Perth Glory youngster Callum Timmins has been added to the squad for the trip to Melbourne City

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THIS WEEK ON THE WORLD FOOTBALL PROGRAMME

Don't miss The World Football Programme on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM this Saturday at 10am with Penny Tanner, Sean Kelly, Don Evans and Peter Szkiela This week's show includes Sam Musca (Referees Standing Committee), Louis Prospero (WA Hall of Fame), Miguel Maron (World Minifootball Vice President), Peter Filopoulos (Perth Glory CEO), Simon Hill (Fox Sports), Ann Odong (TheWomensGame editor, Rod Banjac (Forestfield United senior coach and Roger Kerr (father of Sam Kerr). Join the conversation Saturday from 10am on talk back via 9494 2100 or text in your comments to 0417 622 921.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE RUOK CHARITY SHIELD

If you have a spare couple of hours on Saturday 25th November, get along to Kelly Park, Rowson Place in Medina when Amateur Premier League Champions Wembley Downs take on Amateur Cup winners Kwinana United in the RUOK Charity Shield – Kick off 3pm

RUOK is a suicide prevention charity in Australia, reminding people that having meaningful conversations with mates and loved ones could save lives, and the events is in loving memory of former players Travis Blackwell and Neil Fitzsimons who tragically took their own lives last year.

Former Wembley Downs Coach Colm Costello said it was a hard time for everyone involved at the club after the tragedy and he said the Charity game is a great chance for the football family of Perth to support. “This game is an excellent idea and for a fantastic cause,” he said. “Neil Fitzy was a great bloke fantastic player and we all miss him. A lot of our lads have emigrated here and for us all including myself the team is a family. We were all shell shocked when Fitzy passed and the RUOK campaign is a great reason to make awareness to everybody.

“With the two clubs having these tragedies this year and to finish the year by taking home trophies is really fitting. Kris and I have shared some absolute belters of games over the past 4 years and there’s huge respect between both ourselves and the players, but the referee might not be as busy as he normally is on this occasion.

“We have invited players who normally torture us in games, so I’m delighted to invite; Gavin Knight from Gwelup, Steven McGarry and Graham Doran from ECU Joondalup and Mehdi Rabie from North Perth. All these lads deserve huge credit and had no hesitation agreeing to play and were very grateful. Graham worked alongside Neil on several jobs in past. Hopefully we attract a great crowd for a great occasion with kid’s activities also happening on the day.”

Kwinana Coach Kris Donnell said it’s a great cause and is hoping for a big turnout. “It’s going to be a great day in remembrance of Travis and Neil and hopefully we can raise a few quid for the RUOK charity and both families,” he said. “The football family come together in this state when it matters and that’s what will happen on the 25th at Kelly Park.

“Colm has a few special guests playing for Wembley and we have a few ourselves, with Paul Lloyd, Western Knights, David Clark Rockingham City and Lucas Mello from Balcatta, all taking time out to play and support the game, so it will be a good game to watch and also a lot of activities before and after for all the families.” There will be bouncy castles and face painting for the children, and a full bar and canteen facilities available (cash only) and there will be raffles with great prizes drawn on the day.

24.11.2017

EXAM DONE, NOW FOR ITALIANO’S NEXT TEST

Teenager Jacob Italiano became the fifth-youngest A-League debutant when he lined up for Perth Glory last Sunday. Two days later it was back to normal as he sat down for a school exam. And tonight he gets another chance to showcase his skills in an unchanged side for Glory’s away game with Melbourne City.

Italiano, 16 years and 112 days old when he started against Melbourne Victory, has been juggling studies and training since winning a Glory scholarship in August after the closure of the FFA Centre of Excellence in Canberra. But the former Inglewood United junior never dreamt he would be moving into the A-League so quickly.

“At first I couldn’t believe it, but I tried not to think too much about it,” said Italiano, who last year represented Australia at Under-19 level. “I guess the nerves started in the changing rooms and I was sitting next to players like (Andy) Keogh and (Xavi) Torres, but eventually it settled … I was pretty happy overall, maybe on the ball I could have done a few more things, but I stuck to my role.”

Glory boss Kenny Lowe said Italiano’s debut, on the back of Glory’s extensive injury list that includes Adam Taggart (hamstring), Diego Castro and Andreu (both calf) and Scott Neville (groin), proved he was capable of playing in the A-League. “We had no qualms about throwing him in,” Lowe said. “He played against good players, he gave them a few problems. He’s having a ball.”

24.11.2017

LOWE LOOKING FOR YOUNGSTERS TO STEP UP

Perth Glory will go in search of their first win in since round five of the Hyundai A-League, when they take on Melbourne City at AMMI Park on Friday evening. After the heavy defeat in Wellington, and a disappointing home loss against the Victory last week the undermanned Kenny Lowe’s side have dropped down the table, but they must take positives from their last game against City in the Finals last season, when they came home with the win, but injuries have hit the squad hard.

Adam Taggart (hamstring), Diego Castro (calf) Andreu (calf), Scott Neville (groin), Daniel Stynes (hamstring), Joel Chianese (collar bone) and Marc Warren are all unavailable, meaning Lowe will turn to 16-year-old midfielder Jacob Italiano again. Italiano was solid last week in his debut, showing poise beyond his years in the 2-0 loss to Melbourne Victory, while Joe Knowles is chopping at the bit for a start. Lowe has also called up Callum Timmins from the Youth side, the defender captained the Young Socceroos earlier in the season in the Tri-Series, and is line to make his debut.

