Glory youth midfielder Henry Hore in action in the 2-1 win against Brisbane Roar

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11.11.2018

GLORY STAY UNBEATEN AND RISE TO THE TOP

Perth Glory moved to the top of the Hyundai A-League table after a 2-0 win against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium in Sunday afternoon's Remembrance round. Skipper Andy Keogh bagged his fourth goal of the season to set Tony Popovic's side on their way, before Chris Ikonomidis fired home on 90 minutes after good work from Fabio Ferreira to seal the win. "We have to be happy, coming here's not easy and they'd had a fantastic week having lifted the FFA Cup and then backed that up by with a great performance against Central Coast," Popovic said post-match. "But from the outset, I thought we were well and truly in the game, had some good opportunities and overall, got the result we deserved. We had a game plan to come and impose ourselves... and today it worked out. I'm delighted for the group that we got just rewards for an outstanding performance away from home and kept our first clean sheet against a very good opponent."

Glory made one change to the side that beat Brisbane Roar last week with Dino Djulbic coming in for the suspended Tomislav Mrcela, although many thought Scott Neville would come into the side, but he injured his ankle at training on Saturday and will sidelined for up to a month. It was a sombre start to proceedings with the ode to remembrance and the last post played as the whole country remembered the fallen who gave their lives to defend our country in the first word war - 'Lest we forget'

This was the game of the round and it was the Glory who opened the brighter and they went close to the lead on 12 minutes. Keogh received the ball in the middle of the park and the skipper's clever turn took him clear of his marker and he sent Joel Chianese racing into the box, he cut inside his marker, but his shot was touched onto the bar superbly by the alert Paul Izzo. Then six minutes later Glory almost handed the lead to the home side. Glory keeper Liam Reddy delayed his kick and Ben Halloran closed him down, and Reddy just managed to get a foot to the ball and he brought the midfielder down in the process. The home fans were shouting for a penalty, but VAR gave the Glory custodian the benefit of the doubt.

Glory went close again on 26 minutes, Ivan Franjic and Chianese combined down the right, and the wingers cross picked out Keogh, who didn't make contact well and his volley flashed wide. The Reds started to get into the game and had plenty of possession, but they were struggling to create any clear-cut chances, but on 41 minutes it looked like they had a penalty. Vince Lia's shot hit the arm of Shane Lowry and referee Chris Beath said it had accorded outside the box, but on the tv replays it looked if it had been inside. But after being advised by the VAR to have a look at the replays the referee, after speaking to both skippers, decided to stick to his original decision, it looked like Glory got away with one there.

The home side were on the front foot early in the second half and they went close to the opener on 54 minutes. The lively Craig Goodwin raced past Djulbic on the left and his cross found Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, whose header flashed wide of the upright. It was a real arm-wrestle with both sides probing for the opener, but it was Glory who found it on 73 minutes. Neil Kilkenny's corner was headed goal wards by Alex Grant, but Izzo produced another great safe, but the rebound fell to Keogh and the Irishman made no mistake from close-range and raced off to celebrate with the small pocket of Glory supporters. It was almost 2-0 sixty seconds later, Chianese sending Keogh clear into the box, but Izzo stood tall to save.

Adelaide pressed forward looking to restore parity, and it looked like Halloran was going to do so when he burst into the box on 77 minutes, but Lowry got back with a superb block. There was some desperate defending by the back three as Adelaide pressed, but Glory were picking them off on the counter attack and on 90 minutes they added a second to seal victory. Former Adelaide winger Ferreira was sent clear by Ikonomidis and he raced into the box before unselfishly squared the ball to Ikonomidis, who had continued his run, and he fired home into an empty net. They almost added a third in stoppage time, but Izzo, who had a superb game, produced a stunning save to deny Ferreira, and a reaction save from a deflected shot.

Adelaide United: GK Paul IZZO, 3 Scott GALLOWAY (2 Michael MARRONE 79'), 4 Ryan STRAIN, 6 Vince LIA (7 Ryan KITTO, 76'), 8 Isaías SÁNCHEZ (c), 11 Craig GOODWIN, 22 Michael JAKOBSEN, 23 Jordan ELSEY, 26 Ben HALLORAN, 31 Mirko BOLAND (10 Ken ILSØ 67'), 33 Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS - Subs not used: RGK Isaac RICHARDS, 16 Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 2 Alex GRANT, 3 Jason DAVIDSON, 4 Shane LOWRY, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 6 Dino DJULBIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE (22 Fabio FERREIRA 78'), 9 Andy KEOGH, 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS, 27 JUANDE (15 Brandon WILSON, 64'), 88 Neil KILKENNY - Subs not used: RGK Tando VELAPHI, 14 Chris HAROLD, 25 Walter SCOTT - Referee: Chris Beath

10.11.2018

GLORY START Y-LEAGUE WITH THREE POINTS

Perth Glory have begun the 2018-19 Foxtel Y-League season on a high after a 2-1 win against Brisbane Roar at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday morning. An own goal from Roar defender Jordan Courtney-Perkins gave the hosts the lead before Abias Bukuru doubled their advantage before the break. Roar pulled one back late through second half substitute Emlyn Wellsmore, but it was too little too late. Glory midfielder Henry Hore said it was a great first up performance. “It was good performance from the boys and it’s always good to start the season with a win,” he said. “We had a good first half and deservedly led, but they got a bit of momentum after half time and scored late but it’s good to start off with a ‘W’.”

