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14.12.2018

GLORY HEAD EAST IN CONFIDENT MOOD

Perth Glory hit the road this weekend when they take on Newcastle Jets at the McDonald Jones Stadium in week eight of the Hyundai A-League (2.00pm WA Time) Glory sit top of the league, two points clear of Melbourne Victory, and they have a good record at the venue, but the Jets are coming off back-to-back wins and will be looking to end Glory's unbeaten start to the season.

Diego Castro returned to the starting line-up last week in the 1-0 win against Melbourne City and the Spanish mastro looked like he'd never been away and his performance was rewarded with a spot in the A-League Team of the Week. But Castro said it a huge positive to be undeafted, but they are not getting ahead of themselves. "That's important in the sport - the psychology part," he said. "The team looks good. I think every round we take confidence. But we just look forward to the next game. We will see what happens at the end. That's when it's important."

Castro missed the opening four games with a hamstring injury he picked up in a pre-season friendly against new NPLWA side Rockingham City, and he said he wasn't rushed back, and it was good to see the side open the season so well. "Even when I wasn't playing with the team, the team was still looking good," he said. "That takes a bit of pressure off me in terms of my recovery. Now my focus is on taking the fitness to the best level again. I am happy with the result in that part."

There are still injury concerns in the Glory camp, and they will be sweating on the fitness of defender Matthew Spiranovic, who lasted just 31 minutes against City in his Glory debut, before limping off. The Socceroo defender had missed a year of action with a hip injury, but Head Coach Tony Popovic is confident Spiranovic's latest injury isn't serious. They will still be without Alex Grant, who has a foot injury, and Scott Neville, who has an ankle injury, but in better news midfielder Juande is a chance to make his return this week after recovering from a knee injury, while the Jets welcome back Lachlan Jackson and Jason Hoffman to the side that beat Brisbane Roar last week.

"[The scans showed] there was some fluid there, just a little bit, which we've seen previously with him," Popovic said of Spiranovic’s injury. "It's just about managing it now. He was running yesterday and was confident and felt no pain at all, so that's a really good sign. If he can do the full week's training next week, I'd say he'd be a really good chance. When you've been out for that long, the challenge will always be there when he comes back to the first time," Popovic said. "We could wait two months, and still that first three or four games will be difficult for him. It's about us trying to make sure he can last longer."

Glory will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season on Sunday, and Popovic said it will be another tough game. "Every game has been tough and getting to this point has been tough, and there will be many more challenges ahead along this path, but at the moment we are top of the table and we have to believe that we can stay there,” he said. "I feel that we now go on the road with a real belief and the confidence grows with each result. It's difficult travelling from here and Newcastle is one of the longest journeys because you have to get the bus up from Sydney. "But the players have dealt well with those challenges so far and will be best prepared to deal with them again this weekend.

“We have another chance to keep ourselves there [on top of the ladder] this weekend against a side that got its first win at home last week. We know how well they did last year under Ernie Merrick and they'll be buoyant and full of confidence, but we're also a good side that's full of confidence, so hopefully we can play our part in a good match and come away with the points. We've done very well over these couple of weeks with the travel and a short turnaround and now we've had a longer window of eight days between games which has really helped the players to recover, and hopefully that will show in how sharp they are on Sunday."

Newcastle Jets: GK Glen MOSS, RGK Lewis ITALIANO, 3 Jason HOFFMAN, 4 Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5 Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6 Steven UGARKOVIC, 7 Dimi PETRATOS, 8 Jair, 10 Ronald VARGAS, 11 Mitch AUSTIN, 13 Ivan VUJICA, 14 Kaine SHEPPARD, 16 Nick COWBURN, 17 Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 18 Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 20 Lachlan JACKSON, 23 Matthew RIDENTON, 44 Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY - *two to be omitted* - Ins: HOFFMAN (return from injury), JACKSON (return from injury) - Outs: Nil - Unavailable: 9 Roy O’DONOVAN (suspension – 1 round), 24 Joe CHAMPNESS (foot – TBC)

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

14.12.2018

GLORY LOOKING TO DOWN THE JETS

Perth Glory will look to continue their unbeaten start to the Westfield W-League when they host Newcastle Jets at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday evening (7.00pm WA Time). Glory are coming off a 2-2 draw last week in Adelaide, and Head Coach Bobby Despotovski thought they should have won the game, and probably would if not for the controversial sending off, of Alyssa Mautz in the second half. "I think it was a case of two points dropped against Adelaide," he said, "but it depends how you look at the game and there is a danger of over-analyzing it. We travelled over there and played in 40 degrees and came back with a point, so we're happy, but we're not happy if you see what I mean and now we are focused on improving and winning all of our home games."

Newcastle have won two and lost three of their five games to date and were beaten 3-1 at home by Melbourne City last time out, and Despotovski is hoping for a big turn out on Saturday at Dorrien Gardens, the home of Perth Soccer Club, as they look to maintain their good home form. "Our members and fans will make a big difference because the team love playing in front of them and I hope they turn out in big numbers again," he said. "The Jets have had an inconsistent season so far, but they possess many players that will pose a threat to us, with Emily van Egmond being the prime example. They will be a tough opponent, but if we perform to 100% of our ability, I don't think we'll have a problem."

It’s also a big game for Glory midfielder Shannon May, who will play her 100th game for the club. The 27-year-old, who also helped Queens Park to the State Women’s title last season, will become the first Glory player to hit the milestone, and she has played a key role in the side's unbeaten start to the current campaign. Despotovski said it will give his side extra motivation to win their third straight win at home this season. "It's a little extra motivation for us, because Shannon is a hugely popular player who has obviously made a massive contribution to the club. She deserves to be able to celebrate her fantastic achievement with a win,” he said. “We are looking to put in a good performance and get all three points. We have been putting in the hard yards during our training sessions this week and are expecting everyone to be fit and firing on Saturday."

8.12.2018

IKONOMIDIS TAKE GLORY BACK TO THE TOP

Perth Glory regained the lead at the top of the Hyundai A-League after a hard fought 1-0 win against Melbourne City in week seven at nib Stadium on Saturday evening. Melbourne Victory had jumped above Tony Popovic's side earlier in the day with a 2-0 win against Adelaide United, but a Chris Ikonomidis goal just before half time gave them all three points and move them two points clear at the summit. It wasn't the best performance of the season, but despite City having plenty of the ball and asking a lot of questions they failed to have one shot on target for the whole game.

