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Efficient Glory leap into top six

Goals to Andy Keogh and Gyorgy Sandor sealed a comfortable 2-0 win for Perth Glory on Monday night, in front of 11,260 fans on Labour Day in Western Australia.

Perth came into the match off the back of a disappointing 2-1 loss away at Western Sydney; a game that, if they had been a touch more ruthless in front of goal, they should’ve got a result out of.

Despite the result, a period of quality football in the months before the Wanderers’ match-up meant that Kenny Lowe opted for just the one change to his side, with the suspended Marc Warren replaced by Aryn Williams.

Scott Miller, too, decided to continue with much the same line-up that had produced quality results for the Jets in 2016, with only Ryan Kitto replacing Mitch Cooper on the substitutes bench.

It took the better part of ten minutes for either side to register a shot on goal, with Glory’s Nebojsa Marinkovic driving the ball toward the far corner. Mark Birighitti, though, had the shot well covered low and to his right.

Chris Harold went close in the 19th minute to opening the scoring, after his partner-in-crime, Andy Keogh, let the ball run through to the in-form forward. The curling shot from Harold, though, drifted agonisingly wide of the far post.

Newcastle weren’t without their chances, too, with Milos Trifunovic causing headaches for the Glory defence on multiple occasions.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Mon Mar 7, 2016, 8:00 PMStadium NIB StadiumAttendance 11,260Referee Chris Beath

Perth

Yellow Card21′ S.LowryGoal37′ A.KeoghGoal46′ G.Sandor

In the 31st minute, Morten Nordstrand found Trifunovic with a lovely through ball into the penalty area, but Glory defender Alex Grant was on hand to block the Serbian’s shot out for a corner.

The breakthrough eventually came in the 37th minute, and it was the home side who would take the lead.

After a clever turn to lose his defender near the by-line, Aryn Williams’ cross toward the penalty spot was inch-perfect for Keogh who, while unmarked, guided the ball into the far corner with his head.

There was a late scare for both sides as the game neared half-time, with Williams and Trifunovic clashing heads in the middle of the park.

Despite requiring medical attention, Williams returned to the field momentarily but was substituted at half-time for Dino Djulbic. Trifunovic, conversely, would remain off the pitch, but returned to the fray after the break.

Less than a minute after the restart, the Glory would double their advantage through a fantastic piece of ‘team football’ from Diego Castro.

Josh Risdon charged down the right wing before cutting inside and spearing a pass to Castro, who had managed to find himself goal-side of Steven Ugarkovic. Rather than shoot, Castro stopped, turned and laid the ball off for Gyorgy Sandor at the top of the penalty area. The Hungarian made no mistake as he slid the ball into the open bottom corner of the net.

Perth, despite the 2-0 lead, continued to try and press home their advantage. Marinkovic and Harold, in particular, were finding themselves in dangerous positions inside Newcastle’s penalty area, leaving Birighitti and his defence scrambling.

The task became even tougher for the Jets in the 58th minute, when Daniel Mullen brought down a rampaging Chris Harold and was issued with his second booking of the match from referee Chris Beath.

The Glory dominated possession for the remainder of the match, as the Jets looked to sit back and try to limit the potential damage a hot Glory side could inflict on a ten-man opponent.

Substitute Kosta Petratos had a golden opportunity to add a third in the 84th minute, with Andy Keogh providing a pinpoint cross to the youngster from the left wing. Petratos’ volley, however, went sailing high and wide of the net.

Against the run of play, in the 89th minute, Nordstrand was brought down in the penalty area by Alex Grant, with referee Beath deeming Grant’s challenge on the Danish striker was worthy of a spot kick. In consultation with his assistant, however, Beath curiously reversed his decision and awarded the Glory with a free kick.

In the end, after 3 minutes of additional time, Beath blew the final whistle to seal a win for the Glory that sends them into the top six, at the expense of Sydney FC.

Perth now have a match against bottom-placed Central Coast to look forward to on Saturday night, whilst the Jets host the Wanderers at Hunter Stadium earlier that evening.

 

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