Saturday’s Westfield W-League match between Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers in preview.
Perth Glory v Western Sydney Wanderers Saturday 8 February 2014 Percy Doyle Reserve, Perth Local kick-off: 5pm
The finals campaign of the respective sides may be over but these two sides are still aiming for fifth, and have more than enough quality to turn on an entertaining contest.
Perth came unstuck with a hefty 3-0 loss when they visited Western Sydney Wanderers in December, though that was in the midst of a poor run of form from the Glory.
The second visit to the harbour city proved to be an even more unpleasant experience as they crashed 8-2 to Sydney FC, but since then the Glory have found their feet.
Though with few wins to their name, and despite a hefty injury toll, the Glory have pushed their opponents and this week is likely to be no different.
This week they will have to do without the under-rated Elisa D-Ovidio due to suspension, while striker Rosie Sutton will again be absent.
The Wanderers- hunger to win will be heightened by a desire to see Catherine Canulli end her career on a winning note.
Available again will be two key contributors with Heather Garriock providing her midfield guile after a week off through suspension, while Michelle Carney, who is enjoying some impressive form in the twilight of her career, is back from injury.
Both teams have proved themselves to be enigmatic this season, making a winner very hard to pick in the west.
Perth Glory squad: 1. Chantel JONES (gk), 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Cecilie SANDVEJ, 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Sasha ANDREWS, 12. Kate GILL (c), 15. Jess DILLON, 16. Thia EASTMAN, 17. Marianna TABAIN, 18. Amy KNIGHTS, 19. Shawn BILLAM, 22. Emily HENDERSON, 24. Carys HAWKINS, 28. Gabrielle DAL BUSCO (gk)
Ins: Amy Knights (promoted)
Outs: Elisa D-Ovidio (suspended - one week)
Unavailable: Aivi Luik (hamstring), Kat Jukic (hip), Collette McCallum (knee), Kathleen Waycott (hip), Rosie Sutton (hip)
Western Sydney Wanderers squad: 1. Mackenzie Arnold (gk), 2. Caitlin Cooper, 5. Emily Van Egmond, 7. Heather Garriock (c), 8. Tori Huster, 9. Jenna Kingsley, 10. Servet Uzunlar, 11. Michelle Carney, 12. Jessica Seaman, 13. Catherine Cannuli, 14. Alanna Kennedy, 15. Teigen Allen, 16. Linda O-Neill, 18. Helen Petinos, 19. Jordan Baker, 22. Dimi Poulos (gk) (one to be omitted)
Ins: Heather Garriock (returns from suspension), Michelle Carney (returns from injury)
Outs: Rachael Soutar (calf)
Unavailable: Camille Levin (hamstring), Kyah Simon (knee)
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