Andy Keogh was the hero for Perth Glory

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24.10.2014

GLORY AND THE REDS SET FOR A THRILLING DESERT DERBY

A-League pacesetters Perth Glory will cross the Nullarbor as the team to beat this weekend, when Kenny Lowe marshals his troops to take on Adelaide United on Sunday. Glory will be looking to maintain its perfect record against the fourth-placed Reds, who are on a high after beating Sydney FC 3-1 in the mid-week FFA Cup quarter-finals. The South Australians were also unlucky not to defeat Melbourne Victory last weekend, Fahid Ben Khalfallah scoring late to cancel out Sergio Cirio’s impressive effort four minutes earlier.

Glory boss Kenny Lowe is wary of the threat Adelaide pose to the Glory’s top-of-the-table position. “They play quality football coming out the back, they’re dangerous upfront, they’ve got some very good midfield players,” Lowe said. “You’ve seen them play well against big teams already; they’ve played Sydney, they’ve played Brisbane and top teams, so they’ll do very well. They play a fantastic brand of football … they’ve got five European players that are top notch, and they are a super side. They’ll be up there.”

Glory has not beaten Adelaide since March 2012 and the task ahead has been made all the more difficult by injury to defender Josh Risdon. “We have the same squad more or less; Rizzo’s got a tweak which he’ll be out for a week maybe,” Lowe said. “He’s tweaked his ankle. I think when he came down on Sunday, he stood on (Luke) Brattan’s foot and just got imbalanced and just rolled over on it. Hopefully it’s not too bad.” A win for Glory will keep them on top of the ladder and, dependent upon other results, may increase their buffer to four points.

23.10.2014

PERCY DOYLE RESERVE FLAGGED AS NEW HOME OF GLORY

Perth Glory have moved a step closer towards establishing a new high performance training and administration base after entering into formal discussions with the City of Joondalup. Glory's A-League, National Youth League, W-League and National Premier League teams are all currently housed at separate locations around the metropolitan area, but the club is keen to bring them all together. Perth Glory and the City of Joondalup will now develop a Memorandum Of Understanding to explore the potential for Percy Doyle Reserve to become the club's future base.

Glory's facilities would be part of a redeveloped north-east corner of the venue, separate to those of NPL club Sorrento. Jason Brewer, Glory’s chief executive, said an elite training and administration base would allow the club to better serve Western Australia's elite and junior footballers. "The MOU would allow us to develop Percy Doyle Reserve into Western Australia's most advanced and progressive elite football training base for the club and for the broader football community," Brewer said.

Glory and Football West have long campaigned for government funding to build soccer-specific facilities, highlighting public money spent on other sports such as basketball, rugby union and netball. In May, Football West appointed consultancy firm Davis Langdon Australia to prepare a business case for its "Home of Football", separate to Glory's plans. Brewer said the City of Joondalup had earmarked funding for the overall redevelopment of Percy Doyle Reserve and Glory would look to generate its share through the private sector.

22.10.2014

GLORY INJURIES BEGIN TO MOUNT

Perth Glory will enter their busiest week of the new season to date with at least four players unlikely to feature due to injury. Josh Risdon (ankle) and Chris Harold (quad) have been added to an injury list that already comprises Sidnei Sciola (calf) and Ruben Zadkovich (back). Glory are the only team left boasting a 100% win record after trumping Wellington Phoenix and Brisbane Roar in the opening rounds of the new A-League season.

Glory visits Adelaide United on Sunday before an FFA Cup quarter-final clash with Melbourne Victory and an A-League home clash with Newcastle Jets next week. Coach Kenny Lowe said he would have to manage the squad’s workload at training and would assess where several players were at after the Adelaide match. He was confident his injured quartet would be back in action early next month. “Those guys are just a week or two. I think everyone’s very close, but we just don’t want to risk anyone,” Lowe said. “We don’t want to rush anybody back.”

Adelaide have had to juggle their own busy schedule after being forced into extra time in a 3-1 FFA Cup win away to Sydney FC this week. Lowe felt the five-day break would be enough for Adelaide to recover for the Glory clash. “They’ll still be up. I think they’ve got a decent enough break between the games,” Lowe said. “They’ve got five European lads in there and they’re used to playing that, so it’ll be nothing for them. It won’t affect them whatsoever.”

