City and Glory play out uninspiring scoreless draw

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Melbourne City and Perth Glory have played out a scoreless draw at AAMI Park in a contest which saw few chances and left fans frustrated.

A win would have seen Perth Glory extend their lead on top of the table to six points but unlike previous outings this performance was anything but inspiring as they failed to break down a stubborn Melbourne City side.

Warren Joyce continued to experiment with his squad, starting fullback Nathaniel Atkinson alongside Lachlan Wales up front in one of the youngest striking pairs seen in the A-League.

Curtis Good started for just the third time this season while first team regulars Luke Brattan and Riley McGree started on the bench.

Melbourne City came into the game having won eight of their last ten league matches at AAMI Park, while Perth Glory had only lost one match for the season heading in.

Without a cloud in the sky the conditions suited a high pressing, end-to-end game which both teams delivered albeit simultaneously failed to register many clear attempts.

Perth Glory’s best chance of the opening half was gifted to them in the 12th minute by City goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic whose pass was intercepted by Andy Keogh, but the Irishman was unable to capitalise.

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City improved as the first half went on, creating chances through marquee Ritchie De Laet who used his pace and class to cause problems for the Glory.

But it was Florin Berenguer who had the best opportunity of the first half to open the scoring.

The Frenchman received the ball unmarked inside the six-yard box but lost it between his legs and could only manage a scuffed shot which saw both sides scoreless at the break.

Perth, as they did in the first half, started the second half the more attacking of the two sides and would have opened the scoring had Harrison Delbridge not slid in to deny Keogh a golden opportunity after City’s defence was split by a Neil Kilkenny pass.

Delbridge, who returned from suspension, played one of his best games for City keeping Perth’s front three at bay for much of the match.

Though City could not keep the Glory out forever.

The visitors eventually broke through but were unable to score despite being presented with an open net as City’s defenders threw themselves at the ball and forced Jason Davidson into a rushed attempt which flew over the cross bar.

Such desperate defending acted as the catalyst to spring the home side into action as captain Scott Jamieson’s cross brushed the face of the cross bar in City’s most attacking period for the match.

The Glory sought to channel their ability to win games late but failed to create in the dying stages.

The result sees Perth extend their lead on top of the table to four points while City miss the chance to close the gap with the teams above them.

 

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Melbourne City 0 

Perth Glory 0 

 AAMI Park

Melbourne City

Starting XI:

2.Ritchie De LAET, 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5.Bart SCHENKEVELD, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS,25. Iacopo LA ROCCA, , 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON,(26.Luke BRATTAN 46’), 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 18.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 19.Lachlan WALES,  22.Curtis GOOD, 27.Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER,(8.Riley MCGREE 61’)

Unused substitutes

36. Dylan Pierias, 40.James DELIANOV

Perth Glory

Starting XI:

2.Alex GRANT, 3.Jason DAVIDSON, 5.Ivan FRANJIC,(23.Scott NEVILLE 69’), 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE,(11.Brendon SANTALAB 73’), 9.Andy KEOGH, 13.Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 15.Brandon WILSON, 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 17.Diego CASTRO, (20.Jake BRIMMER 93′,) 27.JUANDE, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY

Unused substitutes:

1.Tando VELAPHI (gk),   22.Fabio FERREIRA,

Match Official: Shaun Evans

Assistant Referee 1: Wilson Brown

Assistant Referee 2: Tony Peart

Fourth Official: Jonathan Barreiro

VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

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Athos Sirianos
Athos Sirianos
RMIT Journalism | Football Nation Radio Like all football fans my general mood for the week is dictated by how my team performs over the weekend.

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