The home side made the perfect start and were ahead on 18 minutes. Hore sent the lively Ethan Brooks down the right, and his low cross was turned home by Courtney-Perkins, under pressure from Glory striker Jaidon Seldon. Brooks was a constant threat and he went close to doubling the lead five minutes later. Trent Ostler sending the winger in on goal, but he fired over the top. The visitors went close themselves moments later Mirza Muratovic raced into the box, but his shot was well saved by Jackson Lee.

Both sides had chances as the game opened up. Muratovic was in again on the half hour, but a great last-ditch tackle from Cameron Murray cleared the danger. Ostler then went close at the other end, but his curling shot was pushed around the post by Macklin Freke. But on the stroke of half time Glory doubled their lead. Quick feet by Seldon gave him space in the box and he fed Bukuru who made no mistake from close-range.

Roar opened the second half well and should have pulled one back on 50 minutes. Good work down the right by Lleyton Brooks ended with a cross to the back post to Daniel Leck, but with the goal at his mercy he failed to hit the target. Moments later skipper Stefan Nigro shot was well held by Lee. Glory almost pinched a third on the hour, but half-time substitute Jaydon Leader’s shot was saved low by Freke. Glory were defending well with Daniel Walsh, Murray and skipper Zayd Farah all outstanding, and they almost added a third with six minutes remaining.

Some great lead up play involved several players ended with Jack Leech, who’s shot flashed over the top. Roar found a lifeline in the final minute, Wellsmore was given far too much room on the edge of the box and his shot flew past Lee. Roar went within inches of the equaliser in stoppage time, when Isack Powell crossed to the unmarked Cristian Aloisi, son of the A-League assistant coach Ross, but the youngsters first time shot flashed inches wide of the far post.

Perth Glory: GK Jackson LEE, 2 Daniel WALSH (14 Nicholas McDONALD 90’+1), 3 Cameron MURRAY, 4 Zayd FARAH (C), 5 Henry HORE, 6 Jack LEECH, 7 Ethan BROOKS, 8 Abias BUKURU (17 Jordan Abrahams 75’), 9 Jaidon SELDON, 10 Sasa NJEGIC (16 Jaydon LEADER 46’), 11 Trent OSTLER - Subs not used: RGK Nicholas SPECA

Brisbane Roar: GK Macklin FREKE, 3 Kai TREWIN, 4 Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, 5 Isaack POWELL, 7 Lleyton BROOKS (19 Cristian ALOISI 80’), 8 Oliver DUNCAN (16 Eduardo CASTENEDA 39’), 9 Mirza MURATOVIC, 10 Bryce BAFFORD (2 Emlyn WELLSMORE 85’), 11 Daniel LECK, 14 Jay BARNETT, 15 Stefan NIGRO (C) - Subs not used: RGK Lachlan HUNTER - Referee: Adrien Liechti

10.11.2018

HAS THE NPLWA LOST ITS APPEAL AND IDENTITY? (PART ONE)

With dwindling crowds and interest in the local game at an all-time low, many are saying has the NPLWA lost its appeal and identity among the locals? The Footballwa.net team have a look at some of the problems we believe are hindering the game in WA in a three-part article. Part One - It must be said first up the hard work from every club on and off the park to get their club running well will never change. Every club have those people who watch through thick and thin, but it's becoming a concern that the attendance in the NPLWA have fallen off dramatically over the past three seasons and the trend doesn't look like turning around anytime soon.

There seems to be many reasons behind this, and everyone has their opinion, but what do we need to turn this around? The major one which is mentioned on forums is no coverage of the game in the media, and that is a worrying one, but let’s have a look at it from the TV and newspapers perspective. With crowds between 60 to 200 at most games in the league, why would these organisations give a sport that can only pull those figures any publicity. Look in Sydney and Victoria, where crowds reach 1,000 up to 4,000 and those sorts of figures mean the local NPL has a far greater coverage than we do in the West. They have mainstream newspapers covering games in the sports section and live TV streaming and radio is available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Before you jump up and down and say why isn't Football West doing anything about this, all clubs must first look at what they can do also. The Community newspapers are something we should use more to get our game out there to the local community. Every club have a media officer, who use the club’s social media platforms to get information out, and they could write a report on their game and send it to their local community paper, but not many clubs do this. I know Football West send all the NPL reports their own reporters do each week out to community papers, but we need more about the club’s inner workings, something a club media person could bring. Mentioning results from all teams at the club, plus the talented young players coming through the ranks and other club news to get the information out to people who have wandered away from their club and the game in recent seasons.

This article will continue next week in part two.

9.11.2018

REDS NEXT UP FOR GLORY

The two in-form Hyundai A-League teams will face off against each other on Sunday afternoon when second placed Perth Glory take on third placed Adelaide United in week four at Coopers Stadium. Both sides have started the season well and are both unbeaten, while The Reds beat Sydney FC to take out the FFA Cup Final, so this one should be a cracker.