22.10.2014

HESKETH TAKES THE HELM AT MANDURAH

Mandurah City have appointed former Premier League coach Doug Hesketh to lead its 2015 push for National Premier Leagues status. Hesketh transformed former club Stirling over a seven-year period, culminating in several under-18 championships and a senior minor premiership in 2013, before taking a break from the game last season. Hesketh has been teamed with former Armadale and Rockingham City coach Steve Robinson for next season, the pair replacing Billy Russell and Tom Kilkelly.

Hesketh is looking forward to taking the helm of Mandurah. “I was very impressed with what Mandurah had to say and their plans for a strong junior program will benefit football in the region,” Hesketh said. “We will be looking to add some quality to the current senior squad, bring on the youth players and have a crack at the State League title next season.”

Mandurah president Peter Rowe feels the appointment of Hesketh is a massive step towards the NPL for his club. “It is essential Mandurah and the Peel region has an NPL set-up so our youngsters have the right pathways to achieve their goals,” club president Pete Rowe said. “Doug has been there and done just that with Stirling so when we started to look for a Head of Football that met all the coaching criteria he was the perfect fit.”

The clubs playing stocks have also been strengthened with former captain Andy Brown signing on for the 2015 season. “It’s like the return of the prodigal son,” Rowe said. “Andy will be a massive boost and leader on the field in 2015.” Brown played under Hesketh at Stirling and was that club’s captain when they won then minor premiership. “We have a long-term plan to get this club back into elite football in WA, but short-term what we can promise is some exciting football – that is what the fans want to see.”

21.10.2014

GRIFFITHS HAILS RED-HOT KEOGH

Midfielder Rostyn Griffiths has hailed the impact of striker Andy Keogh, saying the Irish import’s intensity has lifted Perth Glory. Keogh played across the top three divisions in England and has 30 international caps for the Republic of Ireland to his name. After a prolific pre-season, the 28-year old marksman has netted four goals in his first two A-League games, including a hat-trick in the weekend win over defending champions Brisbane Roar.

Griffiths told fourfourtwo.com/au that Keogh, who joined the club from Millwall in the off-season, has inspired his teammates. “He’s been on fire and it’s exactly what we needed in this team - someone who’s going to put the ball in the back of the net,” the defensive midfielder said. “It sounds simple but it’s obviously so crucial. He’s sharp around the box but, for me, the thing I’ve been most impressed with is that he lifts his intensity of the game and brings people along with him.”

Griffiths believes Brisbane, which has lost both of their opening two matches, will bounce back. “We are absolutely buzzing after coming twice from behind to beat the reigning champions,” he said. “That’s what they’ve been doing to teams for the last few seasons so it’s a good feeling, especially because the whole team worked hard for it. They’re still a top class team and will be right at the top end of the table come the end of the season.”

Glory’s next test is an unbeaten Adelaide United and Griffiths says Glory are keeping a lid on expectations following their winning start to the A-League campaign. “We aren’t getting carried away just yet,” he commented. “The positive thing for us is we’re still not at 100% so we’ve still got more to give and can really only get better. Adelaide will be another tough test for us, they’re looking really good, especially at home. But then again there’s no easy games in this league so we will prepare how we have for every game and worry more about ourselves than the opposition.”

21.10.2014

LOWRY HAPPIER WITH RECENT SHOWINGS

Leyton Orient defender Shane Lowry feels things are getting better ‘slowly but surely’ after the his team’s goalless home draw against Milton Keynes Dons. The point picked up at Brisbane Road against the league’s top goalscorers up until Saturday follows on from the 2-2 draw at Sheffield United the previous weekend. “It’s been two draws in very tough games,” said Lowry. “We played with ten men against Sheffield United for a good 20-25 minutes and that game took a lot out of us and we went down to ten again on Saturday … slowly but surely we are starting to put things right.”

It was frustrating day at the office in front of goal for the O’s where they failed to make the most of their chances. And while disappointed it didn’t work out well up one end of the field, Lowry was delighted with their defensive showing against a side who have scored plenty of goals this season. “A clean sheet is a massive thing personally and as a back four we have been conceding too many goals recently,” he added. “We’ve scored goals in the last few games but we’ve been leaking too many and their keeper made some decent saves.”

