Andy Keogh was the hero for Perth Glory

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Perth Glory have twice come from behind to record a late 3-2 win against Brisbane Roar at Perth Oval. Andy Keogh was the man of the moment with a match-deciding hat-trick to give Glory their second win from as many starts. Brisbane went in to the break one-nil up thanks to Mensur Kurtisi but Glory drew level early in to the second period with Keogh sending Jamie Young the wrong way from the penalty spot. Henrique put Brisbane back ahead soon after with a powerful finish from outside the box but the lead did not last. A Keogh shot deflected of James Donachie to put Glory level again and, in stoppage time, the Irish international popped up from a corner to head in the winner.



A hat-trick from Irish striker Andy Keogh has given Perth Glory a come-from-behind 3-2 win against champions Brisbane Roar at the nib Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The former Millwall and Wolverhampton Wanderers front man headed home the winner in the second minute of stoppage time, to set off wild celebrations both on and off the pitch, and send the Glory to the top of the table.

The Roar appeared on track for their first win of the new season after Albanian striker Mensur Kurtisi's first A-League goal and a great strike from Henrique had given the visitors at 2-1 lead in the 55th minute. But Keogh, who levelled proceedings on 49 minute from the spot, levelled again on 79 minutes, his shot hit the net after deflecting off Roar defender James Donachie, before winning it late.

It was an even first half with both sides struggling in the final third. Youssouf Hersi went close in the opening minutes, but his low shot was well blocked, but it was the visitors who were making the better opportunities. Matt Smith’s shot on 35 minutes was saved low by Danny Vukovic, before Dino Djulbic saw his block flash inches past Vukovic’s left hand post. But the visitors’ pressure was rewarded on 39 minutes with the lead. Steve Lustica found Henrique on the right hand side, and he crossed to Kurtisi to fire low past Vukovic.

The home side made a perfect start to the second half and were level five minutes in. Keogh raced clear and fell under the challenge of Jade North, and referee Shaun Evans pointed straight to the spot. Keogh picked himself up and sent Jamie Young the wrong way from the resulting penalty. But the Glory was only level for six minutes before Henrique scored one of the goals of the season. Thomas Broich picked out the Brazilian, who was given too much room on the edge of the penalty area, and he unleashed a powerful shot that flew past Vukovic.

The Glory went close to levelling moments later, but half time substitute Jamie Maclaren saw his header flash inches over the top. But they did equalise on 74 minutes, Josh Risdon picked out Keogh on the edge of the box and his goal bound shot deflected off Donachie, wrong footing Young and nestled in the back of the net. It looked like the points would be shared but Keogh had other ideas. Scott Jamieson’s corner picked out the Republic of Ireland international striker who headed down into the ground, the ball bouncing over Luke Bratton on the line and into the net to set off wild celebrations in the Shed.



Perth Glory Women extended their lead at the top of the W-League to five points with a hard fought 1-0 win over Sydney FC at Ashfield Reserve. The only goal of the afternoon was a bullet-like strike into the top corner by Marianna Tabain early in the second period. Glory midfielder Caitlin Foord was delighted to stretched her teams’ winning start to six games, particularly as the latest triumph came against her former club. “It was very weird, to be honest,” she said of playing against Sydney for the first time. “I was obviously more nervous for this game than any of the others but I’m just glad we got the win.”

The first half presented very few clear cut chances with Glory edging the play and flashing a handful of shots at goal, the majority of which failed to trouble Sydney goalkeeper Casey Dumont. Glory's best chance of the first half came as Gabe Marzano slotted Tabain in on goal but she put her shot comfortably within Dumont's reach. The deadlock was broken six minutes after the interval with Tabain lashing into the net following a short corner. Sydney fought back Amy Harrison was unlucky not to find the net after going one-on-one with Mackenzie Arnold. The result leaves Glory as the league’s only unbeaten side, while Sydney remain second.



A brace from Perth Glory Youth striker Joe Knowles has opened their 2014-15, National Youth League campaign in style, coming from 2-0 down to beat the FFA Centre of Excellence 3-2 at Ashfield Sports Club on Saturday morning. The visitors had raced to two goal lead after only 17 minutes, before Knowles pulled one back on the stroke of half time. The former ECU Joondalup striker added a second six minutes into the second half, and the comeback was complete ten minutes from time when Borbor Sambindi scored.

“I thought we started slow but once we got going we looked really good,” Knowles said. “We had some great passages of play and kept the ball really well at times. We showed a great attitude and desire to win, coming back from 2-0 down so early. It was a great performance against a good AIS side. It was a well-deserved win and a great way to start the new season.”

The visitors were on top early and Daniel Arzani opened the scoring after only eight minutes, firing home from long-range, giving Jack Duncan no chance. It was 2-0 just after the quarter hour mark. Arzani was the provider this time, winning the ball on the edge of the penalty area, before picking out Charlie Devereux, who eased past his marker and fired low past Duncan. But four minutes from half time they were given a lifeline. Knowles pounced on some hesitate defending to nip in and roll the ball into the net past keeper Brandon Osipov.

It was a different Glory side that came out after the break, led well by skipper Jacob Collard, and they were level on 51 minutes. A poor clearance from Osipov fell straight to Knowles, and the striker, who scored six goals for the Perth Glory NPL side last season, fired home from the edge of the penalty area. The Glory was well on top and it wasn’t a surprise they hit the front on 84 minutes. It was a great team move, which saw them complete ten passes, finishing when Knowles picked out Sambindi, whose delight first touch took him clear of his marker, before firing low past Osipov, to give them all three points.



Perth Glory FC has urged its fans and supporters to get behind the team for tomorrow’s A-League encounter with reigning champions Brisbane Roar. The Perth-Brisbane rivalry has intensified following Glory’s heartbreaking loss to the Roar in the 2011/12 Grand Final and Irish import Andy Keogh can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about. “There’s a vibe amongst the boys that tells me this game is about more than just three points,” Keogh said. “Obviously there is history between the two clubs with the Grand Final loss in 2012, but we know that is in the past now. It still won’t stop some of the boys like Vuka (Daniel Vukovic) getting fired up I’m sure.”



Perth Glory will be looking to make it back-to-back victories to begin the 2014-15 Hyundai A-League season, when they take on reigning Champions Brisbane Roar at nib Stadium on Sunday (2pm WA Time). The Roar suffered a first up 2-1 defeat at home to Adelaide United in round one, while the Glory won over the ditch against Wellington Phoenix.

Glory new recruit Andy Keogh started life in the competition with a bang, scoring the opener in Wellington, and his partnership with both Mitch Nichols and Youssouf Hersi paid immediate dividends for Kenny Lowe’s side. Keeper Danny Vukovic was the star in the 2-1 win, making a number of fine saves, which must be a concern to Lowe, as the Phoenix managed to cut through the Glory backline on a number of occasions, and they will need to be on their toes as the Roar will be out to put the first round defeat behind them.

Brisbane head to the West without skipper Matt Mackay who was sent off for dissent last week, and his drive from the middle of the park will be sorely missed. New Albanian striker Mensur Kurtisi had a quite debut for the club last week, replaced midway through the second half and picking up a booking. But debutant keeper Jamie Young was in fine form, and like his Glory counterpart was their man of the match. Mike Mulvey will be looking for an improvement from the defence, after errors cost them dearly against Adelaide.

The midfield battle will go a long way to settle this one. Brisbane’s German midfielder Thomas Broich, Luke Brattan and former Glory midfielder Liam Miller will be vital if they are to leave with all three points, but Glory trio Richard Garcia, Rostyn Griffiths and Neboojsa Marinkovic, looked compact last week and will be relishing taking on the League Champions.

The last time the two sides met in Perth was in round 15 last season, when they fought out a 0-0 draw. Besart Berisha was sent off after only 30 minutes, but the Glory couldn’t make their numerical advantage count.



Perth Glory Youth John Gibson has stressed the importance of his team making a positive start to their new season. The Glory youngsters open the 2014/15 campaign at home to the Centre of Excellence, formerly the Australian Institute of Sport, on Saturday morning at Ashfield Reserve. “It’s vital to start with a good performance; it’s a nice boost and lifts the boys going into the remainder of the season,” Gibson said. “This is the elite of the elite and it’s going to be exciting and challenging to compete with the nation’s best youngsters week-in week-out.”

Gibson has run the rule of the best young talent Western Australia has to offer in assembling his squad for the summer. “We have held open trials over a two-month period. Players have been invited from Perth Glory’s NPL squad, from other WA-based NPL clubs and from interstate,” the coach explained. “We have signed eleven young players to NYL contracts this year and these include former Joeys captain Jack Iredale, promising 19-year old Mitch Oxborrow (ex-Newcastle Jets), Jordan Franken (ex-Ballarat Red Devils) and Todd Norris (ex-Brisbane Roar).

Gibson says this season’s team has improved with healthy competition for places, including a crop of new promising youngsters coming into the team. “The club wanted me to restructure the program and provide a clear pathway for our most talented players,” he said. “There has been a fair bit of a change that’s for sure. There’s new blood and new life in the team. The NPL and the NYL teams are an important pathway to Perth Glory. We need our youth teams to be strong and competitive - hopefully that will flow onto the club’s senior team.”

The new season Glory Youth squad features Nathan Costello (Armadale), Jordan Franken (Ballarat Red Devils), Todd Norris (Brisbane Roar), Mitch Oxborrow (Newcastle Jets), Ali Gholami (Stirling Lions), Gian Albano, Jacob Collard, Jack Iredale, Borbor Sambindi, Joe Knowles, Slobodan Vulin (Perth Glory NPL). Glory Youth kick-off the new season against the Centre of Excellence at Ashfield Reserve (10.30am) on Saturday.



The records have tumbled for Jamie Harnwell’s Perth Glory Women’s side this season and they will look to continue that when they host Sydney FC at Ashfield Sports Club on Saturday. Glory’s best ever start to a Westfield W-League season has taken them to the top of the table, but Sydney, just two points behind, are breathing down their neck.

The Coach has called on fan groups to lend their voices to the cause as his side go in search of a sixth successive victory for the first time in the club’s history. "There are a lot if expectations being placed on the players but as I have maintained our aim is a top 4 finish. Sydney will give us another test of where we are at and given the attacking nature if both sides it should be a great encounter."

Midfielder Elisa D’Ovidio is looking forward to the big game. “This week’s top of the table clash against Sydney will be a very exciting but a huge challenging game for both teams,” she said. “We are hoping to continue our winning streak making it 6 wins in a row and holding our position on the table at the top of the ladder. However Sydney have always been a tough side with some quality players so we will definitely not be taking the game lightly.”

Fans can expect plenty of action with striker Kate Gill looking to add to her 10 goals in five matches and Glory averaging four goals per game so far. There will be added incentive for Matildas Samantha Kerr and Caitlin Foord, who will take on their former club for the first time. Show your Glory Hyundai A-League membership for free entry. The match kicks off at 3pm.



Nikita Rukavytsya says Western Sydney Wanderers huge ambition and the quality of coaching staff were the reasons he chose the club to help re-launch his career. The 27-year-old striker touched down in Sydney yesterday after joining the Wanderers on a one-year deal from German club Mainz FC. Originally from Perth and starting his career at the Glory, Kenny Lowe’s side were thought to be favourite to snare Rukavytsya’s signature but he opted to link up with Tony Popovic on the east coast.

“It’s a great club," Rukavytsya said on his move to Sydney. "I’ve followed the league for the last couple of years and the team's been doing great and obviously now they are in the final of the Asian Champions League and its very good for Australian sport. They are a very ambitious club and have a good coach. It’s very good for me to keep improving my game and improve as a player. I make choices on what’s best for my career.”

Rukavytsya admitted his first preference was to remain in Europe but believes Western Sydney is the perfect place to show potential suitors he still has something to offer abroad. “I still want to go back to Europe - that's my plan," he said. "I’m pretty young and coming back to Australia wasn’t on my radar. At the moment I haven’t been playing regular football for some time so I just want to get that playing feeling again and I think it’s a great club to do that.”

