Andy Keogh’s 80th minute header was enough for Perth Glory to claim all three points at home against Adelaide United in a match that finished 1-0.

Despite a sparkling display of goalkeeping from Adelaide’s Paul Izzo Perth remained persistent in their approach and secured a well deserved win.

A frenetic beginning at nib stadium saw Perth Glory’s high intensity rewarded through a third minute penalty after Michael Marrone’s clumsy foul on Andy Keogh.

Diego Castro strutted to the spot only to see his right foot strike spectacularly saved by a fully outstretched Paul Izzo who leapt to his bottom left hand side.

Izzo continued to be a focal point early in the match making a superb double save denying Keogh’s swiveling close range shot with an outstanding reflex stop.

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Adelaide’s best opportunity of the first half came through Shane Lowry’s misdirected pass which saw George Blackwood clear on goal only to have his pocket picked by a desperately retreating Xavi Torres.

Perth utilized a 4-3-3 formation which looked dangerous in patches going forward but exposed gaps down both flanks with Blackwood and Mileusnic causing problems.

The first half finished in similarly frantic circumstances when Taggart out-muscled Jordan Elsey and began running at Adelaide’s defense dropping his shoulder into the box before being intervened just as he was about to pull the trigger.

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It was Adelaide who started brighter after the break with Blackwood and Mileusnic again combining down the right wing resulting in a centered ball which was deflected away from Lowry.

Chris Harold found himself clear at the far post in the fifty fifth minute but a poor first touch allowed an onrushing Izzo to narrow the angle and deflect his goal bound shot wide.

It wasn’t until just past the hour mark Liam Reddy was called into real action after Daniel Adlung’s well struck free kick was pushed away strongly following a Taggart handball just outside the host’s box.

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Marco Kurz elected for a change of personnel midway through the second half and it almost payed immediate dividends when Michael Marrone’s whipped ball along the deck found Mileusnic who fired just beyond Reddy’s near post.

When Izzo again denied Taggart with a brilliant one on one save deflecting the forwards shot over the bar it was looking like the Adelaide keeper wasn’t going to be beaten.

That was until a great run by recently introduced Mitch Mallia dinked a delightful ball to the back post finding a high rising Keogh who headed downward past a helpless Izzo.

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Perth’s second win of the season comes with a very welcome clean sheet and had it not been for the brilliance of Izzo they could well have added to its solitary goal.

Perth Glory 2 (KEOGH 80’)
Adelaide United 0

nib Stadium (11,049)

Referee: Stephen LUCAS
Assistant Referees: Josh MANELLA and Matthew SOUTHERN
Fourth Official: Adam FIELDING

Perth Glory 33. REDDY Liam (GK), 2. GRANT Alexander, 4. LOWRY Shane, 6. NICHOLS Mitchell (15. WILSON Brandon 77′) 8. TORRES Xavier, 9. KEOGH Andrew (C), 14. HAROLD Chris (11. MALLIA Mitch 72), 17. CASTRO Diego, 18. ANDREAU Guerao, 22. TAGGART Adam, 23. NEVILLE Scott.

Substitutes: 13. FEELY Nicholas (GK), 11. MALLIA Mitchell, 15. WILSON Brandon, 20. BRIMMER Jake, 29. WALKER Jeremy.

Adelaide United
2. MARRONE Michael, 4. WARLAND Benjamin, 8. ISAIAS, 10. MATMOUR Karim, (12. OCHIENG Mark 57′), 14. BLACKWOOD George, (7. KITTO Ryan 68′) 16. KONSTANDOPOULOS Nathan (25. STAMATELOPOULOS Apostolos 83′) 17. MILEUSNIC Nikola, 19. GARUCCIO Benjamin, 20. IZZO Paul (gk), 23. ELSEY Jordan, 37. ADLUNG Daniel.

Substitutes: 1. MARGUSH Daniel (gk), 7. KITTO Ryan, 12. OCHIENG Mark, 24. O’DOHERTY Jordan, 25. STAMATELOPOULOS Apostolos.

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