W-League: Spoils shared in thriller out west

It was a game that had absolutely everything, but ultimately it finished in a draw between the Jets and the Perth Glory at Dorrien Gardens.

It was a huge, backs-against-the-wall performance that earned high praise from Craig Deans post match.

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The see-sawing affair had the Jets up against  the undefeated Glory in a crucial Round 7 clash.

The hosts came out of the blocks firing, taking an early lead with a goal in just the third minute following a goalmouth scramble off a corner kick – with McKenna slotting home the advantage for the Glory.

The Jets defence was tested early – with Craig Deans again employing a back three – as Kerr and Hill combined dangerously in Perth’s final third.

Gema Simon and Taylor Smith were enjoying life further upfield as they used their pace to open up the Glory defence.

It would be Smith that would play the pivotal role in the Jets first goal, laying on a beautiful ball in behind for Stengel to lay on an equaliser in the 17th minute.

Katie Stengel
Katie Stengel celebrates her first goal of the match

In the blink of an eye the Jets had the lead as Smith and Stengel combined for another just a minute later, with Stengel showing brilliant touch to guide home a sharp ball into the area for her second.

Arin Wright showed no signs of the hamstring complaint that saw her miss Round 6, going close on the counter mid-way through the first half.

Just inside the half hour mark though, Larissa Crummer saw red from Lara Lee after bringing down Sam Kerr in the penalty area – the controversial decision saw the Jets down to ten after a period of dominance.

Larissa Crummer
Larissa Crummer was sent from the field in the first half

Kerr converted from the spot and the scores were level at 2-2.

After heading to the break all square the Jets returned for the second stanza on the attack, despite being down a player. Arin Wright opened up the Glory defence early on before playing in Kingsley, who was denied by Campbell at point blank range.

The best chance for the half fell to Kerr on the break, but Eckerstrom made a brilliant save coming off her line to deny Perth the lead.

The Jets continued to press as Wright and Stengel both went close, but the stalemate continued despite their best efforts.

Eckerstrom continued to deny the Glory, pulling off a couple of crucial saves to keep her side in the contest, in what was a massive performance from the American custodian.

Taylor Smith was stretchered off late in the half after going down awkwardly on her right knee in a challenge with Rachel Hill, in what shapes as a major concern for Craig Deans.

Shannon May almost netted and injury time winner for the Glory, taking aim from some recycled ball at the set piece – only to be denied by the woodwork.