Glory outclassed at home as Sydney cruise

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There were no Christmas miracles in Perth on Saturday as Sydney FC continued their emphatic start to the Hyundai A-League season, claiming a dominant 4-1 victory over Perth Glory at NIB Stadium.

It was a game of two halves as the Sky Blues weathered the Glory storm in the opening 45 minutes to prove they are a class above, firing three second half goals to take home a comfortable win.

Kenny Lowe opted to shake his team up once again, deploying Josh Risdon and Marc Warren as wing backs in a 3-5-2 formation.

Aryn Williams surprisingly deputised in central defence for his brother Rhys, who was one of four changes from last weekend’s loss to the Jets.

Perth came out firing in the first 15 minutes, with Andy Keogh and Adam Taggart both having numerous chances to open the scoring.

It would be the ex-Newcastle Jets man Taggart, as he pounced in the 20th minute to put his team ahead.

Josh Risdon caused all sorts of grief for Sydney left-back Michael Zullo and smartly found Brandon Wilson inside the six-yard box, who had the resolve to square the resulting pass to Taggart for a 1-0 Glory lead.

The Sky Blues immediately responded. Milos Ninkovic pressed forward from the restart, feeding his patiently waiting skipper Alex Brosque who hit the ball past the on-rushing Liam Reddy to make it 1-1.

The two quick goals opened the game up to a frantic pace, however both sides were unable to gain the advantage and they entered the sheds locked at 1-1.

The second half resumed with the Sky Blues asserting their dominance from the get-go and it would be Filip Holosko who would give Sydney the lead.

Rising highest, Holosko powered home a back-post header in the 60th minute to make it 2-1 to the traveling team.

Perth began to press hard for the equaliser and not even the introduction of a returning Diego Castro could thwart the juggernaut of Sydney FC.

In the 71st minute, the Sky Blues went 3-1 ahead courtesy of Brazilian striker Bobo, who was on hand to finish off an exceptional move constructed by midfield maestro Ninkovic.

What seemed to be a routine piece of defending for the Glory turned into a spectacular piece of attacking play from Ninkovic, as the midfielder found Bobo sandwiched between Dino Djulbic and Shane Lowry to finish off a simple move for Sydney.

Graham Arnold introduced Bernie Ibini and the substitute proved his worth, winning and converting a penalty kick for the visitors to add the gloss on what was a comprehensive 4-1 away victory.

The Sky Blues will turn their attention to Adelaide United in a match they will be firm favourites to win, whilst Perth will be left wondering how they can overcome their current slump of form.

 

Perth Glory 1 (Taggart 21’)
Sydney FC 4 (Brosque 22’, Holosko 61’, Bobo 72’, Ibini 90+1′)

Attendance: 9119
Stadium: NIB Stadium, Perth

Referee: Alan Milner
Assistant Referees: Matthew Southern, Josh Mannella
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

Perth Glory: 33. REDDY Liam (GK), 3. WARREN Marc (16. MILLS Joseph 68’), 4. LOWRY Shane, 6. DJULBIC Dino, 8. GRIFFITHS Rostyn (C), 9. KEOGH Andy, 10. MARINKOVIC Nebojsa (17. CASTRO Diego), 15. WILSON Brandon, 19. RISDON Joshua, 20. WILLIAMS Aryn, 22. TAGGART Adam (14. HAROLD Chris)
Substitutes: 13. FEELY Nicholas (GK), 24. SMILJANIC Milan

Sydney FC: 20. VUKOVIC Danny (GK), 4. WILKINSON Alex, 7. ZULLO Michael (5. JURMAN Matthew), 8. DIMITRIJEVIC Milos, 9. BOBO, 10. NINKOVIC Milos, 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 14. BROSQUE Alex (C) (11. IBINI-ISEI Bernie) 21. HOLOSKO Filip (19. BLACKWOOD George), 22. RYALL Sebastian, 23. GRANT Rhyan
Substitutes: 17. CARNEY David, 40. OLDFIELD Christopher (GK)

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

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