A red-hot display from Perth Glory’s Sam Kerr has kept their unbeaten run going and sent a clear message of intent to the rest of the league about her desire to win a title.
For long periods of the game, Sydney were the better team, but Kerr’s desire to win the game pushed her team to the three points.
With temperatures above 35 degrees for the entire game, the players were allowed two drinks breaks per half, and they really needed them.
Perth was unbeaten coming into the game, and welcomed back Alyssa Mautz after her one-match suspension, and had every right to feel confident. However, Sydney was in a rich vein of form coming into the game, and they seemed to adapt to the stifling heat better than the home team.
Moving the ball across the pitch with short passes Sydney made the home team work hard for possession and they had the better of the chances in the first half.
Princess Ibini was making life hard for Jamie-Lee Gale on one flank, whilst the clever feet of Savannah McCaskill on the other flank were proving hard to deal with as well.
Perth were playing a more direct game but found that their usual outlets of Rachel Hill and Sam Kerr shackled by the Sydney back four, but they still needed goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe’s sharp reflexes as she saved a snapshot from Mautz.
In the 25th minute, Mautz pulled down Sofia Huerta on the edge of the box to give Sydney a free kick. Kennedy then stepped up and produced a stunning world class free kick into the top left hand corner to give the visitors the lead.
Sydney dominated the game for long spells and were good value for their 1-0 lead at halftime.
Glory Coach Bobby Despotovski made a change at half time bringing on Jacynta Galabadaarachchi for Leticia McKenna. He must have said a few words at the break as well, as the home team came out with much greater intensity at the beginning of the second half.
This increase in tempo saw them win a corner in the 47th minute, which was headed emphatically into the net by Glory superstar Kerr to score her seventh goal of the campaign to level the scores.