Despite not figuring at all in the Bundesliga this season, Rukavytsya says he’s in “good shape” and hopes to be in the squad for Saturday night’s near-sold out Sydney derby at Allianz Stadium. “It’s a big game and I always want to be involved in these games,” Rukavytsya said of playing against Sydney FC. “That’s why I play football to play as much as possible. I heard (the derby) is pretty big and a lot of people are coming, about 40,000 come to the games and obviously it’s a Sydney derby so it must be big.”



Jamie Maclaren's match-winning strike in last week's A-League season opener is unlikely to earn him promotion to a starting role for Perth Glory against champions Brisbane Roar this weekend. Maclaren was used off the bench as a replacement for Richard Garcia in the final ten minutes away to Wellington Phoenix and made the most of his opportunity, firing a stunning left-foot shot into the top corner to seal all three points for Glory.

Coach Kenny Lowe indicated he would use high-profile off- season recruits Andy Keogh and Youssouf Hersi up front against Brisbane, but had taken notice of Maclaren's performance. "I'm pleased for young Maclaren, it was a great finish. He's a young boy, he's still learning his trade," Lowe said. "He's got a good pedigree, he's played at youth international level and he's had time in Europe. We'll probably start with Hersi and Andy again, but if he (Maclaren) scores every week it might give me a problem. There's a driver for him."

Brisbane enter Sunday's game without Matt McKay, who was banned for two matches for his expletive-laden outburst at referee Ben Williams last week. Young Socceroos trio Daniel De Silva, Riley Woodcock and Jordan Thurtell will re-join Glory this week but are unlikely to play against Brisbane. Glory are still on the lookout for one more player after missing out on striker Nikita Rukavytsya, who joined Western Sydney Wanderers this week.



WA has produced some talented players in recent years, and Perth Glory midfielder Brandon O’Neill is keeping the tradition alive. The 20-year-old has come up through the ranks of WA football with ECU Joondalup, NTC and Glory Youth, and his journey to a professional football player has been a dream comes true for a boyhood fan of the club. “It means everything; I’ve grown up supporting them since I was a young boy,” he said. “I love the club and it’s a team I want to help bring success to.”

Following a season riddled with controversy for the club last term, manager Kenny Lowe has brought the feel-good factor back, and O’Neill, who worked with Lowe in the NTC programme, is hoping to press for a starting role in weeks to come. “It’s always good playing with Kenny. There is good banter with him and I’ve known him and Andy Ord, the assistant, for years now and every training session is a good laugh,” O’Neill said.

O’Neill said the coaches had struck a great balance between the enjoyment and professional side of football, and he has improved as a player and his versatility a huge plus for the club, after slipping back to a centre half role in some games last season. “We have a great mix of banter, but when we train it’s always game on, and we work very hard,” he said.

After a hard fought 2-1 victory against Wellington Phoenix last weekend, O’Neill said mixing in a distinct local flavour in the squad was providing renewed hope for the team. “I think Perth has always pride themselves on that,” he said. ““We’ve always produced good young talent even from the early age. Glory has tried to keep good WA talent here and I think for future years it’s a good thing to keep doing that.”

O’Neill is a product of the well-renowned ECU Joondalup set-up, which has produced players like Australian international and former Middlesbrough captain Rhys Williams, and Chris Herd at Aston Villa. He said the local club played a pivotal role in his transition from semi-professional to professional football. “The way ECU went about their business especially with me was unreal,” he said. “Going from playing first team at 15 for ECU then going to NTC, then the youth league and obviously now Glory, they made that transition really good for me.”



The Young Socceroos were good enough to qualify for the quarter-finals of the AFC Under-19 Championships according to Fulham defender Cameron Burgess. Australia were unbeaten from three Group B games but failed to advance to the last eight – and, more importantly, failed to qualify for next year’s Under-20 World Cup – due to being edged out on goal difference by the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan, both who finished level with Australia on five points.

Burgess is adamant the team deserved to go further in the tournament. “We are disappointed we didn’t qualify from the group as we feel our performances deserved that, and we are talented enough to be in the quarter-finals for sure,” Burgess said. “All the lads dug in throughout the tournament. They’re a great bunch of guys and each and every one of them will go far in the game. We’re gutted not to get the result we needed in the end and it is hard to swallow, but we showed that we can play good football.”

Australia scored first against Uzbekistan and the UAE by conceded late goals in both games to scrape out a 1-1 draw. Burgess, one of a handful of overseas-based players in coach Paul Okon’s squad, feels luck wasn’t on the Young Socceroos side. “We just needed that little bit of luck tonight and also against the UAE and that would have seen us cruise the group,” he said following the game with Uzbekistan. It is only the third time since 1981 that Australia has not qualified for the Under-20 World Cup.



Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe has vowed to keep his side's attacking mojo flowing in Sunday's home clash with Brisbane Roar. Glory made a perfect start to the season with a 2-1 win at Wellington Phoenix, with strikers Andy Keogh and Jamie Maclaren bagging goals. Gaining three points away from home was a huge confidence booster, but the fact Glory were able to find the back of the net twice was arguably even more important for a team that scored a league-low 28 goals last season.

Brisbane will enter Sunday's game on the back of a shock 2-1 home defeat to Adelaide, and Lowe warned the defending premiers to expect another tough battle. "We had the most shots out of any A-League team on the weekend. They say fortune favours the brave, and we went for it," Lowe said. "It's our first home game now. We want to send the message out there that this is what you can expect every week … Whether we're home or away, we're not going to change this year - we are going to try to win football matches."

Although Brisbane failed to fire in the opening round and will be missing Matt McKay (suspension) this weekend, Lowe said he was wary of the talent-laden outfit. "They're the benchmark. Let's see where we stand at the end of the game," Lowe said. "Fingers crossed we get a result and we catch them on a bad day." Winger Sidnei (calf) looks likely to remain sidelined for a further two weeks, while Lowe will look to ease star youngster Danny de Silva back into the fold after his return from Young Socceroos duties.



Australia have suffered their first ever loss to Qatar, going down 1-0 to the gulf nation on a steamy night in Doha. It completed a disappointing Middle East swing for the Socceroos, who were held to a scoreless draw with the United Arab Emirates last week. Despite the results coach Ange Postecoglou saw positives in both games, which he said are about challenging his squad and blooding new players. "I'm making these decisions and I'm making them for a reason and that's probably costing us in terms of performance and in terms of fluency," Postecoglou said. "But it is what it is and I take responsibility because I'm making these decisions."

The Socceroos dominated for large periods of the game but lacked a killer punch in attack. James Troisi drove too close to goalkeeper Qassem Burhan, who also kept out Robbie Kruse’s shot. But the only goal of the game arrived at the other end of the park, Chris Herd’s pass across the face of goal leading to a scrappy exchange on the end of which Khalfan Ibrahim swept into the net with 61 minutes gone. Substitute Brad Smith had the best chance to equalise in the dying minutes but scuffed his close-range shot. West Australian youngster Herd was replaced after 63 minutes.


BANKS ENDS HIS CAREER ON A HIGH (courtesy of ECU Joondalup)

ECU Joondalup keeper Andy Banks ended the season on a high, taking out the 2014 Football West NPL WA First Team Goalkeeper of the Year at the Gold Medal Night at the Crown Ballroom on Saturday night.

It was a perfect end to the 38-year-old playing career after announcing his retirement from the game at the end of the season. Banks joined ECU after playing in the UK with Preston North End, Bury FC, Morecambe, Lancaster City, Fleetwood Town and Bamber Bridge FC, but bowed out of the game on a high. “It was a real surprise to win the Goalkeeper of the Year award, and to win in my last season in the NPL-WA is really special, and humbling,” Banks said.

“I’ve managed to stay injury free this season, well on a Saturday I was, but training was a different matter. It’s why I’ve decided to hang up the gloves and concentrate on coaching. “But I’d like to thank everyone at the club for their support over the years, and I’m delighted to have ended my playing days on such a high note.”

It was a great night for the club at the end of season awards with skipper Jon Higgins’ season also being recognised, finishing only three votes behind the eventual Gold Medal winner Clark Keltie, and one behind second placed Ludovic Boi on the night. ECU coach Dale McCulloch was proud of the players and their contributions to the club over a number of years. “It is a great reward for Andy, who has been a real stalwart to the club, and his overall form in 2014 was outstanding and his award was really deserved,” he said.

“Higgy has also been a long time servant of our club, and he had a great season for us. His leadership on the pitch, and guidance of our younger lads in the team was second to none, and to go so close to taking out the Gold Medal was a great achievement.”

McCulloch also added if Higgins had won the car it would have been interesting. “We were talking on the night to the rest of the players and said it’s a good job he didn’t win the car, as it would have gone into the players’ pool for the end of season trip,” he joked.



Former Perth Glory, Chelsea and Arsenal captain and defender William Gallas has announced his retirement from football. The 37-year-old made the announcement on French television yesterday, saying: "It is not an easy thing to announce. You always tell yourself that you can keep going, but, I think today I cannot go on any longer."

Gallas played for Caen and Marseille before joining Chelsea for £6.2 million in 2001. He then spent five years there before moving to Arsenal as part of the deal that saw Ashley Cole move the other way. He was made Arsenal's club captain in 2007 and left three years later for a three-year stint at Tottenham before joining Australian club Perth Glory as their marquee player for a final season last year, which was cut short due to injury.

He made over 150 appearances for Chelsea and over 100 for Arsenal. At Chelsea he won the Premier League title twice, as well as the League Cup and Community Shield in 2005. Gallas debuted for his national team in a Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovenia and was in the team that lost the 2006 World Cup final to Italy on penalties. After 84 caps and five goals he retired from international duty last year.



Fringe Socceroo Nikita Rukavytsya will play the coming summer with Western Sydney Wanderers after agreeing terms on a one-year deal with the A-League club. Rukavytsya, who played on loan with FSV Frankfurt from Bundesliga club Mainz 05 last season, is expected to join his new teammates for training on Wednesday and may make his Western Sydney debut as soon as this weekend’s derby clash with Sydney FC. The versatile attacker adds depth and quality to Western Sydney’s attacking third where he’ll compete with Tomi Juric, Brendan Santalab and Labinot Haliti for a starting spot.

Western Sydney chief executive John Tsatsimas was thrilled with the capture of the 27-year-old, saying Rukavytsya will be an exciting inclusion to Tony Popovic's squad. "This is a class acquisition for the club" Tsatsimas said. "Nikita will give us options across our frontline, has a strong pedigree and is familiar with the A-League. We are at the beginning of a hectic season schedule and it is important that we add to the depth of our squad. The fact that he is an Australian player is a bonus in our view and can only be good for the Wanderers and the Australian game.”



Teeboy Kamara’s efforts in the final third of the park have been recognised with the National Premier League’s inaugural Dylan Tombides Young Player of the Year award. Liberia-born Kamara, 18, joined Inglewood United early in the home and away series and in next to no time was the team’s focal point in attack, scoring six goals in 15 league appearances while creating numerous opportunities for those around him.

“It was quite surprising to win the Young Player of the Year, especially as I missed almost half the season,” said Kamara of his return to competitive to football from a two-year absence. “I wasn’t at my best for most of this season, I was a bit nervous to be playing again. With my first season over I feel I’ll be more relaxed next year, and with a complete full pre-season I’m looking forward to having a better year in 2015.”

“Thanks so much to everyone at Inglewood for their support in getting me back on the pitch again, it really meant a lot,” Kamara added. The Dylan Tombides Young Player of the Year is awarded to the NPL’s best first team player under the age of 20. Tombides, who played for Perth SC and Stirling Lions in his youth and had broken into the West Ham United first team, passed away in April from cancer.



Promising defender Trent Sainsbury is firming for an Asian Cup call-up as he makes the most of his opportunities with the Socceroos. Central defence is the most hotly-contested position in Ange Postecoglou squad ahead of January's tournament in Australia and Sainsbury appears to be giving himself an edge on some of his rivals. The 22-year old was one of the Socceroos' best in last week's scoreless draw with the United Arab Emirates, helping to keep the nation's first clean sheet in almost a year.

Sainsbury's performance in Abu Dhabi came not on the heel of an impressive debut against Belgium last month and the PEC Zwolle defender is growing in confidence at international level. "This was my second match now so I was a bit more relaxed and calm on the ball," said Sainsbury, who started out with Armadale. "I'm just trying to assert myself in the group and it was another good experience for me but I've just got to keep preparing myself like every game could be my last."

