Perth Glory have made Brisbane Roar rue their missed chances for the second-straight week after staging a late, smash-and-grab 1-0 A-League Women win at Perry Park on Friday evening.
A week on from nabbing late goals to steal a 2-1 win in Perth, Alana Jancevski’s 86th-minute strike after the hosts failed to clear a corner took a wicked deflection off Mariel Hecher to secure the win for the visitors.
It was the 18-year-old Victorian’s maiden ALW goal and made it two wins from two for the Glory after they broke a 651-day winless drought in round one.
Despite having the majority of possession and outshooting their foes 20 to eight, clear chances on goal proved frustratingly fleeting for the Roar. The Glory were perhaps unlucky not to be up at halftime after gilt-edged chances to Sofia Sakalis, Hana Lowry and Liz Anton.
The addition of Matildas midfielder Katrina Gorry in the second stanza did give the hosts a spark, but coach Garrath McPherson’s side nonetheless found themselves the victim of a late sucker-punch two weeks in a row.
“That’ll sting for a while,” McPherson told Network Ten.
“We’re working on converting our goalscoring chances. We probably would have liked to create some more in the first half.
“Towards the back end of that second half, there were lots of good chances to score and probably disappointed to concede on a set-piece.”
Glory’s good night, though, was damped by the prospect of another injury to star attacker Lisa De Vanna.
Six days after pulling up lame and being forced off the field, De Vanna was carried off by trainers just before halftime after pulling out of a sprint holding her hamstring – although she would stand by the bench to cheer on teammates in the second half.
“I think it’s OK but I guess we’ve just got to wait and see,” Epakis said.
“We don’t know what’s happening for us next in terms of our next fixtures so maybe, fingers crossed, a couple of weeks off might be great for her.
“But we just showed that players coming off the bench and doing their job, it’s a good place to be.”
Glory are scheduled to face Canberra United in Perth next Saturday, although that may change in the face of continued border restrictions in West Australia. Brisbane will host defending champions Melbourne Victory on the same day.