Reds claim 3-1 win against Perth Glory

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A red card to Glory defender Alex Grant proved the turning point in an entertaining match at NIB Stadium, with Adelaide claiming a 3-1 win over Glory.

Andy Keogh was the centre of attention pre-game, with the Irish international marking his return to the club in the number 9 guernsey. However, the rapturous applause received when the starting eleven was being announced proved to be the only high-point for the former Leeds striker.

The opening five minutes saw both sides play start rather conservatively. However, only a minute later the game had its opening goal.

Captain Richard Garcia found space down down the left hand side and delivered an absolute peach of a ball into Chris Harold who put just enough pressure on defender Tarek Elrich to force an own goal.

At 1-0 Glory didn’t rest on their laurels, with Garcia and Diego Castro heavily involved, as the home sides high-end pressure forcing Adelaide into mistakes.

Harold should have had one of his own a few minutes later from point blank range, but the attacker was unable to finish a golden chance created by Castro.

It was chances aplenty for both sides in the opening 20 minutes, with Adelaide working their way back into the encounter. The away side were unlucky not level the scores on 17 minutes after some inspiring one-touch football in the penalty area. Socceroo Joshua Risdon’s timely tackle denied United.

Adelaide got there well deserved leveller on 27 minutes through Spaniard Sergio Cirio, as he tapped in a superb ball in from Argentine Marcelo Carrusca to make it 1-1.

The game continued in entertaining fashion, as the Glory should’ve restored their lead on 37 minutes. Some great work from Garcia and Andy Keogh created a golden chance for Castro, but the former La Liga star was unable to convert on a tight angle from six yards, as his strike struck the post.

Young defender Alex Grant, who has swiftly become a local hero at NIB Stadium, received a straight red card on the stroke of half-time.

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Craig Goodwin, who had a stellar half, was denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity by Grant and the correct decision was made, but that didn’t prevent the home fans crying foul.

Adelaide didn’t wait long to take full advantage of the on-field discrepancy, as Carrusca was given too much time and space in the final third and dispatched a great strike into the bottom left hand corner on 47 minutes.

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The action didn’t stop their either. Following on from the first-half controversy, Glory had a penalty shout waved away after Harold’s volley struck the arm of Michael Marrone. Replays showed their was no intent, as the right decision was made again, however a corner should’ve been paid.

Adelaide continued to dominate with their one-man advantage with chances to Carrusca and Bruce Djite requiring some smart saves from Covic to keep his team in the game.

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The away side seemed to put their feet up a bit as the second half wore on however. The longer the game went on the more it looked like the Glory would snatch an unlikely equaliser, as Adelaide gave away a string of fouls in dangerous positions.

The 9 009 strong crowd were fantastic, as the Glory faithful urged their players to keep going. The players listened, as they seemed the more likely to score in the closing 20 minutes of the match with the injection of Reiners providing a spark.

It wasn’t to be for the Perth side despite all their efforts, as Craig Goodwin was able to finish the match off with what proved to be the last kick of the encounter. The winger was rewarded for his great performance, as he was able to shimmy by a helpless Gyorgy Sandor and finish expertly.

Five weeks ago Adelaide were rooted to the bottom of the ladder, but they now sit well-placed for finals football. Amor’s patience and tiki-taka philosophy is starting to bear fruit for the South Australian side.

Perth Glory: 1. COVIC, Ante (GK) 2. GRANT, Alexander 7. SANDOR, Gyorgy 9. KEOGH, Andy 11. GARCIA, Richard (c) 14. HAROLD, Chris 17. CASTRO, Diego 18. OXBORROW, Mitchell 19. RISDON, Joshua 25. COLLARD, Jacob 29. WILLIAMS, Aryn

Subs: 12. TYSON, Jerrad 13. FERREIRA, Diogo 15. GLIGOR, Hagi 24. REINERS, Jamal 28. KNOWLES, Joseph

Adelaide United: 1. GALEKOVIC, Eugene (GK (C) 2. MARRONE, Michael 4. MCGOWAN, Dylan 8. ISAIAS 9. CIRIO, Sergio 10. CARRUSCA, Marcelo 11. DJITE, Bruce 16. GOODWIN, Craig 18. JEGGO, James 21. ELRICH, Tarek 23. ELSEY, Jordan

Subs: 3. LA ROCCA, Iacopo 7. SANCHEZ, Pablo 14. MELLS, George 19. BABALJ, Eli 20. HALL, John (GK)

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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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