Sainsbury moved to Europe from A-League side Central Coast Mariners in January and has enjoyed linking up with his former teammates Wilkinson and goalkeeper Mat Ryan in the national team. "We've got a good triangle at the back there and a good understanding with each other," Sainsbury said. "I've just got to keep doing the right thing for myself and try and keep clean sheets for the boys. At the end of the day if my performances warrant another call-up, that's great, but if it doesn't I know I've got to work on things."



Perth Glory rediscovered their goal-scoring mojo with a composed 2-1 win over Wellington Phoenix in their A-League season opener at Westpac Stadium in New Zealand. A steering header by Andy Keogh in the 32nd minute and a rifling shot into the top left hand corner by super-sub Jamie Maclaren with four minutes remaining got Glory’s 2014/15 campaign to the best possible start. “It’s always hard coming here to Wellington, it’s a long road trip but we are very excited and proud to walk away with three points” Glory’s Scott Jamieson said. “But let’s not forget it’s only a win in the first match, not the title.”

The first half was evenly poised in terms of possession but it was Wellington that should have gone into the break ahead with new signing Roly Bonevacia going close to getting on the score sheet. Just before the half hour Nathan Burns found himself one-on-one with Danny Vukovic, whose desperate lunge turned the ball wide. Three minutes later Glory’s Mitch Nichols clipped the ball to the top of the 6-yard box where Keogh got between two defenders and placed his glancing header beyond goalkeeper Glen Moss.

Wellington pressed relentlessly for an equaliser after the break and on 73 minutes it finally arrived, Burns cutting the ball back to Michael McGlinchey who had the simple task of tapping in. Both teams immediately set about crafting the deciding goal. Nichols called Moss into action in the 84th minute with a stinging half-volley. Two minutes later substitute Maclaren, who after receiving the ball from Youssouf Hersi in the middle of the park, drove forward and blasted into the roof of the net.



Perth Soccer Club skipper Clark Keltie wrapped up a fantastic 2014 National Premier League WA season by taking out the coveted McInerney Ford Gold Medal as the fairest and best at last night’s awards ceremony at the Crown Perth Grand Ballroom.

It was another huge night with over 900 people attending, and Keltie held off Floreat Athena midfielder Ludovic Boi and ECU Joondalup skipper Jon Higgins to take of the most prestigious award in the state. “Obviously it's nice to be recognised individually but without the other ten players around me it wouldn't be possible,” Keltie said. “I think all who were there to see it tonight, could appreciate how much of a close knit group the Perth SC club are. I’m overwhelmed and it’s a very proud moment for me, and now we’re looking forward to next season.”

Perth Coach Taki Nicolaidis was thrilled his skipper took out the major player award in the state. “Clark has been outstanding this year for us and a deserved winner of the Gold Medal,” he said. “He is well respected by his team mate and his professionalism and leadership has been integral to our success this season.”



Perth SC defender Clark Keltie is the owner of a new Ford Fiesta and the coveted Gold Medal after a sensational National Premier Leagues season. Keltie was awarded the Gold Medal as Western Australia’s footballer of the year at last night’s season finale at Crown Perth’s Grand Ballroom in front of more than 900 guests. The Perth defender secured 25 votes in his 19 appearances, including five man-of-the-match performances, to edge out Floreat Athena’s Ludo Boi by just one vote for the prestigious award. Keltie joins previous winners Gavin Knight (2013), Jack Clisby (2012), Steve Burton (2011), Marc Anthony (2010), David Micevski (2009) and Antonio Naglieri (2008) to receive the keys to a new car courtesy of McInerney Ford.

Keltie, 31, led by example at the heart of the Perth defence as they pushed Bayswater City all the way in the race for grand final success. In a team with an average age around 24, Keltie provided experience and leadership as a revitalised Perth finished second on the table. Boi played in all but one of Floreat’s 22 games, picking up maximum votes on four occasions and featuring prominently in many other games to fall just short of taking out the main prize. ECU Joondalup captain Jon Higgins had an outstanding season, picking up 22 votes to finish third, while Bayswater City’s David Heagney (21 votes) and Sorrento’s Reece Vittiglia (20 votes) rounded out the top five.

Inglewood United striker Teeboy Kamara was the inaugural winner of the Dylan Tombides Young Player of the Year Award, which is given to the best first team player under the age of 20. The Coach of the Year went home with Chris Coyne (Bayswater City) as expected, while Andy Banks (ECU Joondalup) picked up the Goalkeeper of the Year and David Micevski (Stirling Lions) the Golden Boot. Armadale’s Mitch Castrilli was awarded the Goal of the Season. The Under-20 Player of the Year was taken out by Stefan Valentini (Balcatta) with Robert Petkov (Stirling Lions) collecting the Golden Boot. Adam Carlino (Perth) scooped both the Under-18 Player of the Year and Golden Boot.

There was double delight also for Morley Windmills attacker Kyle King who received the Division One Player of the Year and Golden Boot. Shamrock Rovers boss John O’Reilly was presented the Coach of the Year. Adam Buckley (Joondalup United) scored the Division Two Player of the Year and Golden Boot with the Coach of the Year going home with Daniel Smith (Joondalup United). Match officials were recognised with Adam Fielding (Golden Whistle), Josh Mannella (Assistant Referee of the Year) and Arvin Shanmuganathan (Referee Encouragement Award) the winners. Anna Caratozzolo (Bayswater City) took out the Volunteer of the Year and Brad Forbes (Subiaco AFC) the David Schrandt Administrator of the Year.

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A double from Kate Gill has extended Perth Glory Women’s winning run to five games courtesy of a 3-0 triumph over Canberra United at Ashfield Sports Club. Shelina Zadorsky opened the hosts account early with Gill netting twice in the second half, but Glory were equally as indebted to goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold who made a string of fine saves to thwart the Canberra attack. “We knew it was going to be a challenge coming out against Canberra United but we all pulled together well and we’re really glad to get our first clean sheet and a win,” Arnold said.

Arnold’s heroics started after just 4 minutes when she denied Ashleigh Sykes and over the next forty minutes she also kept out shots by Nicole Begg and Lori Lindsey. But while Canberra enjoyed the better share of possession and chances during the early exchanges, Glory were more clinical in front of goal. Zadorsky broke the deadlock after 14 minutes by heading in at close-range after ‘keeper Chantel Jones failed to hold on to Bronwyn Studman’s effort. Canberra did get the ball in the net after 23 minutes but Michelle Heyman’s effort was disallowed for offside.

Matildas attacker Caitlin Foord was first to threaten in the second half but her 52nd minute shot hit the side netting, much to the relief of the Canberra ‘keeper. Two minutes later Glory breathed a sigh of relief when Heyman’s shot from a tight angle clipped the outside of a post. Samantha Kerr was brought down by Jones soon after prompting the referee to point to the penalty spot from where Gill increased Glory’s advantage. With seven minutes to go Gill took her season tally to ten goals by lashing in after Jones had saved her initial header.



Australia have been held to a dour 0-0 draw by the United Arab Emirates at a hot and humid Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium. In a game of few clear cut chances, the Socceroos struggled to mount any serious pressure in the attacking third but coach Ange Postecoglou will surely be pleased by an improved defensive showing. The central defensive partnering of Alex Wilkinson and Trent Sainsbury performed well, ensuring the Socceroos managed their first clean sheet in nine matches.

Mathew Leckie fashioned the first chance inside two minutes by out-pacing Mohamed Ahmad only to place wide of the mark. It wasn’t until 25 minutes in that the hosts threatened, Ali Ahmed Mabkhout beating the offside trap and dinking the ball over goalkeeper Mat Ryan but Wilkinson was on the line to head to safety. Australia would have taken a lead to the break but Mark Milligan’s glancing header to Jedinak’s free-kick was just past of the post.

Leckie managed to test Ali Khaseif early in the second half after being freed up on the edge of the box by some nice build-up play from Milligan and Massimo Luongo. Just after the hour Milligan piked out Leckie’s incisive run in behind the defence but his first-time shot was well saved by Khaseif. Tim Cahill put a late trademark header off-target before Sainsbury squandered a gilt-edged close-range chance at the death. West Australian Sainsbury played the full 90 minutes.



Perth Glory Women will look to make more history by continuing their winning start to the season when they take on Canberra United at Ashfield Sports Club tomorrow. The Glory girls have made their best ever start to a W-League campaign with a 100% record from four games, however, they are yet to beat Canberra in seven seasons. The two sides have met ten times with Glory on the receiving end of seven defeats with only three draws to show for their efforts. But this season’s strengthened squad hopes to end that trend and take three points for the first time against a Canberra outfit sitting third on the table.

Although Kate Gill achieved a personal milestone last weekend when she became the first player to score five goals in a W-League match, the striker is more concerned with continuing the team’s excellent start than individual achievements. “Canberra are a top-four side and it’s going to be a real test for us,” Gill said, of facing a team featuring the W-League’s all-time leading scorer Michelle Heyman. “Although we won quite convincingly against the Wanderers, there are areas we need to work on. We were disappointed to concede a goal last weekend. It’s important we don’t lack focus as that could cost us the game against teams like Canberra.”

Gill, who has scored eight goals this season to take her W-League tally to 37, is hot on the heels of Heyman’s 45 career goals. The Australian international opened her tally with both goals in a gritty 2-1 win over Brisbane Roar in round one and was on target in a 3-1 victory against Adelaide United. Glory have plenty of attacking options alongside Gill with Samantha Kerr and Caitlin Foord both scoring twice against Western Sydney in their 50th W-League appearances. Coach Jamie Harnwell has been able to field a settled side in the opening rounds but will consider bringing into the mix Wales international Carys Hawkins this weekend.



Perth Glory opens their 10th A-League season with optimism, both on and off the pitch. The internal problems that the club had to deal with last season has been resolved and Coach Kenny Lowe has brought in some quality signings, and their long suffering supporters will be looking for an improvement from last season’s eight place finish.

They open the season with a trip to Wellington to take on the Phoenix at the Westpac Stadium on Sunday (12 noon WA time). They don’t have a good record over the ditch, but new signing Youssouf Hersi knows they need to get a good start to the campaign. "We have to start well, and we know how vital this game is ... it's all we’re talking about the club," Hersi said. “It's great to win at home, of course, but the big problem for this club has been away and we have to put that right. Otherwise there is little chance of success.”

Glory collected only six points outside WA last season - with just a single win and Hersi knows that has to change. “The last couple of years we have struggled all over the country, it has been a big issue and we can't afford to let it continue,” he said. “We have to find a way to win games away from home at places like Wellington. We are all hungry and we know we have a lot to prove."

New signings Hersi, Andy Keogh, Richard Garcia, Dino Djulbic and Mitch Nichols are in the squad, but Ruben Zadkovich, who has missed most of the pre-season due to injury, will likely miss out. The club will also be without Brazilian winger Sidnei Scoila, who tore a calf in training.

The depth of the 2015 squad is deeper and that is something they lacked last season, when injuries took their toll. But are they strong enough to challenge for the title that is the big question. Club owner Tony Sage has put his faith in Lowe, but there are still concerns from certain quarters he isn’t the man for the job. He brought a new belief to the club last season, after the departure of Alistair Edwards and he won the support of the player group, if not some of the Glory supporters, but he will be hoping for a good start if the vultures are not to circle.

Lowe has had the backing of the clubs hierarchy, but the ball is defiantly now in his court. He has been successful in the junior ranks in WA football, heading the NTC programme in the state, he will now look to turn the Glory’s fortunes around, and with the squad he has at his disposal, a spot in the finals this season is a must.



A new era has begun for Western Australian football with the announcement of Michael Thwaite as captain of Perth Glory. The 31-year old Brisbane-born defender was unveiled as the team’s new leader at a packed season launch at Perth Oval this morning. “I am deeply humbled and proud to be given such a privilege” Thwaite said. “It’s a tremendous honour to be named captain of Perth Glory and I will do my best to lead by example and help inspire my team mates and ensure the team is taken to unchartered territory in season ten of the A-League.”

