Taggart the hero as Perth topple Wellington in Distance Derby

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Perth Glory have bagged three much needed points after dispatching 10-man Wellington Phoenix 2-1 in a hotly contested Distance Derby at NIB Stadium in Perth.

Perth overcame a strong challenge from the ‘Nix and a supreme second half showing from the hosts was what separated the two sides.

The first half belonged to Wellington and as has long been the case for Perth this season, the major struggle is stopping teams from getting in behind the back four.

Wellington’s press was in full swing and in the in the 11th minute they exposed this weakness through Roy Krishna.

Shane Smeltz showed his 35-year-old legs are still young enough for the A-League and his sumptuous pass found Krishna who smashed home through the hands of Liam Reddy to score the A-League’s 4000th goal.

Perth struggled for the remainder of the half and they looked sluggish in attack and clunky in midfield.

Diego Castro often drifted inside from left midfield, but the tactic limited the amount of space for the Glory to play through the middle.

Perth’s first half was summed up in the 15th minute after referee Shaun Evans found himself in the way of Milan Smiljanic as he lined up for the equaliser from outside the box.

The Glory weathered the Phoenix storm for the remainder of the half and fired back on the stroke of halftime thanks to a Rostyn Griffiths thunderbolt.

Perth built down the left flank through Joseph Mills and the Englishman’s direct cross fell invitingly to the skipper who belted home from 20 yards.

It was the last piece of action and both teams entered the break locked at 1-1.

Wellington had no time to breath to start the second stanza as the Glory piled on the early pressure.

In the 48th minute Andy Keogh fired passed Glen Moss after Diego Castro’s wizardry released the Irishman on goal.

Assistant referee Josh Mannella wrongly flagged for offside, much to displeasure of the home crowd.

It ultimately mattered little as Adam Taggart ensured his team would take the lead in the 50th minute, heading home an inch perfect ball form Irishman, Keogh.

Taggart is beginning to find some consistent form for Perth, which should encourage their fans, making it two goals in his last two starts.

The game’s real moment of controversy came in the 62nd minute as referee Shaun Evans showed a straight red card to Roy Krishna.

Krishna can feel unlucky as what seemed to be a routine piece of closing down on Shane Lowry turned into the worst-case scenario for the Phoenix.

From then on the man advantage made it easier for the Glory to hold on and the home side bagged three much needed points to emerge victorious on a wet summers night in Perth.

Perth Glory 2 (Griffiths 45’, Taggart 50’)
Wellington Phoenix 1 (Krishna 11’)

Attendance: 9210
Stadium: NIB Stadium, Perth

Referee: Shaun Evans
Assistant Referees: Josh Mannella, Matthew Southern
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

Perth Glory: 33. REDDY Liam (GK), 2. GRANT Alexander, 4. LOWRY Shane, 8. GRIFFITHS Rostyn, 9. KEOGH Andy, 14. HAROLD Chris (7. CHIANESE Joel 90’), 16. MILLS Joseph, 17. CASTRO Diego, 19. RISDON Joshua, 22. TAGGART Adam (10. MARINKOVIC Nebojsa 82’), 24. SMILJANIC Milan

Substitutes: 13. FEELY Nicholas (GK), 11. GARCIA Richard, 20. WILLIAMS Aryn

Wellington Phoenix: 1. MOSS Glen (GK), 2. TRATT Jacob, 4. BONEVACIA Rolieny (16. FENTON Louis 80’), 8. RODRIGUEZ Alex, 9. BARBAROUSES Kosta, 12. PARKHOUSE Adam, 13. ROSSI Marco, 19. DOYLE Thomas, 21. KRISHNA Roy, 22. DURANTE Andrew, 99. SMELTZ Shane (11. WATSON Hamish 61’)

Substitutes: 20. ITALIANO Lewis, 5. LOWRY Ryan, 23. RIDENTON Matthew

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

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