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Glory sneak past Victory

Perth has produced one of the upsets of the season, defeating Melbourne Victory 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Diego Castro.

The result sees back-to-back wins for Perth, and could be the turning point after a slow start to the season.

The opening stages of the match were dull with Victory holding 73% of possession despite not registering a shot at Ante Covic’s goal in the first 20 minutes.

Much of Melbourne’s 174 passes came from the defensive line of Jason Geria, Giancarlo Gallifuoco, Leigh Broxham, and Dylan Murnane.

As the teams went into the tunnels for the half time break, Melbourne was still without a shot, though cracks were appearing in what was — for the most part — a frustratingly solid pressing game from Perth. It was the first time this season Victory have been without a shot in a half of football.

The game had noticeably opened up in the second half as both sides looked to grab a decisive goal.

Besart Berisha’s effort in the 65th minute – Melbourne Victory’s first shot of the game – was inches away as it crashed off the crossbar. The low cross came in from Kosta Barbarouses but the Albanian was left with his head in his hands wondering how he couldn’t convert the opportunity.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Wed Dec 16, 2015, 9:00 PMStadium NIB StadiumAttendance 5,398Referee Chris Beath

Perth

Goal74′ D.Castro

Melb. Victory

Yellow Card55′ R.Mahazi

Perth Glory grabbed a deserved lead, though, as substitute Diego Castro was the beneficiary of a penetrating run from debutant Jamal Reiners.

Gallifuoco would have been disappointed not to have put more pressure on the 17-year-old but the teenager was able to pick out his teammate who slotted one of the easier goals in his career.

Castro would have had his second goal late in the game but for a fantastic save from Danny Vukovic. The Spaniard curled a free-kick from just outside the box which looked destined for the top corner, but the former Glory glove-man palmed the shot out for a corner.

Nonetheless, the hosts were able to hold on for a thoroughly deserved win, keeping an increasingly desperate Victory outfit at bay.

Alarm bells will be ringing for Victory now after three consecutive losses. It could be a season defining derby for the reining champions on Saturday night at AAMI Park.

Meanwhile, Perth will have a spring in its step leading up to an equally important game against an in-form Wanderers side.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Gyorgy Sandor (Perth Glory)
2 Chris Harold (Perth Glory)
1 Diego Castro (Perth Glory)

About the author

avatarBorn and raised in Melbourne, Bill is a student journalist at Monash University and life-time fan of the round ball game.

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