Glory women in a good state
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.