The Reds do have a good home record against Glory and have only lost once in their last nine meetings in the City of churches, but that was a stunning 5-0 win to Glory in 2016. The Glory haven't struggled in front of goal recently and have found the net in their last 15 matches, and Andy Keogh is on fire having scored in each of the opening three rounds this season and boasts five in his last six against Adelaide. Glory have been playing some good football with Keogh, Chris Ikonimidis and Joel Chianese all contributing, while wing backs Jason Davidson and Ivan Franjic have both fitted in well to Tony Popovic's new look side. But Sunday is their toughest game of the season, with the Reds on top of their game and Craig Goodwin on fire in front of goal

There are some interesting match-up's in this one, first Reds defender Michael Jakobsen will have his hands full with a confident Keogh. WA-born Scott Galloway and Ryan Strain will need to do a great deal of tracking back to stop the lively Ikonomidis and Chianese, while in the middle of the park Spanish duo Juande and Isaías Sanchez will go head-to-head .

There is still no room for skipper Diego Castro, but Chianese has been outstanding as his replacement and he said he's enjoying his opportunity in the side and working with Popovic. "I pretty much trained most of the pre-season as that right wing back position," Chianese explained. "I had to get really fit and change my game, especially defensively, and then we picked up a few injuries up front and they saw my movement getting in behind defenders and liked what they saw.

"So pretty much a week leading up to the first game of the season I was thrown up there in attack. It was a massive shock. "He (Popovic) has probably been the best coach I've had in terms of what we do on the park. He just demands the best from everyone. If you do slip up, he's very upfront and he'll pull you into his office and he'll let you know this is how it needs to be."

Big defender Alex Grant said the start to the season is good and he puts a lot of the clubs early success down to the new Coach, and he said Sunday's game is another tough test. “His attention to detail is unbelievable,” Grant said. “It’s those little details that can win you titles at the end of the day. We’ve put our trust in him and you listen to what he says.

"There’s a purpose to everything he does. Keeping the ball and being patient, building from the back has been a real focus. We know on Sunday we are going to have to roll our sleeves up and give it to them, and we're expecting a physical, aggressive game, a quick-tempo game.”

Reds striker Craig Goodwin was named as a train on player in the Socceroos squad for the upcoming games against Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, but his focus is on Sunday's game against a good Glory side. “It’s been a good start for me and for the Club as well. We’ve been doing well to start the season I think, so it’s just trying to deliver those performances on a consistent basis," he explained.

"Obviously I’ll need to try and do that against Perth, who for me have probably been the best team so far this year and have made some really good recruitment's and have strong players all across the park. So, I’ll be looking to have another good game there and hopefully help the team as much as I can.”

Adelaide United: GK Paul IZZO, RGK Isaac RICHARDS, 2 Michael MARRONE, 3 Scott GALLOWAY, 4 Ryan STRAIN, 5 Taylor REGAN, 6 Vince LIA, 7 Ryan KITTO, 8 Isaías SÁNCHEZ (c), 10 Ken ILSØ, 11 Craig GOODWIN, 16 Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17 Nikola MILEUSNIC, 22 Michael JAKOBSEN, 23 Jordan ELSEY, 26 Ben HALLORAN, 31 Mirko BOLAND, 33 Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS - *two to be omitted* - Ins: LIA (promoted), BOLAND (promoted) - Outs: Nil - Unavailable: 9.Baba DIAWARA (knee), 14.George BLACKWOOD (collar bone)

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, RGK Tando VELAPHI, 2 Alex GRANT, 3 Jason DAVIDSON, 4 Shane LOWRY, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 6 Dino DJULBIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE, 9 Andy KEOGH, 13 Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 14 Chris HAROLD, 15 Brandon WILSON, 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20 Jake BRIMMER, 22 Fabio FERREIRA, 23 Scott NEVILLE, 27 JUANDE, 88 Neil KILKENNY - *two to be omitted** - Ins: DJULBIC (promoted), SPIRANOVIC (promoted), BRIMMER (promoted) - Outs: 16.Tomislav MRCELA (suspended – 1 match) - Unavailable: 11.Brendon SANTALAB (hamstring – 1 week), 17.Diego CASTRO (hamstring – 1-2 weeks), 21.Jacob ITALIANO (knee – 1-2 weeks)

9.11.2018

GLORY YOUTH BEGIN Y-LEAGUE SEASON

After a successful Football West NPL season behind them Glory Youth will be looking to take that form into the Foxtel Y-League which kicks off this weekend, when the youngsters host Brisbane Roar at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday morning. (10.30am) The league will see ten clubs divided into two conferences, and we have been drawn in Conference A, along with Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory. In Conference B there is Central Coast Mariners, Canberra United, Newcastle Jets, Sydney and Western Sydney Wanderers, and the winners of each conference will meet in the Grand Final.

Former Glory and Socceroos midfielder Richard Garcia will take charge of the youngsters this season and he said it's a challenge they are all looking forward too. "It’s a great challenge for the group but one we’re all looking forward too,” he said. “We’ve brought in some young new faces to the squad and they will be interesting to watch, so we are really excited and have prepared well for the new Foxtel Y-League season.”

Garcia said the players have worked extremely hard at training after a tough NPL season, and they are looking to start the league with a positive performance. "The lads performed well in the NPL last season and it will hold them in good stead for the Y-League, but this is a tough competition with some of the best players in the country,” he explained. “It’s a short season, so we need to be on the front foot early, and it is important to open up with a win and a positive performance against a good Brisbane side.”