"You have to be happy with another three points, another home win," Popovic said. "It was a tough match and a physical encounter. Melbourne City played well. They came out very strong in the first half, but in the second half the game changed, and I didn't think we were caused many problems by them. "I think every side that is challenging at the end [of the season] will be up there because they can win when they're not at their best." The only downside in the win was an injury for Spiranovic, and the coach is confident it was nothing serious. "I haven't seen Matt since the game," he said, "but at the time I was told that it was precautionary because his hamstring tightened up, so we're hoping it's nothing serious."

Popovic made two changes to the side that drew against Wellington Phoenix last week with skipper Diego Castro returning in pace of Joel Chianese, who could count himself unlucky to miss out performing well so far this season, while at the back Matthew Spiranovic came in for his Glory debut, with Dino Djulbic dropping to the bench. City was without not just out of favour front man Bruno Fornaroli - left out of the squad for the third successive game - but was also missing Belgian marquee man Ritchie De Laet and French midfielder Florin Berengeur, they were replaced in the starting elven by Curtis Good and Nathaniel Atkinson.

It was a perfect night for football, but it was a disappointing crowd with the stands fairly empty at kick off, what more do people want - top of the league and playing good football. It was a cagey opening to the game with clear cut chances few and far between, the best early chance fell to the home side on the quarter hour, but Ivan Franjic's shot from the edge of the box was straight at City keeper Eugene Galekovic. City hit back and went close themselves six minutes later, a corner fell kindly to Nathaniel Atkinson, but with the goal at his mercy he blazed over the top.

City had Glory on the back foot and Lachlan Wales shot was blocked by the alert Shane Lowry, but on the half hour Glory lost Spiranovic with a leg injury and he was replaced by Djulbic. Glory ended the half well and were rewarded with the lead two minutes before the break. Brandon Wilson won the ball just outside the penalty area and fed Castro, who in turn found Andy Keogh in the box. The Irishman’s cross was deflected into the path of Ikonomidis and the youngster fired home, much to the delight of the Shed.

Glory went close to a second early in the second half, Neil Kilkenny picked out Castro on the edge of the box and his shot on the run was superbly saved by Galekovic. Ikonomidis went close to his and Glory's second on the hour, his shot on the turn in the penalty area was saved low by Galekovic. Glory continued to look for the second goal to kill the game off and it almost came on 75 minutes, Tomislav Mrcela looping header crashing off the crossbar.

City were then reduced to ten men when former Newcastle United defender Curtis Good was shown a second yellow card by referee Peter Green for a challenge on Franjic. It looked a little harsh but that was the end of the challenge from City. Glory went close again late when substitute Jake Brimmer's long-range shot flashed inches over the top, but at the final whistle it was a win in a scrappy game.

Melbourne City boss Warren Joyce felt City lacked cutting edge in attack. “I thought we were on the front foot all night and certainly, first 35 minutes I thought we looked a dominant team,” he said. “Some good passing, some really good pressing, just at times the execution and decision-making around the box could have been a little bit better and if it was, it would have led to goals.”

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 3 Jason DAVIDSON, 4 Shane LOWRY, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 9 Andy KEOGH, 13 Matthew SPIRANOVIC (6 Dino DJULBIC, 33'), 15 Brandon WILSON (20 Jake BRIMMER 63'), 16 Tomislav MRCELA, 17 Diego CASTRO (c) (7 Joel CHIANESE 85'), 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS, 88 Neil KILKENNY - Subs not used: RGK Tando VELAPHI, 11 Brendon SANTALAB

Melbourne City: GK Eugene GALEKOVIC, 3 Scott JAMIESON (c) , 4 Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5 Bart SCHENKEVELD, 8 Riley McGREE, 10 Dario VIDOSIC (7 Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 71'), 13 Nathaniel ATKINSON (21 Ramy NAJJARINE, 88'), 15 Kearyn BACCUS (17 Anthony CACERES, 71'), 19 Lachlan WALES, 22 Curtis GOOD, 26 Luke BRATTAN - Subs not used: RGK Mark BIRIGHITTI, 34 Connor METCALFE - Red cards: Good 79' - Referee: Peter Green

8.12.2018

GLORY YOUTH LET IT SLIP IN BRISBANE

Perth Glory's Foxtel Y-League Finals chances have almost been quashed, after they squandered a lead to lose 2-1 to Brisbane Roar in week five at Lions stadium on Saturday morning. Chris Harold had given the youngsters the lead with an early penalty, but the home side hit back with goals from Mirza Muratovic and Shannon Brady to secure the points. "It was very similar to last week against Adelaide, we played some very good stuff in patches, but lapses of concentration have cost us again," Head Coach Richard Garcia told the Glory website.

"We had good spells in the game, but when the lads get tired, they tend to forget the lessons that we are trying to get them to learn. We're asking them to make more independent choices on the field and think about the game in terms of how we want to play and what we want to. We want them to be more self-sufficient on the park and it's a steep learning curve. Progress is being made and now we need to push through that barrier and make sure that they can keep concentrating and focused when they're tired and under pressure. The boys are disappointed themselves, but it's an experience that will stand them in good stead."

It was a perfect start for the visitors when they were awarded a penalty after referee Zijad Ahmetovic spotted a handball by Stefan Nigro in the penalty area and pointed straight to the spot. Harold stepped up and despite Roar keeper Macklin Freke guessing the right way, he found the bottom corner of the net. The home side went close to the equaliser three minutes later, Zach Duncan forced a turnover and the ball fell to Daniel Leck whose shot crashed off the post.

Moments later Joe Caletti fired wide of the target for the hosts, but on 19 minutes they levelled. Muratovic first upshot was well saved by Jackson Lee, but Brady poked home from close-range. The home side were on top and went close to the lead on 24 minutes when Oliver Duncan's shot crashed off the post. But sixty seconds later they did find a second. Muratovic was given far too much space and his powerful shot flew past Lee.

Glory looked to hit back, and Henry Hore shot, against his former club, flashed wide, while at the other end Stefan Nigro's curling shot whistled inches past the post. Roar thought they had a third on 42 minutes, Leck going clear and finishing past Lee, but the flag was up for offside. It was backs to the wall for Glory and some desperate defending late in the half kept the Roar at bay, but they did lead 2-1 at the break.