Glory coach Kenny Lowe said there were a number of contenders for the captaincy but at the end of the day he felt Thwaite would bring in the experience and leadership required in this season’s new look team, which boast seven new players. “This is Michael’s third season at the club, he’s played overseas and being a young father, he’s got the skills to get through to players in the heat of battle and inspire them to pick up their game,” Lowe said. Thwaite, capped thirteen times by Australia, won the Most Glorious Player award in the 2013/14 and was part of the A-League All-Stars team which faced Italian giants Juventus in August.



When former Socceroo Richard Garcia lines up for Perth Glory this Sunday, it will be an event 18 years in the making. Garcia was just 15 years old when he left his hometown of Perth to join English club West Ham United. The talented winger spent the next fifteen years in England playing for the Hammers, Colchester United and Hull City before returning to Australia to feature for Melbourne Heart and Sydney FC.

Perth Glory wasn't in existence when Garcia first left Perth, but he has kept a close eye on the club through their glory days in the National Soccer League to the tougher times in the A-League. The 33-year old always hoped that one day he would be able to pull on a Glory shirt, and that time has now come after he inked a two-year deal at the end of last season. Garcia is set to feature in Sunday's season opener against Wellington Phoenix, and hopes he can help Glory taste success in the near future after they only narrowly avoided the wooden spoon last season.

"I left Perth as a kid before Glory came about. But once Glory were formed, I always thought I want to play for my home-town team," Garcia said. "And they were killing it back then in the NSL. I used to come back from England and think 'wow, this is great'. My brother (Michael Garcia) played there as well. So for me it's almost like a dream come true coming home to play. I'm happy to be back in Perth. My wife's from Perth as well, so the extended family is happy too."

Garcia joins Irish striker Andy Keogh, Youssouf Hersi, Mitch Nichols, Ruben Zadkovich, Diogo Ferreira and Dino Djulbic as new arrivals at the club. Although Perth will boast a strong squad on paper, Garcia warned that it may take the new-look side some time to gel. "It's going to take us a while to really hit our stride," Garcia said. "Hopefully we can start this weekend at Wellington and get a good result, and progress slowly from there. We want to be playing in the finals."



Perth Glory expect to know by the end of the week whether their bid to lure fringe Socceroos striker Nikita Rukavytsya back to Western Australia has been successful. Chief executive Jason Brewer has maintained throughout the pre-season the club would not use either of its two vacant marquee spots this season. He said the existing roster, including Republic of Ireland international Andy Keogh and seven other new recruits, had been signed under the $2.55 million salary cap. But the possibility of signing Rukavytsya, 27, to partner Keogh up front has changed the club's stance on the eve of the season.

Glory went close to signing Rukavytsya on loan last season and has put a new offer to the striker, however, they face opposition for his signature from Asian Champions League finalists Western Sydney Wanderers. "He's a favourite son of the club and he's got a great relationship with everyone at the club," Brewer said. "We have been talking to both him and his agent about getting him over here for this season and beyond this season. We've been putting in various offers to him and we are aware that he's been talking to another club over east. He would be a fantastic addition to the club."

Ukranian-born Rukavytsya initially played with Inglewood United and Perth SC before breaking into Glory's first team, scoring 16 goals in 42 appearances. The lightning-fast forward joined Dutch side FC Twente in 2009 and has since moved to Hertha Berlin, Mainz and FSV Frankfurt. Brewer felt a move home could help Rukavytsya push his case for a Socceroos call-up for next year's Asian Cup. "He's keen to come back to Australia because he still believes he can break back into the Socceroos," Brewer said. "We're obviously doing our utmost to try and see how it can work and we'll continue to do that."



Perth Glory are aiming for a home final this season after an aggressive off-season recruiting drive that has the club well placed to return to the top six. Glory finished eighth last year, just two points clear of bottom side Melbourne Heart, scoring a league-low 28 goals and picking up just four points away from home. Former caretaker coach Kenny Lowe was given the permanent role in April and immediately set about rejuvenating the team. Proven A-League players Mitch Nichols, Youssouf Hersi, Ruben Zadkovic, Richard Garcia, Dino Djulbic and Diogo Ferreira all joined Glory along with Republic of Ireland international Andy Keogh and young goalkeeper Jordan Thurtell.

Griffiths, who has overcome knee injury and is eager to play the season opener away to Wellington Phoenix on Sunday, said the players had set the bar high and were aiming for a top-four spot. "Finals for this team is minimum," Griffiths said. "We’ve got a good enough squad that you could practically go out and just play and hopefully be good enough to make the finals. But amongst ourselves we want to be pushing for that home final. We want to be up there at the top of the (ladder) because, like I say, with the squad we’ve got we should be strong enough to do that."

Griffiths said the biggest changes from the end of last season were certainty over Lowe’s role as coach and greater depth in the playing squad. He also pointed to the better support being afforded to the players off the field after the football department underwent a revamp over the off-season. "The club has been doing the right things in the background," Griffiths said. "We've brought in different people to do different roles and just give us that extra support that possibly we didn't have in seasons past. Everything's just been run a little bit more professionally this season. As a player you just want that 'no excuse' environment and that’s something that we've had so far"

Griffiths missed a large chunk of the pre-season but has played Glory's last two games - the FFA Cup win over St Albans and a friendly match against Melbourne City - and is nearing full fitness. He is ready to put his hand up to play against Wellington if called upon this week. "I'm probably about 85 per cent of where I want to be," Griffiths said. "I've got a little bit more to go and will probably get that from games. It was just a little bit of a knee issue that I had cleared up in the off-season. It was nothing too serious, I didn’t really need to do it, but it was something that they thought for the long term of my career would benefit me."



The bookies have all but written them off, but Perth Glory believe they can buck the odds by winning this season's A-League title. Glory only narrowly avoided the wooden spoon last season in a campaign marred by infighting and a player-led revolt that resulted in the mid-term sacking of coach Alistair Edwards. Although tensions have since eased under new coach Kenny Lowe, the West Australian club are again tipped to struggle despite an impressive recruiting campaign that has netted proven performers Andy Keogh, Youssouf Hersi, Mitch Nichols, Richard Garcia, Ruben Zadkovich, Diogo Ferreira and Dino Djulbic.

Scott Jamieson is also back on board after missing most of last season with a torn Achilles tendon, and the defender says his team should not be written off. "We look at our squad on paper, and it's as good as anyone in the league," he said. "We have to gel together, we have to be together as one and look to win this year … I don't want to finish my career with one Grand Final loss with Adelaide United. I'm at this club to win things, and that's what it should be about."

Jamieson was in career-best form and on track to earn a dream World Cup call-up before rupturing his Achilles tendon last November. The speedy left back has since made a successful return during the Glory's pre-season and FFA Cup campaigns, and – perhaps not surprisingly – Jamieson is looking to this weekend’s long trek to Wellington Phoenix for the opening game of the new campaign. "I can honestly say I was never really a fan of a Wellington trip prior to this injury, but I'll probably be the first one on the plane this time because I'm dying for it," he said.



Fulham centre back Cameron Burgess says the professionalism and the camaraderie within the Australian camp helped swing him to choose playing for the green and gold over Scotland. Aberdeen-born Burgess, who moved to Australia at the age of 11, has played for Scotland at youth level in the past and was involved in a Young Socceroo camp in Dubai earlier this year. Burgess’ family have deep roots in Scottish football, his father Stuart played professionally for Falkirk and Kilmarnock while his grandfather, Campbell Forsyth, accrued four international caps for Scotland and wore the club colours of St Mirren, Kilmarnock and Southampton.

Given those connections, Burgess admits it wasn’t an easy decision to choose Australia over Scotland. “It was a hard decision for me and I had a lot of help from my family but whatever I chose they would support me,” he said. “And at the end of the day, it was ultimately my decision. I went away with the Aussie squad at the back end of last season and it was a great experience. The squad was full of great lads and everything is done professionally. This is a perfect environment to play football.”

Burgess, who was a junior with Celtic, Aberdeen and ECU Joondalup, has made four first team appearances for Fulham this season. The Cottagers have struggled, with manager Felix Magath sacked, but the 18-year old believes the tide is turning for the west London club. “The team is taking lots of positive steps and we are in a good place now,” Burgess said. “We had a tough start to the season but we know that positive results will come and that will kick start our season.

Burgess is currently in Myanmar with the Young Socceroos for the AFC Under-19 Championship, where the four semi-finalists qualify for next year’s Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand. “I’m happy to get a call-up and yeah excited to get the tournament started,” said Burgess, one of only three overseas-based players were chosen in the 23-man squad. “I don’t know too much about the kinds of opposition we will be playing apart from a little about their style of play. But we have a good chance at going far in the tournament provided we are on our A game.”



Goalkeeper Lewis Italiano has set his sights on an A-League debut after committing to Wellington Phoenix through to the end of the 2015/16 season. Italiano, who made his first team debut for Inglewood United as a teenager, put an injury-riddled first season with Wellington behind him last week by signing a new one-year contract with the New Zealand club.

The door for Italiano to come into A-League reckoning will open when regular goalkeeper Glen Moss travels with the New Zealand national team during the coming season. “I have to make sure I am fit and ready to play well when Mossy is away,” he said. “I will be working hard to put pressure on him because that will bring out the best in both of us."

Italiano had hoped to make his A-League debut last season but was denied that chance by injury. “It was really frustrating," said Italiano, who joined Wellington from Victorian side Oakleigh Cannons. “I’d had a good season at Oakleigh and got the injury five minutes from the end of my last game. When I got over the ankle injury I damaged the tendons in my wrist and that basically finished my season.”

Coach Ernie Merrick made Italiano one of his first signings upon taking the reins last June, and the Wellington boss every confidence the shot-stopper has what it takes to make the grade. “We wouldn’t re-sign him if we didn’t think very highly of him,” Merrick said. “He’s been playing and training really well, he’s only 23 years old and we see him having a future here.”

Italiano got his first taste of senior football when he came on as a late substitute in July’s 2-1 friendly win over English club West Ham United. His night was made complete by a superb diving save which maintained his teams slender lead, and which will be remembered by Wellington fans for many a day. Now he hopes he will get more chances to show them what he can do week in week out.



ECU Joondalup will go into next season with a great deal of optimism and first team Coach Dale McCulloch has finalised his coaching line up for 2015. He will again be assisted by Craig Stephenson as his team manager, but Mark Windeatt and Danny Stevens have been rewarded for their efforts over the last two years with the under 18’s by taking the Under 20’s coaches role.

“Mark and Danny did a superb job with our youngsters last season, and their expertise and enthusiasm will help in the under 20’s,” said McCulloch. “Mark and Danny will step up and help me identify the young talent we have available, and his input will be great.”

Ex first team coach Steve (Syd) Amphlett has returned to the senior set up by accepting the newly formed U16/U18 Development squad. He will head a group of coaches looking to develop the younger age groups, alongside the likes of experienced coach Willie Herd who takes the U14 and U15 NPL teams. Amphlett is delighted to accept the role and expressed his desire to continue the good work done by his predecessors. “The club wants to take a slightly different direction and we plan to reduce the average age in the U18 team as we believe this is the age group that will be identified for overseas trials,” he said.

“We are now aware of a serious flood of players joining the Perth Glory/NTC set up, but we want ECU to concentrate on what they are good at, which is developing the younger players who want to go overseas or push for a spot in the NPL first team.” If past history is to go by, ECU will continue to find and develop these players and recent additions the Professional ranks include Jordan Lydon at Aston Villa and Cameron Burgess at Fulham FC.

McCulloch has also introduced his own footballing philosophy into the club culture and the signs were there last season when seven ex-Academy players made their first team debut, and he said the experienced players at the club are vital for the development of his players on match days. “The likes of ex professional Footballers like Charlie Comyn–Platt, Carl Rodgers, Tommy Amphlett and John Higgins, will only help the younger players coming through,” he said. “Our club is all about development and I want all the coaches to express my own feelings, and continue to demand the development of our own players, which will only benefit the club in the future.”



Forrestfield United Soccer Club is taking its role as a leading regional sporting organisation seriously by providing a pathway for most talented football players within their region. On the back of a very successful season at semi-professional level, Forrestfield United is re-establishing one of the most respected and successful football Academies in the state, the "FUSC Football Academy".