Midfielder Zayd Farah was impressive in his debut season in the NPL first team and he said the squad is looking forward to the Foxtel Y-League and continuing their good form. “We’re all looking forward to continuing the good run we’ve had for the last couple of months in the NPL,” he said. “Although we didn’t get the result that we wanted at the end of the season, we know that there were many positives to take from our performances.”

Farah played several games for the Hyundai A-League side in pre-season games and he said it's helped his game, and he said they enter the Y-League competition full of confidence and are determined to start the season with three points. "It was an amazing experience playing with A league and hopefully I can bring that experience to my youth league performances,” he said. “We are well aware it’s a tough competition and starting off with a win will set us up nicely for the season, so the first 3 points is important if will want to get ahead of teams early on in the season.”

9.11.2018

HINA “ABSOLUTELY ECSTATIC” AT RE-JOINING INGLEWOOD (courtesy inglewoodunitedfc.com.au)

Inglewood United has bolstered its attacking options with the recruitment of left winger Hamza Hina. The Jordan youth international will get the opportunity to add to the dozen appearances he made for the club in 2017 after agreeing to a return for the coming National Premier Leagues season.

“I am absolutely ecstatic to be back with Inglewood United,” 21-year old Hina commented. “A part of me will always belong to Inglewood due to the warm way they welcomed me two years ago and how they helped develop me to the next level as a player, but more importantly as a young man.”

“When I left Inglewood at the start of this year, I felt there were some things that were unfinished. My family always taught me ‘If you’re doing something go all the way otherwise don’t even begin’ and now I’m returning to go all the way … I can’t wait to reignite the journey.”

“Going all the way is what we’ll aspire to next year. With a great bunch of players, an esteemed coaching team and a constantly supportive board we will not settle for anything less than number one. It could potentially be my last season in the country and I don’t plan to leave without a bang.”

9.11.2018

WILLIAMS SET TO REPRESENT INDIA

Australian defender Aryn Williams is closing in on acquiring an Indian passport making him eligible to represent the Indian national team. Born and raised in Perth, Williams is eligible to play for four countries in Australia, England, Wales and India through his parents’ heritage. His father was born in Kent, while his mother’s family hails from Mumbai.

Already his older brother Rhys is a Socceroo, capped 14 times for the green and gold, who also made 10 appearances for the Welsh Under-21s. His twin brother Ryan, currently on the books of English Championship club Rotherham United, has played for both the Young Socceroos and Olyroos in the past. And now Aryn is closing in on his own international debut.

Williams' focus is on breaking into the Blue Tigers’ set-up. “It’s definitely a dream I’m striving towards and hopefully within the next couple of month I will be able to acquire my Indian passport and represent the Indian national team,” Williams said. “Hopefully I can get an opportunity to prove myself worth enough to play for the Indian national team.”

Williams came through the junior ranks at ECU Joondalup before spending three years with the academy of English Premier League club Burnley. He returned to Australia in 2014 and has had spells with Perth Glory and in the National Premier Leagues with Floreat Athena and Preston Lions (Victoria). But last year he headed back overseas to join newly promoted Neroca.

After starring as a defensive midfielder, Williams has returned to the Imphal-based club for a second campaign. “I’m really enjoying it to be honest,” he said. “When I left at the end of last season I was already looking forward to coming back to India. It was an easy decision to come back. I know the back room staff really well and most of the players stayed on from last season.”

“It’s a tough league and sometimes difficult conditions. One week it’s 15 degrees in the middle of the mountains in the North East of India and the next week you’re playing beach-side in Goa at 35 degrees, so it’s difficult in that aspect. The league is definitely improving and quality foreign players are coming over for this season so it’s turning out to be an exciting season ahead.”

Neroca won the I-League’s second division in 2017 to secure promotion, and then finished second on the table in the top flight last season. Williams explains that Imphal, the capital centre of the state of Manipur and with a population of over 400,000, is dominated by football and not cricket.

“Football is definitely the number one sport here,” he said. “Neroca is great, it’s like a big family and they’ve made me and my partner, Kate, so welcome here. The people are so friendly and the fans are brilliant as well. Imphal is a quiet city but I have enjoyed it so far and it’s a great place for sight-seeing, with waterfalls and temples.”

The Orange Brigade have made a slow start to the I-League and are currently bottom with a draw and a loss after two rounds. “Our goal this season is to finish as high as possible and we’ve given ourselves a top four finish goal and I think that is pretty realistic to be honest,” the defender said. “Hopefully we can do one better then last season and finish on top of the table.”

7.11.2018

WA WIN SECOND GAME IN MALAYSIA

WA Gold Fields State Amateur team have continued their good form in Malaysia after a 3-0 win against Samarahan FC on Wednesday evening. Second half goals from Jayden Drummond, Sean Johnson and David Palin gave Colm Costello’s side the win. “It was a very good win on a very difficult pitch for both teams,” Costello said. “Because of the conditions we struggled to get the ball down and play but saying that we created lots of chances in first 45 minutes but couldn’t find the back on the net. “We had good chat at half time and all agreed the first goal was needed to calm things down and we went on with it which was pleasing. I was very happy with the win and every player but a solid shift in another victory and it sets up a cracking cup final for winner takes all game against Sarawak On Friday.”