It was a positive start for Glory after the break and Daniel Stynes fired wide early. Both sides created some good chances but failed to take them. Harold, who was in the side to get some game time, was replaced by Jayden Leader on 78 minutes, has they chased the equaliser. It was Roar who almost nicked a third when Leck's close-range effort went over the top. Glory were still pressing forward, and they went close in the final minute, Roar failed to clear their lines, and in the goalmouth scramble the ball was headed just over the bar by Gabriel Popovic.

Brisbane Roar: GK Macklin FREKE, 2 Emlyn WELLSMORE, 3 Luke DE VERE, 4 Aaron REARDON, 6 Zachary DUNCAN (17 Daniel MASKIN 72'), 7 Shannon BRADY (22 Brodie BOYCE 87'), 8 Oliver DUNCAN (19 Jay BARNETT 56'), 9 Mirza MURATOVIC, 11 Daniel LECK, 15 Stefan NIGRO, 18 Joe CALETTI - Subs not used: RGK Lachlan HUNTER

Perth Glory: GK Jackson LEE, 2 Daniel WALSH, 3 Walter SCOTT, 4 Zayd FARAH, 5 Kristian POPOVIC, 6 Henry HORE, 7 Ethan BROOKS (20 Abias BUKURU 65'), 8 Cameron MURRAY (13 Trent OSTLER 65'), 9 Chris HAROLD (17 Jayden LEADER 75'), 10 Daniel STYNES, 11 Gabriel POPOVIC - Subs not used: RGK Nicholas SPECA - Referee: Zijad Ahmetovic

7.12.2018

GET ALONG AND SUPPORT PERTH GLORY VS MELBOURNE CITY ON SATURDAY EVENING

Perth Glory will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the Hyundai A-League when they host Melbourne City in round seven at nib Stadium on Saturday evening (7.00am) Glory are coming off a hard-fought point against Wellington last week, while City put their off-field problems with Bruno Fornaroli behind them to beat Newcastle 3-0. The Uruguayan striker has been left out of the squad for the last three weeks after a dispute with head coach Warren Joyce, something that has happened before at the Melbourne club.

But that is no concern of Glory Head Coach Tony Popovic he is only interested in his own squad and he is looking forward to playing back in front of the clubs’ supporters and he said it's a great atmosphere when they are in full voice. "In front of a big crowd, we can create an atmosphere that will hopefully be intimidating for them [City] and make it difficult for them," he told the Glory website. "Together with that support and a good performance, we can continue this great run. During my short time here, the noise and atmosphere that the crowd has created has been fantastic. Those [crowd] numbers will rise, I'm sure. The club is heading in the right direction.

"We need the people to feel a connection with the club and I feel that that is starting to happen. We need to keep playing the football we're playing in order to entice new fans to want to come and watch. The fans that are coming are enjoying watching their team play and I envisage more to come. It [nib Stadium] reminds me a little bit of the old Parramatta Stadium and I experienced a great atmosphere there where you felt that the fans were right on top of the players. With 10,000 at nib Stadium, it feels like a real atmosphere and with 15 or 20,000, I'm sure the noise would be even more fantastic. But whatever the crowd is on Saturday, I'm sure they'll be right behind us."

Popovic is aware the quality City have in their squad, and he is expecting a tough game on Saturday, and he is pleased with the improvement in skipper Diego Castro, who is recovering from an injury he picked up in pre-season. "They [City] are a very good side," he said. "Their expectation is to be challenging for the title every year and I think as a club they should be. From what I've seen this year, everyone seems to think that they're not doing well but that they're not far off. They have some very talented individuals and some great young talent as well and we expect a difficult game."

"With Diego, we feel that he is getting stronger with each training session and he's shown in the games that he's looking better and better and he'll certainly play a part this week. It was a confidence boost for him to get the minutes he did over in Wellington." In other team news Matthew Spiranovic could also feature for the hosts as he closes in on a return to full fitness, while Chris Harold is also back in the squad, while City are again without Fornaroli and Michael O'Hallorn who has a hamstring injury.

City secured their first win at nib Stadium in nine attempts in Round 15 of last season, but Glory avenged that defeat six weeks later by downing the Victorians 2-1 courtesy of goals from Neil Kilkenny and Adam Taggart. Kilkenny moved from City after not getting game time under Joyce, and he celebrated his goal with some extra emotion, the Glory midfielder admitted whoever they are playing he’s not one to hide his emotions. “I was 100 percent fit at City,” he said. "I think you saw that when I arrived at Glory because I hit the ground running. “I’ve always been a fiery character and no matter who we play I want to win and that’ll be the case on Saturday.”

The City coach has put his faith in attacking midfielders like Riley McGree, youngster Lachlan Wales, former Socceroo Dario Vidosic and French import Florin Berenguer, in place of the unsettled Bruno Fornaroli and he said it won’t change this week. ''It’s the same as last week, nothing has changed. When I came to the club the commitment of the owners and the people were fantastic. My aim is for every player to show that commitment on the pitch and in training ... you need everyone showing 100 per cent commitment to the cause,'' Joyce said, reinforcing the reasons he gave last week for omitting Fornaroli.

Joyce knows they have a tough game on Saturday and he has a lot of respect for Popovic and his players, Especially Andy Keogh who he worked with in the UK. "''Perth are a good side, we are under no illusions. They have got square pegs in square holes. Their players have got the job descriptions about right," he said. "They are well organised, they have plenty of experience, they are well drilled and are hard to break down and beat," he said. ''They have a good forward line and can score goals too. ''I brought him (Keogh) in at Leeds ... he played up front with [Aaron] Lennon and [James] Milner, we won everything at junior level. 'He's a good player, he's got everything, he still wants to do really well. He had a really top career all the way through; he's skilful, tough, technically good."

