Perth Glory have advanced through to the Hyundai A-League Semi Finals after beating a deplorable Melbourne City 2-0 at AAMI Park on Sunday night.

Glory were superb in the knockout clash and out-mastered City in every aspect across the field. Kenneth Lowe’s men were deserved winners and it was through the likes of Dino Djulbic, Diego Castro and Adam Taggart that led them to victory.

Coming into the game as slight favourites, City and their fans would have expected a much tighter performance than last week after conceding five against Glory, but it didn’t go to plan.

At times, it seemed as though there was no plan.

The home side lacked any intensity to remotely rival their opponents.

With 20 goals in their last three meetings, a high scoring affair would not have surprised, but Glory clearly addressed last week’s disappointing defensive efforts after their 5-4 win.

Castro opened the scoring and capitalised on a sluggish City in the 16th minute.

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Ruon Tongyik gave Castro too much space, he beat one defender then two more before curling it past Dean Bouzanis to put the Perth underdogs ahead early.

They never looked back.

Andy Keogh scored a hat trick earlier in the season against City and had a chance to score in the 29th minute but failed to punish a Bouzanis blunder.

It did not matter, though.

Less than a minute later, the men in light blue were caught on the back foot once again and they suffered the ultimate price.

Joel Chianese made it look too easy as he extended Glory’s lead to two inside the first half.

The City home crowd were restless, and understandably so. As referee Chris Beath’s whistle sounded to conclude the first 45 minutes, the Melbourne side trailed 2-0.

Going into halftime, home fans would be hoping, as they witnessed last week, anything can happen.

Unfortunately for the light blue, it was much of the same in the second half as Glory fantastically restricted City of any space to threaten Liam Reddy’s clean sheet.

City’s two biggest chances of the game came in rapid succession.

A long range, powerful strike from Michael Jakobsen looked destined to trouble Reddy, but the Glory defence were impenetrable.

Substitute Nick Fitzgerald then had a golden opportunity to score and reduce the deficit to just one, but adrenaline got the better of him and his shot went well over the crossbar.

Ultimately, Glory were far too good for a City outfit who have, for the majority of the A-League season, lacked the consistency to play out a full 90 minutes.

Melbourne City 0
Perth Glory 2 (Castro 16′, Chianese 30′)

Stadium: AAMI Park
Crowd: 9,944

Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referees: Matthew Cream and Paul Cetrangolo
Fourth Official: Jonathan Barreiro
Video Assistant Referee: Craig Zetter

Melbourne City 20. BOUZANIS Dean (GK), 3. ROSE Josh, 5. FRANJIC Ivan, 6. MALIK Osama, 9. COLAZO Nicolas (10. CACERES Anthony 71′), 11. KAMAU Bruce (12. FITZGERALD Nick 45′), 17. CAHILL Tim, 21. TONGYIK Ruon (26. BRATTAN Luke 45′), 22. JAKOBSEN Michael, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno (C)
Substitutes: 1. SORENSEN Thomas (GK), 10. CACERES Anthony, 12. FITZGERALD Nick, 14. ARZANI Daniel, 26. BRATTAN Luke

Perth Glory 33. REDDY Liam (GK), 3. WARREN Marc (15. WILSON Brandon 80′), 6. DJULBIC Dino, 7. CHIANESE Joel (14. HAROLD Chris 69′), 8. GRIFFITHS Rostyn (C), 9. KEOGH Andy, 11. GARCIA Richard (5. Williams Rhys 66′), 17. CASTRO Diego, 19. RISDON Josh, 22. TAGGART Adam, 26. GOIAN Lucian
Substitutes: 13. FEELY Nick (GK), 5. WILLIAMS Rhys, 10. MARINKOVIC Nebojsa, 14. HAROLD Chris, 15. WILSON Brandon

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