Both sides had chances in the first half, the better falling to WA, but they couldn’t find the opener, but the pitch was taking its toll, in very poor conditions. But eight minutes into the second half the WA side did find the opener. Paul McCormack found space out wide and crossed to Drummond who headed home into the top corner. They doubled their lead 10 minutes later, a well worked move ended with Ben Greaves, who found Tom Grant, his cross found Johnson, who held off his marker and fired into the net.

WA sealed the win late when Graves crossed from the right and Palin made no mistake from close-range. Palin said it was a great night and a fantastic performance. “The opposition put on a ceremony before the game and to see the kids with big smiles on their faces performing for us was a highlight of the trip so far,” he said. “On the pitch conditions the team faced were probably nothing we would experience in Perth, so to put in a performance that was at a level that everyone could be proud of and take away the win was the most important thing.

“We have it all to play for Friday night now after two wins, the equation is simple win and we bring home the trophy, preparation has been really good, and everyone is looking forward to the game.” Keeper Paul Rainford said the side were great in atrocious conditions. “The boys played really well, in what was almost unplayable conditions,” he said. “In the first half we had some great chances but just couldn’t put them away, but in the second half we played well and got all the goals which was fully deserved.”

6.11.2018

NO END IN SIGHT FOR MATILDAS VETERAN DE VANNA

Lisa De Vanna should be in the twilight of her career. But with her body and mind in perfect sync, the Matildas veteran has no intention of hanging up the boots anytime soon. De Vanna turns 34 next Wednesday. Most footballers would be fortunate to still be playing professionally at that age, but the one-time 'wild child' of the women's game in Australia has found a second wind.

It's easy to understand why. The Matildas have hit the home stretch on the road to next year's World Cup in France, where they are expected to be among the top contenders to win it. Then there's the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and after that there will be a World Cup on home soil in 2023. De Vanna wants to be part of it all - but she doesn't want to overstay her welcome.

"I'll never be a person who will play for the sake of who I am and just stay in the team," De Vanna said. "I want to play and leave when people go, 'You know what? She was the best player and she's left the game at a high level.' I never want it to be, 'It's time for her to leave'. I just take every tournament, every game as it comes."

The country's leading international scorer with 45 goals, De Vanna is just nine caps away from matching Cheryl Salisbury's all-time record of 151 international appearances for Australia. It seems like a formality that she will break it. The question is, what will the new mark be?

"If I can physically match up and I'm in the right headspace - and that for me is more important than anything - then I will play on to the Olympics," De Vanna said. "My body's great and that's the most important thing for me. If my body's good and mentally, I'm good, then I feel good, I can keep pushing.

"It would be fantastic if I could push on to 2023 if we can get it at home. I will be involved, somehow, in some sort of capacity - if not as a player, something, anything. I've given a lot to the country and I've left some sort of legacy and been a pioneer for football, so it'd be nice to get something in return."

6.11.2018

VERSATILE IREDALE OUT FOR PREMIERSHIP PLACE

West Australian Jack Iredale has been Greenock Morton's Mr Fix It this season and is targeting promotion into Scotland's top flight. The 22-year old, who was on Perth Glory's books for three and half years, is fast establishing himself in the Scottish Championship.

This season Iredale has made 12 appearances, scoring one goal and notching three assists in league and cup competitions. Normally a centre or left back, he has amazingly been used in seven different positions already this campaign. His utility value has been fully demonstrated with stints at left wing, centre midfield, central defence, wing back and as a fullback.

On Saturday the former ECU Joondalup junior grabbed one goal and two assists in an impressive 5-1 rout of Partick Thistle. "It was a good day," Iredale told ftbl.com.au. "I'm enjoying my football. I’m enjoying the season a lot more when I’m playing, it was a bit stop-start (early on)."

"I've been asked to play multiple positions, about seven or so up till now. But I've been in at left wing back the past few games (and) getting a string of 90-minute performances together. It's been hard in a sense that it’s difficult find a rhythm, but also I’ve got attributes I can use there that helps."

Morton are in the hunt at the top half of the table and currently sit in fourth spot, nine points below league leaders Ayr. The Scottish Championship champion are automatically promoted, while the clubs that finish second, third and fourth go into the play-offs for the final spot in top flight.

Iredale says Morton are pushing hard to get to the top. "We're aiming as high up as possible," he said. "We've got our eyes on the playoffs for sure. (But) we need to sort our consistency I think. I would love to play in the Premiership. "I want to play as high as possible."

5.11.2018

JONES 'STABLE' AFTER FRIGHTENING HEAD INJURY

Socceroos goalkeeper Brad Jones is stable and will be released from hospital tomorrow following a frightening head injury sustained playing in Saudi Arabia. The 36-year old was left unconscious for several minutes after an accidental collision with the knee of teammate Bruno Uvini in the 75th minute of Al Nassr's 2-0 loss to Al Ahli.

Jones had raced off his line to block Djaniny's opportunity, which was squared for Omar Al Somah to score to make it 1-0. The match was then halted for almost ten minutes as Al Nassr's medical staff tended to Jones, who initially lay motionless. He was eventually taken from the field on a stretcher after he regained consciousness and then immediately rushed out of the stadium in an ambulance.

Al Nassr confirmed Jones was taken to hospital and has remained there since his arrival. While he is expected to be released tomorrow, Jones is likely to be out of action for six weeks. That would rule him out of this month's Socceroos friendlies against Lebanon and Kuwait which will be crucial preparation for the 2019 Asian Cup in United Arab Emirates.