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

Melbourne City FC squad: GK Eugene GALEKOVIC, RGK Mark BIRIGHITTI, 2 Ritchie De LAET, 3 Scott JAMIESON (c) , 4 Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5 Bart SCHENKEVELD, 7 Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8 Riley McGREE, 10 Dario VIDOSIC, 13 Nathaniel ATKINSON, 15 Kearyn BACCUS, 19 Lachlan WALES, 21 Ramy NAJJARINE, 22 Curtis GOOD, 25 Iacopo LA ROCCA, 26 Luke BRATTAN, 27 Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER, 34 Connor METCALFE - *two to be omitted* - Ins: NAJJARINE (promoted), METCALFE (promoted) - Outs: Nil - Unavailable: 9 Bruno FORNAROLI (not selected), 11 Michael O’HALLORAN (hamstring)

7.12.2018

GLORY YOUNGSTERS LOOK FOR THE DOUBLE OVER ROAR

Perth Glory academy side hit the road again in week five of the Foxtel Y-League, when they make the trip to Lions Stadium to take on Brisbane Roar on Saturday morning. (8.30am WA time). The sides met in week one when the youngster ran out 2-1 winners at Dorrien Gardens, but after two defeats the side are determined to get back to winning ways in this one. Keeper Jackson Lee said last week’s second half performance was an improvement, and he said they need to maintain that standard on Saturday. "It was a disappointing result last week, but it also provided us with a lot of positives after half time,” he told the Glory website. “That has allowed us to see the standard of football we can play, so hopefully we can maintain that standard and even improve on it, this week.”

Lee has been in good form in recent weeks, and he said travelling with the first team to Malaysia and training within the A-League squad, along with Liam Reddy and Tando Velaphi, has helped his game, but he knows there is still improvement to come. "Training with the A-league team has been a privilege that I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of and I’ve loved every minute of it. Learning from two veterans of the game such as Liam and Tando and having a coach like Danny Milosevic has been amazing,” he explained. “They’ve given me a lot of tips and pointers and I’ve been trying to implement them into my game as best as I can.”

The keeper, who travelled away with the Australian Under 18’s team to Japan in August, said Saturday is a chance to bounce back from the last two defeats, but they will need to be at their best against a good Roar side. "The Brisbane side will be good and there’s no doubt that it will be a fight for the three points on Saturday,” he said. “We’re up for the challenge and we’re looking to set things right after the last two weeks, so we’ll come out wanting to play the football we know we can play and hopefully we can do enough to get the right result.”

Although disappointed with the last two results, Head Coach Richard Garcia saw some good signs last week, in their second half display against Adelaide United, and the performance of debutant Gabriel Popovic was pleasing, and he will be looking for more of the same this weekend. "The last two games we have let ourselves down in certain aspects of our game and are yet to grasp some concepts fully" he said. "We showed in the second half last week signs of what we are capable of and it was good to see.

"This is a type of competition the guys should want to test themselves in and if you’re not on your game you get punished for little errors and we need to learn from them. It's tight in the conference with only three points separating all teams, so we head into Saturday's game focused on improving, and with it being a short season we need to get back to winning ways this week to keep in touch of the leaders. Our second half performance last week was encouraging, and the players have set that standard and we’ll be looking for them to continue with it on Saturday.”

6.12.2018

OLDFIELD JOINS CAMBRIDGE COACHING TEAM

Cambridge United have added former Manchester City and Leicester City midfielder David Oldfield to their coaching team. Perth-born Oldfield, who also played for Luton Town, Stoke City, Peterborough United and Oxford United, will assist caretaker manager Mark Bonner, who has taken over following last week's departure of Joe Dunne.

Oldfield, 50, has been caretaker manager at both Oxford and Peterborough in the past as well as taking the reins at non-league Brackley Town. He has also worked as development coach at West Bromwich Albion, head of academy coaching at MK Dons and assistant manager to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at both Burton Albion and Quuens Park Rangers.

“David Oldfield has started with us today, to support on the grass and in training,” Bonner said of the former England Under-21 international’s move to Cambridge. “We want to get the most out of our training sessions, and for that you need coaches on the grass.”

“Since Tuesday we’ve seen the need for that additional pair of hands in training so we can work with the full group of players on specific areas. It’s something that works for all parties, given David is out of work currently. We’ve also got Barry Corr involved whilst he is out injured, adding his experience.”

6.12.2018

KERR DOUBLE GIVES GLORY A POINT

Perth Glory continued their unbeaten start to the Westfield W-League, after Sam Kerr scored a double in a 2-2 draw against Adelaide United at Marden Sports Complex on Thursday evening. Veronica Latsko had opened the scoring for the hosts early, but Kerr gave Bobby Despotovski's side the lead at the break. They had to fight for the point late after Alyssa Mautz was sent off on the hour, and Latsko levelled eleven minutes from time. Both sides had chances to win late but had to settle for a point.

Glory went into the game unchanged from the side that beat Melbourne City last time out, and they made a bright start and went close in the first minute. Rachel Hill finding Kerr in the penalty area, but Reds keeper Sarah Willacy was down quick to save the strikers shot. Kerr was in again moments later, after Shannon May's through ball sent her in on goal, but she fired straight at the Reds custodian. But against the run of play it was the home side who hit the front on 22 minutes.

A long ball over the top sent American striker Latsko and Glory defender Katie Naughton racing towards goal, Latsko out muscled Naughton and finished clinically from the edge of the box. Glory hit back, and May's snap shot flashed wide, and five minutes before half time Glory levelled. Mautz's was sent down the right and her deep cross was headed home by Kerr at the back post. Then on the stroke of half time Glory hit the front, and it was Kerr again. Hill was the provider, her great cross picked out Kerr, who cut inside her marker and finished with aplomb past Willacy.

It was more of the same after the break, with both sides going close in an entertaining game, but on 58 minutes Glory were reduced to ten when Mautz was sent off for a second yellow card in the matter of minutes. The decision looked a little harsh, but it was now the Reds on top searching for the equaliser and it nearly came two minutes later, but with the goal at her mercy Gunnhildur Jonsdottir could only find the woodwork.

Then on 79 minutes the home side did level, Laura Johns' corner was met by Jonsdottir, whose header crashed off the post, but Latsko was quickest to react to fire home the rebound. The game was still up for grabs and Glory were hitting on the counter attack and almost nicked all three points late. Kerr was picked out and she raced into the box and her shot from the angle looked destined for the bottom corner, but Willacy got down well to deny her.

