Women’s Match Preview: Perth to provide stern test

Ante Juric’s Sydney FC squad will return to Leichhardt Oval this Saturday evening to go head-to-head with fourth placed Perth Glory FC.

Currently sharing joint second place on the ladder with Western United FC, the Sky Blues will be looking to return to winning ways as they prepare for a tight fixture against Perth Glory.

Kirsty Fenton controls the ball

The two promising sides last met in December 2023 on Perth territory. The goal-less draw saw chances come and go for both squads, but strong defence between the sticks from both Sky Blue keeper Jada Whyman and Perth keeper Morgan Aquino, spoiled the oppositions chance to see the net.

The nail-biting contest wasn’t dull with yellows brandished frequently and Sydney FC testing Morgan Aquino on numerous occasions.

Ahead of this Saturday’s showdown, the Sky Blues are probably in better form than their opponents, coming off a 1-1 draw in the Big Blue clash last weekend and a triumphant win against Newcastle Jets in Round 13. On the flip side, Perth Glory are yet to win a match since the turn of the year with losses to Western Sydney and Adelaide, book-ending a draw with Victory and Brisbane Roar.

Charlotte McLean clears the ball against Perth last time

However, this will be no easy feat for the Harbour City club who continue to endure a long injury run. Lucy Johnson, Nat Tobin and Fiona Worts continue their rehabilitation journey as they recover steadily from their respected injuries obtained earlier in the season. Shea Connors has been back on the pitch training with the squad as she approaches a return to the lineup but it is expected that it will be too tight a turnaround for her.

The battle between Matildas star Cortnee Vine and New Zealand international Liz Anton is sure to keep football fans on their toes. Vine and Anton are no strangers to the international stage. Scoring the winning penalty against France in the 2023 FIFA World Cup, Vine has continued to cement herself as one of the most dangerous players in the A-League. Lightning quick and incredible powerful down the wing, Vine is sure to be a handful for Perth Glory.

Jada Whyman under the lights of Macedonia Park earlier this season

Anton was a member of New Zealand’s squad at both the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2023 FIFA World Cup. Making her debut for Perth Glory in the 2020/2021 season, Anton was awarded the ‘Most Glorious Player’ accolade and has been a key cog in their side this season, anchoring the left side of the Glory defence.

Will Perth Glory put an end to their fourth match demise or will the Sky Blues cement their position within the top two? You can find all match details below.

Match Details

Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets
Liberty A-League Round 13
Saturday 3rd February 2024
Leichhardt Oval, Leichhardt, NSW
Kick Off: 7:00pm AEDT
Gates Open: 6:00pm AEDT
Broadcast Live: Paramount+ & 10Play
Tickets: Click Here
Matchday Partner: Carma