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22.11.2014

DANNY DE SILVA LINING FOR THE GLORY

Perth Glory teenager midfielder Danny De Silva scored his first ever A-League goal to help his side to a hard fought 2-1 win against Wellington Phoenix at the NIB Stadium on Friday evening. The 17-year-old struck after only two minutes, before Andy Keogh added his fifth of the season midway through the second half, and it looked like the points were safe. But Ruben Zadkovich, who had only been on the pitch for 17 seconds, was sent off and it was game on. Phoenix pulled one back on 84 minutes, when Fijian international striker Roy Krishna converted from the spot, but despite dominating late the Phoenix couldn’t find the equaliser, the three points keeping the Glory top of the table. "Ruben came on and got the red card, it was very difficult after that,” Glory winger Youssouf Hersi said. “Sometimes you have games like that; you have to deal with it. To keep the points here and win at home...we're building to something."

It was a perfect start for the home side and they were ahead after only two minutes. Youssef Hersi was sent down the right by Dino Djulbic, and skipped past Tom Doyle, before crossing to De Silva who bundled the ball home from close-range. The Phoenix looked to hit back and Roly Bonevacia’s long-range shot on 20 minutes whistled inches past the post. It was nearly 2-0 to the hosts on 27 minutes; Nebosja Marinovic’s long-range shot was superbly tipped over by Glen Moss. The Phoenix was struggling in the final third, and was missing the influential midfielder Michael McGlinchey, but with Glory skipper Michael Thwaite, Djulbic and Rostyn Griffiths outstanding at the back, the Glory led at the break

After the break the Phoenix came out determined to get back into the game and went close to the equaliser on 55 minutes. Tom Doyle made space down the left and his curling cross picked out Krisnha, but he couldn’t keep his shot down and blazed over from four-yards. But it was the home side who doubled their advantage on the hour. Marinkovic fed Josh Risdon on the right, his cross to the back post found Keogh, who got ahead of Manny Muscat and fired home from six-yards.

It looked game over, but moments after coming on to replace Griffiths, Zadkovich went into a tackle on Vince Lia, and after consulting with his assistant, referee Lucien Laverdure showed the former Newcastle Jets skipper a straight red card. Despite going down to ten men the Glory almost added a third on 75 minutes, Risdon eased his way past Andrew Durante on the right and picked out Marinkovic on the edge of the penalty area, his shot beat Moss, but the ball crashed off the crossbar, and Keogh headed the rebound over the top.

The Phoenix received a lifeline on 83 minutes, when Albert Riera played substitute Tyler Boyd in to the penalty area, who fell under a challenge from Risdon, and the referee pointed to the spot. Krishna kept his nerve and sent Danny Vukovic the wrong way from the resulting penalty to make it 2-1. The home side were hanging on desperately, and deep into stoppage time the Phoenix almost nicked a point. Nathan Burns, who had been well held by Thwaite all game, lost his marker in the 94th minute, and his shot flashed inches past the post.

22.11.2014

GLORY ROAR TO VICTORY AT GOODWIN PARK

Perth Glory has continued their great start to the Foxtel National Youth League after a 2-0 win against Brisbane Roar at Goodwin Park on Sunday morning. Chris Harold continued his return from injury, bagging the first on the quarter hour, and three minutes later they doubled their lead through an own goal, the win maintaining their lead at the top of the table.

The home side opened brightly, knowing a win would take them over the Glory to the top of the table, and they went close to the opener on 14 minutes. Mitchell Hore’s through ball sent Abrahim Yango down the flank, his cross was met by Hore, but Glory custodian Jordan Thurtell blocked his effort and reacted even better to deny Sam Sibatuara follow up shot.

Thurtell’s heroics were reward sixty seconds later as the Glory hit the front. Harold was sent clear by Brandon O’Neill’s through ball, sending him one-on-one with keeper Fraser Chambers. The striker took the ball around the Roar custodian, and fired home despite the tight angle. It was 2-0 three minutes later. Matt Davies found space down the right, and his low cross was deflected past Chambers by an unfortunate Roar defender.