Adelaide United: GK Sarah WILLACY, 2 Emily HODGSON, 5 Gunnhildur JONSDOTTIR, 8 Emily CONDON (3 Charlotte GRANT 78'), 9 Fanndis FRIDRIKSDOTTIR (7 Isabel HODGSON 46'), 11 Laura JOHNS, 12 Veronica LATSKO, 15 Emma CHECKER (c), 16 Dylan HOLMES, 22 Amber BROOKS, 23 Michelle HEYMAN - Subs not used: RGK Sian McLAREN, 6 Georgia CAMPAGNALE

Perth Glory: GK Eliza CAMPBELL, 3 Kim CARROLL, 4 Alyssa MAUTZ, 5 Shannon MAY, 7 Nicole STANTON, 9 Rachel HILL, 11 Leticia MCKENNA (6 Abbey MEAKINS 59') , 12 Jenna ONIONS, 20 Sam KERR (c), 24 Natasha RIGBY, 25 Katie NAUGHTON - Subs not used: RGK Stacey CAVILL, 13.Jamie-Lee GALE, 22 Abbey GREEN - Red cards: Mautz - Referee: Katie Patterson

6.12.2018

GLORY LOOK TO TAME THE REDS

Perth Glory are in Westfield W-League action on Thursday evening when they make the trip to Marden Sports Complex to take on third placed Adelaide United. (4.30pm - WA time). The game will also be shown live on Fox Sports, and head coach Bobby Despotovski will be looking for a repeat of last week’s big win against Melbourne City, which took them to second on the table. Doubles from Alyssa Mautz and Sam Kerr and another from Rachel Hill gave Glory a 5-2 win, and Despotovski said they need a similar performance on Thursday. "Adelaide are a very solid team, and they are well-drilled and disciplined and we'll need to play as well as we did against Melbourne City to get anything out of this game," he told the Glory website. "We need to be very solid at the back and take our chances up front and I would expect our girls to rise to the occasion."

Glory had the bye last week and Despotovski said it was important and the group would have benefited from the rest and extra preparation. "Sometimes when you have a week off, it can be a little bit disruptive in terms of the momentum that you have built up," he said. "This was the second break we've had in four weeks, but hopefully it will be beneficial for us and we'll be rested and sharp. At the end of the day, it was good for us to be able to refresh the bodies." Sam Kerr has had a huge week, being voted the fifth best player in the world in the Ballon d'Or awards in Perth, but she didn’t travel to the event, instead stayed in Perth to prepare for Thursday’s big game and she will be fit and ready to go. In other team news Isabella Foletta is out due to illness, while keeper Morgan Aquino misses the trip due to a hip injury, and Stacey Cavill comes in as replacement, while Abbey Meakins and Hana Lowry have been added to the squad.

Despotovski said the whole side have been good and he's satisfied with the way his chargers are tracking. "I'm happy with where we're at after four games," he said. "If a point had been on offer before our first game away at Brisbane, we would have taken it, especially as we were without Nikki (Stanton) and Sam (Kerr). "Then Canberra is a tough trip with changing 'planes and the time difference etc, so to come back with three goals in the last eight minutes was very positive for us. Since then we've had the two home wins and now, we need to go into this Adelaide game confident, refreshed and ready to fire."

Rachel Hill has also been starring for Despotovski’s side and the American striker has bagged three goals this season, and she said the league is so tight they need to be at their best on Thursday. “That’s what is so good about this league, it’s so competitive and you really never know who might come out on top,” she said. “Every game you have to go into it with a good game-plan and wanting to win and being motivated. In any game you could win or lose, you never know which way it’s going to go. We’re going into [the Adelaide game] confident and prepared but know it’s going to be tough. “We’ve been working on our combination play and working together as a group to try and break their backline, and when we do get our chances to make sure we put them away.”

Adelaide United squad: GK Sarah WILLACY, GK Sian McLAREN, 2 Emily HODGSON, 3 Charlotte GRANT, 5 Gunnhildur JONSDOTTIR, 6 Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 7 Isabel HODGSON, 8 Emily CONDON, 9 Fanndis FRIDRIKSDOTTIR, 11 Laura JOHNS, 12 Veronica LATSKO, 15 Emma CHECKER (c), 16 Dylan HOLMES, 17 Kahlia HOGG, 21 Lara KIRKBY, 22 Amber BROOKS, 23 Michelle HEYMAN - *two to be omitted* - Ins: HOGG (promoted), KIRKBY (promoted) - Outs: Nil - Unavailable: 18 Meleri MULLAN (knee), 10 Chelsie DAWBER (shin)

Perth Glory squad: GK Eliza CAMPBELL, GK Stacey CAVILL 3 Kim CARROLL, 4 Alyssa MAUTZ, 5 Shannon MAY, 6 Abbey MEAKINS, 7 Nicole STANTON , 9 Rachel HILL, 11 Leticia MCKENNA , 12 Jenna ONIONS, 13 Jamie-Lee GALE , 14 Caitlin DOEGLAS, 19 Hana LOWRY, 20 Sam KERR (c), 22 Abbey GREEN, 24 Natasha RIGBY, 25 Katie NAUGHTON - *two to be omitted* - Ins: MEAKINS (promoted), LOWRY (promoted), GREEN (promoted), CAVILL (promoted) - Outs: 18 Isabella FOLETTA (illness - 1 week), 21 Morgan AQUINO (gk) (hip injury – 4 weeks) - Unavailable: Nil

5.12.2018

DE SILVA SET TO START AFTER INJURY LAY-OFF

Young Socceroos' attacking midfielder Daniel De Silva is a strong chance to make his first start for Sydney FC in Saturday's clash with Wellington Phoenix. A hamstring injury has plagued the 21-year old's start to the 2018/19 campaign but now he is in the frame to be included in the first eleven to add some much needed creativity to Sydney's attack.

De Silva missed last week's away win over Central Coast Mariners as he was not eligible to play against the club he is on loan from, however, he did manage 60 minutes for Sydney's youth team. While still not at peak condition, he has declared he is fit and ready to make his first A-League start in a Sky Blue jersey on Saturday evening.

"It was good to play with the youth to get some minutes, an opportunity to get some match fitness," De Silva said. "It’s always good to be in contention and whatever the coach decides you obviously respect that as a player. When the opportunity comes you have to take it with both hands, I’m looking forward to getting back out there this weekend and I’m looking forward to it and the rest of the season as well."

4.12.2018

LOWRY’S RED CARD TO STAND

Australia's top football referees believe Wellington Phoenix defender Ryan Lowry should not have been sent off against Perth Glory on Sunday. But the club's appeal to have his red card rescinded has been rejected. Lowry was sent off by Adam Kersey after the Video Assisted Referee reviewed a tackle where his studs brushed a Glory player's legs following a tackle.

