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Western Sydney leave it late to see off Perth

Western Sydney Wanderers defeated Perth Glory 2-1 on Friday night at Pirtek Stadium.

Romeo Castelen and Brendon Santalab got on the scoresheet for the hosts, while Andy Keogh converted a penalty for the visitors.

The Wanderers came into the match off a hard fought 1-1 draw in the Sydney derby last week, while Perth were looking to continue their good form after their high scoring 6-3 win over Brisbane last week.

The home side were dealt a blow early in the match when Dario Vidosic picked up an injury, with Romeo Castelen replacing him.

The Wanderers had a dangerous chance in the 27th minute, however Perth goalkeeper Ante Covic cleaned up the ball.

Andy Keogh had a chance in the 32nd minute to put the visitors up, however Wanderers goalkeeper Liam Reddy did well to prevent the chance.

Keogh then attempted a lob over goalkeeper Reddy two minutes later, only for the ball to go over the bar.

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Perth

Penalty64′ A.Keogh (Pen)
Yellow Card69′ M.WarrenYellow Card90′ M.Oxborrow

Perth had another chance in the 41st minute through Chris Harold, who provided a header that did not trouble Liam Reddy.

The Glory had a golden chance to open the scoring shortly after the break, with Nebojsa Marinkovic firing a shot wide after a piece of individual skill.

Mitch Nichols somehow missed a chance in the 52nd minute, after the Wanderers striker found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Ante Covic and placed his shot just outside the post.

Andy Keogh almost finished off from a dangerous Marinkovic free kick for Perth in the 56th minute.

Alex Grant had another chance five minute later, however his header was saved by Liam Reddy.

From the resulting counter attack, the Wanderers opened the scoring through Romeo Castelen, who fired his shot past Ante Covic. Castelen’s well-hit shot came in off the post in the bottom corner and sent the home fans into raptures.

Immediately from the kick-off, the Glory were awarded a penalty, after Nikolai Topor-Stanley brought down Chris Harold. Andy Keogh converted the penalty, which brought the Glory back into the game.

Chris Harold nearly put Perth into the lead in the 68th minute, however his header went just wide.

Brendon Santalab gave the Wanderers the lead in the 84th minute, after he chipped goalkeeper Ante Covic. Santalab, who came on as a substitute, scored the vital goal that aided the Wanderers quest for the Premiers Plate.

Immediately after, the Wanderers nearly scored again through Romeo Castelen, however his shot hit the crossbar.

The Wanderers held on and are three points in front of Brisbane Roar at the top of the table ahead of their clash against the Roar in Brisbane next Friday night. Perth remain one point outside the top six and host Newcastle Jets next Monday night.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Romeo Castelen (Western Sydney)
2 Nebojsa Marinkovic (Perth Glory)
1 Brendon Santalab (Western Sydney)

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