Perth SC midfielder Andres Theodosiades in action against ECU Joondalup on Friday night

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7.2.2016

QBE NPL-WA NIGHT SERIES - ROUND TWO REVIEW

Perth SC maintained their perfect start to the QBE Night Series after a 4-2 win against ECU Joondalup in Group B at Percy Doyle Reserve on Friday evening. The 19 times Night Series winners scored early through new signing Gustavo Catarcione, but Shane Pickering levelled on eight minutes for the Jacks. Catarcione regained the lead for Perth on the quarter hour, but then limped off with a hamstring injury moments later. Ayden Dragun made it 3-1, before Josh Booysen pulled one back on the stroke of half time. The second half was only two minutes old when ECU skipper Ryan Lowry was sent off, and it was backs to the wall for The Jacks. Perth dominated possession, but had to wait to the final minute to wrap up the points, when man of the match Clark Keltie sent Harley Orr clear to score. “Perth SC coach Gareth Naven was pleased to see his young recruits keep up the pace throughout the match. “We gave opportunities to some of our younger players today to show they can cope with the state league level,” he told the Perth SC website. “I think it was all positives for the club that those players did well tonight.”

In the late game in Group B Sorrento hit back from 2-0 down to beat Armadale 3-2. James Atkins gave the Reds the lead on 24 minutes, after good approach work from Ellis Healing and Alex Salmon. They doubled their advantage five minutes later, with Salmon scoring this time. But Sorrento hit back with two goals in the final three minutes of the half. Danny Cain scored directly from a corner on 42 minutes, and in stoppage time former Reds defender Billy Quinncroft was brought down on the edge of the box and Sean Canham drilled home the resulting free kick. The win was secured for the Gulls on the hour. Alex Morgan dinked the ball over the top for Canham, and the English striker’s first time lob looped over Alfie Brincat and into the net.

Inglewood United won for the first time in the completion after a hard fought 1-0 win against Cockburn City in Group A at Dalmatinac Park on Saturday night. The only goal of the game came on 70 minutes. Cockburn keeper Dominic Savoldelli’s clearance went straight to striker Brian Goodall, who scored into an empty net. New Inglewood signing John Migas said they deserved the win. “It’s been a little hectic at the club this week so it was good to get the three points,” he said. “It was a game of few chances but I felt we had majority of the possession throughout the game and deserved the win.” In the late game a late goal from Floreat Athena’s Jon Stynes gave them a 1-0 win against Perth Glory. It was a tight encounter with both sides having good chances but the decisive goal came on 82 minutes. Blair Govan’s long ball sent Nathan Scully racing clear; he squared the ball to Jon Stynes who made no mistake from close-range.

On Sunday it was off to Macedonia Park and in the early game Stirling Lions edged out Balcatta 2-1 in the local derby. The Lions opened the scoring on 12 minutes, David Micevski played a ball into Daniel Micevski and he fired it low into the bottom corner of the net. It was 2-0 on 24 minutes, again the Micevski brothers combined and this time Daniel finished superbly into the top corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area. Balcatta hit back two minutes before half time through Cameron Teece, but they couldn’t find the equaliser in the second half. “It was an even game, and Balcatta had the better of the second half, but it was good to get another win,” Daniel Micevski said. “It’s great to have Dave back at the club, and we worked really well together, and as a team we have shown some good signs. I feel there is more to come.” In the late game Bayswater City bounced back from last week’s loss to Perth Glory by beating Subiaco AFC 3-0. City opened the scoring after only five minutes; Sam Mitchinson’s low cross was turned into his own net by a Subiaco defender. They doubled their lead on 35 minutes, new signing Jack Allen raced through the middle of the park and fired low into the corner of the net. The win was wrapped up on 56 minutes, Gustavo Giron-Marulanda got on the end of Brian Farrell’s cross. “It was a good performance, but unfortunately I had to come off with an injury in the first half,” City striker David Heagney said. “The boys put in a good shift and could have won by more goals, but it was a solid team performance.”

7.2.2016

STATE LEAGUE NIGHT SERIES - ROUND ONE REVIEW

In Friday night’s opening State League Night Series, Rockingham City opened their Group C games with a stunning 5-1 win against Canning City at Lark Hill. Shane Boyle gave the newly promoted side the lead after only five minutes. Canning hit back through Callum Roberts, but the home side dominated from there. Ryan Kennedy scored the second from the spot, before Kennedy added his second with a free kick. A double from Alex Grayson after the break sealed a good first up win for Rob Crerar’s side. In the earlier game Gosnells City ran out 2-0 winners against Fremantle City. Jason Pottier gave Gosnells the lead after good work from Aaron Coslani. Fremantle pressed and put Gosnells under pressure but couldn’t find the equaliser and Gosnells wrapped up the points when Coslani cut the ball back to Wade Farmer to score from close-range.

In group D at Hartfield Park Curtin University opened its campaign with a 3-1 win against Swan United. John Monterosso put United ahead from the penalty spot early, with Curtin struggling to keep possession and United went into the break with the lead. Khaled Salhah levelled for Curtin with a stunning free kick early in the second half, and they began to get on top. Curtin went in front when Dilip Thapa cross flew into the top corner of the net, and Salhah added his second to seal the win. Curtin gave a first team debut to 17-year old Trent Piccicacco off the bench. In the early game hosts Forrestfield United beat the reigning Night Series Champions 2-1. It was the Knights who opened the scoring on 17 minutes, Dean Thurston capitalising on a defensive error and chipping Brad Eiffie. The home side hit back early after the break. Jimmy Duncan took on several players before being brought down in the box for a penalty in the 48th minute, and new signing Milan Vulin converted the penalty with ease. Moments later Andy Harold received his second yellow card on 54 minutes, but the ten men scored the winner on 72 minutes. Duncan eased past three Knights defenders before unleashing a curling strike from 18 yards which flew into the net.