Referring to the incident, Football Federation Australia referees' director Ben Wilson said that in a post-round review involving himself and the FFA's senior referee coaches, "the correct outcome should have been a yellow card for a reckless tackle". But Wellington's appeal to the Match Review Panel was dismissed because the panel "can only overturn a red card if all three members determine no card was warranted".

4.12.2018

KERR NAMED FIFTH BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD

West Australian superstar Sam Kerr has been named the world’s fifth-best female player in the inaugural Women’s Ballon d’Or. Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg won the prestigious award, which she described as “a huge step for women’s football” after it was presented for the first time.

Kerr, 25, was nominated after starring for clubs – Perth Glory and Chicago Red Stars – and country, winning the Golden Boot as top scorer in Australia’s W-League and American National Women’s Soccer League. She scored 13 goals for Glory during the 2017/18 campaign before finding the net another 16 times with Chicago.

Kerr also helped Australia reach the AFC Women’s Asian Cup final, which the Matildas lost to Japan in April, and has scored eight goals in 19 international appearances this calendar year. The Men’s Ballon d’Or - first presented in 1956 - was won by Croatia and Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric.

4.12.2018

BABALJ MAKES INDIAN MOVE

West Australian striker Eli Babalj has signed for Indian Super League club ATK. The 26-year old had been without a club since being released by Czech outfit Mlada Boleslav, where he made two appearances last season, prior to linking with ATK last week.

First team football has largely evaded Babalj since leaving Melbourne Heart in 2012 to join Red Star Belgrade. He returned to the A-League twice in the past five years, with Heart and then Adelaide United, as well as playing for Dutch clubs AZ Alkmaar and PEC Zwolle.

Babalj played locally for Perth SC and spent a season in Perth Glory’s youth team before entering the Australian Institute of Sport in 2008. Upon graduating he joined Heart where he tallied up 44 appearances, and scored 12 goals, across three seasons.

4.12.2018

FLOREAT RESCUED

Interim chairman of Floreat Athena Paul Kotsoglo says the club appears to have avoided immediate financial collapse after donations reduced a $213,000 debt to less than $90,000 in an appeal that started last month. “The only real risk was of all those people calling their debts in,” Kotsoglo told the 'Guardian Express'.

A November 24 letter to supporters and members claimed Floreat were on the verge of going into recievership, saying the club’s finances were “shocking” and its survival was at stake. The letter said Canberra bureaucrats demanded “good governance and strong plans” to claim a recently announced $3 million Federal Government grant.

The letter, issued following the club’s annual general meeting, did not detail the financial problems but did ask for contributions from a “sizable donation” or “$10 or $20” towards the emergency fundraiser. A later letter said writedowns, write-offs, sponsorships and rearranged payments had also helped reduce the debt.

Kotsoglo said Floreat’s debt was the result of operational costs, including fees to Football West, rubbish collection, the bar and power bills. He was not qualified to comment if the club had been mismanaged by its previous leadership. A review of Floreats’ accounts is being conducted and the club will work with Canberra departments so all requirements were met in the submission for the grant.

3.12.2018

SYDNEY'S O'NEILL TARGETS MOVE ABROAD

Sydney FC want to extend the contract of Brandon O'Neill but the central midfielder has aspirations to play abroad. The 24-year old scored one of the goals of the A-League season with a 25-metre pile driver on Saturday to give Sydney a hard-earned 2-1 away win over Central Coast Mariners.

That strike is likely to stimulate even more interest in O'Neill, who is off contract at the end of the season and is already believed to be on the radar of some overseas clubs. "I think it (the A-League) compares to a lot of European leagues and a lot of Asian leagues," O'Neill said.

"But it's always been a dream of mine to play at the highest level possible and whether that is in the European league, or whatever, I'm driven and I'm determined to make that a reality ... I'm the sort of guy that is never happy being happy, I want to be tested, I want to be challenged because that brings out the best in me."

O'Neill wasn't happy with his overall performance but rated Saturday's strike the best of his six A-League goals because it came from his weaker foot. "It's been in my mind for the last couple of weeks, I need to add goals to my game, I need to be further up the pitch,' O'Neill said.

3.12.2018

LYDEN LIFTS LID ON INJURY HELL

Jordan Lyden admits he has been “haunted” by injuries for the past three seasons but is confident that is behind him now and is ready to get back to his best. The midfielder burst into England's Premier League in early 2016 as a 20-year old with Aston Villa, who joined from ECU Joondalup six years ago.

But since that breakthrough campaign, where he played four Premier League games and two FA Cup matches for the first-team, Lyden has faced injury hurdle after hurdle. He has had to contest with quadriceps, ankle and knee complaints, which have pushed him further out of the selection equation at Villa.

Since joining League Two club Oldham Athletic on loan at the end of August, Lyden is gaining game-time and keen for his career to kick on. “It tested my character massively,” 22-year old Lyden said. “The hardest thing, I find, in football is injuries because you cant do anything about them.”

"If you’re not getting picked at least you can do something about it, you can impress in training. But the worst thing is sitting on the sidelines seeing people play while you can’t do anything about it. So it’s been difficult. My parents live in Australia still so I haven’t really had the support.”

“I still speak to my parents every day. My host family back at Villa have helped me massively and everyone at the club has helped me over the years. It has been a good test of my character but I’ve got through it now and hopefully I can push on.”

Lyden has made six appearances for Oldham, scoring one goal. “I’ve come to Oldham to get first team experience and to get some minutes under my belt,” he said. “I made my debut three years ago with Villa but I’ve sort of been haunted with injuries.”

"I fell down the pecking order but hopefully I can keep showing what I’m doing here at Oldham and see where it takes me in my career. I’m still contracted at Villa but who knows what will happen? I’d like to go back there and impress the gaffer there, as I want to play at that top level.”

“I’m really happy at Oldham at the moment, the boys have helped me settle in and so has the gaffer ... over the last four games I’ve started, so I’ve got myself in a good routine in the moment, playing in the games and getting throught it. Fingers crossed I can keep that going.”

Lyden is also hopeful his loan to Oldham, which expires January, can be extended through to the end of the season. “The body’s coping quite well,” he said. “The games in the Football League come thick and fast, which is good. I’m playing Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday with very little training in between so the games are keeping me fit.”

“I’m more than happy to stay here for the rest of the season. The main thing for me now at the stage I’m at in my career is getting games, so where I can most of them. Hopefully I can help get Oldham back into League One and kick on from there.”