Lowe said it was a chance for one of the club's young guns to make a name for themselves. "We're looking to see who's going to step up and be a Castro, be a Taggart," Lowe said. "You never know, the young 16-year-old might come up and bang a brace in and keep them all out of the team for the rest of the season."

The Glory coach said he hopes he doesn't see Cahill's name on the City team sheet, but believes the Socceroos veteran will be ready to play after helping the Socceroos to Russia. "I think Warren should keep Timmy wrapped in cotton wool for another week," Lowe joked.

"I think we should look after him. He's getting on a bit. Take care of him and unleash him next week - that would be nice."

Lowe said press reports Cahill needed to put in a big display to prove his worth to City is out or order. "You know what, Tim Cahill doesn't have to prove anything to anybody - dear me," Lowe said. "What he's done, where he's been, what he's achieved and the manner that he's done it - he doesn't need to prove anything to anybody. He's still got plenty left in him. But it would be nice if the plenty left in him was next week, not this week."

Third-placed City, having lost 3-1 last week to Brisbane, are set to be boosted by the return of Cahill and Ross McCormack. Iacopo La Rocca could be in danger of losing his spot in the side after his horror show against Brisbane. Luke Brattan impressed off the bench and could force the Italian out, but Marcelo Carrusca is still unavailable with a calf complaint.

These teams have developed a habit of producing thrillers, not least last season. Across the four games played, including their elimination final, they scored 22 goals over one draw and three Glory wins. Perth kept the only clean sheet in that final, in which City were hugely disappointing. Given the form of the teams, another goal fest is not on the cards but the Footballwa.net prediction – Melbourne City 1 Perth Glory 2.

Melbourne City FC: GK Eugene GALEKOVIC. GK Dean BOUZANIS, 2 Manny MUSCAT, 3 Scott JAMIESON, 5 Bart SCHENKEVELD, 6 Osama MALIK, 7 Nick FITZGERALD, 8 Neil KILKENNY, 11 Bruce KAMAU, 12 Bradeyn CROWLEY, 13 Stefan MAUK, 17 Tim CAHILL, 22 Michael JAKOBSEN (c), 25 Iacopo LA ROCCA, 26 Luke BRATTAN, 27 Marcin BUDZINSKI, 35 Ramy NAJJARINE, 44 Ross McCORMACK - *two to be omitted* - Ins: CAHILL (returns from injury), McCORMACK (returns from injury) - Outs: Nil - Unavailable: 23 Bruno FORNAROLI (ankle), 9 Marcelo CARRUSCA (calf)

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, GK Nick FEELY, 2 Alex GRANT, 4 Shane LOWRY, 5 Jacob POSCOLIERO, 6 Mitch NICHOLS, 8 Xavi TORRES, 9 Andy KEOGH (c), 11 Mitch MALLIA, 14 Chris HAROLD, 15 Brandon WILSON, 16 Joseph MILLS, 19 Joe KNOWLES, 20 Jake BRIMMER, 24 Callum TIMMINS, 26 Jacob ITALIANO , 29 Jeremy WALKER - *one to be omitted* - Ins: TIMMINS (promoted) - Outs: Nil - Unavailable: 25.Daniel STYNES (hamstring – 2-3 weeks), 7.Joel CHIANESE (collar bone – 1-2 weeks), 3.Marc WARREN (ankle – 5-6 weeks), 22.Adam TAGGART (hamstring – 3-4 weeks), 17.Diego CASTRO (calf – 1-2 weeks), 18. Andreu GUERAO (calf – 1-2 weeks), 23.Scott NEVILLE (groin – 1-2 weeks)

22.11.2017

WHERE TO NEXT FOR SOCCERROS AFTER POSTECOGLOU QUITS (by Dominic Bossi – Canberra Times)

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold may be the leading candidate to replace Ange Postecoglou as Socceroos coach but that position may remain vacant for a number of weeks with Football Federation Australia yet to formally commence the job hunt. Fairfax Media understands the FFA's preference is to hire a local, Australian coach to lead the country to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and beyond putting Arnold in the box seat to take charge of the national team. However, that preference is far from iron clad and the abrupt departure of Postecoglou – despite weeks of speculation – came before the FFA had commenced any searches or interviews for their next coach.

An unrivalled experience within Australian football, a record of five major trophies in the A-League and a past with the national team makes Arnold the man most likely to take charge of the Socceroos but he will face competition from several other Australian coaches for that position, as well as others from abroad. Sydney FC have not been approached by the FFA on the subject of a potential move for Arnold but with another year-and-a-half to run on his contract and a frosty relationship between the organisation and clubs, it's possible Arnold would not be released freely.

"Graham Arnold is Sydney FC's head coach, he is under contract and we envisage further success for the club under Graham's leadership going forward," a Sydney FC spokesman said. "We have had no contact from anyone regarding Graham and his role at Sydney FC." Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is another strong candidate for the Socceroos job and presents a closer alignment to Postecoglou's coaching style, having spent time working as his assistant. John Aloisi from Brisbane Roar is an outside chance while Socceroos assistant Ante Milicic may be considered.

