W-League Preview: City v Perth


The clash

Melbourne City FC’s intent to return to winning ways has been on display in the opening stages of the 2019/20 season. Following the disappointment of missing finals for the first-time last season, Head Coach Rado Vidosic’s side has had a prolific start to the new season.

With a string of victories to open the season, City has knocked off both last season’s premiers in Melbourne Victory and last season’s champions, Sydney FC.

Looking to secure their fifth win on the trot, City play host to Perth Glory at ABD Stadium on Thursday night, the same venue they defeated Melbourne Victory at in last week’s Melbourne Derby win.

Following a dominant display where the ball was locked in Victory’s back third for much of the game, City eventually found the breakthrough in the 89th minute when Yukari Kinga stepped up with a brilliant finish to secure the result. The Japanese star latched onto Steph Catley’s superb assist to ensure City would mark their first clash at their new home with a win.

City now face a Perth Glory outfit who will be eager to draw upon the positives that saw them secure their first point of the season in Round 5. 

Similarly to Melbourne City, it was late heroics for the Glory which saw Kim Carroll net a 90th minute equaliser with a towering header to cancel out Simone Charley’s first half solo effort at Dorrien Gardens. 

With both teams looking to carry the momentum of their respective Round 5 clashes, we’re set for an enthralling battle in Broadmeadows. 

Last time they met

The last time the two teams met was in Round 4 last year, where a rampant Sam Kerr led her side to an entertaining 5-2 win over City at HBF Park in Perth.

Kerr’s brace was accompanied by an Alyssa Mautz double and strike from Rachel Hill, cancelling out Elise Kellond-Knight’s set piece double.

Team news

The team is in for our Round 6 clash. See who’s in and who’s out in our Team News

What was said

Melbourne City FC defender Rebekah Stott 

“We’ve beaten both last season’s premiers and champions, but we’re really eager to build on that momentum and continue our strong start to the season.” 

How to watch

Can’t make it to ABD Stadium on Thursday? Catch the match live on FOX Sports, Kayo and the MyFootball Live App. 

Where and when

Melbourne City host Perth Glory at ABD Stadium on Thursday 19 December, kick off 7:30pm. Get your tickets here!