Glory and Wanderers share the spoils in Perth

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Perth Glory were unable to clinch outright second on the A-League ladder after settling for a 2-2 draw with a lively Western Sydney Wanderers side.

It was a rapid start at NIB Stadium on Sunday afternoon with the two first half goals coming within the first five minutes of the match.

Western Sydney came out with more intensity than Perth Glory going ahead with the first shot of the game after just 34 seconds.

Mitch Nichols found space down the left flank and fired a quick pass into Nicolas Martinez who was given too much space by a retreating Perth Glory defence and obligingly shot from 20 yards.

An outstretched Liam Reddy was unable to keep the ball from rattling into the bottom right corner and Wanderers took a 1-0 advantage.

Perth responded immediately and grabbed their first chance of the game when Alex Grant powered home a header from a wicked Nebojsa Marinkovic freekick in the 4th minute.

Milan Smiljanic was handed his first start of the season with experienced duo Rostyn Griffiths and Rhys Williams both dropping to the bench after last Sunday’s loss to Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.

Joseph Mills deputised for Marc Warren with the defender omitted from the match day squad after starting the first four matches of the season in an apparent statement from Kenny Lowe.

Perth should have had a second goal in the 9th minute when Andy Keogh cleverly released Diego Castro who dragged his shot wide past Andrew Redmayne.

From then on it was an even contest with both sides enjoying long spells of possession.

Mills found space down the left wing on 24 minutes and curled in a smart ball to Andy Keogh but the striker was unable to finish the chance.

Castro continued to cause havoc with his trickery finding him enough space to fire a ball across the six-yard box only for it to be cleared by Jack Clisby.

Bruno Pinatares and Dimas both picked up yellow cards in the first half after the pair tangled with the industrious Castro on separate occasions.

Perth started brighter out of the two sides in a spiteful second half dominating early stages of possession.

Chris Harold was released down the right wing on 52 minutes and struck a firm cross into the box. Wanderers‘ keeper Andrew Redmayne was only able to parry the ball into the path of Andy Keogh and the Irish weapon cooly slotted it home for a 2-1 lead.

Tony Popovic would have been pleased with the response from his players as Western Sydney were able to equalise in the 67th minute.

Brendon Santaleb continued his early season form finding space in behind a slow Glory defence and smartly finished a clever move by the Wanderers.

The home crowd were unhappy with assistant referee Matthew Southern, however, when an apparent offside wasn’t called against Santaleb.

The final 30 minutes was subject to numerous strong tackles from both sides with the overall intensity of the match increasing and referee Kurt Ams brandishing eight yellow cards in total.

Artiz Borda was booked for a firm challenge on Castro in the closing stages much to the dismay of the 13,290 strong home crowd.

Overall it was a fair result from a hotly contested match for both sides with Western Sydney potentially being the happier team picking up a point on the road.

Perth Glory 2 (Grant 4′, Keogh 52′)
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Martinez 1′, Santaleb 67′)
NIB Stadium

Referee: Kurt Ams
Assistant Referees: Josh Mannella, Matthew Southern
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

Perth Glory
33. REDDY Liam, 2. GRANT Alex, 19. RISDON Josh, 6. DJULBIC Dino, 9, KEOGH Andrew, 10. MARINKOVIC Nebojsa, 14. HAROLD Chris, 15. WILSON Brandon, 16. MILLS Joseph, 17. CASTRO Diego, 24. SMILJANIC Milan

Substitutes: 13. FREELY Nicholas, 5. WILLIAMS Rhys, 7. CHIANESE Joel, 8. GRIFFITHS Rostyn, 23. PETRATOS Kosta

Western Sydney
1. REDMAYNE Andrew, 3. CLISBY Jack, 6. NICHOLS Mitch, 8. DIMAS, 10. MARTINEZ Nicolas, 11. SANTALAB Brendon, 12. NEVILLE Scott, 13. PINATARES Bruno, 16. SOTIRIO Jaushua, 17. BORDA Aritz, 22. ASPROPOTAMITIS Jonathan

Substitutes: 1. TYSON Gerard, 5. HAMILL Brendan, 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei, 15. BACCUS Kearyn, 23. SCOTT Lachlan

 

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

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