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Glory smash six past Jets

Perth Glory set their own club record for the highest winning margin in an A-League game, trouncing a ten-man Newcastle Jets 6-1 on Sunday afternoon in front of 9,403 fans at Hunter Stadium.

After going behind 2-1, Jets captain Nigel Boogaard was sent off shortly before half time, opening the game up for the likes of Chris Harold, Diego Castro and Alex Grant to fire in second-half goals.

After a 3-1 win over the Phoenix last week, Scott Miller elected to make just one forced change to his line-up, with Cameron Watson replacing the suspended Ben Kantarovski.

For the Glory, a 2-2 home draw against Melbourne City was a positive result for Kenny Lowe’s side. Despite that, Lowe settled on two changes to his starting side, with Alex Grant returning from suspension to replace the suspended Jacob Collard, and Nebojsa Marinkovic replacing Andy Keogh from the bench.

Off the back of that win last week, though, the Jets started the stronger of the two sides.

In the 7th minute, a bustling run down the left wing by Ryan Kitto ended with the youngster delivering a perfect cross to the penalty spot. Milos Trifunovic was in the right place to be on the end of the cross, but seemed to not expect the ball as it ricocheted off his head and out for a goal kick.

Two minutes later, and David Carney went close to finding the opening goal. A clever triangle between Kitto, Trifunovic and Carney ended with the latter’s shot disappointingly finding the side netting.

The Jets wouldn’t make any mistake with their next chance, however. A corner in the 14th minute was swung into the near post by Carney, with Trifunovic attacking the ball well to head it past Covic at the near post.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sun Jan 24, 2016, 5:00 PMStadium McDonald Jones StadiumAttendance 9,403Referee Shaun Evans

Perth

Goal24′ C.HaroldGoal45′ D.CastroOwn Goal48′ D.MullenGoal54′ C.HaroldGoal74′ A.GrantYellow Card81′ R.GarciaYellow Card86′ M.WarrenGoal88′ D.Castro

Perth didn’t waste any time trying to find the equaliser, and they almost had one in the 20th minute. After some slow build-up by the Glory, Marinkovic dinked the ball over the Jets defence to Gyorgy Sandor, whose first-time volley toward the near post was well saved by Birighitti.

The momentum in the game had swung a full 180 degrees from the opening 15 minutes of the match, with Perth well and truly taking control of the game before the half hour mark.

The Glory would capitalise on that dominance in the 24th minute, with Chris Harold finding the back of the net for the second week running.

A switch from the left wing by Marinkovic found stand-in captain Josh Risdon, who tucked back onto his left boot and delivered an inch-perfect cross to Harold on the edge of the six yard box. The Glory forward made no mistake, heading the ball into the bottom corner for his 13th career A-League goal.

The balance in the game could’ve been tilted even further to the Glory’s advantage in the 34th minute, when Harold was pulled down by Nigel Boogaard on the edge of the penalty area. An argument could’ve been made that Boogaard denied Harold a clear goal scoring opportunity, but referee Shaun Evans decided instead that a yellow card would suffice.

Just before the half time break, however, the Glory would extend their advantage. After beating Lachlan Jackson all ends up, Diego Castro advanced into the box, waited for Birighitti to set, and then fired past him to make it 2-1.

Then, after the goal and with just seconds remaining in the half, Nigel Boogaard slid sloppily into a tackle on Risdon near the half line, giving the referee no choice but to show him his second booking of the game, and send him off for an early shower.

In a defensive, tactical substitution, Nick Cowburn was introduced after the break for Cameron Watson, in an attempt to shore up the defence after Boogaard’s dismissal.

It wouldn’t make a difference, though, as the Glory added a third goal just three minutes after the interval.

Some silky skills and fast feet by Castro allowed the Spaniard to chip the ball to Marinkovic in space on the left side of the box. The Serbian’s ball across the face of goal was headed for Harold at the back post, but a horrible attempted clearance from Mullen only succeeded in sending the ball into the net for an own goal.

It only got worse for the Jets, as they shipped a fourth goal in the 54th minute.

A turnover in midfield allowed Castro to advance forward, before passing inside to Marinkovic. A wonderful through ball then found Harold, who shot across his body and past Birighitti into the far corner, to make it 4-1 with over 30 minutes left to play.

A hamstring complaint brought Harold’s day to a premature end, with the goalscorer substituted for Andy Keogh in the 62nd minute.

The Glory weren’t done with four, though, as Alex Grant added his debut A-League goal to make it 5-1. A corner from the left by Mitchell Oxborrow found Grant unmarked at the back post, with the defender heading down and across Birighitti and into the far corner.

It should’ve been 6-1 a minute later, with the Glory somehow denied from a “triple chance”. First, Keogh’s shot was blocked by Birighitti, and then Sandor’s volley was blocked at point blank range by the Jets defence. Finally, Castro fired the next rebound wildly over the bar.

Eventually, Perth would add a sixth, rubbing salt into the wound for a despondent Jets outfit. Risdon broke away down the left wing in the 88th minute, cut inside and delivered the ball to the feet of Castro. On the turn, Castro dribbled a shot past Birighitti and into the far corner to make it 6-1.

The Jets now have to regroup before a trip to play the in-form Adelaide United next week, while the Glory host Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium next Saturday night.

 

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

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avatarJustin is a passionate football fan, and the Editor-in-chief of Ultimate A-League.

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