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Perth shock Sydney to register fourth-straight win

Perth Glory continued their fine form after claiming an impressive 2-1 win over Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.

The Glory opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after Andy Keogh capitalized on a goalkeeping blunder from Janjetovic. Chris Harold dispatched Perth’s second in the 65th minute whilst Shane Smeltz claimed Sydney’s lone goal in the 79th minute.

In squad news, Sydney FC welcomed captain Alex Brosque back from injury with David Carney and George Blackwood also added to the starting lineup. Matt Simon, Filip Holosko and Chris Naumoff were the trio to drop out.

After winning their past two away matches, the Glory only made one alteration to their starting eleven with Diogo Ferreira making way for Diego Castro.

With little action in the opening stages, Perth found the back of the net in the 23rd minute through Andy Keogh. Sky Blues gloveman Vedran Janjetovic made a stunning howler after a cross from Gyrogy Sandor slipped through the keeper’s legs, allowing for Keogh to tap the ball into an open net.

Sydney came close to a goal of their own in the 28th minute after Seb Ryall headed the ball across the face of goal, forcing Shane Lowry to make a headed clearance which almost ended up in his own net after colliding with the crossbar.

Alex Brosque had a decent opportunity in the 37th minute after receiving the ball inside the box from Carney, but the resulting shot drifted wide of the target.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sat Feb 13, 2016, 5:15 PMStadium Allianz StadiumAttendance 11,559Referee Ben Williams

Perth

Yellow Card10′ G.SandorGoal23′ A.KeoghGoal65′ C.HaroldYellow Card74′ M.Warren

Moments later Milos Ninkovic had an even better chance for the home side following a surging run up-field from George Blackwood, but some resolute defending from Alex Grant denied the Serbian’s effort.

Despite Sydney claiming majority of the chances in the first period, it was the Glory who went into half-time the happier of the two sides, holding a 1-0 lead.

Perth Glory should’ve doubled their lead five minutes into the second half after Chris Harold waltzed into the box and fizzed a low cross towards to the centre for Keogh, but the Irishman couldn’t get his toe on the end of it, missing what was surely a certain goal.

Sydney had a golden opportunity to score in the 60th minute with Ninkovic rewarding the overlapping run of Ryall with a delightful through ball, but the right-back’s delivery into the box only just evaded the oncoming David Carney directly in front of goal.

But it was Perth who found the games second goal via Chris Harold in the 65th minute. The goal came after Sandor’s initial shot was palmed away by Janjetovic, only for Harold to collect the ball and curl it into goal with an excellent finish.

Sydney eventually found their goal in the 79th minute after Ninkovic picked out Shane Smeltz who had the time and space inside the box to measure his shot and beat Ante Covic with a powerful strike bringing the scoreline to 2-1, giving the home side a glimmer of hope.

However Perth’s superb defence did enough to hold out Sydney’s attackers and claim a vital three points.

The Sky Blues will be looking to get their season back on track next week as they face the Wanderers in the Sydney Derby, whilst Perth have a tough assignment as they host Brisbane Roar.

 

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

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