As far as foreign options go, the FFA has not yet explored any but a set of strict criteria is being devised. It surrounds issues of playing styles – ensuring any foreign coach has a proven record of playing attacking football, will continue with the current support staff, has the experience of coaching international football and will work as an ambassador of the game within Australia. It's understood the FFA have not yet received many applications for the top job in Australia despite the opportunity to take charge of a team at a World Cup and through to an Asian Cup in January 2019.

With nearly four months until the Socceroos next possible friendly game, the FFA won't likely turn their attention to appointing a new coach until after the crucial EGM on November 30 which will be the last opportunity for chairman Steven Lowy to gain support for a new congress before FIFA will introduce a 'normalising committee' that disbands the FFA board. "We don't play till March, so we have got a bit of time and it's important we take that time to look at what is out there," FFA chief executive David Gallop said. "We will take our time and make sure we get the right person for the job."

Postecoglou's immediate departure from the FFA means the Australian delegation will travel to Russia next week for the World Cup draw without a head coach. It's understood the national team will be represented by assistant coach Ante Milicic and head of the national teams, Luke Casserly. FFA head of events, Aaron Humphries, will attend alongside head of International Affairs, Mark Falvo, who will likely finalise deals with opponents for pre-tournament friendly games while in Moscow. It's understood Lowy and Gallop are set to fly to Russia immediately after the FFA EGM.

22.11.2017

KERR NAMED WA YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

The accolades keep coming for Samantha Kerr with the Matildas attacker last night named Western Australia's Young Australian of the Year, moments after scored twice to guide Australia to a 3-0 friendly win over China. Kerr will now represent Western Australia at the Australian of the Year awards ceremony in Canberra on 25 January, 2018.

Football Federation Australia Chairman Steven Lowy congratulated Kerr on her latest award, and explained that Perth Glory Women gun could add yet more silverware to her growing collection next week in Bangkok. "On behalf of Australia's football family, I would like to congratulate Sam Kerr for being named Western Australia's 2018 Young Australian of the Year," said Lowy.

"Sam's brilliant performances on the pitch in 2017, combined with her humble approach off it, means that she is truly deserving of every honour that comes her way. Sam could become the third Australian player in the last four years to win the AFC Women's Footballer of the Year Award when the annual AFC Awards are held in Thailand next week."

22.11.2017

SAINSBURY LEADS TRIBUTES TO DEPARTING POSTECOGLOU

Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury has led a wave of tributes to Ange Postecoglou after the mentor stepped down as national coach. Postecoglou resigned this morning less than a week after leading Australia to its fourth successive World Cup.

"Just want to say thanks to Ange for everything he has done for football in Australia and me personally," Sainsbury tweeted. "He gave me my shot with the national team and I can never forget that. The belief and confidence he's instilled in this team that will keep us on the path to great things."

22.11.2017

INJURY CLOUD STILL HANGS OVER ALL WHITES ROUX

As the rest of the New Zealand squad departed for Peru last week, Storm Roux was on a flight bound for Sydney. The 24-year old right-back played no part in the All Whites two World Cup qualifiers, having arrived in camp with a leg injury sustained while playing for the Central Coast Mariners against Melbourne Victory.

It was the same leg Roux broke in February 2016, when a broken fibula, damaged ligaments and a dislocated shoulder ruled him out for the remainder of the 2015/17 A-League season. "There was a lot of bruising around my ankle and around the metal plate that I've got in my ankle," Roux said of his recent injury. "It was pretty aggravated."

Pushing through the pain, Roux was initailly able to train with the All Whites before making the decision to sit out the rest of the week. "Every other day I was doing my rehab, trying to get back. Whether it was running on the side of the field or working with the physios I was doing that but unfortunately I was only able to train one time," he said.

Roux watched the home leg of New Zealand's qualifer against Peru from the stands and watched the return game on television. "I was absolutely gutted," said the former Sorrento junior. "It was such a massive game for the country and obviously personally it would have been such an amazing game to play in.

"I was very upset that I couldn't make it but I've learned to accept it and it's just one of those things. It's football and it happens. Obviously I watched the game and our boys were very good. They dug in and played some good football but in the end it just didn't work out and they (Peru) ended up deserving to win the game."

Roux is still yet to fully recover from his injury, which means he is unlikely to travel for Central Coast's game at Wellington Phoenix on Saturday. "At this stage I'm not too sure. It looks like it may be a little bit longer but I'll be pushing for it," he said. "It's an important game and I always like playing Wellington and obviously against All Whites team-mates, which is always fun."

21.11.2017

KERR NOMINATED FOR YOUNG AUSTRALIAN AWARD

Matilda's star Samantha Kerr is one of four West Australian nominees for the 2018 Young Australian of the Year award. Kerr is up against social entrepreneur and humanitarian Jeffrey Effendi, refugee and human rights advocate Rahila Haidary and Perth Wildcat and youth mental health advocate Greg Hire.

Kerr was surprised to hear that she had been nominated for the award. "I only thought these awards were for people that have saved lives or changed the world. It was pretty special," she said. "I feel very lucky to be nominated next to people who are doing such great things in the community."

Kerr, who took up the world game at the age of 12, said it has been a great year for women's sport, especially football. "To be a part of such a great movement for young girls to grow up with female role models is something no matter if I win or not, I'm very proud of," commented the attacker, who has 53 international appearances to her name.

