Dominant second half sees Glory beat Wellington

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Perth Glory were made to work to beat Wellington Phoenix in the Distance Derby, with a strong second half required to beat the Phoenix by two goals to nil at NIB Stadium.

The first half was a scoreless tussle, with neither side able to break the deadlock.

Perth probably felt they could have been a goal up going into half time, with Diego Castro having multiple chances to put his team ahead in the first 45 minutes.

Wellington had the lion’s share of possession in the first 20 minutes, often playing long balls into the Glory box, however Rhys Williams and Dino Djulbic showed their class, nullifying the threat fairly easily.

Perth were sloppy in the first half hour, misplacing multiple passes and giving away multiple fouls, Nebo Marinkovic and Brandon Wilson both picking up yellow cards.

Rostyn Griffiths also cut a frustrated figure, often seen remonstrating to referee Daniel Elder, who was under pressure from a vocal home crowd.

Perth assumed ascendancy in the latter stages of the first half, however poor finishing for the Glory became the norm and ultimately they wouldn’t find the back of the net, entering the sheds at half time locked at 0-0.

Things couldn’t have started better for the Glory in the second half.

Andy Keogh was released down the left flank and whipped a fine ball into Chris Harold. Adam Parkhouse was too tight on Harold, clumsily tripping the Perth man, with referee Daniel Elder pointing to the spot and giving Parkhouse his team’s second yellow of the match.

Castro coolly stepped up and converted the spot kick to give Glory a 1-0 lead on 48 minutes.

At 59 minutes, another breakaway down the left flank occurred, this time from Rostyn Griffiths, who squared the ball to Keogh who’s clever touch saw him brought down in the box by Wellington ‘keeper Glen Moss.

Glen Moss made up for his error however, easily saving Andy Keough’s poorly placed penalty.

But Perth Glory didn’t stop there, Nebojsa Marinkovic making it 2-0 on 66 minutes. Josh Risdon cut down the right flank and squared a smart ball to Marinkovic, who smashed it home into the top right corner.

The two quick goals set the tone for the rest of the second half, with Wellington always facing an uphill battle.

One positive saw Hamish Watson whip in a wicked cross onto Roy Krishna’s head at point blank range, which forced a marvelous save from Liam Reddy.

Krishna continued to be a livewire for Wellington up front, when on 83 minutes, a sharp turn in the box found him a yard of space to shoot, forcing another fine save from Reddy on 83 minutes.

Kenny Lowe also handed Milan Smiljanic and Joel Chianese debuts, coming on late in the second half.

Overall it was a strong performance from Perth Glory at home. The Glory are now four points from the opening two games and look well placed to continue this form into the season.

Perth Glory: 2 (Castro 48’, Marinkovic 60’)
Wellington Phoenix: 0

NIB Stadium

Referee:  Daniel Elder
Assistant Referee 1:  Josh Mannella
Assistant Referee 2:  Matthew Southern
Fourth Official:  Adam Fielding

Perth Glory: 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Marc WARREN, 5.Rhys WILLIAMS, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 8.Rostyn GRIFFITHS (c), 9.Andy KEOGH, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 13.Nicholas FEELY (gk), 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Brandon WILSON, 16.Joe MILLS, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 19.Josh RISDON, 22.Adam TAGGART, 24.Milan SMILJANIC, 28.Joe KOWLES, 33.Liam REDDY (gk)

Wellington Phoenix: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Jacob TRATT, 4.Roly BONEVACIA, 5.Ryan LOWRY, 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Alex RODRIGUEZ, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 11.Hamish WATSON, 12.Adam PARKHOUSE, 13.Marco ROSSI, 14.Alex RUFER, 17.Vince LIA, 19.Tom DOYLE, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 21 Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE (c), 23.Matthew RIDENTON

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Stewart Marshall
Football lover so feeling lucky to be following Perth Glory for season 16/17.

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