The Glory, looking for their fifth win of the season, pressed in the second half and went close to a third on the hour. Borbor Sam showed lightning pace to go one-on-one with Chambers, but the Roar custodian saved. O’Neill almost capped another fine performance late in the game, beating two Roar defenders, before his shot from the edge of the penalty area crashed off the far post.

21.11.2014

GLORY V PHOENIX - PREVIEW

Perth Glory will be looking to defend their 100% home record this season in A-League league and FFA Cup games when they take on Wellington Phoenix at nib Stadium Friday evening, (6.45pm). The league leaders continue to defy the critics, but Coach Kenny Lowe is expecting another tough game against Ernie Merrick’s side. “They are a dangerous side,” he said. “When you have the likes of Roly Bonevacia, Michael McGlinchey, Alex Rodriguez, and of course Nathan Burns, you have a real threat up top also in terms of carving out chances and taking them. “I have no doubt it will be a huge test for us and you can see from our results while we’ve been winning, the margins have been tight, and Friday will be no different.”

The Glory beat the Phoenix in the opening game of the season in Wellington, Andy Keogh scored that day, and the Irish striker has been in good form along with youngster Jamie Maclaren. The Olyroos striker returns to the squad after missing the last two games due to international duty, likewise Mitch Nichols, who returns after the Socceroos game against Japan in the week. Ruban Zadzovich made his league debut for the club, off the bench last week and the former Newcastle Jets skipper will be pushing for a starting role, but a spot on the bench is the likely outcome.

Wellington Phoenix will be playing the second part of their long road trip, after they left the Hindmarsh Stadium last week with nothing, after a last minute goal from Adelaide United’s Sergio Cirio gave the home side a 2-1. But they head West looking to bounce back, and they sit in 5th spot on the table, six points behind their hosts. They do regain the services of New Zealand internationals Michael McGlinchey, Jeremy Brookie, Michael Boxall and Tyler Boyd, after the games for the All Whites against China and Thailand in midweek. The form of striker Nathan Burns is a huge positive for the Phoenix, the former Socceroo has scored four this season, while the service from the middle of the park from Spanish midfielder Albert Riera, will need to be watched closely go the home side.

Manny Muscat will celebrate his 150th A-League game on Friday, the Maltese international defender has been a stalwart for the club and the Phoenix will be doing all they can to make it one to celebrate, and keep in touch with the leaders. The last time the two teams met in Perth, the Glory ran out 4-2 winners. A stunner from Sidnei opened the scoring, before the Phoenix hit back with goals from Stein Huysegems and Paul Ifill. But goals from skipper Michael Thwaite, Adrian Zahra and another to Sidnei, gave the Glory all three points.

21.11.2014

WA AMATEUR TEAM UNDEFEATED IN MALAYSIA (by Graeme Marinkovich, footballwest.com.au)

The WA State Amateur team returned from a successful trip to Malaysia without defeat in their three matches against local opposition. Eamonn Kelly was named Most Valuable Player on the tour and Dave Morris was top scorer.

Game 1: Kuala Lumpur FA (U21) 0-1 WA

After heavy rain and thunder storms, WA came up against a KLFA team, which was full of young and eager players. The home side dominated early possession without creating chances, while the State team took time to settle in humid conditions. But with almost the first good chance of the match Dave Morris hit the target to break the deadlock. KLFA continued to attack but when they were unable to find a way through they relied on shooting from long range without reward.

Game 2: Felda United 1-1 WA

WA dominated early and scored first through a solo effort from captain Eamonn Kelly, who calmly put the ball away. Several scoring opportunities then went begging, a penalty was turned down and a succession of offside calls went against the visitors. Felda changed their entire team at half-time to increase the pressure on WA and they found an equaliser. WA had several chances to get in front again, including twice hitting a post, but had to settle for a draw.