21.11.2017

FORD APPOINTED AS NEW SWAN UNITED COACH

Swan United will start the new 2018 season with Mike Ford as Head Coach, as they look to bring success back to Francis Street. The Black and Whites won the State League Cup twice in the early 2000’s, under the guidance of Gary Marocchi and Carlo Scali, and they have handed Ford the task of bringing back the good times to the Swan Valley club. Ford, who began his coaching as a player coach at Bayswater United in the 70’s, before stints at Shamrock Rovers, Gwelup Croatia, and Subiaco, is looking forward to his new role.

“I’m very happy to be involved with Swan United, a club with a great history, with quite a few new passionate committee members, Anthony Dundo, Ben Kelly and Matt Debarro staying on, the future looks pretty exciting,” he explained. “The club can also announce the appointment of Willie Devlin, a very experienced and talented Technical Director. He has spent 3 years with Bendigo City (full time) and has an "A" license, and we also welcome Colin Morgan as the Reserves coach. Swan United are determined to become the club the choice for both seniors and juniors in the Swan, Ellenbrook, Midland and Bassendean area.”

United Director of Football Ben Kelly said they had a number of applicants, but Ford stood out. “We are excited to have Mike on as our new first team coach, we have been in talks for a few months and he helped us out in the last few games and training sessions,” he explained. “Mike has the same ambitions for the club as the committee and that's getting back to the top tier of football in WA. We have a plan in place and hopefully in the next few years we can gain promotion.

“Mike brings a wealth of experience and professionalism with him, and we know he will get the most out of the core groups of players we have and attract healthy competitions for a place in the first team. I would as like to thank Matt Debarro for his hard work, passion and dedication at the club for the last two years, Matt didn't just look after the first team job he was heavily involved across all aspects of the club, and he was a great clubman.”

The club have been on the slide in recent seasons, but they showed signs of improvement last season but missed out in the play offs, but Ford says the signs are good going forward. “We are looking to build on the good work that Matt (Debarro) has achieved over the last two years and I believe we are building an excellent team to take advantage of Matt's achievements,” he said. “I hope to bring a sense of professionalism to the club and with the coaching team help players to have self-belief and have confidence in themselves and that together we can achieve great things over the coming years.”

20.11.2017

PERTH SC SIGNS HOWLES FOR 2018

Perth Soccer Club have signed striker Richard Howles for the 2018 National Premier Leagues WA season. Howles scored 16 goals in 26 appearances in his first NPLWA season with Joondalup United in 2017, earning him selection to the WA State Team under the guidance of Perth Head Coach Ramon Falzon. It was a remarkable debut season for the 26-year-old, who was playing Sunday amateurs in 2016 with Carramar FC and with English semi-professional side Boldmere S&S before his move to Australia two years ago.

Howles said he was making the move to Dorrien Gardens in search of a league title. “I sat down with the club and they explained to me their goals,” he said. “Obviously, the club got really close to winning the title last season, just falling at the final hurdle. When I played against Perth this year, I enjoyed the style of football they played and thought the clubrooms were nice and everyone was well supported. So I decided to make the move, primarily because I want to help the club win the league.”

The Striker enjoyed his time at JUFC and said it was a huge decision to leave the club where he had formed some great friendships. “Yes I loved my time a Joondalup last year, I loved the lads and all the staff, everything to do with the club, and it was hard decision to leave,” he explained. “It’s taken me a long time to make decision to be honest but sometimes you’ve got to do what’s right for you.”

Howles is looking forward to working with Coach Falzon and helping the club to more goals in 2018. “When Ramon picked me to represent state, which I was both shocked and over the moon about, but it showed me an insight into his coaching, and I’m now looking forward to getting stuck into preseason at the club,” he said. “The club isn’t exactly short on scoring goals, Gustavo’s a really good striker and a very experienced player and I’ll be looking forward to playing alongside him and also learning a thing or two. But if I can help him and some of the other guys score a few more, and get on the scoresheet myself, then we should go a long way to having a successful season.”

Perth SC Coach Falzon welcomed Howles to the club. “Richard has an excellent attitude, displays the standard of professionalism that meets our expectations and more importantly, he has the drive to continuously seek to improve,” Falzon said. “From a football perspective, Richard performed very well in 2017 and he has the qualities to make a big difference in the attacking third. He will add to our firepower up front and I am sure that his abilities will be complemented by our playing style and vice versa.”

20.11.2017

DE VANNA EMBRACES MATILDAS BANDWAGON

Matildas captain Lisa De Vanna is determined to soak in the embrace of bumper home crowds this week for two matches against China. The national women's team plays a two-game series against their Asian rivals, in Melbourne (Wednesday) and Geelong (Sunday).

For the first time in Victoria, they'll play in front of five-figure crowds and at elite venues. It's still a massive rush for veteran attacker De Vanna, who doesn't have to look too far back to remember tougher times on tour.

"It was crap. It was terrible," De Vanna said, reflecting on her early days with the Matilda's. "We had to wear boys (training) clothes. I was washing undies and bras in the sink staying in budget hotels. It was really tough."

"But what we had back then was the love for the game and that hasn't changed. What has changed is we have proper support to be better athletes. It's taken a very long time for that to happen but it's been worth it."