5.11.2018

BARNETT RETURNS TO INGLEWOOD (courtesy inglewoodunitedfc.com.au)

Inglewood United has continued its off-season activity with the recruitment of Mark Barnett. The 22-year old defender returns to Inglewood fresh from a five-month spell at Scottish Premiership club Heart of Midlothian and following three productive years with Forrestfield United.

“I’m very excited to be joining Inglewood for a second time,” commented Barnett. “The Club has a great culture and a great bunch of lads full of quality. Inglewood has been very competitive over the last few seasons and I want to be part of the push for the league title under Trim Morgan.”

Barnett has matured greatly since he was with Inglewood in 2015, when medical reasons restricted him to only three senior appearances. “I improved greatly with consistent first team game time at Forrestfield and I recently returned from Scotland after extended trials with Hearts,” he explained.

“I want to continue my development next season by playing as many first team games as possible and focusing of the consistency of my performances. I hate losing - all I want is to win and to enjoy it in the process. I’m excited to link back-up with the old and the new faces at Inglewood United … I can’t wait to get started!”

5.11.2018

KERR, DE VANNA, WILLIAMS IN MATILDAS SQUAD

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has included West Australian trio Sam Kerr, Lisa De Vanna and Lydia Williams in his 20-player squad for the upcoming two-game friendly series with Chile. Australia meets the South American's on home soil in Penrith (10th November) and Newcastle (13th November).

“Our upcoming matches against Chile represent a key part of our ongoing preparation for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France,” Stajcic said. “With the draw for the tournament being held next month, it is vital that we continue to play and familiarise ourselves with a diverse range of opponents.”

The Matilda's squad to play Chile is Michelle Heyman (Adelaide United), Alex Chidiac (Atletico Madrid), Katrina Gorry, Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar), Ellie Carpenter (Canberra United), Sam Kerr (Perth Glory), Tameka Butt, Elise Kellond-Knight (Melbourne City), Laura Alleway, Emily Gielnik, Lydia Williams (Melbourne Victory), Larissa Crummer, Emily Van Egmond (Newcastle Jets), Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Princess Ibini-Isei, Alanna Kennedy, Chloe Logarzo, Amy Sayer (Sydney FC) and Mackenzie Arnold (unattached).

5.11.2018

WA GOLDFIELD STATE TEAM OPEN TOUR WITH BIG WIN

WA Gold Fields State Amateur team have begun their tour of Malaysia with a 5-0 win against Kuching in Sarawak on Monday evening. It was Kingsley's Jayden Drummond who opened the scoring early, when Leeming's Ben Greaves played a great through ball for the winger to race on to, and he outpaced the last defender before finding the bottom corner of the net. In hot and steamy conditions, the WA side continued to control the game and added a second before the break. Leeming's David Palin found space on the edge of the box and he finished clinically to send WA 2-0 up at the break.

Colm Costello's side went on with it after the break and Palin added his second, a stunning long-range shot via the crossbar to make it 3-0. It was 4-0 when Kingsley’s Lee Thomas' free kick was flicked past the Kuching keeper by Wembley Downs defender Anthony Jones. Drummond made it 5-0 when Jones sent him clear and he eased past his marker and finished with aplomb to give the WA Gold Fields WA Amateur side a great start to their three-game tour.

"The conditions were tough out there, but the work rate from the lads, all over the park was first class," Drummond said post-match. "They (Kuching) weren’t a bad side, and technically quite good, but it was good to see we took our chances, which was something we have spoken about prior to the game about sharpening it up in the final third and we defiantly did that."

Starting side v Kuching - GK Paul Rainford, 3 Paul McCormack, 4 Ben Greaves, 5 Billy Wright, 6 Jayden Drummond, 8 Lee Thomas, 11 Tom Grant, 12 Jay McDonald, 13 David Palin, 14 Anthony Jones, 15 Ago Mojic - Subs - RGK Jordan Jones, 2 Niall Murray, 7 Eamon Kelly, 9 Sean Johnson, 10 Ryan Fish

WA play their second game against Samarahan FC on Wednesday before the final game against a SWAK Project team on Friday.

4.11.2018

LYDEN HAS NO REGRETS

Jordan Lyden is glad he decided to link up with Oldham Athletic after being one or two advised him against the idea during the close season. The 22-year old midfielder is at Boundary Park on loan from Aston Villa, and he has impressed following an injury-interrupted start to his Athletic stint.

Asked for his early impressions of the cut and thrust of League Two football, Lyden said: “Each team is different obviously, they’ve all got their strengths and they’ve all got their weaknesses. To be honest I’ve been surprised with exactly how many teams do try and get the ball down and play football.”

“Some people said to me in the summer ‘oh, you don’t want to go down there’. They said it’s long ball football and because I’m a midfielder, it would just go over my head. But (manager) Frankie Bunn likes to get the ball down and we have got some really good technical players at the club. That’s definitely the way I want to play, so I am really enjoying it here so far.”

“It’s really opened my eyes because it is my first loan spell away from Villa. Obviously picking up the injury so soon after I arrived was disappointing, but the lads are great here and they’ve helped me settle in. I’ve spoken to the gaffer at length, and he’s got faith in me, so hopefully we can all push the club to where we need to be, where it belongs.”

