Glory romp Roar to pull nine points clear

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Perth Glory made light work of a heavily depleted Brisbane Roar on Saturday night, winning 4-0 at HBF Park to stretch their lead on top of the table to nine points.

In their last home game for six weeks Glory began on the front foot, showing a difference in class in the early stages of the game against a young, inexperienced Roar outfit.

With all their firepower up front it was Glory’s full-backs Ivan Franjic and Jason Davidson causing the most problems to Roar’s defence, and after the hosts early pressure it was Davidson who put Glory in the lead.

Chris Ikonomidis drove down Glory’s right side and laid a cross to Andy Keogh, whose glancing header found Davidson unmarked at the back post where he slotted the ball under Brendan White with ease.

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An innocuous injury to Franjic in the first half saw him removed for Scott Neville, and Glory’s full-back assault continued when Neville’s first touch – a perfectly weighted cross – found Andy Keogh in the six yard box, who finished the easiest of headers to extend Glory’s lead to two.

Out of all of their impressive performances in the season so far Glory were at their fluid best in a dominant first half full of shots on goal and creative, high-tempo attacking play.

And on the cusp of half time Glory furthered their advantage in the game, when Diego Castro skipped past Stefan Nigro deep in Glory’s attack to play a ball across this six yard box for Keogh to tap in his second and Glory’s third.

Shouts for offside were ignored and Glory took a commanding 3-0 lead into the break.

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Out of the sheds for the second half Diego Castro decided it was his turn to get in on the act, scoring Glory’s fourth after a slick bit of interplay started by the Spaniard.

Keogh whipped Castro’s initial ball out to Davidson marauding down the wing, who squared the ball back to Castro running in to slot the ball into the net and finish Glory’s sharpest attacking move of the night.

Following Castro’s strike Glory strangled Roar into submission, attacking in relentless waves which Brisbane simply couldn’t handle, creating chance after chance but failing to improve on their commanding lead.

Instead the game finished at 4-0, and Glory’s most dominant display of the season saw them pull three wins ahead of Melbourne Victory with seven games to play in the season.

Perth Glory 4 – Davidson 19′, Keogh 35′ 45+3′, Castro 54′

Brisbane Roar 0

HBF Park

Referee: Shaun EVANS

Assistant referees: Josh MANELLA, Matthew SOUTHERN

Fourth official: Adam FIELDING

Perth Glory: 33. Liam REDDY (GK), 3. Jason DAVIDSON, 4. Shane LOWRY, 5. Ivan FRANJIC (23. Scott NEVILLE 35′), 6. Dino DJULBIC (7. Joel CHIANESE 72′), 9. Andy KEOGH, 13. Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 17. Diego CASTRO, 19. Chris IKONOMIDIS (22. Fabio FERREIRA 77′), 27. JUANDE, 88. Neil KILKENNY.

Unused subs: 1. Tando VELAPHI (GK), 20. Jake BRIMMER.

Brisbane Roar: 1. Brendan WHITE (GK), 2. Dane INGHAM (35. Jay BARNETT 87′), 8. Jacob PEPPER, 11. Eric BAUTHEAC, 12. Ruon TONGYIK, 15. Stefan NIGRO (4. Daniel BOWLES 45′), 17. Matthew McKAY, 18. Joe CALETTI, 23. Dylan WENZELL HALLS, 26. Nicholas D’AGOSTINO (22. Tobias MIKKELSEN 65′), 33. HENRIQUE.

Unused subs: 31. Macklin FREKE (GK), 36. Daniel LECK.

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Matthew Comito
Matthew Comito
Football nut, student journalist and firm believer that Berisha dived in the 2012 A-League Grand Final. Covering Perth Glory for the 2018/19 season.

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