Game 3: ATM Malaysian Armed Forces 2-2 WA

The Armed Forces team were the best organised and most professional of WA’s three opponents. With several international players in their ranks, the Malaysia Super League side hit the front in the first five minutes. The goal shook WA into action and the visitors soon created opportunities of their own without finding the net. But the equaliser came just before half-time when Clint Brown crossed for Morris, who finished clinically. Both teams made changes at the break and the second half was end-to-end football. WA were rewarded for their endeavours when Adrian Rockett’s free-kick was headed home at the back post by Michael Garcia. The Malaysian team kept applying pressure and as WA players started to tire the home side found an equaliser. The Armed Forces almost won it but goalkeeper Steve Main pulled off a great save to deflect the ball onto a post and preserve WA’s unbeaten tour record.

Squad: Adrian Rockett, Eamonn Kelly, Kevin Flavin (North Perth United); David Morris, Darryl Gregory, Steven Main (Perth Royals); Matt Bennion, Juan Cabrera (Queens Park); Royce Heaperman (Southern Spirit); Greg Montenegro (Fremantle Croatia); Jayden Drummond (Kingsley); Michael Garcia (Hamersley; Samim Rohani, Ago Mujic (BB United); Clint Brown (Kwinana); Mark Staunton (Wembley Downs).

Coach: Rob Pagnoni.

Assistant: Jack Monaco.

Team manager: Graeme Marinkovich.

20.11.2014

GLORY AIMS TO CLIP PHOENIX WINGS

It may not be the Bledisloe Cup but another important Trans-Tasman rivalry is slowly building as Perth Glory prepares to host fifth-placed Wellington Phoenix tomorrow night at Perth Oval. Glory will be looking to continue its best start to an A-League season, aiming for its sixth win, vying a fourth straight A-League triumph and, more importantly, holding on to top spot on the table. "The lads deserve all the accolades they're getting at the moment," said coach Kenny Lowe in praising his players. "I've just sat in the chair on the sidelines doing nothing" he said.

Accused of being one dimensional in attack at the start of the season, Glory has proven it has an abundance of goal scorers through defenders Dino Djulbic and Scott Jamieson, coupled with the talented exploits of dead ball specialist Nebojsa Marinkovic. The latter currently leads the A-League in goal scoring opportunities and tomorrow night the 28-year old may be joined in midfield by a fit and firing Ruben Zadkovich. Lowe was quick to confirm the former Newcastle Jets captain was putting his hand up for starting selection, along with classy winger Sidnei Sciola who returned to training this week.

While Glory disposed of Wellington on the opening day of the season, Lowe cautioned that Ernie Merrick’s side loomed as a major threat. "It’s going to be a very, very, very difficult game. They've got a very dangerous front six. They play very good football, they're very organised and they've got a spring in their step" he said. “I can't see it being a quiet, shy, closed game. I think it'll be like the other 3 (home games) we've had. I think it'll be open, I think there will be goals. Hopefully, one more for us than them."

19.11.2014

EVANS HAPPY TO CALL PERTH SC HOME FOR 2015

Dean Evans will be playing in sky blue in 2015, after joining Perth SC from Stirling Lions. The 24-year-old who helped the Lions to the league title in 2013, and the State League Cup Final last season, made the difficult decision to leave the only state league club he has played for in WA. “Stirling have been the only team since I was six-years-old, so it was never going to be easy,” Evans said. “I’d like to thank everyone throughout the club that has helped me develop throughout the years. Micky Lyons especially, he was a huge part in developing me as a footballer, but a person too. “But I’ve now got a new challenge, and I can’t wait to be tested in a different environment, different set of lads and different goals to achieve throughout the year.”