De Vanna said the Matilda's leap from obscurity to the mainstream made them more endearing. "People start to hear about the struggles and people like the unsung heroes," she said. "People are jumping on the bandwagon and I'm all for it."

While this week's crowds will rival A-League attendances, only a stellar walk-up crowd on Wednesday will see another record broken. In September, 16,829 people packed Newcastle's McDonald Jones Stadium to witness Sam Kerr lead Australia to a 3-2 win over Brazil.

Based on sales, FFA are expecting about 12,000 in Melbourne and 10,000 for the Geelong game. De Vanna said nothing beats a big home crowd. "We've played in big tournaments when we've had big crowds against us," she said.

"This is different. To come home and have friends and family support us and the nation support us ... it's the anthem that gets me every time. Everyone singing that anthem, it gives me goosebumps and chills down my back."

De Vanna will face hot competition for a starting berth on either game. Fit-again forwards Michelle Heyman, Kyah Simon and Larissa Crummer have been added to the squad, which already includes Sam Kerr, Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso.

20.11.2017

LOWRY LASHES LACKLUSTRE GLORY

Defender Shane Lowry was seething after an injury-riddled Perth Glory stumbled 2-0 to Melbourne Victory at Perth Oval yesterday. Second half goals to Besart Berisha and Leroy George dragged Melbourne off the bottom of the A-League ladder with their first win of the campaign.

But as the boos rang out on the final whistle, Lowry made it clear he was not happy with the performance. "I'm fuming to be honest with you," 28-year old Lowry said. "I'm so disappointed and angry. It's not good enough. We need to be better. We've got City on Friday night and we'll try to turn it around."

Glory's injury crisis has hit the club hard, the A-League outfit fielding a different back four in all but one of their matches this season. At the current time they have seven players on the treatment table including Spanish duo Diego Castro and Andreu, striker Adam Taggart and defenders Scott Neville and Marc Warren.

"You just have to get on with it. It's not ideal but that's football," said Lowry, whose team head east to play Melbourne City on Friday. "It's a quick turnaround which is a good thing. Get ourselves on the pitch again. This where we need to stand up as men and be counted now."

19.11.2017

UNDERMANNED GLORY BEATEN BY VICTORY

An undermanned Perth Glory have been beaten for the first time at home this season after a 2-0 loss against Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Besart Berisha came back to haunt the Glory yet again scoring the opener as the Victory notched their first win of the season, before Leroy George wrapped up the points.

Glory defender Shane Lowry was outstanding all afternoon, but he said on Fox Sports after the game they need to improve. "In the second half we shot ourselves in the foot. I'm fuming now to be honest with you," he said. “So disappointed, angry. It's just not good enough. We need to be better and luckily we've got a game on Friday night to try to turn it around."

Glory’s injury crisis hit another level on Sunday, with Diego Castro (calf), Scott Neville (groin), and Andreu (calf) all missing the clash, and Kenny Lowe was forced to change the starting line-up. In came Joe Mills, Jeremy Walker and 16-year-old Jacob Italiano for his A-League debut.

Victory looked dangerous early and Liam Reddy produced a great one handed save to deny James Troisi, and he was alert to smother Berisha’s follow up shot. Wilson tried his luck from long-range but it was straight at Lawrence, before Reddy tipped over Rhys Williams’ header over the top at full stretch. Both sides had late chances, Berisha saw a header bounce off the post, before Italiano fired inches wide, but Victory went into the break on top but still level.

The visitors continued to dominate and Lowry got in a great block to thwart Troisi early, but on 56 minutes their pressure was rewarded with the lead. Mitch Nichols lost possession deep in the Victory half, and a quick break sent Jai Ingham down the right and his cross picked out Berisha, who tapped in his 16th goal against Perth, much to the displeasure of the Shed. Glory looked to hit back immediately, but Chris Harold’s snap shot from the edge of the box flashed wide of the target.

Victory doubled their advantage on 68 minutes, Troisi forcing his way through on the left before squaring for George to finish low past Reddy. The Glory pressed forward looking to get back in the game and Mitch Mallia’s curling shot drifted wide, but Reddy had to be alert again to deny Ingham, when he was sent one-on-one with the Glory custodian. Reddy then had to push Mark Milligan’s curling effort, before Andy Keogh saw a shot flash wide of the target in stoppage time, but the damage had been done earlier.

Melbourne Victory midfielder Mark Milligan praised his team after its win. "Today was important for us," he told Fox Sports. "We've got a big week of travel this week, we go straight to Newcastle tomorrow and we knew we had to turn our season around soon. We've been playing well in patches but we haven't really put together a full performance. Again, off a short week for most of us – I only trained yesterday, Jimmy (Troisi) the day before, we've still got Kosta (Barbarouses) to come back in. It was a good performance today in what is not easy conditions."

19.11.2017

KERR’S BRACE GIVE GLORY THE POINTS

A brace from skipper Samantha Kerr helped Perth Glory to a 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory in Sunday’s Westfield W-League clash at nib Stadium. They had to come from behind to regain top spot on the table, after Victory captain Natasha Dowie had put the visitors ahead seven minutes into the second half, but they soon hit back with Rachel Hill levelling and Kerr’s brace gave them their third win from four matches this season.