The club have spent the last 2 years on re-structuring, and are pleased to say that although they have perfected some of their own unique development philosophies over the years, it is important to know that they have aligned with "The FFA Curriculum". For more information on Forrestfield's new academy, click on the notices page.



Perth Glory Women maintained their perfect start to the new W-League season with a record-breaking 10-1 away win over Western Sydney Wanderers. The nine-goal margin set a new club record and was the second-biggest in W-League history, falling just short of Sydney FC’s 11-0 thrashing of Glory three years ago. Kate Gill put away five goals as Samantha Kerr and Caitlin Foord struck doubles with Alanna Kennedy grabbing the remainder. Helen Petinos scored Western Sydney’s consolation early in the second half. Glory now have four wins from as many starts and sit three points clear at the top of the W-League.

It wasn’t until the stroke of half-time that Glory opened their account, Kerr heading in from a Collette McCallum corner. And there was enough time for Kerr to double the lead in similar fashion before the break. Gill netted her first four minutes into the second half by converting a Marianna Tabain cross. Petinos fired in soon after but before the hour was out Gill had her hat-trick and Foord lashed in. Gill got another before Kennedy headed in against her former team. With twelve minutes left Shannon May teed-up Gill for her fifth goal after which Foord took it to double figures.



North Perth United ended a successful 2014 by taking out the Sunday Cup Final with a 4-2 win against a 10-man Gwelup Croatia at Intiga Stadium yesterday. Man-of-the-match Eamonn Kelly said his club’s “united” approach on and off the field made the difference. “We’ve fought for each other all season and have got the rewards,” he said. “The medal is nice but it’s all about the team and the victory. We fought hard as a team this season, we’ve won as a team, we’ve lost as a team and we will be celebrating as a team.”

North Perth had to do it the hard way after three goals were scored early. Ray Moloney gave United the lead after only 10 minutes before Gwelup hit back with a Gavin Knight penalty before Sebastian Munoz put them ahead. Gwelup had influential defender Ian O’Sullivan sent off on the stroke of half-time with Mark Curran converted the resulting penalty. United took control in the second half to take out the league and cup double with goals from Kelly and skipper Stephen Henry putting the icing on the cake.

Coach Alex Carter was thrilled with a victory which made amends for last season’s cup final defeat. “It was an exceptional effort from the players tonight and we had some unfinished business from last season,” Carter said. “The pitch didn’t help our style of play but I thought the boys handled it well. They followed the instructions we gave them to a tee, and they’ve done it all year and that’s why they’ve got the success.”

League-winning North Perth had hit the front with Moloney’s long-range free kick deflecting off the Gwelup wall and wrong footing keeper Simon Madaschi. Gwelup hit back six minutes later when Knight raced into the area and fell under the challenge of Michael English. Referee Matt Southern pointed to the spot and Knight scored past Andrew Stewart. Gwelup hit the front on 19 minutes when a John Cafferkey free kick was not dealt with by the United defence and the ball fell to Munoz, whose shot from the edge of the penalty area flew into the net.

North Perth went in search of the equaliser and on the half hour Kelly’s free kick picked out Robbie Phelan at the back post but the striker’s half-volley was well saved by Madaschi. On the stroke of half-time the game took a turn for the worse for Gwelup. A long ball over the top sent Henry racing clear with O’Sullivan in pursuit. Henry was pulled down in the box and the referee awarded a penalty and deemed it a straight red card for the Gwelup defender. Curran stepped up and sent Madaschi the wrong way to send the sides in level at the break. Gwelup suffered another blow at half time with skipper Knight not being able to continue after pulling his hamstring late in the first half and he was replaced by Dinko Ahmetanovic.

The 10 men started the second half well and Stewart had to be alert to tip over Andrej Balic snap shot two minutes in. United hit back and Kelly’s long-range shot on the run whistled over the top. Phelan then drifted in from the left and saw his shot deflected past the far post. From the resulting corner Phelan saw his back post header cleared off the line by Jordan Costanzo. North Perth were well on top and their pressure told when they hit the front on 73 minutes. Moloney took a free kick on the left and rolled the ball into the path of Kelly, whose shot flew into the net from 18 meters. The game was put out of the reach of Gwelup five minutes later. Henry was given far too much space on the edge of the penalty area and he lashed his shot past Madaschi.



Chris Harold believes he has given himself every chance of being Andy Keogh's striking partner up front for Perth Glory when it kicks off its A-League campaign away at Wellington Phoenix on 12 October. New signing Keogh, a Republic of Ireland international, has drawn rave reviews for his pre-season form and is bound to be a key player for Glory this season. But there is an opportunity to play alongside him in Glory's formation and Australia youth striker Harold is among those in the running for that role.

Harold has previously mostly been seen as a wide attacker on the right for Glory, but he says he is more comfortable playing closer to the middle of the front line. "We've been playing with two up front and not so much width during the pre-season," Harold said. "I've been playing in that striking role alongside one of the other guys. We've all had a chance there. I've enjoyed it, because in my junior days I was always a central striker. The last couple of years I've had to adjust to being able to play out wide as well, but I do enjoy playing as a striker more than anything."

"Andy is here and we've also got myself, Jamie Maclaren and Sidnei competing to be in the team, Harold continued. "If you want a successful team there's got to be serious competition for every spot on the park and I think myself, Jamie and Sidnei have all proved that we can do a pretty good job in the A-League. It's really competitive for spots up front and that's only going to make us push ourselves harder to perform. I'd love to start in that first game against Wellington, but I suppose only (Glory coach) Kenny (Lowe) really knows the answer to that question."

Harold says he feels like his combination with Keogh is developing well. "The structure and the system the coach has implemented only helps us do that," he said. "I was a bit surprised when I heard Andy had signed for us, because a lot of players from Europe come here in their early to mid-30s whereas Andy is still in his 20s. He's reaching his peak and that's really exciting for us. It's been great watching him at training. He's clever, especially around the box. He's got really good awareness and can get a shot away under heavy pressure and in not much space. I think he'll be very successful in the A-League this year."

There was a large turnover of players on the Glory roster after last season, but Harold says the long pre-season has given the players valuable time to familiarise themselves with each other on the pitch. "There is generally a high turnover of players at most A-League clubs at the end of a season. That's just the way the A-League is," he said. "The fact we do have such a long pre-season gives the players and the coaching staff the opportunity to do a lot of work together. Kenny is established in the job now as well, so we've had time to settle on our structure and get used to how he wants us to play."

"We'll be well prepared for round one," Harold continued. "Apart from the normal pre-season trial games we've had a couple of FFA Cup games against Newcastle Jets and St Albans and while people might think it's not strong opposition when you play a non-A-League club, it's still a competitive match. The fact we got through those games and played really well was a big positive and I think everyone's pretty confident heading into the first round. Everyone's trying to be patient while we wait for it to actually come around now."

Lowe's tactics after taking over as coach midway through last season were fairly conservative but Glory fans can expect a more pro-active approach in games. "I think we'll be pretty free-flowing going forward," Harold said. "Scoring goals has been a bit of an issue for us in the last couple of seasons, but I feel that will be something that we can change this year. The other thing is away form. I'm sure every Perth Glory player says it (but) the reality of the situation is that we have to do a lot of travelling and we've got to just get on with it and deal with it."



Perth Glory Women will be paying scant regard to the W-League table when they take on Western Sydney Wanderers tomorrow. The Glory girls have won their opening three games of the campaign whereas rock-bottom Western Sydney remains pointless. But midfielder Elisa D’Ovidio said the league had already thrown up a few surprises and Glory would need to be on their toes to continue their record start to a season. “We’ve had a good start and we want to keep that going but it won’t just happen,” D’Ovidio said. “We’re going to have to work hard for every result and we’ll be ready to do that.”

D’Ovidio believes a pre-season schedule, which included a team bonding trip to Broome, has been crucial in the squad achieving peak fitness. “I think all the girls have gelled really well,” she said. “We’re probably the fittest we’ve ever been and we’re going into every game with every player wanting to win and we’re dragging each other along. But the W-League has had a few surprises this year and you have to be on your game every week.” Glory, who have beaten Brisbane Roar, Newcastle Jets and Adelaide United in their best ever start to a W-League season, are placed second on goal difference behind Sydney FC.



It’s the Sunday League Cup Final this weekend with North Perth United and Gwelup Croatia meeting at Intiga Stadium on Sunday afternoon (5pm). United will be looking for a league and cup double, after a Ray Maloney brace saw them beat Fremantle Croatia last week to take out the title. “So far it has been a big year for the club,” United Coach Alex Carter said. “We had to battle our way to league success on the last day of the season, which shows the character we have in our squad. The opportunity to now lift a second trophy this year has not been lost, and we have all been very focused all week on achieving this goal.”

Carter knows Sunday is going to be a tough encounter against a side that have got a number of their injured players back. “Everyone knows that Gwelup have an excellent squad and that shows their ambition not only for Sunday but in the future, but we are all looking forward to the challenge,” he said. North Perth has been the most consistent team this season, and Carter believes that will give them the edge on Sunday. “The whole squad has been immense this year especially in some very trying times,” he said. “The way our system works is if one player fails on their duties we find ourselves behind the eight ball. If win the majority of the one on one duels out there we believe we have the class to get ourselves over the line.”

Gwelup Coach John Thornley has a fit squad to choose from, for the first time in a while. “We've had a huge injury list throughout the season only this week we've been lucky enough to have almost a full squad to pick out of for the game on Sunday,” he said. “We've trained hard this week, hoping we can get something from the final knowing that North Perth has been the best team in the league this year, we go into the game as under dogs, but that suits us.”

Thornley, who took over the club midway through the season, is expecting a tough game, but believes his side can win it. “North Perth was in this situation last season, and they will not want the double to slip like last year. But we all know cup finals are different and it depends on the day, who can lift enough to pull it off. We have done our homework on them and after watching them last week we know it will be a tough game, as they are very strong all over the field.”

“We welcome back Ian O’Sullivan at the back, who has been outstanding keeping the defence tight and Gavin Knight has led the attack he is such an honest player and always gives 100%. “Young Jordan Costanzo has been the big improver throughout the year and Seb Munoz has returned from injury just at the right time and links up well from midfield, so were hoping we can take the cup back to Gwelup and cap our year off in style.”

In the earlier games Premier League sides East Fremantle and Liberties Celtic meet in the Metro Cup Final at 10am, North Division Three side WestNam United take on Premier League Bassendean Caledonian in the Masters Cup Final at 12.15pm, while North Perth United take on Division One side North Beach in the Sunday Reserves Cup Final at 2.30pm



Promotion and relegation will be introduced to the National Premier Leagues for the first time at the end of the 2015 season. After input from NPL and State League clubs, as well as the State League Standing Committee, and following the circulation of a subsequent discussion paper, the Football West has decided to introduce a system of promotion and relegation between the last-placed NPL side and the winner of Division One after next season.

Other decisions affecting the 2015 football structure include the continuation of a twelve team NPL and two twelve team State League divisions for next year; promotion and relegation between Division One and Division Two of the State League to be maintained; separate Night Series competitions for the NPL and State League; the State Cup will act as the preliminary FFA Cup rounds. Further details of the NPL and State League competition changes.



Fulham winger Ryan Williams has joined Barnsley on an initial one-month loan deal. The 20-year old is expected to make his debut for the Tykes in Saturday’s League One match at Rochdale. Williams started his professional career with Portsmouth before moving to Fulham in January 2012. Last season he played on loan to Oxford United, netting eight goals in 42 appearances for the club. "He (Williams) gives us some extra quality in wide areas," said Barnsley manager Danny Wilson.

Williams, a former ECU Joondalup junior, has made three appearances for Fulham this season but has not featured since the late August Cup game against Brentford. "Ryan's someone we've targeted for a long time," Wilson added. "His skills vary in terms of working in the supply line. He can run the ball well and is quick, he can also put the ball into the box well. He knows the other side of his game and is very conscientious of helping out defensively and positional-wise."