Perth were the big improvers last season, after a disappointing 10th place in 2013, they reached the Grand Final, before losing to Champions Bayswater City. Evans is looking forward to joining a squad, which already boost Gold Medal winner Clark Keltie and Ashley Rosindale, to name a few, and they also signed Balcatta midfielder Carlo Coelho and former Brisbane Roar and Sydney United defender Calum O’Connell this week. “The squad the club has assembled is really exciting, lots of youth, but also a number experienced players to make sure we have the right mix,” he said. “Most of the squad has stayed on next season, so it’s good to have stability. We have some other signings and the squad is stronger and we hopefully can push for silverware next season.” Perth Coach Taki Nicolaidis believes Evans is a great pick up, and is looking forward to working with him. “It’s very pleasing to have secured the services of Dean, for next season,” he said. He is an exceptional football talent, who will add quality to our current squad. With his experience, winning mentality and team values, he will fit in very well with us.”

The former Perth Glory midfielder has had a busy off-season, travelling to the UK and Europe with Pro Football training squad, a trip he enjoyed both on and off the pitch. “It was unbelievable tour, obviously for me it was a great insight to be on the other side of things in coaching, so it was a real eye opener how they run their academies over there,” Evans explained. “The facilities they had were some of the best I have seen around the world. Mark (Lee) and Barry (Wood) have done a fantastic job with Pro Football Training, and nurturing kids to be the best they can be, and I was happy to be a part of it.”

Evans has had the support of his family during his time in football, especially his father Don, who was unceremoniously dumped by the Lions at the end of last season, and the midfielder said that was one of the reasons why he left the club. “I’ve always supported my dad, and he has done a great job for that club in becoming what it is today,” Evans explained. “For me personally it’s a massive loss to WA football, he wants the best for the game and he was planning some good great things at Macedonia Park, but these things happen in football, so we all move on and now he can have a well-earned rest. “That decision did play some part in my move, but like I’ve said that’s forgotten, I wish them all the best for the season and I look forward to the new challenge at Dorrein Gardens.”

A chance to play overseas came the way of Evans, and he spent time at Kitchee and Sham Shui Po in Hong Kong and really enjoyed his time there, and played against EPL side Chelsea while at Kitchee, and if the opportunity came up again to play overseas he would jump at the chance. “Of course every footballer wants to play at the highest level they can play at, and I still have aspirations to play at the professional level, so if the chance came up obviously I’d have to consider it,” Evans said. “But for now I’m happy with working for Pro Football Training, and calling Perth Soccer Club my new home for 2015.”

19.11.2014

GLORY PRIMED TO BREAK TITLE HOODOO

They've already left the experts with egg on their face, but Perth Glory won't be satisfied until they secure some long-overdue silverware. Glory atop the A-League after snaring five wins from the opening six rounds and have also made it through to the final of the inaugural FFA Cup, where they'll meet Adelaide next month. Before the season started, Glory were tipped by many to finish near the foot of the table but at the moment they’re in prime position to end a title drought dating back to 2004.

Defender Scott Jamieson said the players were proud of their early efforts, but aren't getting carried away just yet. "You don't win the Championship in November," Jamieson said. "We like the weather at the top of the table. It's very nice. We don't want to go down the bottom where it's a bit doom and gloomy. A lot of people are surprised, most notably a lot of the experts. But we demand a lot from each other. That's the main thing driving this group on. The inner belief is there."

Glory's players have been eased into training this week after coming off a period where they were forced to play three games in the space of seven days. Perth won all three matches, but Jamieson said the decision to schedule Glory's FFA Cup semi-final against Bentleigh just 48 hours after an A-League encounter was dangerous. "I don't think it was right," Jamieson said. "The chance of an injury was so high. Especially the demands and the level of this league now - it'll have injuries written all over it next time I think. I don't think it should happen again."