Glory Coach Bobby Despotovski was delighted with the result. “It was a game of two different halves. I thought the first half we struggled to get into the game in terms of the speed of the game. To be fair, they put us under pressure, we turned over cheap possession and then we were on the back foot all the time,” he said. “The girls were confident, you could see from their demeanor. They didn’t drop their heads, they knew what they had to do. Once we scored that first goal, they started taking on the game and we started taking over the midfield.”

There was a late change to the Glory line-up with Jaymee Gibbons picking up an injury in the warm up and she was replaced in the starting line-up by Shawn Billam. The big crowd were delighted that Kerr returned to the side after last week’s loss to Adelaide United with a quad injury. She was back to pair American import Hill, who has been a star in front of goal this season, and the pair were a constant threat to the Victory defence from the opening whistle.

The visitors had the better opportunities in the first 20 minutes, Laura Alleways overhead kick went over the top on the quarter hour, before Melissa Maizels saved well to deny Dowie. Kerr went close the opener six minutes later, Hill’s cross picked out the Matildas star, who headed wide of the target. The Glory went close again on 25 minutes, Carroll’s header was saved low by Casey Dumont, Carroll managed to get to the rebound and cut the ball back to Raquel Rodriguez who’s first shot was blocked, before she sent her second over the top.

Dowie went close again for Victory, her shot on the turn flashed wide of the target on the half hour, before Ga Eul Jeon fired over the top moments later and moments later Maizels then denied Kyra Cooney-Cross with a smart save at her near post, as the visitors lifted the tempo. Kerr had a great chance to give Glory the lead at the break after she was sent clear, but Dumont was out quick to block her shot.

Kerr went close early in the second half, Hill’s cross picked out the Glory skipper, but her header crashed off the post. But on 52 minutes the Victory hit the front. Melina Ayres’ cross was headed home by Dowie, to silence the Glory faithful. The silence didn’t last long, however, as Hill latched on to a flick-on from Kerr before sidestepping Dumont and finishing via the underside of the bar to notch her sixth goal of the season.

Hill then combined with Nicola Bolger ten minutes later to set Kerr up for her first goal of the afternoon, with the Matildas star calmly slotting the ball past Dumont to give the home side the lead for the first time in the match. With Victory players tiring in the Perth heat as the match wore on, Kerr completed her brace when she sprinted on to another clever pass from Hill in the 77th minute, sealing the three points for Glory.

19.11.2017

GLORY YOUNGSTERS BEATEN BY ADELAIDE

Perth Glory Youth side begun their 2017-18 Foxtel Y-League campaign with a 1-3 defeat against Adelaide United Youth at Dorrien Gardens on Sunday morning. The Glory youngsters created numerous chances in the game but failed to take them, but Adelaide striker Apostolos Stamatelopoulos striker was the difference bagging a hat-trick, while Yagoub Mustafa scored for the Glory.

Glory coach John Gibson said they deserved more from the game. "Disappointed with the result but I was super happy with large periods of the game," he told the Perth Glory website. "We need to be more ruthless in front of goal, we created a number of good chances but didn’t execute, so we need to have more confidence in the final third. “I thought we dominated for large periods today, but it doesn’t mean anything because we’ve lost 3-1. Fair play to their striker (Stamatelopoulos) scoring a hat trick, but I thought we finished strongly, the only downside is we conceded three goals, three really poor goals. We will get back to training this week and prepare for our game in two weeks’ time against Brisbane Roar."

It was a lively start to the game with Luke Bodnar firing wide early for the Glory, while Kristin Konstandopoulos shot from the edge of the box flashed wide for the visitors. The Glory started to get on top and created a number of good chances but found Adelaide keeper Issac Richards in fine form. First Mustafa's cross from the left picked out Chok Dau, but his header was well saved by Richards. Moments later Michael Domfeh was sent clear, but the Adelaide custodian stood tall to deny him.

But on the half hour, and against the run of play it was Adelaide who took the lead. Konstandopoulos played in Charlie Devereux down the left and his low cross was turned home by Stamatelopoulos at the back post. It was now Adelaide who were dictating terms and Devereux was denied by a last ditch tackle from Ollie Annis and Stamatelopoulos saw his effort cleared off the line. Glory went close to the equaliser just before half time, Domfeh cut the ball back to Mustafa, but Richards got down smartly to save.

It wasn't the best of starts for the Glory youngsters after half time, with the visitors doubling their lead seven minutes in. Stamatelopoulos raced down the left, cut inside his marker, his first shot was blocked, but the striker made no mistake with his second, giving Jackson Lee no chance. It was almost three moments later, a defensive slip let in Stamatelopoulos who fed Devereux, but with the goal at his mercy the skipper struck the post. Glory continued to take the game to Adelaide and they were back in the contest 20 minutes from time.

Mustafa nipped in when Adelaide keeper Richards dwelt on the ball and the Glory striker made him pay, pinching the ball off him and rolling it into an empty net. Glory were well on top and substitute Bayley Brown-Montgomery saw a header saved low by Richards, before Henry Hore stung the keepers palms as the Glory pressed for the equaliser. But with Glory pushing players forward they were caught out at the other end when Adelaide added a third. A long ball out of defense sent Stamatelopoulos down the left, he cut inside his marker and finished clinically past Jackson to win the game for the visitors and complete his hat trick.

