Frustration as Perth Glory down a pressing Sydney

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Sydney FC’s frustrations continued as a resilient Perth Glory weathered the Sydney heat to down the Sky Blue’s 2-1 at Allianz Stadium.

A Janjetovic blunder contributed to the loss as Sydney’s winless streak rose to four.

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Yet despite the scoreline, the home side played some promising passages.

The first opportunity of the match belonged to Perth as Harold linked with Castro to breech the Sydney box in the 5th minute only for his touch to err him.

It was not to be Vedran Janjetovic’s half between the sticks. The Sydney keeper wastefully turned over a corner in the 8th minute allowing an onslaught of crosses to ensue on the Sydney box.

And moments later his day went from bad to worse as a horrible blunder allowed Irish international Andy Keogh to roll the ball across the line after it bounced through the keeper’s legs who failed to grasp Risden’s cross.

Despite being a goal down the Sky Blues continued to enjoy the majority of possession as the clearly well drilled side distributed, regained and controlled the ball well. Yet for all their dominance the final strike eluded them.

It took old favourite David Carney to light the Sydney offense up as the former Socceroo showed some flair down the left flank to earn the Sky Blues a corner. The home side would rattle the crossbar in the 27th after Seb Ryall’s header deflected off the Glory defence.

Alex Brosque decided to join in on the action with Carney as the old duo seemed to enjoy linking up in the final third. Some experienced magic was put on display when the winger dinked a ball to the returning skipper only for his shot to curl marginally wide.

Some late flurries form Milos Ninkovic rounded out the half as the visitors entered the sheds with a fortunate 1-0 lead.

Glory’s slumber was broken in the second half as they returned to the pitch with gusto.

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A surge down the left flank from Harrold in the 51st found the striker in bounds of space as his placed shot shaved a millimetre off the Sydney post.

At the other end Sebastian Ryall almost had his low cross tipped in as the outstretched leg of David Carney flew just shy of the pacey ball.

Chris Harold doubled the lead for Perth Glory in the 65th minute, netting his eighth goal of the season to make it 2-0.

In reply Sydney continued to press and in the 79th the home side found their second wind when Ninkovic smoothly threaded in Smeltz as the Veteran striker made no mistake in finding the net against his old club.

The goal made for a frantic final 10 minutes controlled by the home side.

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Yet for all their efforts their woes continued, the final whistle bringing Sydney FC’s winless streak to four games.

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George Vlotis
UTS Journalism graduate and football fanatic. Ex-NSW premier league player and now fortunate enough to be reporting on the A-League. Sydney is Sky Blue. Follow me @VlotisGeorge

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