“For me personally, I just need game time now. Villa have told me that if I get game time here, then we can talk about a new contract when I go back. I’d like to stay here for the season, get Oldham promoted and then hopefully I can push on back at Villa from there.”

Perth-born Lyden, an Australia under-20 international, was first spotted by Villa 14 years ago. He played locally for ECU Joondalup and moved to England at the age of 12 to join the Villa academy. Four years later signed his first professional contract.

Asked about his preferred role in the team, Lyden said: “I do like to sit in front of the back four, break up play, then hopefully give the ball to the more effective, more technically gifted players. At the same time, though, I can grab a goal.”

“Probably my best attribute is my discipline. I can sit in the middle of the park, I know my position and my role, and sometimes that’s the main thing you need. Hopefully everyone can push forward, leaving me to drop back and guard against the counter-attack, just in case we do lose the ball.

“I’ve spoken to the gaffer about my role in the team of course, and we both know now what he wants from me. It’s just about going out there and doing it now.” After missing Athletic's last three games, Lyden returned to action as a 75th minutes substitute in yesterday's 3-2 loss to Stevenage.

4.11.2018

GLORY PRODUCE A GREAT FIGHT BACK TO EARN A POINT

Perth Glory produced a sensational comeback to maintain their unbeaten start to the Westfield W-League after a 4-4 draw against Canberra United at McKellar Park on Sunday afternoon. The ground hadn't been a good hunting ground for Glory and it looked like it would continue with eight minutes to go, as they trailed 4-1. Glory did take the lead in the fifth minute with Denise O'Sullivan turning the ball into her own net. But it went downhill from there, with Refiloe Jane converting a penalty and further goals from Rhoda Mulaudzi and Maria Rojasgave the home side a 3-1 lead at the break. Glory then had Sarah Carroll sent off and when Jane converted a second penalty it looked game over, but Glory had other ideas. Alyssa Mautz reduced the arrears, before Leticia McKenna volleyed home, and then in stoppage time Scottish defender Rachel Corsie diverted Sam Kerr's cross into her own net to ensure that the spoils would be shared.

"It was very exciting," Glory Coach Bobby Despotovski said. "The game itself, I think we had most of the play from the back, but we struggled to create anything up front in the first half and got caught a couple of times. Everything that Canberra created in the first half was from our own mistakes and we need to eliminate those if we are to progress. In the second half, we brought on a couple of young players who managed to provide Sam (Kerr) with the right kind of service and we got back into the game. If the game had gone another five minutes, we might well have won it, but I'm not complaining; we came back from 4-1 down."

After last week’s draw in Brisbane Glory made two changes in the starting side for this one, with Kerr and Nicole Stanton coming into the side for Jamie-Lee Gale (omitted) and Abbey Meakins who dropped to the bench. The visitors made a perfect start, hitting the front on five minutes. Stanton’s corner was headed into her own net by O'Sullivan. But the lead lasted only two minutes when Laura Hughes was brought down in the box by Kim Carroll and referee Lara Lee pointed straight to the spot, and Jane steeped up and restored parity from the resulting penalty.

The hosts hit the front on the half hour mark, a corner from Jane was headed down by Corsie, and Mulaudzi swept the ball home from close-range. The home side added to their lead on the stroke of half time, Rojas won the ball in midfield and raced to the edge of the box and her stunning strike gave Glory keeper Eliza Campbell no chance, so at the break Glory had it all to do.

Glory needed a good start after half time and they went close early when Kerr went one-on-one with Shamiran Khamis, but the Canberra keeper saved superbly to deny her, and Mautz's follow up shot was blocked. But Glory suffered another blow on 65 minutes when Sarah Carroll received her second yellow card and was sent off. Campbell then did well to deny Mulaudzi as the home side looked to put the game to bed, and 12 minutes from time it looked game over when Canberra added a third. Nicki Flannery was brought down in the box by and Jane made no mistake from the spot to give the home side a 4-1 lead.

But Glory had other ideas and they hit back, led superbly by skipper Kerr, and with eight minutes remaining they reduced the margin. The skipper cut in from the left and crossed to Mautz, who brought the ball down well and finished low past Khamis. It looked like just a consolation goal, but Glory weren’t finished and five minutes later it was 4-3. Rachel Hill found Kerr in the box who's shot was blocked by Corsie, the ball falling to McKenna on the edge of the penalty area and she marked her senior debut by thumping home a stunning volley. The comeback was completed on 91 minutes, Kerr again was the supplier her run and cross from the left was turned into her own net by the unfortunate Corsie to give Glory a point in a stunning comeback

Canberra United: GK Shamiran KHAMIS, 2 Laura HUGHES (21 Ellie CARPENTER 68'), 3 Natasha PRIOR, 4 Rachel CORSIE (c), 5 Nikola ORGILL, 6 Refiloe JANE, 9 Rhoda MULAUDZI (13 Megan MCELLIGOTT 86'), 11 Denise O'SULLIVAN, 16 Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 19 Nickoletta FLANNERY, 23 Maria JOSE ROJAS (7 Aoife COLVILL 75') - Subs not used: RGK Melissa MAIZELS