18.11.2014

JOONDALUP ADD TO THEIR COACHING ROSTER

ECU Joondalup have appointed recently retired Western Knights defender David Annall to their coaching structure for season 2015. The 33-year-old, who only hung up the boots at the end of last season after 15 years at Nash Field, was appointed as assistant first team coach at the club, and is looking forward to working with head coach Dale McCulloch. “It's certainly going to be a lot different from the past 15 years. The new environment, new people and the new job are somewhat intimidating, but I'm definitely excited about the opportunity,” Annall explained. “From what I've seen, the club and Dale have what it takes to put pressure on the top clubs of the past few years, so I'm hoping we can build some success together. After meeting some of the committee recently I can instantly tell there are some great people behind the scenes as well.”

After his retirement from the game last season, many thought he would have a few years away from the game, but it’s out of the frying pan into the fire for Annall, but he is looking forward to the new challenge. “Dale and I have been good mates for years and throughout we've talked about coaching further down the track together, so in a sense it was unavoidable,” he said. “Perhaps the ideal situation may have been to take a year off, get some badges and observe the leagues but the opportunity was just too good to pass up. A lot of people often said don't leave the game for too long or you'll never come back, so maybe I've listened to them as well, but it was probably team manager Craig Stephenson getting in my ear every time I saw him that's got me down there.”

McCulloch is delighted with the appointment, and the pair has already begun work ahead of the new season. “The appointment of Dave is a real positive move, as he brings a lot of knowledge of the local game and a very well respected person as well,” McCulloch said. “We have grown up together and always talked about teaming up at some stage and with Dave announcing his retirement we thought this would be a great time to do so.”

18.11.2014

LIONS' MIDFIELDER ROARS HOME

Stirling Lions midfielder David Micevski made a perfect start to life at Macedonia Park, helping the club to the final of the State Cup, and a tie against A-League Champions Brisbane Roar in the FFA Cup, and the former Perth Glory player was a popular winner of the clubs player of the year award at Lions’ clubrooms.

The 28-year-old joined the club from Perth SC at the start of the season and had a stellar season, picking up the club and the NPL golden boot award. “It’s always an honour to win individual awards and I was fortunate to win both awards on the night,” Micevski said. “With such good players in our squad to come out on top of both is a real achievement for me, and it meant a great deal, especially after missing the opening six games of the season, and all of last season due to injury.”

Micevski won the award ahead of Hayden Doyle, while the Coaches award was won by Rikki Smith. In the under 20’s awards, Robert Petkov won the fairest and best, and like Micevski took out the Golden Boot. Robert Mariano was the runner-up in the vote, while Liam Kessel won the Coaches Award. In the under 18’s Mo Sulaimon won the fairest and best, Adrian Vacca the runner-up, while William Oldfield won the Golden Boot and Matthew Sutcliffe won the Coaches award.

18.11.2014

SOCCEROOS GO DOWN IN JAPAN

Australia will head into the Asian Cup on the back of a 2-1 loss to Japan, who have reinforced their status as tournament favourites. Poor defending was to blame for Yasuyuki Konno's opener just after the hour but it was Shinji Okazaki's individual brilliance that earned the second moments later. Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill headed home a consolation goal in extra-time. Coach Ange Postecoglou has now guided Australian to eighth losses from his twelve games in charge, and while he can take something from the Socceroos spirited first half performance, the second half shows he still has work to do to bridge the gap with Asia's best teams.

In what was a lively start to the match, Australia showed their attacking intent with James Troisi shooting wide in the 1st minute. Japan returned fire on 16 minutes when Yoshinori Muto hit the crossbar when faced by only goalkeeper Mat Ryan. A minute later, Mathew Leckie stung the gloves of Eiji Kawashima palms with a powerful header after getting on the end of a Robbie Kruse cross. Keisuke Honda struck from long-range halfway through the opening stanza, but the weak shot was light work for Ryan. Honda and Shinji Kagawa combined just before the break to test the Socceroos defence, who managed to scramble the ball clear.

