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Despotovski misses 18-second W-League goal

AAP logoAAP 11/11/2016 Justin Chadwick

NSL great Bobby Despotovski says he was too busy looking around for a spot to sit when one of his players produced the second fastest goal in W-League history.

Perth Glory midfielder Caitlin Doeglas sent her teammates into raptures when she scored after just 18 seconds in Sunday's 4-2 win over Western Sydney.

It was just five seconds slower than the W-League record, which was set by former Glory captain Kate Gill in round one of the 2013/14 season.

Despotovski, a Perth Glory legend who is in his second year as coach of the club's women's side, admits Doeglas' goal came so quickly that he missed out on all the action.

"We started the game, and I was looking where I'm going to sit," Despotovski said.

"And then all of a sudden it's 1-0. I was hoping it was us and not the opposition."

Doeglas said everything fell into place for her.

"I just saw the space and really ran for it," Doeglas said.

"I screamed at Sam Kerr to pass me the ball. She did a brilliant pass to me, and I just smashed it into the back of the net."

Perth Glory will be aiming to continue their hot form when they host Brisbane Roar at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday.

Although Doeglas' quick-fire goal was the highlight last week, captain Kerr played a significant role in the win with two second-half goals after the Wanderers had drawn level.

"She's instrumental for us," Despotovski said of Kerr, who missed most of last season with a foot injury.

"We want to keep her in this squad and healthy and ready to fire each week."

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