On Saturday night Joondalup United opened their Group A games with a 7-0 win against local rivals Quinns FC at Wanneroo Reserve. New signing Stuart Montgomery bagged a brace, with other goals to Jacob Shore, Callum Stocks, Lee Jones, Greg Pellow and Joel Ledsham. In the late game hosts Wanneroo City were beaten 2-1 by UWA-Nedlands. In Group E, at Hartfield Park Shamrock Rovers beat Morley Windmills 4-0. Mwansa Masonda, Sean Browne and Paul Concannon were on target and Coach John O’Reilly was pleased with the performance. “Yes I was pretty happy with the performance, and I thought the new players fitted in well,” he said. “The old players continued to do for me what is required, so for a first up game we’re just happy to take all three points.” In the early game Dianella White Eagles beat Ellenbrook United 3-2.

On Sunday night Balga won their first Group B game after a 2-1 win against Kingsway Olympic at the Ashfield Sports Club, with Jono McGahern putting Balga ahead with a close range strike after eight minutes. Olympic hit back just before the half when Mark McAllister scored well from a deep cross. Balga started to control the game in the second half, and it was new signing Hubert Hakizimana who put Balga back in front. In the final five minutes Olympic had a number of chances, but could not find the equaliser. In the late game Ashfield overcame a gritty Joondalup City 4-2. On target for the home side were Alan Carrol, Ross Cosgrove, Dan Corbett and a Jay Lang penalty. In Group F First Division Champions Mandurah City were held to a 1-1 draw against a ten man Melville City in steamy conditions. Jordan Rhodes gave Mandurah the lead from a free kick, and they were totally dominating. Gavin Brown’s side began the second half well but then had Daragh Lindsay sent off, but the ten men hit back and Ian Coffey equalised 15 minutes from time, and they almost won it late.

7.2.2016

HAROLD HEADS GLORY HOME

A bullet like header from Chris Harold on 21 minutes has given Perth Glory a 1-0 victory against Wellington Phoenix at the Westpac Stadium on Sunday. The 23-year-old celebrated the signing of a new two-year extension of his A-League contract with the Glory, by scoring his fourth goal of the season. The win over the ditch extended the Glory’s unbeaten run to four games and keeps their finals hopes alive. “It was a good win for us and a clean sheet to boot, so I can’t ask for anything more,” Glory coach Kenny Lowe said. “I thought the Phoenix came out of the blocks really sharp and asked a lot of questions, but we weathered that, changed it around in the second half and got into the game a lot more.”

Lowe gave a starting debut to new Hungarian midfielder Krisztian Vadocz, but it was the home side that were on top early. The first chance fell to the lively Joel Stevens, who found space on the right of the penalty area, but his shot was superbly tipped over by Ante Covic at full stretch. The Glory settled and on 21 minutes they hit the front. Nebojsa Marinkovic whipped in a curling free kick, and the unmarked Harold rose highest to head past Phoenix keeper Glen Moss. The home side, which are in free fall on the A-League table, went close to the equaliser seven minutes later, Blake Powell’s long-range shot was saved by Covic.

The Glory had the ball in the net again on 34 minutes, with Gyorgy Sandor heading home Marinkovic’s free kick, but the assistants flag was raised for offside. The Phoenix began to take control of the game, and Stevens’ shot flashed wide of the post, but in stoppage time they had their best chance. Louis Fenton sent in a brilliant ball across the six yard box which fell kindly to the onrushing Michael McGlinchey, but with the goal at his mercy the midfielder shot straight at Covic who saved well.

It was a good start from the team from the West and Marinkovic lost his marker and his shot was heading for the top corner of the net, but moss produced a stunning save to deny him. Andy Keogh had struggled all afternoon to stay on side, but on the hour he beat the offside trap and raced one-on-one with Moss, he rounded the Phoenix keeper, but the angle was tight and his shot crashed off the post.

The Phoenix weren’t giving up without a fight, but they were finding it difficult to get past the Glory back four, with Shane Lowry and Alex Grant outstanding at the heart of the defence. The home side did rally late, and Roly Bonevacia flashed a free kick over the top, before Fenton’s header looped over the top. But at the final whistle it was the Glory celebrating with their supporters, it was the first part of the Shed’s ‘Tour of Duty’

5.2.2016

QBE NPL-WA NIGHT SERIES - ROUND TWO PREVIEW

It’s week two of the QBE Night Series and it kicks off on Friday evening in Group B, with the surprise package of the first round ECU Joondalup taking on Perth SC at Percy Doyle Reserve (6.30pm) The northern suburbs club hit five against Balcatta, with new Scottish import Gordon Smith scoring and impressing on his debut. The former Hearts striker said they hope to kick on against a good Perth side. “We played well last week, especially in the first half, and yes I’m delighted with the goal but the win is more important,” he said. “The lads have told me Perth is one of the top sides, but if we play like we did Sunday and how we’ve been training, I believe we can get another win.” Perth edged out Armadale in week one, with Reece Vittiglia on target, and with Adrian Madaschi, Dean Evans and Clark Keltie in their side it will be a great encounter to open the second round. In the late game Sorrento host Armadale, both sides looking to bounce back from first up defeats. Armadale keeper Alfie Brincat made his debut for the reds last week and he thought they deserved something from the match. “We had chances to get a draw, and could have won it. I thought we were all over them in the last fifteen minutes, but we didn’t have much luck in front of goal,” he said. “They are a big physical team, but if we play like we did last week I’m sure we are than capable to get all three points. We will take a lot of confidence from the performance against Perth, and with the new squad only having been training since early January we will take time to get used to each other, but the signs are good.”

