most memorable matches in recent Westfield W-League history.
Sam Kerr, the headline-act from that match thanks to a two-goal salvo, now leads the competition’s scoring charts with seven goals. Behind Kerr and in-form fellow striker Rosie Sutton, is a cohesive team that are confident and well-drilled.
And while the Jets have had their problems this season, they are far from pushovers. In fact, the only time the Glory have lost this season was a 1-0 reversal in Newcastle. Prior to that it had been five years since the Glory lost to the Jets. However, they have never lost against the Jets in Perth.
It is desperation time for the Jets now. They are four points off fourth now, with only four matches to play. Can they turn-around on one of the most challenging away trips in the competition?
Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets
Monday 2 January 2017
Venue: Dorrien Gardens
Kick-Off: 4:00PM (Local) (7:00PM (AEDT))
Referee: Rachel Mitchenson
Assistant Referee 1: Shane Skinner
Assistant Referee 2: Arvin Shanmuganathan
Fourth Official: Tom Dowle
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Perth Glory squad: 1.Melissa MAIZELS (gk) 2.Sarah CARROLL, 3.Kim CARROLL, 4.Alyssa MAUTZ, 5.Patricia CHARALAMBOUS, 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
Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Katelyn ROWLAND (gk), 2.Sophie NENADOVIC, 4.Megan OYSTER, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 7.Gema SIMON (c), 9.Jennifer HOY, 10.Rhali DOBSON, 11.Tara PENDER, 13.Grace MACINTYRE, 14.Brooke MILLER, 16.Liana DANASKOS, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY, 18.Clare WHEELER, 19.Ashlee BRODIGAN, 20.Claire COELHO (gk)
Unavailable: 5.Arin Gilliland (Corked quad – 1 week), 12.Chloe Logarzo (ankle - 3 weeks), 15.Elizabeth COPUS-BROWN (Quad – 1 week)