Perth-born Lyden has represented Australia at Under-20 level, earning two caps for the Young Socceroos in 2014. But becoming a Socceroo remains one of his goals. “Definitely. I’d love to represent my country,” he said. “I’ve represented them at Under-20 level but the most important thing I feel is club football.”

“If you haven’t got a club you can’t really play for your national team. So I think if I keep performing like I am then hopefully the manager of the Socceroos will like me, and I get picked I will show him what I can do. I will take the chance with both hands and perform. That’s what you have to do in football.”

2.12.2018

VAR IS THE TALKING POINT IN GLORY'S DRAW IN WELLINGTON

Perth Glory maintained their lead at the top of the Hyundai A-League after coming from behind to secure a 1-1 draw over the ditch against Wellington Phoenix. But all the after-match comments were again about VAR, after Phoenix defender Ryan Lowry was sent off after referee Adam Kersey was advised to look at a tackle from the former ECU Joondalup skipper. It looked a little harsh, but it gave the Glory a lift, this after the hosts had dominated the first half at the Westpac Stadium, and led at the break with a well taken goal from Roy Krishna. But eight minutes from time skipper Diego Castro came off the bench to level for Tony Popovic's side, and they went close to winning it late.

"In the first half, Wellington were very good, and we were poor, and you have to give them credit for that," Popovic said. "They pressed us, they moved the ball quickly and caused us problems. We seemed a little lethargic and off our game and half time couldn't come soon enough. "But in the second half, we got into the match, we started controlling it a little better and, in the end, we got the goal. The game got more stretched in the second half and they found it hard to keep up that level of pressing as a team. We started to get more confident and found getting into the final third a lot easier. Against ten men we could have stolen it in the end, but overall, a point is good."

Popovic made one change to the side that beat the Mariners last week with Dino Djulbic coming in for the injured Alex Grant, while new recruit Brandon Santalab was on the bench for the first time after recovering from injury. It was the hosts who started the better in this one and Glory had keeper Liam Reddy to thank for keeping them in the game. On 10 minutes a wayward pass from Djulbic was intercepted by Nathan Burns, but Reddy was out quick to narrow the angle and the striker fired wide.

Glory went close themselves moments later, Djulbic rising highest from Neil Kilkenny’s corner, but his effort flashed over the top. Then on the quarter hour Andy Keogh, who was celebrating his 100th appearance for the club, raced clear, as he rounded Phoenix keeper Filip Kurto, the pair collided, the Polish keeper coming off worse, and he was carried off and replaced by Oliver Sail. There was a nine-minute delay to the game but on resumption it was the home side on top. Louis Fenton fired inches over the top, before Reddy produced a stunning save to deny Spanish midfielder Mandi Sosa.

Reddy was at it again on 40 minutes, this time he got down well to palm Burns’ shot from the edge of the box around the post. The home side then had a penalty turned down by VAR moments later when Fenton looked to have been pulled back by Jason Davidson, but it was turned down by the referee. But the home sides pressure was rewarded four minutes later, Krishna pouncing on a loose ball on the edge of the box firing low past Reddy, to become Phoenix's all-time record goalscorer in the process.

It was more of the same after the break and Reddy got down well at his near post to deny Krishna a second, but the introduction of Jake Brimmer and Castro gave Glory a lift and they started to get on top. The Spanish midfielder went close just three minutes after coming on. A great through ball from Kilkenny found him in the box, but his shot on the turn was blocked and cleared. Then on 74 minutes Ryan Lowy, brother of Glory’s Shane, was given a straight red card, much to the amazement of both sets of players, and coaches after a challenge on Chris Ikonomidis, and four minutes after coming on he was sent off.

It was one-way traffic as Glory pressed for the equaliser, and their pressure finally told on 82 minutes. There looked little danger out wide on the right with Ikonomidis boxed in by two Phoenix defenders, but he somehow managed to wriggle free and pulled the back from the bye-line to Castro, who made no mistake from eight meters. Glory pressed for the winner and Davidson should have done better after being picked out by Ikonomidis at the back post, but he blazed over the top. In the final minute it was like a pin ball machine with Glory shots being blocked by some desperate Phoenix defending and at the whistle both sides had to share the spoils.

Phoenix Coach Mark Rudan slammed referee Adam Kersey, as his side became the latest victim of the controversial VAR after Ryan Lowry was retrospectively shown a red card. “It definitely was not a red card, at best a freekick because he slid in, but he completely got the ball cleanly. There was no malice in the challenge. It’s not like he kept his studs up,” he said. “There was another body around. There was no reaction from the Perth players. There was certainly no reaction from us. I was very surprised when he came over to have a look at that. When I saw him looking at it, I still couldn’t believe he was looking at something like that. We didn’t deserve for a decision like that to go against us. “Not only is he (Kersey) liable, but so are the people in the office or that little bunker room, whatever you want to call it, making those decisions or being in the ear of the referee to have a second look at it.”

Wellington Phoenix: GK Filip KURTO, (RGK Oliver SAIL 20'), 4 Mandi SOSA, 9 Nathan BURNS (3 Reuben WAY 79'), 13 Liberato CACACE, 14 Alex RUFER (5 Ryan LOWRY 71'), 15 Michal KOPZCYNSKI, 16 Louis FENTON, 18 Sarpreet SINGH, 21 Roy KRISHNA, 22 Andrew DURANTE (C), 27 Steven TAYLOR - Subs not used: 11 David WILLIAMS, 23. Max BURGESS - Red cards: Lowry

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 3 Jason DAVIDSON, 4 Shane LOWRY, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 6 Dino DJULBIC (11 Brendon SANTALAB 79'), 7 Joel CHIANESE (17 Diego CASTRO 65'), 9 Andy KEOGH (C), 15 Brandon WILSON (20 Jake BRIMMER 57'), 16 Tomislav MRCELA, 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS, 88 Neil KILKENNY – Subs not used: RGK Tando VELAPHI, 22 Fabio FERREIRA - Referee: Adam Kersey

2.12.2018

REDS TOO STRONG FOR GLORY

An experienced Adelaide United side has edged out Perth Glory 2-1 in Sunday's Conference A Foxtel Y-League clash at Marsden Sports Complex. The home side fielded a strong line-up which contained some of the more senior players in the Hyundai A-League squad. Ryan Strain, Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Nikola Mileusnic and Isaac Richards all featured to get more minutes under their belts.