On Saturday night Dalmatinac Park is the venue for Group A games, and first up hosts Cockburn City meet Inglewood United (6.00pm). The big news in the week was the resignation of Inglewood Coach Michael Garcia for family reasons (Everyone at Footballwa wishes Michael all the best in the future). Taki Nicolaidis takes control of the side with Saul Contera for the game, and they will be hoping to kick start the tournament after losing 2-1 to Floreat Athena last week. Cockburn edged out Subiaco AFC last week, and Cockerels’ defender Euen Grant, who is back after missing most of last season with a knee injury, said it was good to start the competition off with a win. “It’s always good to start of these sorts of competitions off with a win, and a clean sheet,” he said. “They (Subiaco) made it hard for us; they are direct and didn’t stop until the final whistle, but we were happy to run jelling out winners.” There has been a huge turnover of players at Cockburn, but Grant said they are well, and they are looking forward to taking on Inglewood. “We have signed a few good players, and it does take a while to get used to each other’s game, but the signs so far are positive,” he explained. “Inglewood has signed a few big name players, but we will treat it like any other game, and focus on our game.” In the late game the two winners of week One meet, with Perth Glory taking on the holders of the Night Series Floreat Athena (8.00pm) The Glory youngsters beat Bayswater for the first time in their NPL history, but their squad may be depleted this week, with some players pushing for A-League selection. Floreat came from behind to beat Inglewood, and new recruit Declan Hargreaves scoring a stunner to get the sides level. It should be another blockbuster and it should be a good Saturday night of football in Spearwood.

On Sunday it’s off to Macedonia Park, and the early Group B game sees hosts Stirling Lions and Balcatta doing battle in the local derby (5.00pm). Stirling came from behind to beat Sorrento last week, with striker Robert Petkov bagging a double, while new keeper John Perkins impressed on his debut. Balcatta skipper James Sammut said they will be looking to put last week’s heavy defeat behind them and get their campaign started. “First half we didn't come to play, our pressure wasn't good enough and we made too many mistakes. Second half we come out and were better all around the park but unfortunately you can’t play a half of football and expect to win,” he said. “Stirling will be another tough game, they have made some good signings in the off season to strengthen their squad and came away with three points against Sorrento last week. They will be looking to make it two from two but hopefully we can string a good 90 minutes of football together and get the win. It's still early days, so hopefully the more we play together we will start to get a better understanding of how we play.” In the late game Bayswater City meet Subiaco AFC in Group A (7.00pm). Both sides will be aiming to win their first game in the tournament, after both were edged out last week. Jack Jones scored his first goal for City last week, but they lost to Perth Glory, while Subiaco were beaten 1-0, with the unfortunate David Stokoe scoring an own goal.

5.2.2016

STATE LEAGUE NIGHT SERIES - ROUND ONE PREVIEW

The Football West State League Night series kicks off this weekend, and it all starts at Hartfield Park in Forrestfield in Group D. The opening game sees Division Two sides Curtin University and Swan United doing battle (6.30pm). In the late game hosts Forrestfield United entertain last season’s night Series winners Western Knights (8.30pm) United, who were last season’s Division Two Champions, have worked really hard in the off-season, and new signing Mark Barnett said there is exciting times ahead for the club. “The squad this year is a force to be reckoned with. We have quality in all areas of the park and players with cool heads and bags full of experience,” he said. ‘We have already proven we can compete with the best even after such a short period of time together as a group. Once we grow as a unit this squad has the potential to really do some damage this year.” The defender said the Knights will be a huge challenge but they are confident they can get a result. “We have played a number of strong NPL teams over the past few weeks, which has prepared us for the night series and beyond,’ Barnett explained. “Western Knights won the night series last year so they will be raring to go. We need play our football that we have done already against the likes of Inglewood and Bayswater and I’m positive we will get the right result, and we’re all looking forward to kick starting our 2016 season.”

Also on Friday, Group C games take place at Lark Hill. In the early game Fremantle City take on Gosnells City (6.30pm), while the later game sees host Rockingham City entertain Canning City. (8.30pm). Canning Coach Paul Oliver is happy with the pre-season so far and is looking for a strong performance in the Night Series. “We have managed to keep hold of the bulk of the squad and added some real quality, mainly defensively. I think one of the most important signings we have made this season is Paul McCue who has come on board as a senior coach and has made an immediate impact on the lads,” he said. “It is early days and we are happy with the way the squad is tracking and will use the Night Series to try a few things and identify if and where we need to improve before the season starts. We are confident of making solid improvements from last season.” Rockingham gained promotion to Division One last season in the play-offs and Oliver knows they will be up for the challenge. “Rockingham is a very well structured side with a lot of talent. Rob (Crerar) will have them well drilled and they will want to make a statement as they enter Division one,” he said. “Canning and Rockingham have always had good rivalry and Friday night will be no different. We obviously both want to get the desired result but what is most important for me is that my lads get used to the system that we want to play and the brand of football that I know we are capable of.”

On Saturday night it’s off to Wanneroo Reserve and the opening Group A game is a local derby, with Quinns FC taking on Joondalup United (6.30pm) United Coach Nick Jennings said it’s a good first up test for his side. “Night series games particularly the first fixture are a bit of a step into the unknown, both teams have new Head Coaches so both sets of players will be trying hard to impress,” he said. “Games between the two sides tend be tight affairs and we'll have to be up for the physical chalk, however we won't underestimate them.” Jennings said he’s delighted to have kept the full squad from last season and added quality too. “The boys are all looking fit and are all eager to start playing competitive matches which is how we view the Night Series. We have retained all the players from last season’s first team squad and have promoted Joel Ledsham and Jacob Shore from last year’s successful reserve team,” he said. “In addition we have a few guys who I'll refer as trialists at this stage striving for a place in the squad and with Robbie Bain returning to the fold after a year playing for our Sunday team due to work commitments, we are looking stronger than this time last year.” In the late game Wanneroo City under new coach Lee Ryan host UWA-Nedlands (8.30pm) Also on Saturday Hartfield Park will be holding a double header in Group E. First up Dianella White Eagles will play Ellenbrook United (6.30pm), while in the last game Morley Windmills take on Shamrock Rovers (8.30pm). Despite the relegation of Morley last season Rovers’ coach John O’Reilly is expecting a tough game. “Morley has always had a good work ethic and John Castrilli will continue to promote that,” he said. “We have recruited well in some key areas and I’m looking forward to see how we gel the group from last season. This game will be a good starting point to gage where we are.”