It’s been a disappointing 2014 for NPL-WA referee David Costello, after a calf injury sidelined him for the majority of the season. The 32-year-old managed to get back on the paddock towards the end of the season, referring Division one and two games, and also Sunday Premier League, and he is looking forward to next season and pushing for a spot in the NPL. “The most disappointing element of the injury was not being a part of the inaugural NPL for the majority of the season,” Costello said. “Not refereeing/training week in and week out alongside my colleagues and good friends was hard. I’ve been working with these guys at the top level for many years now and to be on the sidelines was more than frustrating. “I’m grateful however for the ongoing support from Dave Currie and Steve Muldoon. These guys have been constantly supportive of my career, not just as trainers/coaches, but mentors and referees I greatly admire. Even when I was not able train at all, they kept close tabs on where the injury was at and made sure I stayed on track heading towards recovery, while I was real pleased with the amount of players contacting me to see how I was going, which was fantastic boost for me.”

The injury came in round 7 in the local derby between Balcatta and Stirling Lions at Grindleford Reserve, but he is back and raring to go for a big pre-season. “It was around the half hour mark, and I took off on the left leg and my calf popped literally like a balloon,” explained Costello. “Luckily Josh Mannella was one of my assistants that day and he took over, and it was 18th year of refereeing football, and it was the first time I didn’t finish a match.” “It’s improved out of sight, but not before what has been a long recovery. It was a complete tear (Grade 3) which required a lot of physio, and being completely off it for at least 5-6 weeks. I ended up going down to Royal Perth the night of the incident, and made the decision there and then I was going to fix it, and fix it properly the first time without any chance of re-injury. I worked very hard on the calf along with the rest of the body to return to full strength and fitness, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a difficult time though.”

Costello had been recognised for his form, with a spot on the National Referees Panel, and he is hoping to get the opportunity again. “I’m really looking forward to 2015; it’s no doubt going to be bigger and better. Over the past few seasons, personally there have been ups and downs with the whistle, but having the injury, whilst certainly not ideal, has been a springboard to re-launch my career in 2015,” he said. “Before the injury I found myself thinking retirement may have been a rite of passage. Fortunately, this season being ‘forced’ to take time out injured has helped me realise the enjoyment in being a part of the league (and football specifically in this state). I can happily state I’m back o n track to get back where I want to be in 2015 and beyond. If A-league opportunities come around again, I’ll grab them with both hands.”

The standard of refereeing in the state has been on the improve in recent seasons and it’s a huge boost to have the likes of Eddie Lennie and Mat Cheeseman at the helm, and Costello knows getting young referees into the system is easy, keeping them is a different thing. “What Eddie and Mat have done, along with Dave Collier and Matt Southern, over the past 7-8 years has been fantastic. Refereeing numbers are at an all-time high, and regular coaching and development for referees has become the norm, which has certainly been noticed nationally,” he said. “Over the years, Cheesy and I have often discussed how to raise refereeing numbers and it was always our shared view that ‘recruiting’ referees was easy, ‘retaining’ them was hard. This is still the case for some new referees who start out, possibly have a negative experience and packing it in, but with the support offered, particularly in WA, there is every chance new referees will succeed and continue to develop.

“Along with this support from the Football West personnel, having Dave Currie and Steve Muldoon on the training paddock twice a week has been very positive in creating an environment where referees of all levels can train, as well as discuss issues and ask advice. Former NSL assistant referee Frank Moretti heads up the WA refereeing academy for referees coming through the ranks. After witnessing how it operates, and being a mentor for some of these guys, I believe the State league refereeing future is in good shape.”

As a youngster Costello played the game in NSW, as a midfielder, but made the decision to pick refereeing at the age of 20, and he has enjoyed going back to the amateur games this season, to get his career back on track. “I realised I was a better referee than I was player, and was starting to gain selection as a referee in junior national tournaments in NSW and QLD “It wasn’t a hard decision to make the complete switch and whilst I like to think my ‘touch’ is still ok, I never looked back,” he explained. “It has been great returning to Sunday Premier League matches, it’s a league very different to the NPL for many reasons, but there certainly is no less passion. When young up and coming referees ask me for advice on their own careers, I always tell them, go and referee on Sundays, it’s where a referee really learns how to get the job done.”



Four West Australians have gained selection in the Young Socceroos squad for this month’s AFC Under-19 Championship. Perth Glory pair Daniel De Silva and Riley Woodcock along with Scott Galloway (Melbourne Victory) and Cameron Burgess (Fulham) are amongst coach Paul Okon’s 23-player squad to wear the green and gold in Myanmar between 9-23 October. Another local product, Aston Villa’s Jordan Lyden, wasn’t considered due to a hamstring injury. Australia play the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Uzbekistan in the group stage of the tournament, which serves as a qualifying event for the 2015 Under-20 World Cup.

The Young Socceroos squad for the AFC Under-19 Championship is Paul Izzo, Awer Mabil, Mark Ochieng, Benjamin Warland (Adelaide United), Shayne D’Cunha (Blacktown City), Brandon Borrello, Shannon Brady (Brisbane Roar), Liam Rose (Central Coast Mariners), Cameron Burgess (Fulham), Chris Ikonomidis (Lazio), Stefan Mauk (Melbourne City), Jordan Brown, Scott Galloway, Dylan Murnane (Melbourne Victory), Daniel De Silva, Jordan Thurtell, Riley Woodcock (Perth Glory), Peter Skapetis (Stoke City), Anthony Bouzanis, Hagi Gligor, Christopher Naumoff (Sydney FC), Daniel Alessi and Jaushua Sotirio (Western Sydney Wanderers).



The stage has been set for one of the toughest match-ups in Australian football with Perth Glory hosting Melbourne Victory in next month’s quarter-finals of the FFA Cup. Standing in the way of Glory’s place in the last four is Melbourne’s enigmatic Besart Berisha, who has already scored four FFA Cup goals. Berisha is no stranger to breaking the hearts of Glory fans, the Albanian finisher scoring a controversial penalty in the dying moments of the 2011/12 A-League Grand Final to sealing the championship for Brisbane Roar.

Glory defender Josh Risdon played in that game and says it remains as a massive sore point for the club. “It was devastating, we worked hard all year to make it to that final and to lose it in the last five minutes was heartbreaking,” said 22-year old Risdon. “We got that rivalry from Brisbane playing against him and he’s always a good test and a fierce competitor, and getting a win over Victory at this FFA cup match will be like a win over Berisha.”

Glory advanced to the final eight of the inaugural knock-out competition after a resounding 4-1 win over Victorian second division side St Albans Saints. Two stunning goals, including a cracking free-kick, by Nebo Marinkovic coupled with a goal each by Andy Keogh and Jamie Maclaren helped Glory cruise to victory. Glory is the sole West Australian team remaining in the competition after Stirling Lions and Bayswater City bowed out in the first round.



Chris Herd is no stranger to struggles so trying to earn a new deal at Aston Villa will hardly come as a shock to the system. The 25-year old played his first game of the year for Bolton Wanderers during their Capital One Cup defeat at Chelsea last week. Herd is hoping his one-month loan spell with the Trotters will provide him the regular football that he desperately craves, and also show manager Paul Lambert he is worthy of a place in Villa’s first team.

With less than a year remaining on his current contract, Herd certainly has one eye on the future. But the defender insists his immediate thoughts are on performing well enough for Bolton after Dougie Freedman took him out of the Villa wilderness. “I’ve been over in the UK for ten years now,” he said. “I left Perth and found myself dropped in the middle of Birmingham at 15 years old. It was a massive difference. I moved over here without my family, and without a friend, and I’ve been here ever since. I’m used to living away.”

“I’ve been out on loan to League Two, League One and now the Championship – I’ve been kicked, booted and shoved all over the place,” he continued. “I need regular first-team football and I wasn’t getting that at Aston Villa – Bolton came in for me and I couldn’t resist such a big club. All I’m thinking about now is performing and playing in as many games as I can. My contract runs out in the summer but at the moment I’m just looking forward to testing myself at Bolton. I’m just excited to be playing football again.”

Herd made his Australia debut last month but has not played a single minute of football for Villa this season. But within a day of making his move to Bolton he was handed his first start at Stamford Bridge and enjoyed the experience. “If you’re a footballer you’ve got to want to test yourself and be ambitious,” he added. “If you start getting comfortable and not wanting to stretch yourself then people should ask questions of you. To go and make my debut against Chelsea was great. I can only benefit from the experience of playing against these sort of players.”



Perth Glory’s fantastic start to the Westfield W-League continued with a 3-1 win against Adelaide United at the Ashfield Sport Club. Elisa D’Ovidio gave them the lead on the stroke of half time, before Adelaide levelled in the first minute of the second, with a stunning strike from Lisa-Marie Woods. But Samantha Kerr capped off a superb performance putting them back in front before Kate Gill added the third.

The win created history for the club, their third straight win to open the season and Coach Jamie Harnwell thought they deserved the points, but they need to be more ruthless in front of goal. “It wasn’t an ideal performance but the weather didn’t help but we will take the three points,” he said “We defended well and we are always going to create goals and we put three away to today, but could have a few more.”

Adelaide coach Ross Aloisi was pleased with his side’s effort but thought the Glory are the best side he has seen for a while. “We have a very young side, and it’s always going to tough over here especially with the line-up they have and I thought Sam Kerr was different class this afternoon,” he said.” “They were good today, the best running off the ball and movement I’ve seen from a team for a while, they are going to be very hard to beat.”

The home side dominated the early exchanges with Sam Kerr a constant threat. The Matilda’s striker fired into the side netting early before hitting the woodwork on the half hour. Adelaide was hitting on the counter attack and Katie Holtham long-range shot was saved by Mackenzie Arnold. Gill had the ball in the net on 34 minutes, but the flag was up for offside. Kerr should have opened the scoring on 38 minutes, Caitlin Foord made space down the right picked out Gill, who laid the ball back to Kerr, but somehow she blazed over from close-range.

Adelaide keeper Melissa Barbieri then denied Kerr’s header, before she did even better tipping over D’Ovidio shot on 44 minutes. But from the resulting corner the Glory hit the front; the ball was cleared only as far as D’Ovidio, whose long-range shot flew into the top corner of the net giving Barbieri no chance. The visitors made a great start to the second half; Woods stunning long-range shot gave Arnold no chance. But the home side edged back in front on 56 minutes, Sarah Carroll’s cross turned home by Kerr. The points were made safe on the hour, a cross from the left caused confusion in the Adelaide defence and Gill nipped in to lob the keeper from eight meters.

To Adelaide’s credit they continued to press forward and on 73 minutes Woods’ shot deflected kindly for skipper Kristy Moore, whose shot from the edge of the penalty area was saved low by Arnold. Glory went in search of a fourth; Kerr raced clear and fed Foord, but Barbieri stood tall and saved. The Adelaide custodian was in the action again moments later, saving well to deny Kerr’s long-range shot.

Perth Glory: GK Mackenzie ARNOLD, 2 Sarah CARROLL, 4 Bronwyn STUDMAN (5 Shannon MAY 78’), 6 Alanna KENNEDY, 9 Caitlin FOORD, 12 Kathryn GILL, 13 Elisa D’OVIDIO, 14 Collette MCCALLUM (C) (8 Shawn BILLAM 81’), 15 Shelina ZADORSKY, 17 Marianna TABAIN (7 Gabrielle MARZANO 72’), 20 Samantha KERR
Subs not used: Gabrielle DAL BUSCO
Yellow Cards: Foord 90’

Adelaide United: GK Melissa BARBIERI, 4 Lauren STEER, 6 Dylan HOLMES, 7 Katrine PEDERSEN, 8 Emily CONDON (10 Alexandra CHIDIAC 64’), 9 Lisa-Marie WOODS, 11 Isabel HODGSON (17 Tiarn POWELL 64’), 12 Daila-Tais BORG (18 Georgia CAMPAGNALE 74’), 15 Jenna MCCORMICK, 16 Katie HOLTHAM, 23 Kristy MOORE (C)
Subs not used: RGK Sarah WILLACY
Yellow Cards: Moore 45+2’, Woods 90+2’

Referee: Lara Smith
Assistants: Joanna Charaktis and Zac Picciacco
Fourth Official: Matthew Southern



Bronwyn Studman is under an injury cloud as Perth Glory Women aim for a record start to a W-League season. The Glory girls have won their first two games of the new campaign to equal their best start in 2012/13 they went on to reach the finals for the only time in the club’s history. A win or draw against Adelaide United tomorrow at Ashfield Reserve will set a new standard for Jamie Harnwell’s side, whose perfect record two seasons ago was ended by defeat to Western Sydney Wanderers.