Japan continued to ask questions of their opponents backline in the second half. Kagawa got free to put Ryan to work, the ‘keeper back that up with another great save to deny Okazaki moments later. But it was substitute Konno who broke the deadlock on 61 minutes when found unmarked at a corner played to the back post. Japan doubled their advantage seven minutes later when Masato Morishige laid off a pass to Okazaki, who showed class to score with a cheeky back-heel flick. The introduction of Cahill paid off with the striker displaying the aerial brilliance he's renowned for to nod in a Leckie cross in the closing minutes.

17.11.2014

BEADLING PENS THREE-YEAR SUNDERLAND DEAL

Teenager Tom Beadling has taken a step closer to the English Premier League after signing a new three-year deal with Sunderland. The 18-year-old defender has extended his stay at the Stadium of Light until 2017 after impressing at youth level. He joined the Sunderland Academy at the age of eight and remained part of the club set-up even during a three year stay in Perth, during which he captained Australia at under-13 level.

Now he has impressed another set of coaches in the North East, with first-team boss Gus Poyet’s regime following those of previous managers Steve Bruce and Martin O’Neill in offering the Furness-born ace a new deal. “I’m delighted to have the contract,” said Beadling. “I’ve been here a long time and it has been hard work, but it’s been worth it. The contract wasn’t really something I was thinking about. I just wanted to play football.”

“I’ve had a few injuries in the past, so I was just enjoying myself and playing, rather than thinking about a contract,” Beadling continued. “Nothing really changes for me now. I’m really happy to have the contract, but I’ve got to keep doing what I have been doing. I want to keep progressing, keep learning and work hard in training and in every game and we’ll see what happens – I don’t want to make any concrete goals.”

Beadling now divides his time between training with the Black Cats under-21s side and the first team – having been given a squad number, 31, for the Premier League. That brings him into contact with internationals such as John O’Shea and Wes Brown, giving him a first-hand look at the level he needs to reach to achieve his longer-term goals. He played several games with the first-team squad in pre-season, taking on Carlisle United and Hartlepool United, giving him valuable experience.

For the moment, Beadling is working on establishing himself at under-21s, having moved up this season from under-18s, though he knows what he needs to do to go even further. “This year it’s been a big step up moving the under-21s from the under-18s, but I’ve enjoyed it,” he said. “It’s been hard work, especially in pre-season, but I’ve really enjoyed the step up and the challenge is to work hard now and keep progressing.”

“At under-21s, they coach you a lot quicker and when you’re playing games, you’re against teams who have players who are dropping down and they have more experience. It’s another step for me to take climbing up the ladder towards the first team,” added Beadling. “I’ve still got a lot of hard work to do. I know the areas I’ve got to improve on and I’m working on them every day. It’s a position where you need a lot of experience, so I’m just looking to gain that and improve.”

“Now and again I train with the first team, but mostly it’s with the under-21s. It’s great to be able learn off the first team players. They’re role models for you, so you want to keep working hard and learning from them. I think I’ve come a long way, especially since I was at under-18s – that’s a big step. I have progressed, but I know I need to progress more to be where I want to be.”

17.11.2014

KILKELLY TAKES THE REINS AT KINGSWAY

It’s been a long time between drinks for Kingsway Olympic, and after nine years in the wilderness the club have turned to a past player to turn their fortunes around. The club won the Premier League Top Four Cup winners title three years on the trot from 1978 to 1980, under the tutelage of John Ward, and after a disappointing 8th place finish in the Second Division last season, the club have appointed Tom Kilkelly to replace Mike Hartley for season 2015.

Kilkelly was brought over to Perth from New South Wales by the club, and now they are hoping Kilkelly can have the same affect he had then. “Tom and Mark will work closely with the Board and the player’s leadership group to ensure that the club is heading in the right direction to attain NPL status by 2019,” a club spokesman said. “Now that the club has its plans in place to improve the clubhouse and build new dressing rooms close to the pitch, as well as providing cover and seating for its spectators, the next five years are exciting times for the club.”