Final games are on Sunday at Ashfield Reserve (Group B) and Lark Hill (Group F). In the early game at Ashfield, Balga and Kingsway Olympic meet (5.00pm), while the late game Ashfield hosts Joondalup City (7.00pm) Ashfield defender Tom Kennedy said new Coach Tony Maguire has them ready for another Night Series challenge. “The squad is looking good, couple of new boys but still majority of the lads from last year so not too much has changed. Tony has us working hard in training so will be good to get a couple of games under the belt in night series and see where we are at,” he said. “We know Joondalup City are a strong side having faced them in last year’s night series, so we are prepared for a tough, physical match but hoping our hard work in the past few weeks at training will pay off and we can get the three points.” The final Sunday games are in Group F at Lark Hill. First up South West Phoenix and Kelmscott Roos meet at 5,00pm, while in the late game last season’s Division One Champions Mandurah City take on Melville City (7.00pm) Mandurah Coach Doug Hesketh said they haven’t had much time to celebrate last season’s success, and they are looking forward to the season ahead. “Yes the season came around very quickly, but we’ve been working with the group a while now and trying to gel some of our younger players prior to the season as back up and future league players at MCFC and it's looking OK to be honest,” he said. “The squad is looking solid and the new president and committee have been very busy setting the scene for 2016 aligning our junior club which is closer than ever now I think !and we are all on the same page and working hard together. We are looking forward to the game Sunday I know Melville is a great club they will be tough and organised team but we will need to be on our game early and give it our best shot.”

5.2.2016

GLORY SET FOR LONG-DISTANCE DERBY

It’s the long distance derby on Sunday with Perth Glory travelling to the Westpac Stadium to play Wellington Phoenix (12 noon WA Time), and the Glory supporters will be there in numbers as the Shed Boys take off on their ‘Tour of Duty’. Perth Glory boss Kenny Lowe says form away from home will dictate whether or not they can take part in the Hyundai A-League finals series in April, and they will be aiming for its third win on the trot across the ditch. They head there without Captain Richard Garcia and defender Aryn Williams, who are injured, but new Hungarian midfielder Krisztian Vadocz is in line to make his club debut.

Lowe said the players and coaching staff have had a talk to the playing group and told them we need to get points on the road. “We’ve had a little in-house chat and we’ve said if we want to do anything we’ve got to win games away from home, touch wood our home form’s been ok," Lowe explained. “It’s like I said when I came into the club if we change our away form, we’ll be a finals team and I think we only lost one game away last year. Between now and then if we change the away form, we’ve got a chance, but let’s see how we go this weekend."

Perth remain seven points behind sixth-placed Adelaide United, but back-to-back wins, and defender Marc Warren said the players’ confidence is high. “The feeling among all the players is good, but the wins obviously help,” Warren said. “With all the new players coming in, the confidence is great. “Training has got better. I think competition for spots has boosted everyone’s will to win. “At this point of the season I don’t think there’s any time for the new players to come in and get used to everyone. They have to come in firing, which they have.”

Last time the two teams met was back in Round 2 at nib Stadium. When the Phoenix won 2-1 against a ten-man Glory side with a last minutes winner from Vince Lia. New English striker Alex Jones is unavailable for Sunday’s game, and Albert Riera is suspended. Skipper Andrew Durante and Matthew Ridenton return to the squad from suspension and injury respectively. Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick said they need to start taking their chances. "I just don't think we have quality strikers up front," he said. "The service is good - I think it could improve - but I just don't think we've got the experience up front."

Wellington Phoenix squad: GK Glen MOSS, GK Lewis ITALIANO, 2 Manny MUSCAT, 3 Justin GULLEY, 4 Roly BONEVACIA, 5 Troy DANASKOS, 6 Dylan FOX, 8 Alex RODRIGUEZ, 10 Michael MCGLINCHEY, 11 Kwabena APPIAH, 12 Blake POWELL, 15 James MCGARRY, 16 Louis FENTON, 19 Tom DOYLE, 22 Andrew DURANTE (c), 23 Matthew RIDENTON, 28 Joel STEVENS - **one to be omitted** - Ins: Andrew DURANTE (returns from suspension), Matthew RIDENTON (returns from injury) - Outs: 13.Albert RIERA (suspended)

Perth Glory squad: GK Ante COVIC, GK Jerrad TYSON, 2 Alex GRANT, 3 Marc WARREN, 4 Shane LOWRY, 7 Gyorgy SANDOR, 9 Andy KEOGH, 10 Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 13 Diogo FERREIRA, 14 Chris HAROLD, 15 Hagi GLIGOR, 17 Diego CASTRO, 18 Mitch OXBORROW, 19 Josh RISDON, 23 Krisztian VADOCZ, 24 Jamal REINERS, 25 Jacob COLLARD, 28 Joe KNOWLES - **two to be omitted** - Ins: Hagi GLIGOR (promoted), Krisztian VADOCZ (pending sports visa), Jacob COLLARD (promoted), Joe KNOWLES (promoted) - Outs: Richard Garcia (knee – 1 week), Aryn WILLIAMS (hamstring – 1 week)

5.2.2016

HAROLD RE-SIGNS FOR MORE GLORY (courtesy perthglory.com.au)

Perth Glory FC is excited to announce speedy winger Chris Harold has signed on with the club for a further two years. It means the Perth born 23-year old, now in his fourth year at Glory will stay at the club until the end of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season. Harold recently notched up his 100th Hyundai A-League match and is approaching his 78th match in the Glory jersey after first joining the club in 2012/13.

"I'm very excited and I’m very much looking forward to the next couple of years in Perth. It's become my home now. Finals are not out of the question the way we've been playing and I think the teams above us are worried we're going to catch them" he said. Since heading west from the now defunct Gold Coast United, Harold has scored 14 goals for Glory. Three of them have come in the past month, including a double against Newcastle Jets and a vital equalizer against Melbourne City. "I think I've been playing well and getting into good goal scoring positions, it's just a matter of me doing that and I'm sure the goals will follow".

He also said the vibe in the camp was upbeat and positive on the back of five new player recruits in the transfer window and successive back to back wins. "Looking forward everyone can see the club is taking positive steps and I think with the players we've brought in everyone can see a lot of quality and not for just the rest of this season but for the next couple of seasons" he said. Harold and his teammates travel to New Zealand today to take on Wellington Phoenix in the Long Distance Derby Cup.

