Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar Extra

ImpetusBen Gilby reports on Perth Glory head coach Alex Epakis‘ post-match media conference and Tom McCarthy provides a superb photo gallery from Macedonia Park (25/2/23).

Above: Hana Lowry is embraced by her captain Tash Rigby after scoring for Perth Glory today. Photo: Tom McCarthy.

Perth Glory head coach Alex Epakis hailed his players’ efforts and ethics after the Western Australians extended their winning run to four in a row with a 2-0 victory over Brisbane Roar today at Macedonia Park.

“Very happy. It’s four on the trot, it’s one goal conceded in the last four or five. We look threatening in every game.

“It’s all about the players. They have come in with the mindset to work hard. We have an identity about how we play, how we train, and how we act as a group. If you come in with that intent to perform to work hard and play hard, it makes my role fairly easy.”

Above: Two of the game’s most talented midfielders – the experienced Katrina Gorry (10), and Perth Glory teenager Hana Lowry. Photo: Tom McCarthy,

Perth’s 2-0 success came courtesy of two pieces of individual brilliance for locally-born teenager Hana Lowry, who punished Isabella Shuttleworth to instantly lift the ball over her and into the net after the Roar goalkeeper lost her footing when trying to clear. Less than 10 minutes later, Lowry curled home an Olimpico from the right-hand corner. Epakis was effusive in his praise.

“We definitely haven’t seen the best of Hana and she just does moments of magic and can manipulate the body and ball to do special things under pressure, and she can then do what she does today. She has a lot of composure. We’re so grateful she is on our team as she is bringing out the best in others.”

Another stand-out youngster today was Sofia Sakalis, who followed a strong NPLW Victoria season with Box Hill United, by hitting the heights in the A-League Women with the Glory this season. It was another afternoon of intelligent runs, cutting inside and unleashing powerful shots – two of which came back off of the crossbar.

“She’s turned a corner this season,” said Epakis of Sakalis. “We’re talking about a player who was sitting in the grandstand with an A-League club for a number of years and she made the decision to take herself out of her comfort zone and move to the other side of the country at a very young age.

Above: Sofia Sakalis (right) had another superb afternoon for Perth Glory. Photo: Tom McCarthy.

“She’s applied herself to develop as a player, as an adult, and as a person and she is reaping the rewards now with a string of great performances and the sky is the limit for her, and the same could be said for so many of our young players.”

In speaking more widely of the pleasure he took in his side’s achievements today, the Perth head coach said

“They (Brisbane Roar) have national team players there and we were very aware of what they are good at and we dealt with it and nullified it. It shows how well the team is doing.”

Perth continue to climb the table, but Epakis remains grounded when it comes to looking too far ahead. “The reality is we’re going in needing to win every game (to make Finals). That result (today) is done, and we’re already thinking about the next result. There are still more steps for us to go, to achieve to reach our goal, which is to reach Finals.”

To read Ben Gilby‘s detailed match report of Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar, click here:

Tom McCarthy’s Photo Gallery From Macedonia Park:

Artwork: Charlotte Stacey, founder of On Her Side.

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