But after being able to name the same squad for the first two games, Harnwell might have to make a change to the side as Studman struggles to overcome a thigh strain. “She will have a fitness test before I make a decision on how we’ll go into the game against Adelaide,” Harnwell said. “If Bron isn’t right to play then we’ll look to bring in Shannon May, who has been unlucky to miss out so far. There’s real competition for places and both Bron and Shannon are capable of doing a very good job for us.”

Adelaide have been beaten by Canberra United and Sydney FC in their opening two matches of the season but Harnwell knows not to expect an easy afternoon against the team coached by former Socceroos midfielder Ross Aloisi. “We’re happy with the start that we’ve had but we’ve had a look at the video and it highlighted some things that we need to improve on,” Harnwell said. “We know it will be a difficult game … they will be compact and they’ll be hard to beat, just as they were last year when we got a very late goal to win 1-0.”



West Australia pair Chris Herd and Trent Sainsbury have been named in the Socceroos squad to play the United Arab Emirates and Qatar next month. Coach Ange Postecoglou named a 23-man squad for the up-coming friendlies in continued preparations towards the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. “We are still giving players we’ve identified for the National team an opportunity to experience international football to ensure we create a deeper pool of players to call on for the Asian Cup and beyond,” Postecoglou said. “These two games give us a few more to throw into the mix with an experienced core group of players to see how they cope with the training intensity and the demands of international football.”

The Australia squad to play the United Arab Emirates (10 October) and Qatar (14 October) is Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa), James Holland (Austria Vienna), Chris Herd (Bolton Wanderers), Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Mat Ryan (Club Brugge), Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Joshua Brilliante (Fiorentina), Mathew Leckie (Ingolstadt 04), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Adam Federici (Reading), Massimo Luongo, Brad Smith (Swindon Town), Bernie Ibini-Isei (Sydney FC), Ivan Franjic (Torpedo Moskva), Tommy Oar (FC Utrecht), Jason Davidson (West Bromwich Albion), Tomi Juric, Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Western Sydney Wanderers), James Troisi (Zulte Waregem) and Trent Sainsbury (P.E.C. Zwolle).



The Sunday League Premier Division championship goes on the line this Sunday at Woodville Reserve when defending champions North Perth United take on current leaders Fremantle Croatia. Croatia have never won the Amateur title and only need a draw to claim the trophy. North Perth are currently one point behind, and will be going all out for the win to take home their second consecutive league championship. The main game kicks off at 3pm.



Rostyn Griffiths is already looking forward to next month’s FFA Cup quarter-final meeting with Melbourne Victory at Perth Oval. Perth Glory swept aside St Albans 4-1 last night and focus has quickly switched within the camp to the round of eight showdown against one of the A-League’s traditional powers. “Melbourne are a good side but so are we and it’s our home advantage so we need to make that count,” Griffiths said. “Making the semi-finals (would be) massive (but) we want to be in the grand final, it would be a great occasion for the club and the fans.”

Griffiths, who played the opening 67 minutes against St Albans, described the visit to Knight Stadium as a difficult 90 minutes. “It was a good atmosphere at the stadium, the crowd made plenty of noise and were definitely behind St Albans. The pitch from our perspective was difficult to play on but as always it was the same for both teams,” he said. “The game was tough, they were a physical side who played to their strengths. It was a good win for us because we had to defend well and not allow them to get a foothold in the game. We played well in parts and ground them down and put some good goals away.”



A brace from midfielder Nebo Marinkovic has helped Perth Glory secure a FFAQ Cup quarter-finals berth after disposing St Albans Saints 4-1 at Knights Stadium in Melbourne. Coach Kenny Lowe praised a solid all-round performance from his side which was highlighted by Marinkovic’s double and singles from Jamie Maclaren and Andy Keogh. “It was a good performance by us,” he said. “The first fifteen minutes were genuine and honest and they made us work ... but hopefully we’ll improve the way we play and we’ll try to move the ball better and have a successful year.”

St Albans gave a good account of themselves early on only to go a goal down after 37 minutes to Marinkovic’s stunning free-kick from the edge of the box. Young gun Maclaren entered the fray on 61 minutes and sixty seconds later lobbed in goal number two. St Albans captain Ryan McGuffie reduced the deficit six minutes later from the penalty spot after a handball call went against Dino Djulbic. Richard Garcia teed-up Keogh for the simplest of tap-ins soon after, and a superb stoppage time chip by Marinkovic rounded out the scoring.



Perth Glory have been warned against complacency in tonight's FFA Cup round of sixteen tie away to third-tier Victorian club St Albans. The Saints are in turmoil, having sacked coach Toby Paterson and his midfielder son, Brodie, less than a fortnight ago following an altercation with Richmond players during a National Premier Leagues game. But coach Kenny Lowe highlighted recent FFA Cup upsets, such as second-tier Adelaide City's shock win over A-League powerhouse Western Sydney Wanderers, as reasons to stay focused with a spot in the last eight on the line.

Lowe said the A-League side couldn't afford to slack off against its unfancied opponents. "If we don't treat those guys with ultimate respect and we don't go about our job correctly and professionally with real diligence, we'll get caught out," Lowe said. "We understand that and it's already happened in the FFA Cup. That's the romance of it all and we don't want to be another statistic in this round." In tonight's other games, Sydney United 58 host Sydney FC in a highly-anticipated derby clash, while Palm Beach Sharks meet South Springvale and Adelaide United entertain Brisbane Roar in an all A-League affair.



Australia defender Chris Herd is set to sign with English Championship club Bolton Wanderers on a one-month loan from Aston Villa. Herd is yet to feature for Villa this season but a move to Bolton deal - the defender's fourth loan stint in six seasons at the Birmingham club - could provide him the regular game time he's been lacking. Should the move be approved in time, 25-year old Herd may make his Bolton debut as early as Thursday's Capitol One Cup outing with Chelsea. It is understood Herd will be loaned for an initial 28 day period, however, an option exists to extend it towards the end of the year.



Perth Glory are just one win away from making the final eight of the inaugural FFA Cup but first, they must overcome Victorian outfit St Albans Saints tomorrow evening. Attack will be Glory’s focus but striker Andy Keogh has warned his team mates they must not be complacent against an opponent which plays in the second tier of the Victoria National Premier Leagues. “We need to be switched on at the back so we don’t give away a silly goal and we need to be ruthless and make sure we don’t give the opposition anything to cling on to,” Keogh said.

Tomorrow’s FFA Cup tie will be played at Knights Stadium, home of Melbourne Knights with who Glory enjoyed a fierce rivalry in the old National Soccer League. A big crowd is expected at the game to cheer on St Albans, who also has strong ties to the Australian-Croatian community, but Keogh is confidence Glory can get the job done. “It will be a tough game, with a tough crowd, supporting the whole team,” said Keogh, scorer of two goals in last month’s Cup win over Newcastle Jets. “We have a fully fit squad to choose from and we are embracing the opportunity to advance further in the Cup.”



Defender Alanna Kennedy has scored her first goal for Perth Glory Women to clinch a 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets this afternoon at Magic Park. Kennedy, one of six Matildas to join Glory Women for the new campaign, scored in first half stoppage time to add to Marianna Tabina’s opener. “It was really exciting to get my first goal for Glory,” Kennedy said. “I’m back on the east coast and a lot closer to home, so to come here today and score in front of my friends and family felt really good.”

Tabain opened the scoring after 34 minutes by converting a free-kick form just outside the 18-yard box. And when Kennedy doubled the visitors lead it looked as though Glory Women would run away with the game. However, Newcastle had other ideas and in the 62nd minute Tara Andrews slotted in at close-range. Samantha Kerr thought she’d restored Glory Women’s two-goal buffer soon after but referee Kelly Jones disallowed the goal, and the same fate befell Victoria Huster ten minutes later. Substitute Gabrielle Marzano rattled the crossbar with a venomous strike as Glory Women sought to seal the win late on.



Perth Glory continued their strong pre-season with a resounding 5-1 defeat of Sorrento on a warm afternoon at Percy Doyle Reserve. A crowd of over 500 flocked to the ground to pay tribute to Sorrento legend Todd Harnwell on his testimonial game. Glory hit the ground running with Chris Harold netting twice and Cameron Edwards once for a three-goal half-time buffer. Reece Vittiglia reduced the deficit on 81 minutes only for Joseph Knowles and Jacob Collard to add further goals in a late drive. The game was preceded by a legends outing between former Sorrento and Glory players.



Bayswater City Coach Chris Coyne was proud of his players, as his ten men bowed out of the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 2014 Finals Series, after losing 4-3 on penalties to South Australian minor premiers North Eastern MetroStars in at Frank Drago Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

City defender Jamie Coyne was dismissed after only 12 minutes after he tangled with MetroStars striker Perry Mitris. The officials didn’t see the first incident, but the defender retaliated and was given a straight red card by Adam Fielding, after consulting his assistant. “I thought our boys were magnificent today, going down to ten men so early, and we were the side that had the clear cut chances,” he said. “I’m immensely proud of my players, I thought they handled themselves well, and worked their socks off for each other.”

After winning all before them this season in the NPL-WA, Coyne thought the red card shown to his brother Jamie changed the game. “The sending off was right, Jamie has apologised to the players after the game, but the officials missed the first one, but he did lash out and the red card was there, but we had to deal with it and get on with it,” he said. “Yes I’m disappointed, but overall you have to take everything into perspective, and maybe I’m being a greedy bugger and hoping for five, but fair play to them, they won it and they go on to next week. “We showed another side of our game today. We are an attacking football team, but after the sending off we were disciplined and kept our shape well and hit them on counter attack and created some good chances, it’s a credit to the players that they are prepared to dig in and work so hard for each other.”

With both sides locked at 0-0 after extra time, MetroStars keeper Daniel Godley was the hero saving two in the shoot-out to send them through to the next round and a trip to South Melbourne. “It’s a fantastic result for us, and I think everybody was on their last legs in the end, but in a penalty shoot-out anything can happen, I’m just happy to make a couple of saves,” he said. “Perth is never a good place to come to for me. I’ve been here with Adelaide City and the state team, and I’ve never won here in my life, so we’re just stoked to come out on top today.”

MetroStars coach Ivan Karlovic, who is leaving the club after this tournament, was delighted with the result on a hot and windy day. “It was a difficult game in difficult circumstances, but both sides had chances and I thought it was good game all-round, and at the end of the day it’s a lottery in a penalty shoot-out,” he said. “Credit to both sides, Bayswater battled hard with ten men and we did the same, so both sides can walk away with the heads held high. We have another trip to Melbourne next week and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

It was lively opening with both sides going close early. The lively Mitris raced clear after only two minutes, but his lob from the edge of the penalty area drifted wide. Then on five minutes Todd Howarth played Gustavo Giron-Marulanda in on goal, but the Colombian striker’s shot whistled over the top. Bayswater had to reshape their side after the sending off of Jamie Coyne, and the MetroStars began to take control. Mitris found space down the left on 24 minutes, and his deep cross picked out Scott Tunbridge, who fired over from six meters. Devon Spence then came to his sides rescue on the half hour, saving well to deny former Adelaide United midfielder Fabian Barbiero. The Bayswater custodian was at it again before the break, this time denying Tunbridge’s snap shot, and then pushing Joseph Olisena’s shot around the post.

Bayswater opened the second half well and Howarth played in David Heagney, and with the MetroStars defence looking for an offside flag, that never came, Heagney’s lob from 10 meters drifted inches past the far post. It was a great game with chances at both ends. MetroStars were denied by Spence again on 56 minutes, the keeper reacting well to tip Mitris’ shot over the top, and from the resulting corner skipper Adam Van Dommele fired inches wide. Moments later Heagney’s long-range shot flashed inches wide. City were hitting on the counter attack, and when Adam Bachiller found space and played in Heagney, Godley stood tall to deny the striker. The visitors pressed late in normal time, but again Spence denied them. First on 71 minutes, second half substitute Lawrence D’Arrigo raced clear from the impressive Barbiero’s through ball, but his shot was well saved by Spence, and moments later Spence denied Antony Solagna’s shot on the run.