4.2.2016

2016 NIGHT SERIES HANDBOOK NOW AVAILABLE (courtesy inglewoodunitedfc.com.au)

Enjoy the traditional pre-season tournament with the 2016 Night Series Handbook (Round 2). Available exclusively from www.inglewoodunitedfc.com.au, the Handbook has been designed for download to your mobile device and viewing at the game of your choice this weekend.

3.2.2016

GLORY PLAYERS HEAD HOME TO JOONDALUP (courtesy ecujoondalup.com.au)

It was a home coming of sorts at the ECU Football Stadium on Tuesday evening, with Perth Glory players Josh Risdon, Aryn Williams, Adam Taggart, Shane Lowry, Alex Grant, Mitch Oxborrow and Joe Knowles heading back to their former club as part of the ‘Play Football Campaign’. The Glory players, who are preparing for the long trip to Wellington to take on the Phoenix this weekend, mixed with the ECU Joondalup players, coaches and committee members, and many reminisced on their time at the Northern Suburbs club.

Joe Knowles made his debut for ECU under current Coach Dale McCulloch and he said it was a great to come back and catch up with his friends. “It was good going back there, it brought back lots of memories for me, all good ones,” he said. “I played my whole junior career there so it’s always good to see coaches and former team mates. I like the way ECU have developed and changed these last few months, things are looking really professional and positive and it’s great to see the club moving forward.”

The PS4 National Premier League WA club have former Glory midfielder Steven McGarry in their side this season and he said it was great to see the lads at the club, and he said the ECU juniors enjoyed seeing their hero’s and took part in a question and answer section after their training session. “What a great night,” he said. “The club are really proud of the players, and we hope ECU have helped them in a small way along the road to becoming a professional football. “The juniors enjoyed talking to the players and although they were a little shy, some of the questions made the Glory lads laugh, especially the young lad who asked Shane Lowry about Fahid Ben Khalfallah sending off on Saturday.”

Steve Amphlett has been at the club for 16 years and he said to see the players go on to play at a higher level is fantastic for the club, and WA football. “The lads left here as juniors, but they have all returned to the A-League with Perth Glory as men,” he said. “They say you never forget your roots and talking to them tonight showed that. We’re all proud of the seven players, and we also had Ross Millard with us too, who has been on the bench for the A-League side this season, and it would be amiss of me to forget him. “We’d like to thank the Glory for bringing them up to the club tonight and we hope they can return again one day, and we wish them all the best for the rest of the A-League season.”

2.21.2016

GARCIA RESIGNS FOR FAMILY REASONS (courtesy inglewoodunitedfc.com.au)

It is with great reluctance that Inglewood United announces the resignation of coach Michael Garcia, effective immediately. Garcia, a former Australian youth international, cited work and family commitments as being behind his decision to relinquish the coaching reins after 18-months at the helm.

“While we are obviously disappointed Michael has stepped down as coach of Inglewood United, we fully respected his decision” said club president Ces Colli. “Michael advised me yesterday that his work load and Inglewood commitments were affecting time with his family, and that this had left him feeling mentally fatigued.”

“Michael is a person of great integrity and, as such, he did not wish to let the club, its players or himself down. He felt it best to step aside at this early stage of the season to allow the club to build on what has been an exciting and promising start. As a club we will move swiftly to minimise the impact of Michael’s departure.”

“On behalf of the Executive, I thank Michael for his contribution to Inglewood United and wish him and his family all the very best for the future.” Assistant coach Taki Nicolaidis will oversee preparations for this weekend’s Night Series game at Cockburn City.

2.21.2016

TAGGART THRILLED WITH GLORIOUS PERTH

New recruit Adam Taggart says a resurgent Perth Glory are playing some of the best football he's seen at the club. The former A-League Golden Boot winner was on the sidelines as Glory defeated Melbourne Victory 3-2 in front of over 10,000 fans on Saturday night.

Glory sit seven points outside the top six but notched back-to-back wins for the first time this season, following on from last week's 6-1 hammering of Newcastle Jets. "This is fantastic, this is the best I've seen Perth play in a long time and it's great to now be involved and see them doing so well," Taggart said.

The 22-year old re-joined his former club following a frustrating 18-month spell with London side Fulham. Having already represented Fulham and gone on loan to Dundee United this season, FIFA regulations prevent Taggart from turning out for a third side.

Despite the enforced hiatus, Taggart was optimistic about his footballing future. "I can't wait ... it's going to be an exciting time next season," said Taggart. "My job at the moment is to support the boys here and try help them to make the finals this year."

"It's a unique opportunity the next few months and it's something I really need to utilise," said Taggart. "It's not an opportunity many footballers would get so I'm going to make the most of it and make sure my body and everything else is ready for the start of next season."

2.2.2016

MATILDAS CAPTAIN DE VANNA'S CLUB FUTURE UP IN AIR

Australia international Lisa De Vanna is clubless in the wake of Melbourne City's W-League triumph, with no plans to sign up anywhere soon. De Vanna, 31, has not committed to Melbourne for the club's title defence and the striker has yet to decide whether to submit her body to the rigours of a National Women's Soccer League season in the United States.

De Vanna performed heroics at the World Cup in Canada last June, captaining Australia in each match despite an ankle injury so severe she could barely train between matches. The mercurial forward has not enjoyed an injury-free W-League campaign and it's those issues that are front of mind when considering her playing future.

"I haven't decided where I want to go," said De Vanna, who has representated Australia on 106 occasions. "Am I interested (in playing in America)? Yes and no. My concern is that I'm not 21 and they play on (artificial) turf. I have to think of a club where I'm going to get good football and they care about my body."

De Vanna's potential departure is a headache for Melbourne coach Joe Montemurro, who has already lost Scottish international Kim Little for next season. De Vanna is open to staying within the club's football family, and spending a season in the English Women's Super League. But it's this months Olympic Games qualifiers that are occupying her mind.

"For me, there is nothing more important than qualifying for a major event like the Olympics," said De Vanna. "It'd be nice to go to Manchester City and stay with an ally. I'm going to talk to Staj and he can tell me what he thinks because my priority is my country."