19.11.2017

GRAYSON LOOKING TO MAKE HIS MARK AT MANDURAH

Mandurah City FC have appointed Alex Grayson as Senior Head Coach for the upcoming 2018 season. The 26-year-old takes over the reins from Dough Hesketh, who stepped down at the end of last season. Dolphins were relegated to Division One, after a playoff loss against Forrestfield United, but new President Nigel Mann said Grayson is the man to take them back to the NPL. “Alex’s dedication, professionalism and the fresh ideas he has recently brought to the club, are already returning many good reviews, from the membership,” he explained. “These were some of the traits that were deciding factors on his appointment and he is a great fit for the club as it looks to rebuild for the new season in the State League”

Grayson, who played for Rockingham City in Division One most recently before his season ended through injury at Mandurah, is delighted to have been given the opportunity to coach at the Mandurah Stadium. “To be honest I’m over the moon on my appointment,” he said. “I’ve had a rough couple of months with my leg break, but I've been edging towards the coaching side of football for a few years, so now it's given me extra motivation to take the opportunity.”

Despite Mandurah’s relegation the club gave a number of young players the opportunity to play NPL, and Grayson said he’s looking forward to putting his plans in to place and working with the player group. “I think the most exciting thing about next seasons potential is the prospect of something fresh,” he said. “A lot of younger lads who I've spoken to can probably relate more to my style and philosophy, but more mature players have an opportunity to find some new motivation. There's some fierce competitors at Mandurah and I'm hoping to get the best out of young and old.”

The 26-year-old played at Liverpool youth academy for 10 years until he was 16, then spent three years on a full athletic scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh. He played in a few US state competitions in Iowa and Florida then heading to Perth. “I played for former Mandurah Coach Doug Hesketh at Stirling, where we became really close friends but unfortunately the season was derailed by injuries,” he explained. “I then played locally at Rockingham City for the past 3 years, who massively helped me on my pathway to coaching, and I owe a lot to the club for where I am now.”

So what will Grayson bring to the job at Mandurah? He said he will be doing all he can to bring success to the Black and Whites. “I hope to bring a sense of excitement coupled with the right amount of professionalism. My overwhelming focus right now is to make a career in football and I intend to tackle every obstacle with a learning mentality,” he said. “I have had great support so far from Mandurah and players alike so I'm positive we can take the right steps to success next year. The league will be highly competitive in 2018 so we are in no doubt of the work ahead of us.”

19.11.2017

DESPOTOVSKI JOINS FORRESTFIELD UNITED

Forrestfield United have appointed former Perth Glory legend, and current Glory Westfield W-League Coach Bobby Despotovski as part of the clubs coaching staff in the NPLWA next season. The 46-year-old, who has played 240 games for the Glory, and helped them to the NSL titles in 2002–03, 2003–04, won the ‘Johnny Warren Medal’ as best player in the league in 2005-06, and also won four Socceroos caps, will assist Head Coach Rod Banjac and Terry Brown next season and he said it’s a great opportunity to get back into local men’s football. “I’m really looking forward to have an influence on the men’s football again,” he explained. “FUSC is the club with the high ambitions, and also the club that is coached by very good friend of mine Rod, and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Banjac said Despotovski is a perfect fit for the club going forward. “Bobby and I go back 20 years, but it was during my time at Glory FC as an assistant to legendary Frank Arok (Head of Youth Development) that our friendship was forged as we are 100% aligned in regards to how football should be played,” he explained. “So it was just a matter of time before we teamed up and I can’t express the gratitude towards all the hardworking members of Forrestfield United for creating such a fantastic football environment that attracts the services of such a gifted individual as Bobby.”

Banjac said the striker CV in football is impressive, and he will be invaluable passing on his experience in the game to the young players at FUSC. “During his playing days Bobby was one of the most talented and intelligent footballers I have ever seen and rightfully acknowledged by being awarded just about every award there is at the highest national level including a call up to the national team, top goal scorer and the Johnny Warren medal winner as the best player in the country,” he said.

“It is so satisfying to see that his talent continues to benefit our game in WA through coaching for which he has already been acknowledged as the best coach in the W-League during last year. Forrestfield United is buzzing at the moment as we have now become a well-structured footballing institution with a fantastic coaching team that has been operating together for four years while surrounded by some of the best facilities in the state and supported by a very knowledgeable and dedicated administrative group.

“We take a lot of pride in playing our part to benefit our community by focusing on the attractive style of Football while developing our regions players as well as coaches and there is no doubt that everyone will benefit from Bobby’s knowledge and extensive experience at the highest level. Bobby joins our coaching team as an Assistant Head Coach at the end of W League once his commitment to Perth Glory Women has been fulfilled and the whole region is excited about that.”

19.11.2017

FANS’ BREATHTAKING TRIBUTE TO JONES’ SON

Feyenoord fans paid tribute to goalkeeper Brad Jones’ son, who passed away six years ago on Saturday. In the early stages of Feyenoord’s 1-1 draw with VVV Venlo, the home fans lit up De Kuip with their mobile phones and lighters before a rendition of 'You’ll Never Walk Alone' in a touching tribute to Jones’ son.

