Goals from Andy Keogh and Adam Taggart helped Perth Glory to its first win of the season after the latter netted a winner just five minutes from time.

A blistering start from the Central Coast Mariners saw Paul Okon’s men almost take a first minute lead after a long ball caught Perth Glory napping but Asdrubal completely miskicked what looked to be a certain goal.

The pace and agility of Kwabenah Appiah-Kubi and Connor Pain consistently caused Glory problems with the latter providing several chances for teammates.

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The Mariners early superiority was rewarded in the 14th minute after Pain was afforded too much time and space to pick out Wout Brama’s late run who fired a terrific left foot strike across Reddy into the top corner.

The goal seemed to wake up the home side who came back into the game late in the first half with Diego Castro starting to pull the strings for Glory.

Andy Keogh created Perth’s first genuine opportunity after an intelligent run down the right flank playing a first time ball across goal to Adam Taggart who totally misfired not dissimilar to Asdrubal in the first minute.

Glory’s best passage came from Jeremy Walker whose overlapping run culminated in a square ball finding Keogh who couldn’t get the ball out of his feet quick enough and saw his deflected shot loop into the untroubled arms of Thomas Glover.

The first half finished with Shane Lowry rising highest from Castro’s out-swinging corner but headed just beyond Glover’s right-hand post and the outstretched Taggart.

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It was an open second half with the Mariners free flowing style contrasted by Perth’s counter attacks with the long ball.

Referee Alex King made what looked to be a good decision on the hour mark after minimal contact to Castro’s boot saw the Spaniard go to ground but an unfazed King waved away appeals from Glory’s dismayed players.

Nib Stadium was ignited for the first time this season when Reddy’s goal kick found Taggart in space who curled a brilliant cross which was met by a steering Keogh header finding the bottom left corner.

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The match was then decided in somewhat controversial circumstances when Taggart received a long ball in what looked to be an offside position and finished past a Central Coast defence who stopped in unison expecting a flag that never came.

Replays show the striker was maybe just in line but nevertheless Paul Okon will be disappointed after his side dominated large periods of the game however Glory will care little after its first win of the campaign.

 

Perth Glory 2 (KEOGH 70’, TAGGART 85’) Central Coast Mariners 1 (BRAMA 14’)

nib Stadium (12,167)

Referee: Alex King Assistant Referees: Josh Manella and Arvin Shanmuganathan Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

Perth Glory 33. REDDY Liam (GK), 4. LOWRY Shane, 8. TORRES Xavier, 9. KEOGH Andrew (C), 14. HAROLD Chris (19. KNOWLES, Joseph 81’), 16. MILLS Joseph (20. BRIMMER Jake 65’), 17. CASTRO Diego, 18. ANDREAU (15. WILSON Brandon 65’), 22. TAGGART Adam, 23. NEVILLE Scott, 29. WALKER Jeremy

Substitutes: 13. FEELY Nicholas (GK), 5. POSCOLIERO Jacob, 15. WILSON Brandon 19. KNOWLES Joseph, 20. BRIMMER Jake.

 

Central Coast Mariners 2. ROUX Storm, 3. ROSE Joshua, 5. GOLEC Anthony, 6. HIARIEJ Tom, 9. HERNANDEZ (17. BINGHAM Josh 69’), 10. DE SILVA Daniel, 11. PAIN Connor, 13. APPIAH-KUBI Kwabena, 15. BARO Alan (c), 18. GLOVER Thomas (gk), 23. BRAMA Wout.

Substitutes: 1. KENNEDY Ben (gk), 4. MCGING Jake, 12. BUHAGIAR Trent, 16. ROSE Liam, 17. BINGHAM Josh.

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Football fan and digital communications officer following Perth Glory during the 2017/2018 A-League season.