De Vanna played a devastating hand in Melbourne City's 4-1 Grand Final win over Sydney FC on Sunday. "We talk about Grand Finals and winning it, of course that's big," she said. "The biggest thing is that we went through the season undefeated. The Grand Final was the icing on the cake. To finally be W-League champions is a great feeling."

1.2.2016

GLORY SET OFF ON THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION

Perth Glory can prove their form slump is over in a critical two weeks ahead — but they will have to confirm it on the road where their record is poor. Glory have just one win and one draw in eight away attempts and travel to New Zealand to face Wellington Phoenix on Sunday before tackling Sydney six days later.

Coach Kenny Lowe says away form is key to pushing for a finals place after his side’s 3-2 win over defending champions Melbourne Victory on Saturday night. Glory are seven points off the finals places with ten games left to play after sixth-placed Adelaide United beat Newcastle Jets yesterday.

“If we want to go where we want to go, we’ve got to come to the party with an away record. It’s that simple,” Lowe said. “There’s the gauntlet. It’s been thrown down. I’m sure the guys will grasp it and the guys will kick on.” Lowe said players had increased their own workload in recent weeks.

1.2.2016

TAGGART WANTS TO BECOME THE NEW DESPOTOVSKI

Socceroos striker Adam Taggart wants to become Perth Glory’s new Bobby Despotovski, but he’ll have to wait until next season to strut his stuff. Taggart has signed on with Glory until mid-2018 but, under FIFA rules, is ineligible to play this season because he has already been registered for two clubs in the one year — Fulham and Dundee United.

Taggart grew up idolising Glory, and he made ten appearances for his hometown club over two seasons before moving to Newcastle Jets for more game time. Now 22 and considered one of the brightest young strikers in Australia, Taggart wants Glory to replicate their golden era of the now-defunct national Soccer League.

Glory were the NSL’s powerhouse club, winning three league Premierships and two Championships before the competition made way for the A-League more than a decade ago. Despotovski played a key role in that success, scoring a club record 113 goals in 241 appearances.

Taggart would love nothing more than to emulate Despotovski's feats, and his priority remains firmly fixed on leading the Glory to A-League title success. “I don’t have an emotional connection to any other club other than Perth,” Taggart said. “It was what I grew up doing. You go to the game with your dad watching Bobby Despotovski putting away goals every week.

“Now it’s my opportunity to do that. After being a supporter as a kid and the buzz I used to get coming to the games, it’s important to me as a person to try to do something really great here. “Not just have a good year or not just make the finals — I want to win the league with this team and this coaching staff.”

Taggart shot to prominence at Newcastle in 2013/14, scoring 16 goals to win the Golden Boot and Young Footballer of the Year awards. But an ongoing groin issue turned his dream move to Fulham into a nightmare, with the striker failing to play for the English Premier League club before being loaned to Scottish club Dundee United.

31.1.2016

QBE NPL-WA NIGHT SERIES - ROUND ONE, SUNDAY REVIEW

The QBE Night Series continued on Sunday, and Perth Glory started their first ever game in this competition, with a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Bayswater City in Group A at Dalmatinac Park. Jack Jones had given the League Champions the lead four minutes into the second half, heading home Todd Howarth’s corner, but the Glory levelled on 72 minutes. Joe Knowles was bundled over in the box and Hagi Gligor fired home the resulting penalty. It looked like the points would be shared but five minutes from time the Glory youngsters won it. Some great approach work ended with Kosta Petratos, who fired home his first goal for the club, after signing last month. “I thought it was a great game, it’s always hard when you play against Bayswater,” Knowles said. “But I thought we showed the character and the desire to win that we had at the end of the NYL season, and I think we got what we deserve in the end.”

In the late game and own goal from David Stokoe, nineteen minutes from time has gave Cockburn City a 1-0 win against Subiaco AFC. “Great start for the season ahead, played some good football at times,” Cockburn midfielder Cameron Edwards said. “We created chances and dealt with the pressure from Subiaco, and we are also pleasing to keep a clean sheet.”

In Group A Stirling Lions came from behind to beat hosts Sorrento 3-2 in the early game at Percy Doyle Reserve. The home side were ahead on 13 minutes, Billy Quinncroft was sent clear one-on-one with new Lions keeper John Perkins, and the striker made no mistake against his former club. The Lions hit back and were level seven minutes later. David Micevski’s deep cross found Robert Petkov who headed home via the post. But three minutes before half time Sorrento regained the lead, good approach work ended with Scott Bulloch, who finished clinically past Perkins. Stirling hit back just after the hour. David Micevski waltzed past three Sorrento players and cut the ball back to Petkov who finished low past James Morgan. David Micevski and Miki Vujacic both hit the cross bar as the Lions looked to find the winner, and in the first minute of stoppage time they found it. Vujacic’s free kick took a deflection off the wall and into the top corner of the net to win it. “It was great to get the three points in the end because I felt we were the better side on the day,” David Micevski said. “Hopefully we can build on the win and improve on certain areas next week.”

In the late game ECU Joondalup beat Balcatta 5-2. First half goals to new Scottish striker Gordon Smith, Paul Miller and Oliver Annis, put The Jacks in control. Zelfy Nazary pulled one back for Balcatta just after the hour from the penalty spot, but Steven McGarry added another for ECU moments later. Debaba Mtwale scored Balcatta’s second late on but Annis added his second to finish off the scoring eight minutes from time. “We’ve worked hard in the pre-season and it was nice to get a first win tonight,” two goalscorer Annis said. “I was happy with my performance and of course the two goals, it shows the good squad we have at the club at the moment but like the gaffer said it’s still early days and we need to keep improving.”

30.1.2016

GLORY VICTOROUS IN A FIVE GOAL THRILLER

Perth Glory FC extended its unbeaten Hyundai A-League run against Melbourne Victory to six games after a hard fought 3-2 win at nib Stadium on Saturday night. Andy Keogh opened the scoring in the 27th minute with a lob from the edge of the box, before Diego Castro doubled the lead two minutes later. Besart Berisha cut the lead at the break, and the visitors were reduced to ten men when Fahid Ben Khalfallah was sent off on 68 minutes. But the ten men levelled ten minutes later, again through Berisha. But the Glory won all three points when Castro converted a penalty eight minutes from time to send the 10,501 crowd home happy. “It was a good performance. They’re a super team. They ask some massive questions, even at 10 men,” Kenny Lowe said. “When we had to step up again, we stepped up again. I thought the first half, I’m not sure you’ll see a better game, end to end really.”

