Although Perth Glory and Adelaide United have lost both of their outings to date, their have been some positive signs upon which respective coaches Jamie Harnwell and David Edmondson will be looking to build.
Perth Glory v Adelaide United Saturday 5 November 2011 nib Stadium, Perth Local kick-off: 12 midday
Both sets of teams will have long marked this particular fixture on their calendar. Aside from being the live TV match, it is a contest both will consider one which can kick-start their campaign. Although Perth Glory and Adelaide United have lost both of their outings to date, their have been some positive signs upon which respective coaches Jamie Harnwell and David Edmondson will be looking to build. And after significant change of squad personnel, it is this part of the season in which they will expect to see some cohesion developing. The match will also be the Glory-s annual National Breast Cancer Foundation fundraiser.
After a flat showing in a 2-0 defeat to Melbourne Victory on the opening weekend, the Glory led Canberra United until the hour mark before falling 3-2 to the team from the nation-s capital and the lethal shooting boots of hat-trick heroine Michelle Heyman. New young goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold appears to be an impressive last line of defence, while at the other end of the field, New Zealand international Emma Kete scored on debut in a performance that indicates she will be a significant asset. The Glory-s preparations for their first home game of the season were hindered after being delayed in Canberra until Wednesday.
Adelaide have endured a torrid start after opening against frontrunners Canberra, and following that up with a visit to Newcastle as the Jets unleashed their new star-studded line-up. The Newcastle frontline, led by an inspired Lisa De Vanna, scored three unanswered goals but the Lady Reds will not be the last to be undone by the Matildas dynamo this campaign. The youthful United squad will again have to make do without their trio of Australian U-17 players - Emma Checker, Grace Henry and Ebony Philcox.