Adelaide United crucially draw with Perth

Adelaide United and Perth Glory have fought out a tense one-all draw at Coopers Stadium on Friday night, in a match dominated by the home side.

On a cool Adelaide night Perth needed all the points to stay in the race for a top four spot on the ladder, but could only manage to leave with one. The fact that they got anything out of the match is fortuitous, as Adelaide had control of the entire affair. In a throwback to the early stages of the season, the home side was let down only by its poor finishing.

Not to take credit away from Perth Gloveman Liam Reddy, who put in a number of excellent saves to keep his side on par with Adelaide. Often Reddy was let down by his defenders who at times seemed clueless to Adelaide’s attacking moves, but for the duration he managed to address almost all the challenges pose to him.

Dylan McGowan opened proceedings in the 23rd minute with an easy header goal. Taylor Regan had flicked Marcello Carrusca’s cross into the post which bounced out. Keeper Liam Reddy was out of position when the unmarked McGowan met the rebound on the line and knocked it in.

The Reds continued to dominate the half, with a number chances missed that should have been scored. McGowan, Sergio Cirio and Nikola Mileusnic all failed to find the back of the net from regions where goals were expected.

The failure to capitalise kept Perth in the match, and when referee Daniel Elder awarded Perth a questionable penalty on the cusp of half time and Diego Castro converted the one-all scoreboard had Adelaide enraged. Castro had gone down in the box after taking the ball to the by-line, where McGowan made slight contact with the striker’s leg. Slowly Castro hit the turf and Elder pointed to the spot. The contact was so slight it was barely visible in slow motion, and Adelaide United had every right to feel aggrieved.

The draw leaves Glory three points behind Melbourne City and Brisbane, but also trailing on goal difference. Those teams also have a game in hand. Perth has the chance to resurrect its campaign when it hosts Brisbane next Saturday.

Adelaide sits in ninth on the ladder, two points ahead of the Central Coast Mariners. The Reds will look to continue their resolute form when they take on Melbourne City away next Friday. 

Adelaide United FC: 1 (23’ McGowan)
Perth Glory FC: 1 (45’ Castro [pen])

Coopers Stadium

Referee:  Alan Milliner [replaced by fourth official Daniel Elder prior to kick off]
Assistant Referees:  Paul Centrangolo, Matthew Cream
Fourth Official: Daniel Elder

Adelaide United FC: 1. GALEKOVIC, Eugene, 2. MARRONE, Michael, 4. McGOWAN, Dylan, 5. REGAN, Taylor, 8. ISAIAS, 9. DIAWARA, Papa, 10. CARRUSCA, Marcelo, 11. CIRIO, Sergio, 17. MILEUSNIC, Nikola (67’ Ben GARRUCIO), 18. McGREE, Riley, 21. ELRICH, Tarek
Substitutes: 12. OCHIENG, Mark, 16. MAKAROUNAS, Jesse 19. GARUCCIO, Ben, 30.  MARGUSH, Daniel, 92. BABALJ, Eli

Perth Glory FC: 6. DJULBIC, Dino, 7. CHIANESE, Joel, 9. KEOGH, Andrew (89’ Marc WARREN), 11. GARCIA, Richard, 14. HAROLD, Chris (79’ Adam TAGGART), 16. MILLS, Joseph, 17. CASTRO, Diego, 18. OXBORROW, Michael (75’ Brandon WILSON), 16. RISDON, Joshua, 26. GOIAN, Lucian, 33. REDDY, Liam
Substitutes: 3. WARREN, Mark, 13. FEELY, Nicholas, 15. WILSON, Brandon, 22. TAGGART, Adam, 28. KNOWLES, Joseph

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