Lowe lost defender Aryn Williams in the warm up, and he was replaced in the starting line up by new signing Shane Lowry. Andy Keogh also came into the side as the home side looked to continue their good form. Nebojsa Marinkovic tried his luck early, but his shot flashed wide of the target, before Oliver Bozanic’s free kick whistled just wide of the post. But on 27 minutes the Glory hit the front. A long clearance from Glory goalkeeper Covic was misjudged by Victory defender Thomas Deng, and Keogh nipped in and lobbed Vukovic, for his first goal since returning to the club last month. The crowd hardly had to get back in their seats when the Glory doubled their advantage.

Nebojsa Marinkovic’s powerful strike was only parried by Vukovic, and Keogh’s follow-up shot crashed off the post, but he rebound fell to Castro who drilled the ball home from eight-yards. The Glory went close to a third five minutes from time, but Vukovic produced a stunning one-handed save to touch Marinkovic’s powerful free kick onto the bar and away to safety. But in the shadows of the break the Victory reduced the margin. Berisha, who had been closely marked by Glory centre backs Alex Grant and Lowry all night was found by Ben Khalfallah just inside the box, he superbly held off his marker and dragged the ball back, and finished with aplomb past Covic. A stunning individual goal and it had the Victory back in the game.

The game took another twist on 68 minutes. Ben Khalfallah and Lowry tangled in the area and the Tunisian midfielder kicked out at the Glory defender and after consulting with his assistant referee Kris Griffiths-Jones showed him a red card, this after he had shown him a yellow in the first instance. But the ten men hit back and they levelled ten minutes later. Kosta Barbarouses’ corner picked out Berisha at the back post and he headed his side level. But the Glory weren’t to be outdone and Grant header crashed off the crossbar on 71 minutes and ten minutes later they got the winner. Josh Risdon’s cross from the left was heading for Keogh, but he nudged in the back by Matthieu Delpierre, and the referee pointed to the spot. Castro stepped up and sent Vukovic the wrong way, to send the Shed into delirium and claim a vital three points.

30.1.2016

GLORY SIGN FORMER HUNGARIAN INTERNATIONAL

Perth Glory continue to bolster their squad in the January transfer window with the signing of former Hungarian international midfielder Krisztian Vadocz for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign. The 30-year-old completed his medical on Saturday and has been brought in as an injury replacement. Vadocz has played across Europe, including time in France with AJ Auxerre, the Netherlands with NEC, Scotland with Motherwell, Swiss side Grasshopper, Spanish La Liga side Osasuna, and most recently with Spanish second division side Deportivo Alaves.

The experienced midfielder, who joins compatriot and Glory star Gyorgy Sandor, made his international debut for Hungary in 2004, and scored his first international goal in a friendly game against Antigua and Barbuda a year later. He earned 39 caps between 2004–2011for his Country, scoring twice. Vadocz becomes the fifth addition to the squad during a busy transfer period for the club, following the signings of Andy Keogh, Adam Taggart, Shane Lowry and Kosta Petratos. The midfielder could be available for selection next Sunday against Wellington Phoenix.

29.1.2016

QBE NPL-WA NIGHT SERIES - ROUND ONE, FRIDAY REVIEW

Perth SC started life under the tutelage of Gareth Naven with a hard fought 1-0 win against Armadale to start the QBE Night Series at Inglewood Stadium on Friday evening. A penalty from Reece Vittiglia on 54 minutes secured the win, but it was a close encounter, with Armadale striker Anthony Skorich missing a penalty moments after Perth had taken the lead. The goal came after midfielder Andreas Theodosiades was brought down in the box by Caleb Dixon, and Vittiglia beat Alfie Brincat from the spot. The Reds should have levelled moments later Benin Hashem was brought down by Adrian Madaschi, but Skorich saw his penalty well saved by Francis Soale. Paul Price’s side pressed late and Soale and the Perth defence stood tall to hold out for the win. “It’s nice to get off to a winning start, and put three points on the board. Credit to Armadale who made it difficult for us at times, however I feel if we'd taken our chances in the first half, we could have made the evening a lot easier for ourselves,” Perth skipper Clark Keltie said. “On the plus side, it was the first time a lot of our players had played together, so we've taken some positives from the game.”

In the late game the current holders of the Night Series Floreat Athena started their defence with a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Inglewood United. The home side hit the front after 20 minutes, Brian Woodall’s looping header beat Jason Saldaris. The visitors were level on the half hour, Ludovic Boi picked out the unmarked Declan Hargreaves 25 yards from goal, and the former Bayswater City players’ shot flew into the top corner of the net giving Alex Dunn no chance. But it wasn’t until stoppage time in the second half that Floreat secured the points. A corner was only cleared to the edge of the box, and second half substitute Andrew Scaldaferro volleyed home superbly to seal the win. Hargreaves was pleased with his debut for the club but said it wasn’t their best performance. “We weren’t at our best if I was honest,” he said. “But the sign of good team is you can win even when you don’t play your best, I’m just happy to get on the scoresheet and help the side to the win.”

29.1.2016

QBE NPL-WA NIGHT SERIES - ROUND ONE PREVIEW

The first round of the QBE NPLWA Night Series kicks off this weekend with games on Friday and Sunday evening. The opening game of the tournament is in Group B when Perth SC meets Armadale at Inglewood Stadium (6.30pm) The game will be former Perth Glory skipper Gareth Naven first game in charge of Perth SC, and they will looking to add to their 19 Night Series titles, while Armadale Coach Paul Price will be looking for a continuation of their improved form from last season. The late game in Group A see’s the current holders of the Night Series trophy Floreat Athena taking on the new look Inglewood United at the Inglewood Stadium (8.30pm) Inglewood are coming off a 3-2 win against Joondalup United in a friendly last week, and new defender Adam Tong said the workout was good ahead of this weekend. “They (Joondalup) gave us a good run out, we won but at half time we were 2-0 down, so it was a good comeback and a learning curve for some players in how to adapt to conditions and positions in games,” he said. “The team has changed a lot from last year with players moving on or retiring, so everybody is getting familiar with what styles they play and positions, and what the coaching staff have planned for us. The squad is looking healthy a good brand of senior and young players.”

