Glory women in a good state

Canning Times - - SPORT -

COKER Park was the venue for a Perth Glory W-League team pre­sea­son hitout ear­lier this month.

Liana Cook struck twice and Ja­cynta Gal­abadaarachchi also found the net on de­but as Glory downed the Gold­fields WA Women 3-1 in the friendly clash in Cannington.

Bobby Despo­tovski’s youth­ful side dom­i­nated for long pe­ri­ods of what was an en­ter­tain­ing game played out in front of a crowd of about 500 and rarely looked like be­ing reeled in once Cook opened the scor­ing af­ter 14 min­utes.

Gal­abadaarachchi’s fine lob duly dou­bled Glory’s lead and although the state team hit back through Tia Stone­hill’s penalty just be­fore the break, a thump­ing header from Cook on the hour mark ef­fec­tively sealed the win.

There was plenty to like about the per­for­mance from the women in pur­ple, in­clud­ing a solid de­but in goal from new re­cruit El­iza Camp­bell and some won­der­ful at­tack­ing play from Gal­abadaarachchi, which sug­gested she will cause W-League de­fences all sorts of prob­lems this sea­son.

Mean­while, Cook took both of her chances well, Shan­non May was tire­less in mid­field and Sarah Car­roll ac­quit­ted her­self su­perbly, hav­ing been moved into the heart of the de­fence.

Despo­tovski said he was more than happy with what was his side’s first pre-sea­son hit-out.

Glory’s W-League cam­paign be­gins on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28, when they face Bris­bane Roar at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

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