Wanderers & Glory play out 1-1 draw

Perth Glory’s Liberty A-League finals hopes are no longer in their hands following a 1-1 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.

Tash Rigby celebrated a special moment after scoring her first A-League Women goal in her 90th appearance but it was cancelled out by Amy Harrison’s 80th-minute penalty as the two teams played out a draw for the first time in their history.

Glory striker Cyera Hintzen had the chance to win it in stoppage time when the ball sailed to her at the far post but hit the chance wide of the target. 

It was not the result the Glory or Wanderers wanted at Macedonia Park.

Perth, who carried a four-game winning streak into the clash, have a game in hand but they are four points adrift of fourth-placed Melbourne Victory.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 05: Amy Chessari of the Wanderers and Alana Jancevski of the Glory cftduring the round 16 A-League Women’s match between Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers at Macedonia Park, on March 05, 2023, in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Western Sydney are eighth and eight points adrift but they live to fight another week.

The Wanderers had the better of the opportunities in the first half, firing 14 shots to five and enjoying 56% possession.

Sophie Harding sent an early warning by striking the woodwork from long range in the second minute, and had another shot saved in the 29th minute.

Perth found their groove early in the second half, and it was Rigby who was the surprise goal scorer.

Rigby attacked a loose ball and completed a perfect one-two pass with Alana Jancevski before firing in her shot.

The game took another turn when Harding was brought down by Glory goalkeeper Morgan Aquino just as she was about to score.

The Wanderers converted the penalty, then survived a couple of late scares to secure the draw. 

Western Sydney ended the match with 25 shots, but just three were on target.