Tong said it’s a big first up test against Floreat, but one they are all looking forward too. “What a really tough game to start with, with Floreat being last season’s winners of the competition, and they have a talented squad so it's going to be a good contest for both teams,” the former Balcatta and Bayswater defender said. “It’s a good chance for all clubs to showcase there squads and use all there depth for the series, and give youngsters a chance as that's the only way they will improve. We have had some good pre-season friendlies, which have been very competitive and enjoyable.” Floreat coach Glen Grostate said his new-look side will go into the latest campaign, just as determined as last year. “When we brought silverware back to the club last year it was fantastic,” he told the NPLWA website. “If you’re going into a cup competition you want to win it and that’s what we’ll be trying to do. You go into it and have a crack.” Grostate was given the coaching role at the club full time last season and they had a good campaign finishing third and he believes they can have another successful season. “The club put their trust in me (last season) and there’s no pressure on me, even now,” he said. “I feel like we’ve got some very good players in and there’s no reason why we can’t have another good year.”

On Sunday games are played at Dalmatinac Park and Percy Doyle Reserve. At the home of Cockburn City the early game in Group A sees PS4 NPLWA Champions Bayswater City meet Perth Glory (5pm). With the new format of the Foxtel National Youth League, it’s the first season the Glory have entered the Night Series, and they will be coming up one of their former players. Nathan Costello was a shining light last season for the Glory youngsters but he moved to Bayswater in the summer, and has fitted in well at Frank Drago Reserve and is knows it will be a tough game against his former team mates. “I’ve settled in really well, everyone has been great down at the club and all the new boys are gelling nicely and we all can't wait to get into some games and improve as a squad,” Costello said. “The game on Sunday will be tough, but I’m looking forward to the game. I’ve still got some good mates at the Glory, but I’ll have to put that aside for 90 minutes and catch up with them once the games done, hopefully after a Bayswater win.” The Glory are fresh of the NYL season and ended the season with a morale boosting win against Melbourne City, and will be hoping to take that form in the Night Series. In the late game Cockburn City hosts Subiaco (7pm) Both sides have been quiet on the transfer front, but new Cockerels striker Angel Andreas will have to watched closely, while Matthew Milenkovic will be hoping to start his first game for Subiaco.

At Percy Doyle Reserve the early game sees hosts Sorrento and Stirling Lions do battle. (5pm) The Gulls beat Joondalup City 6-0 last week in preparation for the night series and Scott Bulloch said they have lost a number of players but are hoping to have a good night series. “Pre-season has started well, we've lost a few players from last season’s squad, with the likes of Todd Harnwell (retiring) and Jack Salter and Tom Boss (returning to New Zealand),” the former Perth Glory midfielder explained. “We still have the same core players we have had for a few years now so we are confident in what we have got.” Bulloch knows his former club will have a strong side, with a number of new faces at Macedonian Park. “They (Stirling) are always a tough game as they are a fit side with a bit of pace,” he said. “They have Dave Micevski returning and the likes of Brodie Martin and Miki Vujacic in the team, it will definitely be a battle, but it’s one were looking forward too.” In the late game ECU Joondalup meet Balcatta (7pm). Both sides have brought in quality players. Balcatta new coach Marc Anthony has signed Eamon McNelis, Conor Kavanagh and Jonathan Corness from his former club, while ECU have signed former Swansea defender Joseph Jones, former Hearts striker Gordon Smith and former Perth Glory midfielder Steven McGarry. Both sides prepared for the game with wins last weekend, Balcatta beat Swan United, while ECU beat Ashfield 5-0.

29.1.2016

GLORY LOOKING FOR MORE VICTORIES

After last week’s big win against Newcastle Jets on the road, Perth Glory return home for week 17 of the A-League when they take on last season’s Champions Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium (6.40PM) It was a good all-round performance from the side at Newcastle, with Spanish midfielder Diego Castro shining. The maestro was threatening each time he got the ball and he continued to find pockets of space in and around the box, and scored two and set up another two. Alex Grant was colossal at the back along with Marc Warren, Josh Risdon and Aryn Williams, while Chris Harold and Gyorgy Sandor also put in good shifts. Diogo Ferreira looked solid in the defensive midfielder’s role, and after a shaky start to the game, Mitch Oxborrow was also good.

They will need another good performance against the League Champions on Saturday, but the Glory boys do have a good record against the Victory in WA, and they were beat them 1-0 last time they headed west earlier in the season. Andy Keogh and Richard Garcia were on the bench last week, both carrying injuries, but both should be available for selection, but it will be tough for Coach Kenny Lowe to change a winning side. Jacob Collard also returns to the squad from suspension, while new signing Shane Lowry is available after signing from English Championship side Birmingham City this week.

"I can't see any reason why we can't make the top six. If you put a couple of wins together everything can change, but I'm here to win the league as well,” Lowry said. “"I've signed a long term deal so I'm committed to being here and ideally that's what you want to win. It's the pinnacle of everything you can do in sport and in football." A bumper crowd is expected for the game, after Perth Glory and Football West teamed up to offer an exciting ticket deal to West Australian registered footballers. Any registered junior, senior or amateur player in the 2015 season will be entitled to two FREE general admission tickets

The Victory will have a short turn around after edging out Sydney FC 1-0 on Australia Day, but Coach Kevin Muscat’s side know they have to keep winning to keep in touch of the top two. Brazilian midfielder Gui Finkler said the players must adapt to the short turnaround. “Shorter time for us, we have to recover ourselves for Saturday and make sure we prepare as much as we can for this tough trip,” he said. “It’ll be a tough match again but we going to go there to win and hopefully we can do it.”




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