Debutant Reiners provides the spark in Glory win

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It was a game characterised by a lack of quality but in the end Glory were deserved 1-0 winners over the reigning champions thanks to a Diego Castro tap in.

Melbourne Victory missed the chance to go second as they suffered their third loss in a row with the result continuing the momentum shift for Perth Glory.

The opening exchanges saw a shaky start from both teams with misplaced passes and poor touches galore.

17-year-old local product Jamal Reiners, who was making his starting debut for the Glory, had an early chance blocked following a tidy ball through from Gyorgy Sandor. Joshua Risdon’s follow up from outside the area was saved by Daniel Vukovic on two minutes.

Glory continued their encouraging start, as Risdon and Chris Harold’s link-up play down the right hand side was a joy to watch.

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The full-backs ball in to Harold on twelve minutes created a half-chance, but Vukovic was able to comfortably save at his near post.

After an exciting opening 15 minutes, the game began to settle as Victory looked to stamp their authority on the game.

Despite their efforts, Perth limited the champions to only a couple of half chances with Ante Covic acting swiftly to quash a Guilherme Finkler run following a one-two with Oliver Bozanic at the 24 minute mark.

The half ended 0-0 with Perth looking the hungrier of the two sides following a number of dangerous crosses into the area and recording four shots to Melbourne’s 0.

The lack of real quality continued to escape the two teams, with a number of long balls going astray. It was an encounter that even the purists would be finding difficult to enjoy.

Nebosja Marinkovic was replaced by Diego Castro on 52 minutes, as the hero from last week’s dramatic win over the Mariners succumbed to a left hamstring injury.

With the football failing to get the crowd going, it was left to refereeing decisions to get the blood pumping.

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On 54 minutes the referee waved away what looked to be a decent shout for a penalty with Glory and the fans calling foul on a coming together between Vukovic and Harold.

However, despite the passionate cries from the masses, the replay showed Vukovic getting a hand to the ball as his arm made contact with Harold. The right call was made and the atmosphere intensified  the attendance totalling a season low 5 398.

Crowd favourite Bersat Berisha clocked the Victory’s first shot of their dull perofmance, as the Albanian marksman hit the crossbar off a Kosta Barbarouses cutback on 66 minutes.

The deadlock was finally broken on 71 minutes, as Diego Castro was able to simply tap the ball in the back of the net following a brilliant run into the box from debutant Jamal Reiners.

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The local forward showed great composure inside the Victory penalty to provide Castro with the easiest goal of his illustrious career.

Despite the low attendance and average football, the hard fought victory continues an encouraging for the Glory. With two morale boosting wins at home combined with the signing of Andy Keogh, things are on the up for the boys in the west.

Perth Glory: 1. COVIC, Ante (GK) 2. GRANT, Alexander 3. WARREN, Marc 7. SANDOR, Gyorgy 10. MARINKOVIC, Nebojsa 11. GARCIA, Richard (C) 13. FERREIRA, Diogo 14. HAROLD, Chris 19. RISDON, Joshua 23. THWAITE, Michael 24. REINERS, Jamal

Subs: 12. TYSON, Jerrad (GK) 17. CASTRO, Diego 18. OXBORROW, Mitchell 28. KNOWLES, Joseph 29. WILLIAMS, Aryn

Melbourne Victory: 1. VUKOVIC, Daniel (GK) 2. GERIA, Jason 6. BROXHAM, Leigh (C) 7. FINKLER, Guilherme 8. BERISHA, Besart 9. BARBAROUSES, Kosta 13. BOZANIC, Oliver 14. BEN KHALFALLAH, Fahid 15. GALLIFUOCO, Giancarlo 16. MAHAZI, Rashid 18. MURNANE, Dylan

Subs: 5. GEORGIEVSKI, Daniel 11. PAIN, Connor 19. HOWARD, George 20. THOMAS, Lawrence (GK) 22. MAKAROUNAS, Jesse

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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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