The Irish-born coach, was a player coach at the club in 1987, before joining Sorrento as a coach, then joining Stirling Lions in 1996, before coaching spells at Dianella, Ashfield, Armadale, Morley-Windmills, Canning and Mandurah City, but he said it’s great to back where it all started. “It’s nice to go back home,” Kilkelly said. “The club is special to me, they gave the opportunity to play in WA in 1984, and I hope I can repay some of the faith they had in me.”

The 59-year-old knows it will be a tough job, but he and assistant Mark Culverwell, are ready for the challenge. “The club has struggled in recent years and they seem to have the mentality from when they slipped back in to the amateurs in 2006, and have struggled since returning to the Saturday competition,” Kilkelly said. “I got the call from the club two weeks ago asking where I was at, and after leaving Mandurah City, I jumped at the chance to start to help them climb up the leagues.”

Kilkelly, who is a life member of the club, has big plans, and he has laid down plans to see the club back where they belong. “There is a long way to go but we will be implementing a number of plans, which we hope will see us back in the NPL,” he said. “The club and I are on the same page, and we believe if we get it right we can be successful and I will be doing everything I can to make that happen.”

The club is also looking for experienced coaches to fill the vacant roles as under 20’s and under 18’s coach for next season and anyone interested in the position to contact Kilkelly on 0412 417 572.

16.11.2014

SAGE CONSIDERS DUNDEE LINK

Perth Glory owner Tony Sage has met with representatives of Scottish side Dundee United to discuss a potential relationship between the two clubs. Dundee chairman Stephen Thompson has been in Australia with an eye towards convincing rising Australian players to use his club as a launch pad to careers in Europe. He met with representatives of Adelaide United, Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers and Glory over the past week. Several Australian players have made names for themselves in Scotland, including former Socceroos stars Mark Viduka, Craig Moore and Tony Vidmar.

15.11.2014

JAMIESON'S GEM KEEPS GLORY AT THE SUMMIT

A stunning free kick from defender Scott Jamieson has helped Perth Glory to maintain their lead at the top of the Hyundai A-League, after a 2-1 win against Western Sydney Wanderers at nib Stadium on Saturday evening. Fellow defender Dino Djulbic opened the scoring with his first goal for the club since returning from Asia, and despite a late goal from Wanderers midfielder Jaushua Sotirio, the Glory held on for their first ever win against the Asian Champions in the A-League. "We ran out of petrol a bit in the last 10 or 15, which was to be expected because they had a fairly fresh side, but I would have taken that before the game started," Glory Coach Kenny Lowe said. "We went for it in the first half and we said we would go out and do that from the start. It was a real open game, end to end, plenty of chances and good football from both teams."

It was a great opening to the game with chances at both ends, the first falling to the visitors on six minutes. Labinot Halti raced clear on a quick counter attack, he found the overlapping Alusine Fofanah, who crossed to Halti, who had continued his run, but Danny Vukovic stood tall to save from the Wanderers striker. The Glory pre4ssed and forced two consecutive corners and from the second they hit the front. Nebosja Marinkovic’s corner picked out Djulbic, who rose over Daniel Mullen and headed home powerfully past debutant keeper Dean Bouzanis.

The big crowd were on the edge of their seats with the action fast and furious. Richard Garcia’s long-range shot on 12 minutes was tipped around the post by Bouzanis, and five minutes later Vukovic came to the Glory’s rescue, denying Jason Trifiro, after the midfielder was sent clear by a sublime through ball from Halti. The Glory began to take control and Youssouf Hersi’s cross shot whistled inches past the post on 18 minutes and sixty seconds later the former Wanderers winger headed inches wide after Jamieson’s deep cross, before Marinkovic’s deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area crashed off the post, just before the break.

