Perth Glory missed out on a maiden W-League grand final appearance after a heartbreaking semifinal loss on penalties to Melbourne yesterday.

Matildas strikers Lisa DeVanna and Kate Gill went close to winning the match for Glory in extra time after Collette McCallum had cancelled out Victory striker Laura Spiranovic's opener in front of 1589 fans at nib Stadium.

With penalties locked at 3-3, Melbourne striker Jessica McDonald saw her shot saved by Glory keeper Kaitlyn Savage.

But McDonald was ordered to retake the penalty after Savage was deemed to have stepped off her line.

McDonald converted to send Victory through to the grand final.

Glory coach Jamie Harnwell, who won NSL championships as a player in 2003-04, questioned the manner in which his team lost.

"The fact is every keeper moves at some stage," Harnwell said.

"To make a decision on the final penalty kick, that's going to be the one we're going to take a stand on.

"That's just poor refereeing for me. If you think something is going on, why wouldn't you say something in between and save yourself the controversy?"

Spiranovic gave Melbourne the lead on the end of a quick break in the 52nd minute, but McCallum responded for the home side just five minutes later with a trademark free kick curled into the top right corner from 20m.

Glory felt they should have been awarded a penalty in extra time when DeVanna was brought down inside the box.

But they were denied and the game was decided by spot kicks.

Melbourne will host Sydney FC in the grand final next Sunday after the Sky Blues upset Brisbane 3-2 in their semifinal.

WA product Samantha Kerr, the younger sister of West Coast star Daniel Kerr, scored twice to help lift Sydney into the decider.

The West Australian

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