Western Sydney Wanderers have made an ideal start to their 2017/18 A-League campaign besting Perth 2-1 at Spotless Stadium

Oriol Riera nearly tasted his first A-League goal in the opening minute but skidded his shot just wide of the Perth net.

The Glory midfield struggled to develop anything for their frontmen throughout the first half, while the Wanderers continued to dominate possession with a string of passes in the middle.

A blistering shot by Roly Bonevacia in the 13th minute was handled well by Liam Reddy.

Xavier Torres responded shortly after, his header from the six yard box being denied by Vedran Janjetovic.

The Wanderers attack continued to threaten as a classy chip from Riera was splayed wide by Kearyn Baccus.

Glory struggled to progress beyond their half, the red and black seemed to run rings around them in the midfield.

The attacking pressure from the Wanderers finally resulted in a goal from Riera in the 42nd minute.

Fellow Spaniard Alvaro Cejudo fed Riera a through ball which he calmy slotted in the bottom right past a diving Reddy.

Just minutes later Riera fed the ball wide to Brendan Hamill, his cross into the box was put away by a sliding Jumpei Kusukami who made it 2 nil in the 45th minute.

The start of the second half featured a number of chances for both sides.

Adam Taggart got behind a rocket of a header that was well handled by Janjetovic.

Roly Bonevacia again tried his luck from outside the box, forcing a diving save from Liam Reddy in the 62nd minute.

A Diego Castro freekick found Adam Taggart in the box but he was denied by the woodwork.

A brilliant double save from Janjetovic denied both Taggart and Scott Neville a chance to claim back a goal.

Perth Glory eventually found the back of the net, after a header from Andrew Keogh was deflected into goal by Hamill.

Perth continued to press hard for an equaliser as the game came to an end.

Two quick corners for the visiting side failed to result in goals and the Wanderers saw through to the final whistle for what was an exciting second half.

The Wanderers have laid to rest any doubts of a shaky start after the sudden departure of Tony Popovic. They take on the Central Coast Mariners next week in their second home game of the season.

Perth Glory take on the Newcastle Jets who have come off a big Round 1 win.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC 2 (Riera 43′, Kuzukami 45′)
Perth Glory 1 (Brendan Hamill 81′ OG)

Spotless Stadium (12, 223)

Referee: Daniel ELDER
Assistant Referees: Andrej GIEV and James TESORIERO
Fourth Official: Stephen LUCAS

Western Sydney Wanderers FC:

15. BACCUS Kearyn, 8. BONEVACIA Rolieny, 10. CEJUDO Alvaro, 18. CORNTHWAITE Robert, 5. HAMILL Brendan, 25. HERD Christopher, 20. JANJETOVIC Vedran (gk), 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei, 9. RIERA Oriol 24. LLORENTE Raul, 33. THWAITE Michael

Substitutes: 19. BRIDGE Mark, 3. CLISBY Jack, 30. HALL John, 7. LUSTICA Steven, 11. SANTALAB Brendon

Perth Glory:

20. BRIMMER Jake, 17. CASTRO Diego, 14. HAROLD Chris, 9. KEOGH Andrew, 4. LOWRY Shane, 16. MILLS Joseph, 23. NEVILLE Scott, 5. POSCOLIERO Jacob, 33. REDDY Liam (gk), 22. TAGGART Adam, 8. TORRES Xavier

Substitutes: 13. FEELY Nicholas (gk), 2. GRANT Alexander, 18. GUERAO Andreu, 19. KNOWLES Joseph, 15. WILSON Brandon

Featured image by Steve Christo
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