Glory were also boosted by first team squad members Matthew Spiranovic and Daniel Stynes, but they found themselves behind early with Cooper Nunn on target. It was an even second half with chances at both ends, but the home side doubled their lead on the hour, with defender Zayd Farah turning a cross into his own net. Glory pressed late, and debutant Gabriel Popovic pulled one back with a well taken goal, but it was too little too late.

"The first half we struggled to play how we wanted to play but managed to defend reasonably well and weather the storm of their attack," Glory keeper Jackson Lee said. "The second half was a vast improvement, and we felt we controlled the game for the majority and created multiple chances which could have turned the course of the game, but we didn't take them. But that second half is the new benchmark of how we want to play so we'll be doing everything we can to stay above that and keep improving."

Both sides were level on points at kick off, but it was the home side who started the brighter and Mileusnic shot crashed off the post on 10 minutes, but their dominance was rewarded 12 minutes later. A short free kick from Louis D’Arrigo picked out Nunn, and he finished clinically low past Lee. Stamatelopoulos had a great chance to increase the buffer, but his shot was well saved by Lee.

Glory opened the second half well and went close to the equaliser two minutes in. Good work from Jaidon Selden out wide ended with a cross to Gabriel Popovic, but his shot was well saved by Isaac Richards. The home side went close on 53 minutes, Stamatelopoulos' free kick was well saved by Lee. But there was nothing the Glory custodian could do when the home side doubled their lead on 64 minutes. Pacifique Niyongabire’s cross was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Farah.

Glory needed a lifeline and they found one four minutes from time. Second half substitute Ethan Brooks finding Gabriel Popovic, and the son of A-League coach Tony, finished well at the near post. It set up a tense finale, but Glory couldn’t find the equaliser and it was Adelaide taking the three points and taking them top of the table and continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Despite the defeat Coach Richard Garcia was pleased with the way his side had played on the day. "I was very happy with the mentality of the players after a disappointing performance and result last week," he told the Glory website. "Our willingness to work hard and the manner in which we kept possession and were patient with the ball was great to see. We didn't rush or panic on the ball and were a lot more measured in our performance today."

The coach did feel, however, that Adelaide's two goals could have been avoided and that his charges were not at their best going forward. "The goals we conceded were disappointing - a set-piece and an own-goal, and when we got forward, we lacked ambition in the final third," Garcia said. "In between the boxes, we did really well, but we had lapses of concentration at either end of the pitch and they proved to be the difference. We controlled the second half and did really well. Our goal just probably came a little bit late, but we still had a couple of half-chances which, on another day, might have bounced our way and someone would have had a tap-in. "Overall it was a good hit-out for the guys

Adelaide United: GK Isaac RICHARDS, 10 Ryan STRAIN, 16 Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 18 Lachlan BROOK (6 Ryan YATES 16'), 19 Al Hassan TOURE (14 Blake CARPENTER 53'), 22 Cooper NUNN, 27 Louis D'ÁRRIGO, 28 Kristin KONSTANDOPOULOS, 33 Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS, 39 Nikola MILEUSNIC (24 Pacifique NIYONGABIRE 46'), 44 Jared CLARK - Subs not used: RGK Cameron COOK

Perth Glory: GK Jackson LEE, 2 Matthew SPIRANOVIC (14 Ethan BROOKS 61'), 3 Daniel WALSH, 4 Zayd FARAH, 5 Jack LEECH (15 Kristian POPOVIC 46'), 6 Henry HORE, 7 Abias BUKURU, 8 Cameron MURRAY, 9 Jaidon SELDEN, 10 Daniel STYNES (16 Jayden LEADER 74'), 11 Gabriel POPOVIC - Subs not used: RGK Nicholas SPECA - Referee - Nick Elagin

1.12.2018

DE SILVA TO GET WORKOUT WITH SYDNEY YOUTH

Sydney FC hope Daniel De Silva's enforced rest back to the youth league will work in their favour long-term, with the on-loan midfielder unable to face his former club on the Central Coast Mariners. The 21-year old became the first player to move under a new A-League rule which allows players under the age of 23 to be loaned between clubs.

However his shift came with a catch, with De Silva unable to play against the Mariners under the terms of the loan. It comes at a frustrating time for the attacking midfielder, who has had just 54 minutes on the field this year for Sydney after suffering a hamstring injury in the pre-season.

"There was always going to be this period now where he couldn't play against his old club," Sydney coach Steve Corica said. "He's disappointed but he will be able to get some game time in the youth team this week. He probably needs that, he needs to get minutes into his legs and get ready for next week."

1.12.2018

LOWRY BROTHERS TO PUT FAMILY PLEASANTRIES ON HOLD

Perth Glory defender Shane Lowry will play Santa Claus today, delivering an early present from Mum to younger brother Ryan after flying into New Zealand for the A-League clash with Wellington Phoenix. But that is as far as seasonal goodwill and brotherly love will stretch before the pair line-up against each other tomorrow.

The game will put the brothers on opposite teams for the first time in their careers. “I’m sure I’ll be able to find him. Hopefully, I can give him a tap a few times,” joked Shane, at 29, four years older than Ryan. “Mum gave me a little Christmas present to give him. That’s the only present he’s going to get. There won’t be any from me.”

Lowry, who scored in his 50th Glory appearance in last week’s 3-2 win over Central Coast Mariners, will be at the heart of a new-look defence tomorrow. Alex Grant (foot) has joined Scott Neville on the injury list and while Dino Djulbic is likely to start, former Socceroo Matthew Spiranovic did not travel and is yet to debut.

Glory are top of the table with four wins and a draw from their opening five games and coach Tony Popovic will draw on the depth he created with smart pre-season recruiting.

“The club recruited well,” Lowry said. “There is competition for places and when people have unfortunate injuries it’s an opportunity for someone else to stake a claim.”

“When players come in, it doesn’t disrupt the side. We’ve worked really hard in pre-season on our systems and structure. We’re not a full tilt yet. We’ve still got a couple more gears to go. You see how well we can play in patches and when it clicks how many problems we can cause teams.”

Lowry said the last-gasp win over Central Coast showed there was not a lot between first and last in the A-League. “There are no easy games,” he said. “Everyone thought we were going to beat Central Coast by a fair amount, them being bottom. They showed it doesn’t work like that. “But we showed that we are physically and mentally very fit.”




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