Perth Glory: GK Eliza CAMPBELL, 2 Sarah CARROLL, 3 Kim CARROLL, 4 Alyssa MAUTZ, 5 Shannon MAY (6 Abbey MEAKINS 78'), 7 Nicole STANTON, 9 Rachel HILL, 14 Caitlin DOEGLAS (11 Leticia MCKENNA 66'), 20 Sam KERR (c), 24 Natasha RIGBY (12 Jenna ONIONS 66'), 25 Katie NAUGHTON - Subs not used: RGK Stacey CAVILL - Red cards: Sarah Carroll 65' - Referee: Lara Lee

3.11.2018

GLORY HOLD ON TO BEAT THE ROAR

Perth Glory moved joint top of the Hyundai A-League table after a 2-1 win against Brisbane Roar in Week three at nib Stadium on Saturday evening. Skipper Andy Keogh opened the scoring early, this after he was denied the opener by a stunning double save from Roar keeper Jamie Young. Glory doubled their lead on the hour when Keogh's cross was turned into his own net by Connor O'Toole. Roar hadn't really threatened in the game but found a lifeline five minutes from time when former Glory striker Adam Taggart converted from the spot after he was brought down by Tomislav Mrcela, who was sent off.

It left nine-minutes of nervous moments for the 9,446 Glory supporters, but the ten men held on for the win and maintained their unbeaten start to the new campaign. "It's great for the players and whether they admit to it or not, there's always a little bit of anxiety in the players whether they show it on the field," Glory Coach Tony Popovic said. "You want to win that first one at home. We didn't pull it off against the Wanderers but tonight was another improved performance and they well and truly deserved the win."

Popovic kept the same side that beat Melbourne Victory on the road last week, while Chris Harold returned to the bench after illness, but there was still no Diego Castro, who is still struggling with a hamstring injury. Buoyed by the huge win at the Champions last week the Glory were on the front foot early and went close to the opener on six minutes Jason Davidson raced down the left and his cross picked out Keogh, whose header was well saved by Young, the Roar custodian then reacted superbly to tip Keogh's follow up header on to the bar, before the keeper pounced on the loose ball, a contender for save of the season there.

But nine minutes later the Glory did hit the front. Chris Ikonomidis who was the supplier, racing down the left and into the box before crossing low to Keogh, who nipped in front of his marker to steer the ball past Young. Glory looked dangerous going forward, with Ikonomidis a constant threat and on 23 minutes he found space in the middle of the park before finding Davidson, whose dangerous low cross was claimed by Young. The crowd were on the edge of their seats as Glory continued to press and Shane Lowry's header was straight at Young on the half hour.

But moments later the Roar should have levelled, when Brazilian striker Henrique was sent clear, one-on-one with Liam Reddy, but the Glory custodian stood tall to deny him. In only his second start for Glory, Ikonomidis was on fire, and he went close himself on 36 minutes. He found space on the edge of the box, and his shot on the turn flashed over the top. Roar pressed late in the half, but Glory held firm to go into the sheds one to the good.

Roar started the second half as they had finished the first and Reddy had to be alert again five minutes in when O'Toole's cross deflected off Lowry and was going in at the near post, but Reddy reacted well to keep it out. Glory hit back on 58 minutes when Joel Chianese picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box and his volley flew inches over the top. Glory were now on top and Davidson fired over the top before Chianese was denied by Young. Glory needed a second goal after all their pressure and on 62 minutes they found it.

Great feet from Keogh in the box saw him bamboozle Avram Papadopoulos and his shot was turned home by the unfortunate O'Toole, much to the delight of the Shed. The home side went close to a third six minutes later, when substitute Scott Neville found Ikonomidis, whose first time shot whistled over the top. Glory were well in control and it looked like it would be an easy three points but that changed five minutes from time when Henrique played in Taggart, who was bundled over by Mrcela, and referee Daniel Elder pointed to the spot.

It got worse for Glory when Mrcela was given a straight red card, after being deemed the last man, and Taggart picked himself and kept his nerves to send Reddy the wrong way to reduce the margin. Roar were on the front foot now and pressed for the equaliser but despite having plenty of possession they couldn't find a way past a hard-working Glory defence. Roar coach John Aloisi wasn't happy post-match about his team's slow start. "I'm angry because of the way we started. We gave them too much space and time especially at the start," he said. "We were too stretched, and it wasn't good enough. We can't keep on starting like that. You come away from home and you expect the opposition are going to come at you a little bit. But you can't give them that space."

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 2 Alex GRANT, 3 Jason DAVIDSON (23 Scott NEVILLE 62'), 4 Shane LOWRY, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE, 9 Andy KEOGH (C), 16 Tomislav MRCELA, 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS (22 Fabio FERREIRA 85'), 27 JUANDE, 88 Neil KILKENNY (5 Brandon WILSON 76') - Subs not used: RGK Tando VELAPHI, 14Chris HAROLD - Red cards: Mrcela 85'

Brisbane Roar: GK Jamie YOUNG, 7 Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8 Jacob PEPPER, 9 Adam TAGGART, 11 Eric BAUTHEAC, 14 Alex LOPEZ, 16 Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 17 Matt MCKAY (C) (22 Tobias MIKKELSEN 66'), 19 Jack HINGERT (2 Dane INGHAM 85'), 24 Connor O’TOOLE, 33 HENRIQUE (26 Nicholas D’AGOSTINO 85') - Subs not used: RGK Brendan WHITE, 4 Daniel BOWLES - Referee: Daniel Elder




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