Adelaide United got back to winning ways after narrowly taking down a menacing Perth Glory outfit 2-1 at Coopers Stadium on Saturday.

Perth drew first blood through a close-range header from Andy Keogh but two unanswered goals to the home side through Nikola Mileusnic and an own goal from Dino Djulbic handed Adelaide their second-consecutive win.

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The visitors came knocking first through a surging Chris Harold whipping a ball over Keogh in the six-yard box.

Perth broke the deadlock moments later after Scott Neville’s looping ball from the right found Keogh open in the middle to nod home to Izzo’s right.

United came close to a leveller when the returning Isaias threaded Mileusnic into the box but the forwards effort was blasted over from close range.

The home side found an equaliser not long later as fullback Ryan Strain’s cross put Djulbic under pressure and the defender skewed the clearing header into his own net.

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Adelaide proceeded to put pressure on Liam Reddy between Perth’s posts with efforts from Ryan Kitto and George Blackwood forcing some strong saves from the shot-stopper.

The home side were rewarded for mounting pressure as Isaias picked out Mileusnic with a searching ball from deep in the half and with the wide-man tucking away the one-on-one to Reddy’s right late in the half.

Frustration from the visiting side led to two early yellow cards in the second half with the resulting free-kick almost allowing Adelaide to extend their lead but Benjamin Garrucio’s curling effort narrowly missed the far post.

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United continued to gain momentum as the game rolled on and a surging run gave Kitto a golden opportunity to double the advantage but Shane Lowry’s late effort prevented the goal.

Despite a late onslaught of pressure from Perth the Reds remained strong at the back to claim a valuable three points and step into the top four on the league table.

Adelaide United 2 (Djulbic OG 12′, Mileusnic 38′)

Perth Glory 1 (Keogh 4′)

Coopers Stadium, 7,976

Referee: Chris Beath

Assistant referees: Matthew Cream, Paul Cetrangolo

VAR: Craig Zetter

Adelaide United

7. Ryan KITTO, 8. ISAÍAS, 14. George BLACKWOOD, 17. Nikola MILEUSNIC, 19. Ben GARUCCIO, 20. Paul IZZO, 22. Ersan GÜLÜM (2. Michael MARRONE 85′), 23. Jordan ELSEY (5. Taylor REGAN 60′), 24. Jordan O’DOHERTY (16. Nathan KOSTANDOPOULOS 85′),  29. Ryan STRAIN, 37. Daniel ADLUNG.

Substitutes: 1. Daniel MARGUSH, 2. Michael MARRONE, 5. Taylor REGAN, 16. Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 25. Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS.

Perth Glory

3. Marc WARREN (2. Alexander GRANT 58′), 4. Shane LOWRY, 7. Joel CHIANESE (6. Mitchell NICHOLS 54′), 8. Xavier TORRES, 9. Andy KEOGH, 14. Chris HAROLD (26. Jacob ITALIANO 67′), 17. Diego CASTRO, 23. Scott NEVILLE, 66. Dino DJULBIC, 88. Neil KILKENNY.

Substitutes: 2. Alexander GRANT, 6. Mitchell NICHOLS, 13. Nicholas FEELY,15. Brandon WILSON, 26. Jacob ITALIANO.

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