Lowry also came close to scoring on Saturday when he let fly from long-range, only for goalkeeper David Martin make the save. “I was just going to pump it back into the box and I thought ‘you know what I will have a little dig’ and once you catch it in that sweet spot I thought it was going top corner but the keeper read it quite well and made a good save,” he commented. “I love to have a few strikes and I am confident in myself that when I catch it sweetly I can score a couple of goals.”

20.10.2014

MACLAREN THE SILENT HERO

Perth Glory are the A-League’s only team with a 100% win records following yesterday’s defeat of Brisbane Roar. Every hero needs a sturdy sidekick, and striker Jamie Maclaren shapes as the perfect foil for star recruit Andy Keogh this season. Keogh is the toast of the A-League after netting a hat-trick in Sunday’s dramatic 3-2 win, the 28-year old taking his regular season tally to four goals from two games.

Glory coach Kenny Lowe knew he secured a gem when he signed Keogh to a two-year deal. But to get the most out of the former Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United and Blackpool striker, Lowe knew he would need to pair the Irishman with a classy offsider. Glory hoped Nikita Rukavytsya would fill that role, but those plans were scuppered when the former Socceroo signed for Western Sydney Wanderers last week. Enter Maclaren.

Maclaren scored just two goals from 18 appearances last season, but the 21-year old has been influential off the bench this campaign after getting into prime shape over the winter. The former Blackburn Rovers striker scored the late winner in Perth's 2-1 triumph at Wellington Phoenix, and Maclaren helped turn the tide against Brisbane on Sunday after being introduced into the fray after half-time.

Lowe has hinted Maclaren may come into the starting eleven for next weekend’s trip to Adelaide United. "You've got to take your hat off to the boy," Lowe said. "He came back from pre-season six kilograms lighter and beat all his records with our testing. He can only keep doing that (scoring goals and setting others up) for so long on the bench, because the gaffer has got to get his finger out and maybe select him."

20.10.2014

SAGE CONSIDERS TAKING GLORY TO SINGAPORE

Perth Glory could play an A-League fixture in Singapore this season as part of Football Federation Australia's push into Asia. The fixture would be part of a proposed three-year deal to play A-League matches in Singapore. Glory had been due to play one of their 14 home matches this season in regional Western Australia but no regional venue was considered up to A-League standard. Glory owner Tony Sage said his club was considering moving one of its home matches to Singapore in March or April.

Sage does not expect a final decision on the fixture until late next month, with several hurdles still to be overcome. "It's not in concrete but it's something they want to be able to do as part of a three-year deal, with one A-League club going up there each year," Sage said. "Because we're closest, they're just seeing if it will work. It might not." Sage has sought the advice of WA basketball great Andrew Vlahov, who was the driving force behind the Perth Wildcats' move to play two ‘home’ games in Singapore in 2005.

20.10.2014

JONES "DISAPPOINTED" BY LACK OF GAME TIME AT LIVERPOOL

Goalkeeper Brad Jones admits he’s disappointed at not playing a bigger role at Liverpool. Jones has had to be content with a spot on the bench behind Pepe Reina (Spain) and Simon Mignolet (Belgium) for much of his time at Anfield. Nonetheless, the 32- year old feels he is worthy of a place in the Liverpool line-up. “Before every game, I will be honest, I'm disappointed if I'm not playing,” said Jones, who has made just 22 senior appearances since joining the Reds in mid-2010. “It might sound stupid but that's how I work during the week.”

Despite his lack of action on the field, Jones says Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard inspires him to work hard during every training session. “One thing people find when they come to the club is how hard training is - how intense it is,” he added. “Players don't do down days and that comes from Stevie. I don't think I have ever seen him walk around in training. He is one of the hardest workers - so when your captain is like that, everyone follows. And it is something that has probably improved a lot of people's games.”

19.10.2014

KEOGH INSPIRES GLORY TO THE TOP

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

19.10.2014

IRISH EYES ARE SMILE IN THE WEST

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

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

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

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

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

18.10.2014

GLORY WOMEN SIX FROM SIX

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

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

18.10.2014

GLORY LOOKING TO ROAR PAST BRISBANE

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

18.10.2014

KNOWLES AT THE DOUBLE FOR GLORY YOUTH

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

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

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

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

18.10.2014

GLORY LOOKING TO ROAR PAST BRISBANE

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




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

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