W-League: Rachel Hill hat-trick inspires Perth Glory’s 4-1 demolition of Brisbane Roar


Glory skipper Sam Kerr celebrates a goal during the round 2 W-League match between Brisbane and Perth Glory on Sunday. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images
Glory skipper Sam Kerr celebrates a goal during the round 2 W-League match between Brisbane and Perth Glory on Sunday. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

A RACHEL Hill hat-trick inspired Perth to a 4-1 W-League win over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium yesterday.

But the win, the Glory’s second from two starts this campaign, did come at a cost with influential US midfielder Nikki Stanton likely to miss six weeks after breaking her arm in a clash with Allira Toby.

Hill’s first goal arrived two minutes before the break when she was played in cleverly by Sam Kerr and slammed a shot into the roof of the net from a testing angle.

While Glory was pegged back in stoppage time following Clare Polkinghorne’s close-range header, the visitors took control in the final half-hour.

Hill restored her side’s lead by calmly finding the net after a shot from Raquel Rodriguez had been palmed into her path by Roar goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.

Skipper Kerr then claimed her second goal of the season from the penalty spot having been pulled down by former Glory team-mate, Arnold.

Hill added some further gloss to a hugely-impressive victory that moved the Glory to the top of the table by firing a low shot that eluded several Roar defenders on its way into the net with six minutes to play.

It was a second 4-1 win for Bobby Despotovski’s side following last week’s demolition of reigning champions Melbourne City.

The Glory next plays Adelaide United away on Friday.

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