A fascinating encounter rounds out Round 6 in Perth on Sunday evening as the Glory host Sydney FC in a match that could go a long way to proving the credentials of both teams.
Sydney FC sit top with four wins from five outings, though not all their victories have been completely convincing. Last weekend’s 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets being a case in point. The Glory, for their part, have seven points from four outings and a win here would really put them in amongst the competition’s big players.
These two teams share a fascinating history, perhaps highlighted by a memorable 3-0 win for the Glory in a home semi-final two years ago. Sydney, though, once recorded a barely believable 11-0 win over Perth in a competition record score, while the tables were turned when the Glory won 7-5 in another competition high.
The match will be highlighted by the return to Perth of Westfield Matildas star Caitlin Foord, in her first match since recently being crowned Asian Player of the Year. The competition’s curse of the keepers struck Perth last week, with Melissa Maizels set for a lengthy spell out after injuring her finger in the 2-0 win at Melbourne Victory last weekend.
Glory skipper Sam Kerr says her side are primed for a strong showing. "I'm really excited to play at home, we play our best football at home," Kerr said. "We're really excited for Sydney...we're really looking to take it to them.”
Perth Glory v Sydney FC
Sunday 11 December 2016
Venue: Dorrien Gardens
Kick-Off: 4:00PM (Local) (7:00PM (AEDT))
Referee: Rachel Mitchenson
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Perth Glory squad: 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, 24.Morgan AQUINO (gk)
Ins: 24.Morgan AQUINO (gk) (new signing)
Outs: 1.Melissa MAIZELS (gk) (finger – 4 weeks)
Sydney FC squad: 1.Sham KHAMIS (gk), 2.Teresa POLIAS (c), 3.Remy SIEMSEN, 4.Elizabeth RALSTON, 6.Servet UZUNLAR, 7.Nicola BOLGER, 9.Caitlin FOORD, 11.Natalie TOBIN, 12.Olivia PRICE, 13.Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 14.Alanna KENNEDY, 16.Hannah BACON, 15.Sarah EASTHOPE (gk), 17.Kyah SIMON, 19.Leena KHAMIS, 20.Princess IBINI **one to be omitted**
Ins: 9.Caitlin FOORD (returns from injury)