Perth Glory win in controversial fashion at home

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After a calamitous showing against Sydney FC last weekend, Perth Glory have responded in superb fashion claiming a controversial 3-1 victory over Adelaide United at NIB Stadium.

It was a frantic end-to-end encounter at NIB Stadium and five crazy second half minutes were all that separated the two evenly matched teams.

Perth’s willingness to play out of defence in the first half was often their Achilles heel as multiple sloppy turnovers lead to Adelaide’s best chances.

The Reds capitalised on the carelessness from the Glory and deservedly took the lead in the 22nd minute.

Isaias cleverly nutmegged Milan Smiljanic in midfield to release Tarek Elrich down the right flank and his inch-perfect first time ball forced Josh Risdon to tumble home an own goal.

Perth immediately responded with an equaliser, just as they did against Western Sydney Wanderers in round three.

Andy Keogh’s persistence in the 18-yard box forced a goalmouth scramble which ultimately broke to skipper Rostyn Griffiths who smashed it home from 20-yards to level the score.

From then on both sides continued to play free-flowing attacking football, with Sergi Guardiola looking particularly dangerous for the visitors.

In the 26th minute Milan Smiljanic was dispossessed easily in midfield which allowed Guardiola to surge forward at Alex Grant but dragged his shot wide of the goal.

Both teams entered the sheds locked at 1-1 with neither side able to fully dominate the remainder of the first half.

The second stanza exploded into life in the 67th minute.

The Glory controversially took the lead through Andy Keogh after an apparent foul on Eugene Galekovic from Glory skipper Griffiths went unnoticed by referee Jared Gillett.

Subsequent frustration from Reds coach Guillermo Amor saw him banished to the stands and ultimately spelling the beginning of the end for the Reds.

Jordan O’Doherty was rightfully shown a second yellow by Gillett after his two-footed lunging tackle on Nebojsa Marinkovic saw the Serbian require treatment from the Glory medical staff.

Within the space of five minutes the Reds had conceded a goal and the lead in the match, had their coach sent to the stands and a player sent off.

To Adelaide’s credit they put together some positive attacking moves with 10 men but ultimately the extra man for the Glory heaped too much pressure on the visitors.

All three points were sealed in the 90th minute when Keogh bagged his second.

The Reds committed too many up front and Diego Castro broke free, moved the ball quickly to Marinkovic who placed the ball perfectly on Keogh’s head to wrap up the win for the Glory.

Perth now move back into third position on the Hyundai A-League table but will still feel they are yet to hit top form after seven games.

The Reds must feel aggrieved after this result in Perth and it won’t any easier as they travel to Sydney next week to take on the high-flying Sky Blues.

Perth Glory 3 (Griffiths 24’, Keogh 67’, Keogh 90’)
Adelaide United 1 (Risdon OG 22’)

NIB Stadium, Perth

Referee: Jarred Gillett
Assistant Referees: Josh Mannella, Matthew Southern
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

 

Perth Glory: 33. LIAM Reddy, 2. ALEXANDER Grant, 5. RHYS Williams (4. SHANE Lowry 81’), 8. ROSTYN Griffiths, 9. ANDREW Keogh, 10. NEBOJSA Marinkovic, 14. CHRIS Harold (22. ADAM Taggart 81’), 16. JOSEPH Mills, 17. DIEGO Castro, 19. JOSHUA Risdon, 24. MILAN Smiljanic (15. BRANDON Wilson 88’)
Substitutes: 13. NICHOLAS Feely, 23. KOSTA Petratos

Adelaide United: 1. EUGENE Galekovic, 3. IACOPO La Rocca, 4. DYLAN McGowan, 8. ISAIAS, 9. SERGIO Guardiola (17. NIKOLA Mileusinic, 58’) , 10. MARCELO Carrusca, 19. BENJAMIN Garuccio, 21. TAREK Elrich, 22. RYAN Kitto, 24. JORDAN O’Doherty, 25. JAMES Holland
Substitutes: 20. JOHN Hall (GK), 5. TAYLOR Regan, 16. JESSE Makarounas,18. RILEY McGree

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

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