It was another good start from the Glory after the break and Djulbic should have added a second four minutes in. Marinkovic’s free kick picking out the unmarked defender, but he headed wide from six-yards. The Wanderers were still in the game and Mark Bridges’ half volley slide just past the post on the hour, but on 78 minutes the Glory scored the all-important second. Anthony Golec brought down Chris Harold 20-yards from goal, Jamieson stepped up curled the ball up and over the wall and into the top corner of the net. The Wanderers who are still looking for their first point of the season were back in the game four minutes from time. Substitute Vitor Saba’s free kick caused panic in the Glory defence and Vukovic missed his punch, the ball hit Sotirio and went into the net, despite Jamieson valiant attempt to clear it. It set up a tense finale, but the Glory defended well to deny their host a real opportunity, and at the final whistle it was the Glory faithful celebrating their first ever A-League win against the Wanderers.

15.11.2014

GLORY WOMEN PREMIERS FOR 2014

Perth Glory Women’s side have won the 2014 Westfield W-League Premiership after a 5-0 win against Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday afternoon. The title was these before the game had kicked off, after Canberra and Newcastle Jets drew 3-3. A brace from Sam Kerr, and singles to Kate Gill, Marianna Tabain and a stunner from skipper Collette McCallum, sealed the comfortable win.

Coach Jamie Harnwell was full of praise for his players, but warned them there is still work to be done. “It’s a great moment for Perth Glory Women but there’s still a job to be done,” he said of his team’s quest to win the Grand Final. “Over the next couple of weeks we want to keep the momentum going and maintain this form into the finals. “I’m very proud of the girls and the way they have gone about things so far. They’ve worked hard and being crowned premiers is a great achievement for them and for everyone associated with the club.

With news of the result in the east filtering through, the Glory started the game slowly, but normal service was resumed on 17 minutes when they hit the front. Kerr raced clear from a long ball out of defence, and the pacey striker finished clinically past Trudy Burke. The Matildas striker was on fire and almost doubled the lead on the half hour, rounded Wanderers keeper Burke, but the angle was too tight and she fired into the side netting.

But seven minutes later she did add the Glory’s second, losing her marker in the penalty area and firing low past Burke. It was 3-0 four minutes later, skipper McCallum picked the ball up on the edge of the penalty area and her shot flew into the top corner of the net. The Wanderers were struggled to get in to the game their best chance of the first half came from striker Keelin Winters, her cross shot was claimed well by Mackenzie Arnold under her crossbar.

The Glory opened the second half well, and Kerr found herself, one-on-one with Burke again, but the striker fired wide of the target. But on the hour it was 4-0, Kerr was the provider this time picking out Tabain, who made no mistake with her shot. The home supporters wanted more, and the Glory delivered the fifth goal three minutes from time, Gill heading home at the back post, to give them a comfortable victory.

15.11.2014

O'NEIL DOUBLE SENDS GLORY YOUTH TOP

Perth Glory Youth moved to the top of the Foxtel National Youth League table after a 3-1 win against Western Sydney Wanderers at Ashfield Sports Club on Sunday morning. A brace from midfielder Brandon O’Neill and another from Joe Knowles had given the Glory a 3-0 lead before an own goal in the last minute of the game was the Wanderers only consolation.

At the start of the game the Wanderers lead the table on goal difference from their host but Gibson’s side made a perfect start and were ahead after only nine minutes. Jack Clisby made space down the left and cut the ball back to the penalty area, and O’Neill placed it in the bottom corner of the net giving Wanderers keeper Tom Heward-Belle no chance.

The Glory doubled their advantage just after the half hour, and it was O’Neill again. The midfielder, who has been pressing for a spot in the senior side, picked the ball up on the half way line, ran at the Wanderers defence, before unleashing a powerful shot that flew past Heward-Belle to double the Glory’s lead at the break.

Both sides had good chances in the second half but it was the Glory who added a third 12 minutes from time. Calvin Whitney played the ball over the top to Knowles, who brought the ball down, and his volley flew into the net. The Wanderers reduced the margin in the 90th minute, Steve Kuzmanovski shot was deflected off a Glory defender, wrong footing Jordan Thurtell, but the three points takes the Glory to the top of the table, two points clear of Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar.




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