In extra time both sides were out on their feet as the hot weather took its toll. But the visitors should have broken the deadlock on 104 minutes. Steven Grelli’s free kick picked out the unmarked Mitris, who headed over the top from three meters, with the goal at his mercy. Godley then saved well from James Isaia’s shot from the edge of the penalty area in the second period of extra time, but they couldn’t be separated and it was on to the penalty shoot-out. Both sides scored their opening three spot kicks but Godley guessed correctly to save Sam Mitchinson’s fourth, and the MetroStars custodian then saved Trent Kay’s fifth to win it.

Bayswater City: GK Devon SPENCE, 2 Declan HARGREAVES, 3 Adam BACHILLER, 6 Todd HOWARTH, 8 Paul MCCARTHY, 9 Gustavo GIRON-MARULANDA (10 Damien CATALANO 69’), 13 Trent KAY (C), 16 Jamie COYNE, 20 Sam MITCHINSON, 21 David HEAGNEY (18 James ISAIA 87’), 23 Chris SALDARIS
Subs not used: RGK Joel DRISCOLL, 14 Harry BISSETT, 19 Aaron DELANEY
Yellow Card: Marulanda 64’
Red Cards: Coyne 12’

Northern Eastern MetroStars: GK Daniel GODLEY, 2 David MENECHELLA, 5 Lee ROBERTSON, 6 Anthony SOLAGNA (16 Andrew ORPHANOU 110’), 7 Michael D’ALOISIO, 9 Steven GRELLI (15 Lawrence D’ARRIGO 63’), 11 Scott TUNBRIDGE (10 Andrew CIARLA 85’), 18 Fabian BARBIERO, 19 Joseph OLISENA, 21 Adam VAN DOMMELE (C), 23 Perry MITRIS
Subs not used: RGK Julian CALI, 3 Stefan CALI
Yellow Cards: Olisena 49’

Referee: Adam Fielding
Asssitants: Josh Mannella and Stuart Muldoon



A first half strike from midfielder Paul Concannon has given Shamrock Rovers a 1-0 win against Canning City at Burradah Reserve and with Ashfield losing at home to Bunbury Forum Force, the goal also gave the club their first Division One title in their history. Rovers Coach John O’Reilly was over the moon, but thanked Ashfield on a good season. “First of all I’d like thank Ashfield and Paul Dundo, for the great battle we have had this year, and to go down to the last game of the season was fantastic for the competition,” he said. “I am very proud of my players; they have been tremendous this year. Games have been tough but they have done the job on many occasions to get themselves over the line.” It’s been a great squad effort with all players having a hand in the success of winning the title. Thank you to all the supporters and the committee, but most of all a big thanks to Mike Ford for his work and assistance this year.”

Shamrock entered this game knowing that if there was any kind of slip up from Ashfield, they needed to do the job at Canning to get over the line on the final day. It was a tight opening with the first chance falling to the home side, Daniel Niederberger was picked out by Paul van Dongen, but his shot was straight at Lachlan McLindon. Soon after Rovers found their stride and started to pick up their game, and on the quarter hour they went close to the opener. Charlie Kenna made space down the right, his cross picked out Nick Little at the back post, whose header flashed inches past the post. Little went close again moments later but Luke Stonebridge denied him.

But on the half hour Rovers hit the front. A corner from Kenna was only half cleared by the Canning defence, and Concannon nipped into to fire home from five yards. It was end to end football with Canning hoping to send seven of their first team players out with a win, after all announcing their retirement, but both defences were on top with Paul Curran and Graham Doran for Rovers and Rory Mouttet and Dean Aplegren for City, outstanding at the back. But at half time Rovers went in as the team at the top of the league, as news filtered through that Ashfield were drawing 1-1 with Bunbury.

The visitor pressed looking for the comfort of a second goal, and they went close on the hour. Will Pender was sent racing down the right, he cut the ball back from the by-line but Alec Robinson miscued his shot to put the ball wide. Then ten minutes later a near identical ball by Mike Pritchard was played into the box, but this time substitute Gary Mahony shot was too close to the Canning keeper. Canning were not settling for a defeat and threatened themselves moments later, which had the Rovers’ faithful biting their nails, Niederbergers’ snap shot from the edge of the penalty area whistled past the post. With ten minutes remaining news came through that Ashfield were losing 3-1, and the Rovers players knew they needed to be resilient to clinch the title.

Concannon and second half substitute Brian Patterson were busy in the midfield, preventing Canning any chance of coming through the middle, but they were still dangerous down the flanks. A deep cross by Mark Trevisiol caused panic in the visitors defence but again they stood firm. Canning was throwing everything at Shamrock, but Dave Murphy, Darren O’Riordan, Doran and keeper McLindon were outstanding to thwart them. There was one final moment of drama in the 88th minute, when Canning had a corner, and even keeper Stonebridge came up to help, but when the ball was cleared it left Mahony and Trevisiol with a race towards the open Canning goal. The ball didn’t bounce kindly for either but it was Mahony who got the shot off, only to see the ball deflected away from his own goal line by Ryan Tucker at full stretch.

News came through on the final whistle that Ashfield had lost 3-2, which sent the Rovers players, coaches and fans into joyous scenes of celebration; although they quickly halted, to show a mark of respect for Canning players, Paul van Dongan, Michael van Dongan, Dean Aplegren, Duncan Hind, Rory Moutett, Daniel Niederberger, and Emlyn Whetnall, who were retiring from the game, and both clubs gave a guard of honour for them as they left the field. Likewise with equal respect, Canning then returned the favour to WA’s new state Division One Champions.



Ashfield’s All Flags State League Division One title dreams were cruelly snatched away from them on the final day as they succumbed to only their second defeat of the season going down to Bunbury Forum Force 3-2 at Ashfield Reserve on Saturday. Instead the championship trophy went to Shamrock Rovers Perth who narrowly won 1-0 at Canning City to spark jubilant scenes at Burrendah Reserve.

Going into the final round both Ashfield and Shamrock were level on 52 points but with their vastly superior goal difference the Reds knew they only needed to win to clinch top spot. But it was not to be as ruthless finishing from the Force's Lee Stewart and Hayden Prosser (two) after Ruben Tristao had given the hosts the lead left them with a mountain to climb, with Tom Kennedy offering a glimmer of hope late on. But Bunbury held firm to take all three points back to the south west.

Disappointed Ashfield coach Paul Dundo said it was a bitter pill to swallow having led the table for half the season and going into the final game at home with the title in their own hands, but tried to remain positive after improving on last year's sixth place finish. "Football's a funny game and today we didn't take our chances and got caught on the break when we were committing numbers forward. Unfortunately if you don't make use of the ball in the final third teams can punish you," Dundo said. "Unfortunately today wasn't our day but when I look back over the season with this squad of players I felt we had a stronger depth, in having players that can come off the bench and can make an impact. "But all credit to Shamrock, they've stuck at, gone about their business in a quiet fashion, not beating teams as convincingly as we did but they've won more games and fair play to them they've won the league. Congratulations to John O'Reilly and everyone at Shamrock.”

Bunbury, who were the early pace-setters before fading away mid-season, can be satisfied with a third place finish after cruelly being denied a place in the inaugural National Premier Leagues WA. Coach Trent Hathaway was delighted to end the season on a high and avenge the 4-0 thumping they endured at home to Ashfield in the reverse fixture. "I told the boys to go out there and do their jobs, they're a passionate bunch and they worked their (socks) off. We denied them the title and ruined their party but at the end of the day we go out to win games. Credit to the boys," Hathaway said.

The afternoon appeared to be going as planned for the Reds when after a quiet opening they surged ahead with the first real chance of the game in the 19th minute. Howard Neighbour teed up Ruben Tristao on the left hand side of the penalty and his low finish gave visiting keeper Ryan Montgomery no chance at his near post. But five minutes later Bunbury found an equaliser after a surging run and cross from the right was converted at full stretch at the back post by Lee Stewart.

The two sides went in at the break all square and Ashfield came out knowing Shamrock were leading and they needed to find another goal, but it was the Force who struck the next blow. Hayden Prosser worked himself some space down the right before playing a neat one-two and bursting into the box at an angle before firing past a largely untroubled John Perkins in the Ashfield goal. The home side had to find a response and despite bossing possession, found the Bunbury defence and Montgomery in no mood to give up their advantage. And Ashfield were dealt a killer blow on 76 minutes after a long ball found Jayden Prosser who struck a sweet first time volley across goal and in off the far post. The home side though were given a lifeline with nine minutes remaining when Force were penalised for handball in the box, and despite seeing Montgomery block Joe Briggs' spot-kick, Tom Kennedy reacted quickest to pounce on the rebound. Ryan Cox had a great chance to level in the 86th minute but Montgomery showed a strong hand to turn his effort over, and with it went any hopes of a Man City-style comeback for the hosts.



Defender Alanna Kennedy has scored her first goal for Perth Glory Women to clinch a 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets this afternoon at Magic Park. Kennedy, one of six Matildas to join Glory Women for the new campaign, scored in first half stoppage time to add to Marianna Tabina’s opener. “It was really exciting to get my first goal for Glory,” Kennedy said. “I’m back on the east coast and a lot closer to home, so to come here today and score in front of my friends and family felt really good.”

Tabain opened the scoring after 34 minutes by converting a free-kick form just outside the 18-yard box. And when Kennedy doubled the visitors lead it looked as though Glory Women would run away with the game. However, Newcastle had other ideas and in the 62nd minute Tara Andrews slotted in at close-range. Samantha Kerr thought she’d restored Glory Women’s two-goal buffer soon after but referee Kelly Jones disallowed the goal, and the same fate befell Victoria Huster ten minutes later. Substitute Gabrielle Marzano rattled the crossbar with a venomous strike as Glory Women sought to seal the win late on.



Sport clubrooms that fail to cater for women are being targeted by Perth councils concerned that women may be dissuaded from playing organised sport. More councils are applying for State Government grants to install facilities such as women's change rooms at ageing venues. City of Stirling councillor Elizabeth Re said facilities for women were "not anywhere near the facilities for men". The issue is also in the spotlight at the City of the Armadale, which recently completed a strategic review that highlighted the need for improvement.

Department of Sport and Recreation director-general Ron Alexander said the department had seen an increase in grant applications citing the need for facilities catering to women. "Some of the older clubrooms may have change rooms not suitable for women, built at a time when women didn't have the opportunity to play particular sports in organised competition," he said. "These days, more women are playing sports traditionally associated with men. We are seeing more applications to the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund that acknowledge the growth in women's participation and the differing requirements."

Armadale Soccer Club member Eliza Stockey said the lack of women's change rooms at Alfred Skeet Reserve meant players either got changed "in the middle of the oval" or in the toilets. The reserve will soon have female change rooms installed under plans funded by the city and a CSRFF grant. Armadale mayor Henry Zelones said the city had identified key venues to be upgraded in coming years. "It's one of the things that the community expects," Mr Zelones said.



Coach Jamie Harnwell will have the rare luxury of playing an unchanged starting line-up when Perth Glory Women take on Newcastle Jets tomorrow at Magic Park. After a short week on the training track, Harnwell has opted to make use of the same 15 players that took out all the points last weekend over Brisbane Roar. “I think it’s the first time for a while,” Harnwell said. “I don’t think I did it once last season with the same starting eleven, the same squad. It breeds familiarity and confidence but you’ve got to also look at the flipside and be prepared to make changes if they’re necessary. After last weekend’s performance, I haven’t felt the need for it.”

While Glory Women got their season off to a great start against Brisbane, courtesy of a Kate Gill double, Newcastle poses a new challenge after they defeated champions Melbourne Victory in round one. “Three months ago people would’ve looked at Newcastle and seen some of the players who were rumoured to be leaving and they would’ve had that pencilled down for three points,” Harnwell said. “They got one point all of last year and suddenly they’ve knocked off Melbourne Victory. So there won’t be any complacency and we’ve spoken about that this week. We’ve had a fantastic start but there are eleven games and we’ve got to perform like we did last week in every single game.”

Articles compiled by Brett Klucznik, Paul Oliver and Peter Simcox unless otherwise stated.

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