Dour stalemate in Perth sees local products impress

-

It was a game of very few chances that ended 0-0 between Perth Glory and Sydney FC, as Glory’s goal-drought now extends to beyond six hours.

It was the home side who kicked off proceedings in the blistering 34 degree heat and the opening ten minutes was a predictably tense affair. Sydney looked to seize control of the game with some nice flowing passing across the pitch.

Glory quashed any chance of a counter attack as the foul count racked up in an uninspiring opening to the Round Seven encounter in front of 6 976 at nib Stadium.

Local products Aryn Williams and Alex Grant – who was making his full debut – started confidently and solid in Glory’s makeshift back four as chances were at a premium for both sides.

Returning Socceroo Josh Risdon came closest for Perth with a tame shot that went wide after some tidy work from Michael Thwaite and Richard Garcia down the left flank.

A drinks break at the 30 minute mark served to breathe some life into the Perth side, as Sidnei Sciola’s penetrating run down the right hand side into the box led to a chance for Garcia that was blocked by Sebastian Ryall on 38 minutes.

The half ended level, as has been the case for Sydney in each of their last seven rounds, with Perth having worked themselves into the game nicely.

Perth coach Kenny Lowe injected some fresh legs for the second half with Chris Harold replacing Sciola after three weeks out with a hamstring injury. The change proved a wise move with Harold’s tireless running and hunger providing an opportunity for Garcia and then vice-versa a minute later with their shots blocked and saved respectively.

Sydney coach Graham Arnold acted on the Sky Blues lacklustre second half showing by introducing veteran striker Matthew Simon, Andrew Hoole and former Perth midfielder Brandon O’Neill.

Simon came close with a glancing header, but Glory continued to press for a winner with Matthew Jurman’s dodgy chest down almost proving fatal. Harold pounced but was unable to convert.

The closing quarter of the match saw the game open up nicely as the sun went down and the stadium cast a welcoming shadow on the pitch for the players and fans alike.

It wasn’t meant to be for either side as the match ended a stalemate with Perth at risk of falling to the foot of the table if Adelaide United win on Sunday.

Perth Glory: 1. COVIC Ante (GK), 2. GRANT Alexander, 3. WARREN Marc, 10. MARINKOVIC Nebojsa, 11. GARCIA Richard (C), 13. FERREIRA Diogo, 16. SCIOLA Sidnei, 17. CASTRO Diego, 19. RISDON Joshua, 23. THWAITE Michael, 29. WILLIAMS Aryn

Subs: 12. TYSON Jerrad (GK), 14. HAROLD Chris, 15. GLIGOR Hagi, 18. OXBORROW Mitchell, 24. REINERS Jamal,

Sydney FC: 1. JANJETOVIC Vedran, 2. RYALL Sebastian, 3. GERSBACH Alexander, 5. JURMAN Matthew, 8. DIMITRIJEVIC Milos, 9. SMELTZ Shane, 10. NINKOVIC Milos, 14. BROSQUE Alex (C), 21. HOLOSKO Filip, 23. GRANT Rhys, 27. TAVARES Michael

Subs: 4. ANDERSON Zachary, 7. HOOLE Andrew, 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 18. SIMON Matthew, 20. NECEVSKI Ivan (GK)

Enjoy this content? Support The Football Sack

Due in part to COVID and lack of current sponsorship we are at risk of not having the funds to continue running The Football Sack. If you enjoy our content and support our work in training talented young writers, please support us with a donation. If every reader contributed just $3, our funding would be covered for over ten years.

DONATE

Learn with us

mm
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.

Latest Articles

Love your football?
Subscribe to our weekly football wrap. During the season we'll send you all the week's football action straight to your inbox.
* indicates required