Perth Glory host an in-form Newcastle Jets knowing that victory could earn them a home final for just the second time in W-League history.
Last time out Perth Glory cemented their spot as W-League finalists with an impressive 3-1 away win over defending champions Melbourne Victory.
The Glory were back to winning ways after a 1-0 defeat to Adelaide the week previous.
Perth put on sensational showing in front of the ABC cameras, with Caitlin Foord showcasing her silky skills throughout the game. Her exquisite strike topped off a wonderful performance, earning her the player of the match award.
The return of captain Collette McCullum added reassurance, and midfield experience, to the young Glory side.
She composed and controlled the midfield as the team looked calm and collected throughout the game.
Another star name to re-enter the frame, was the electrifying Sam Kerr. She replaced Gabrielle Marzano on the hour mark and added an extra dimension to the already threatening attack.
The Glory performance was slick, sharp and sublime at times. The defensive steel and attacking fire power are more than a match for most W League teams, as previous results demonstrate.
The Glory team will be full of confidence knowing their finals place is confirmed, however, they should not underestimate the threat of a vastly improved Newcastle Jets side.
The Jets enjoyed a 4-1 win over Brisbane Roar, in what was their biggest win over the Queenslanders in W League history.
Goals from Tori Huster Emily Van Egmond (2) and an own goal by Roar defender Chapman, saw the Jets claim an emphatic victory.
Newcastle’s front third were able to create and finish multiple chances, thus proving the difference between the two sides.
This win signals the Jets intentions of claiming themselves a spot in the top four, meanwhile, Brisbane Roar were demoted to the foot of the W League ladder.
Captain Emily Van Egmond reflected that the entire squad were buying into the philosophy that Northern NSW Football, and Coach Peter McGuinness had put in place, whilst crediting the work of the three imports, Salem, Huster and Reynolds who “are the hardest working on the pitch every week”.
Both teams have a lot to play for, with the Newcastle side looking to keep in the finals hunt and Glory looking to secure a home finals draw with three games to spare.
The Jets will be up against their toughest test to date, while Glory have an expecting home crowd to entertain.
With both teams in prolific scoring form, this game is expected to be a cracker.
In the reverse encounter in Round 2, the Glory ran out 2-1 winners with Kate Gill scoring the winner.
Perth Glory v Newcastle JetsSaturday 8 November 2014
Ashfield Sports Club, Perth
Local kick-off: 3pm (6pm AEDT)
Perth Glory squad: 1. Mackenzie Arnold (gk), 2. Sarah Carroll, 3. Carys Hawkins, 4. Bronwyn Studman, 5. Shannon May 6. Alanna Kennedy, 7. Gabrielle Marzano, 9. Caitlin Foord, 12. Kate Gill, 13. Elisa D’Ovidio, 14. Collette McCallum, 15. Shelina Zadorsky, 17. Marianna Tabain, 20. Samantha Kerr, Kathleen Waycott (gk)
Unavailable: Gabrielle Dal Busco (Westfield Young Matildas)
Newcastle Jets squad: 2. Georgia Yeoman-Dale, 3. Hayley Crawford, 5. Katherine Reynolds, 6. Angela Salem, 7. Tori Huster, 8. Amber Neilson, 9. Tara Andrews, 10. Emily van Egmond, 11. Rhali Dobson, 12. Sophie Nenadovic, 15. Libby Copus-Brown, 16. Cassidy Davis, 17. Grace McIntyre, 20. Claire Coelho (GK), 21. Renee Rudder (gk)
Ins: Sophie Nenadovic, Libby Copus-Brown, Renee Rudder (all promoted)
Outs: Clare Wheeler, Brooke Miller (both omitted), Hannah Southwell (Westfield Young Matildas)
Unavailable: Ashley Spina (knee – season)