Glory imports make impact in 3-1 victory

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With both sides looking to earn their first win of the A-League campaign it was Perth Glory who came out on top with their big off-season signings announcing themselves to the competition.

Goals to Sidnei Sciola, Guyon Fernandez and Diego Castro helped Glory to a 3-1 victory over Adelaide United in front of 7728 fans. The win came despite Adelaide controlling most of the match with 68% possession.

After a very open ten minutes which saw half chances for Cirio and Harold blocked and deflected respectively, it was Adelaide who took control of the match with some neat work in midfield from Jeggo and Carrusca.

Adelaide continued to monopolise possession with plenty of luck down the left with some great work from Dugandzic leading to a shot from Cirio eight yards out on 27 minutes, which was blocked by Warren.

With the half drawing to a close it was Glory who broke the deadlock on 44 minutes with a defence splitting ball from Sandor gifting Sciola a one-on-one chance, which the Brazilian expertly dispatching into the bottom left hand corner. Glory entered half time with a 1-0 advantage despite Adelaide boasting 69% possession with 86% passing accuracy.

United began proceedings for the second half with Glory injecting Guyon Fernandez for Chris Harold after the forward was seen holding his hamstring throughout the opening half.

Ten minutes into the second half and it was Adelaide looking to even up the ledger with Goodwin fizzing a left footed shot past the back post and Carrusca’s effort on 58 minutes superbly blocked by Glory vice-captain Djulbic. However, Perth’s disciplined defensive resilience paid further dividends as they doubled their lead on 59 minutes thanks to a classy left foot finish from Garcia’s pin point cross.

In the wake of one Glory import stamping his name on the match it was another entering the fray with Diego Castro replacing goal-scorer Sciola. It was the Spaniard who made it 3-0 with a cool finish from ten yards at the 71 minute mark, with the assist coming again from Garcia. Glory’s lead was cut back to two shortly after, with an own goal from Ferreira following a Dugandzic cross on 75 minutes.

Glory claim their first win of the campaign following their midweek cup triumph to climb off the bottom of the table, as Adelaide remain without a win in ninth place.

Perth Glory: 1. COVIC, Ante (GK) 3. WARREN, Marc 6. DJULBIC, Dino 7. SANDOR, Gyorgy 10. MARINKOVIC, Nebosa 11. GARCIA, Richard (C) 13. FERREIRA, Diogo 14. HAROLD, Chris 16. SCIOLA, Sciola 19. RISDON, Joshua 23. THWAITE, Michael

        Subs: 2. GRANT, Alexander 12. TYSON, Jerrard 17. CASTRO, Diego 18. OXBORROW, Mitch

20. FERNANDEZ, Guyon

Adelaide United: 20. HALL, John (GK) 4. McGOWAN, Dylan 5. MALIK, Osama 7. SANCHEZ, Pablo 8. ISAIAS 9. CIRIO, Sergio 10. CARRUSCA, Marcelo (C) 16. GOODWIN, Craig 17. DUGANDZIC, Mate 18. JEGGO, James 21. ELRICH, Tarek

Subs: 2. MARRONE, Michael 14. MELLS, George 15. WARLAND, Benjamin 28. TRIMBOLI, Antoni 30. SOLARI, John (GK)

 

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Bryce Conway
21-year-old Communications and Media Student at UWA, avid Liverpool and Seinfeld enthusiast following Perth Glory during the 2015/2016 A-League season.
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