Jones, who has kept goal for Liverpool and Middlesbrough, lost his five-year-old, Luca, six years ago after a battle with leukaemia. Jones and his wife Dani are vocal supporters of the Anthony Nolan organisation which finds blood stem cell and bone marrow donors for those who are suffering from blood cancers.

19.11.2017

WORLD CUP AMBITION DRIVES TAGGART

Perth Glory striker Adam Taggart is refusing to give up on earning a ticket to Russia next year, declaring he was confident of making a strong comeback from his latest injury setback. Taggart made his return to the training pitch at McGillivray Oval on Friday, completing some light jogging just eight days after tearing his right hamstring.

Speaking for the first time since the injury blow, the 24-year old said the position of the tear was favourable and he did not believe the injury was related to the ongoing groin trouble that cruelled his time with English championship outfit Fulham. Glory have diagnosed Taggart’s hamstring as a five to seven week injury.

“I’ve never done a hammy. I couldn’t really put my finger on this one and neither can anyone. It was probably the last kick of training, so I don’t think there’s an underlying issue. I just think it was a bit of bad luck,” he said. “It was a fairly long run. A cross came in and I tried to extend for a header and I sort of felt it go straight away.”

“It was pretty painful at the start, but it seemed to settle down pretty quickly over the first few days. I seem to have recovered really quickly. There’s still a long way to go, but yeah it’s definitely good signs so far. I was expecting a lot worse. It still is what it is, I’ve just got the positioning of it on my side and where the fluid is on my side.”

Capped seven times for Australia, Taggart will aim to return for Glory after Christmas and push his case for a call-up to a second World Cup. He has not figured in qualifying for Russia, but could yet time his run nicely if he can stay on the park given Australia’s ongoing search for goalscorers to support ageing legend Tim Cahill.

“The Socceroos is the closest thing to my heart and I’d do anything to get back in there,” Taggart said. “I guess right now it’s not the focus, but it was a special time to be involved in that (2014) World Cup, so I’m going to be working as hard as I can to get back fit and do well for the club and see where that takes me.”

“A day is a long time in football and things change so quickly. Before you know it, I’ll be back on the park. I think it’s just about thinking positively, making sure you’re using your energy in the right direction and focusing on getting better.”

19.11.2017

16-YEAR-OLD JACOB ITALIANO IN LINE FOR GLORY DEBUT

Gifted youngster Jacob Italiano is in line for his A-League debut today, as Perth Glory scrambles to cover an injury crisis that is stretching their thin squad towards breaking point. At 16 years and 112 days, Italiano is set to become the youngest Glory player since Danny De Silva began his stint with the club as a 15-year-old in 2013.

Italiano, also an attacking midfielder, could even earn a shock place in the starting eleven to face winless Melbourne Victory at Perth Oval today. Spanish pair Diego Castro and Andreu have joined the club’s long injury list with calf complaints, with the casualty ward also including star striker Adam Taggart, defenders Scott Neville and Marc Warren, attacker Joel Chianese and youngster Daniel Stynes.

18.11.2017

SAINSBURY: ANGE TOOK THE HEAT TO PROTECT US

Trent Sainsbury has paid tribute to Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou for taking the heat when the national team has come under scrutiny. The Socceroos prevailed 3-1 against Honduras at a packed Sydney Football Stadium on Wednesday night to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Postecoglou’s future still remains uncertain and he has been under immense scrutiny for his tactics, attitude, and the length it has taken to get Australia to Russia. Sainsbury said he was in gratitude to the gaffer for throwing himself under the bus to protect the players from the external noise.

“Ange is the one that takes all the flak from the media and he’s our first line of defence in terms of keeping us out of harm’s way, so he’s going to take a lot of stick,” Sainsbury said. “When he started this job four years ago, he had a goal and everyone got behind that. He wants to be an offensive team and an aggressive team.”

“He doesn’t want us to be the team that sits back and takes punishment for 90 minutes, he wants us to be the team that gets into pole position and the team has bought into that. From the inside, it’s been really tranquil and it’s been really peaceful … we’ve had a lot of ups and downs but at the same time, this team never stopped believing.”

The Jiangsu Suning defender is determined to make Russia count after missing out on the 2014 World Cup due to a kneecap injury. “Last time I was this happy, I think I proposed to my missus and she said yes! It’s been a hell of a journey … with a brilliant family,” he said.

“(My injury before Brazil) makes this one all the more sweeter. I’ve had a lot of problems along the way physically and mentally, it’s been really tough. There’s been a lot of questions asked of this team. Everyone says Australia likes to do it the hard way … it’s been a very hardening experience for the team and now this team is ready for battle.”

18.11.2017

KERR SHORTLISTED FOR TOP AFC AWARD

Australia's Sam Kerr has another chance to add to her already glittering CV after being announced as one of three nominees for the Asian Football Confederation's Women's Player of the Year, which will be announced in Bangkok on 29 November. Kerr is in the hunt for the award along with North Korea's Sung Hyang-sim and Japan's Saki Kumagai.

Kerr, whose backflip celebrations after scoring a goal have become football folklore, was originally among ten players up for FIFA's Women's Player of the Year. The Perth-born raised attacker was part of the Matilda’s squad that won the Tournament of Champions in July, when they defeated host nation the United States for the first time ever and thrashed Japan and Brazil. Kerr scored four times in those three games.




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