Sydney FC showed its class and poise to beat a spirited Perth Glory 3-2 at nib Stadium on Thursday night.

Glory’s defence failed to deal with lofted through balls all evening as its ageing central defenders were caught square on several occasions.

An inspired half-time substitution fired Perth into second half action with Adam Taggart bagging a sensational brace but the damage had already been done.

The likes of Adrian Mierzejewski, Milos Ninkovic and Bobo were simply too good for Perth and dominated large parts of proceedings with the Brazilian bagging a comfortable brace.

Sydney opened the scoring inside 15 minutes when Liam Reddy was only able to parry Bobo’s side footed strike into the path of Adrian who pounced quickest to find the back of the net.

The Sky Blues doubled their lead just before the half hour mark when Bobo dispatched a penalty after Dino Djulbic brought down Matt Simon.

One of many aerial through balls found Djulbic in a one-on-one tussle with Simon and after referee Kris Griffiths-Jones conferred with his linesman and the VAR he awarded what looked to be a clear spot-kick.

Things went from bad to worse for Glory when its defence was again caught napping with a long ball finding Bobo who doubled his tally with a left footed strike past Reddy who will be disappointed not to get more on the shot.

Perth coach Kenny Lowe ignited his team through Taggart’s introduction and it almost paid immediate dividends when Diego Castro’s pass found the striker inside the box but his shot fell just wide.

The 24-year-old made a definite impact and again came close with a deflected shot before  rounding the keeper and reducing the deficit to two with around 20 minutes remaining.

The World Cup hopeful then gave Perth hope of a remarkable comeback with a superb curling finish past Andrew Redmayne after a neat exchange with Andy Keogh.

However Sydney effectively shut up shop to ensure a result that sealed them the minor premiership although it refused the trophy presentation to occur in Perth.

Sydney’s late sloppiness may be an ominous sign heading into the finals while Perth will have to bounce back quickly if it has any hope of garnering a spot in the top six.

 

Perth Glory 2 (70′ 89′ Taggart)
Sydney FC 3 (12′ Adrian, 29′ 39′ Bobo)

nib Stadium (7049)

Referee: Kris GRIFFITHS-JONES
Assistant Referees: Josh MANNELLA and Arvin SHANMUGANATHAN
Fourth Official: Adam FIELDING

Perth Glory FC: 33. REDDY Liam, 4. LOWRY Shane, 7. CHIANESE Joel, 8. TORRES Xavier, 9. KEOGH Andrew, 16. MILLS Joseph, 17. CASTRO Diego, 18. GUERAO Andreu, 23. NEVILLE Scott, 66. DJULBIC Dino, 88. KILKENNY Neil.

SUBSTITUTES:  13. FEELY Nick [GK], 2. GRANT Alex, 14. HAROLD Chris, 15. WILSON Brandon, 22. TAGGART Adam.

Sydney FC

1. REDMAYNE Andrew (gk), 4. WILKINSON Alex, 5. BUIJS Jordy, 8. RETRE Paulo, 9. BOBO, 10. NINKOVIC Milos, 11. MIERZEJEWSKI Adrian, 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 18. SIMON Matt, 19. SUVELA, 26. WILKSHERE Luke.

Substitutes: 20. CISAK Alex (gk), 2. WARLAND Ben, 12. FERREIRA Fabio, 14. BROSQUE Alex, 17. CARNEY David.

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