Hat-trick hero Kerr fires Glory to grand final

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Matildas superstar Sam Kerr has fired Perth into the W-League grand final, scoring a hat-trick and setting up another goal as the Glory came from behind to defeat Melbourne Victory 4-2 in a semi-final classic.

Kerr struck twice in extra-time as the Western Australians denied the Premiers a place in the decider with an effervescent display.

Victory, who led after an early Christine Nairn strike and equalised in second-half stoppage-time through Grace Maher, finished with 10 women after Sam Johnson's red card.

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And while Jeff Hopkins' side were clearly the best team through the regular season, they were outplayed on Sunday by the fourth-placed finishers Perth.

Kerr was the difference; both on the scoreboard and on the pitch.

The hard-running 25-year-old set the tone for Glory's comeback after falling behind in freak circumstances.

Nairn fired an arrow from a tight angle to catch Eliza Campbell unawares, shaping to cross the ball but instead striking an unsaveable shot inside the front post.

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Perth set about recovering their lead, and might have had two penalties in the first-half when Laura Alleway handballed and Ella Mastrantonio nudged Kerr from behind in the box.

The task got tougher for Victory when goalkeeper Casey Dumont failed a half-time concussion test and was replaced by Bethany Mason-Jones.

Kerr was tormenting markers Johnson and Teigen Allen, and finally left her mark when she got between the two to bury Rachel Hill's cross on 72 minutes.

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Hill then appeared to win it for Glory in the 86th minute, heading home Kerr's cross as Perth cashed in on their momentum and coasted towards the grand final.

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That was until Maher's late intervention, which turned the match on its head once more.

Kerr always loomed as a likely match-winner, and thus it proved when she dinked the ball over Mason-Jones to return Glory to the lead.

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With Johnson dismissed for one too many fouls on the Matilda, she struck again from Leticia McKenna's cutback in the 107th minute, celebrating with her trademark backflip.

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They will face either Brisbane Roar or Sydney FC in the decider, with their semi-final taking place later on Sunday.

Source AAP