Castro all class as Glory topple United in historic win

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Diego Castro and Andy Keogh have led Perth Glory to a club record 15th win of the season and maintained their massive lead in the A-League as they beat Adelaide United 2-0 on Friday night.

A Diego Castro-led Perth Glory achieved their highest win tally in an A-League season in some style, dominating their match against Adelaide from the get-go.

It didn’t take long for Perth to find their radar as Ivan Franjic was found free on the right wing and spotted his captain Diego Castro waiting in the box.

Castro showed all his skill to produce exquisite control under immense pressure before scrambling a shot out which found the flailing leg of Scott Galloway and deflected into the goal, leaving Izzo helpless.

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Had it not been for some spectacular acrobatic work from Paul Izzo in the United goal, especially in denying Joel Chianese late on, the score could have been much worse  for the home side.

Adelaide controlled much of the play in the second-half – with Perth often unable to clear the ball effectively due to Adelaide’s pressure – yet United were unable to find the goal which would have sealed a point.

Andy Keogh, substituted on for Ivan Franjic just after the hour, added insult to injury by scoring against the run of play after intercepting a loose pass across goal and burying his shot into the bottom corner.

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The win means that Perth extends their undefeated streak in the A-League to 13 games while Adelaide hasn’t won since the beginning of February and are looking at risk of losing their top six position.

Meanwhile, Perth host fellow top-four side Melbourne Victory in a challenging fixture next week and Adelaide travel to Central Coast Mariners in desperate need of points.

Adelaide 0

Perth Glory 2 (Castro 35’, Keogh 70′)

Coopers Stadium

Referee: Peter Green
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream
Assistant Referee 2: Paul Cetrangolo
Fourth Official: Daniel Elder
VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Adelaide United squad: 2.Michael MARRONE, 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Ryan STRAIN, 7.Ryan KITTO (32.Carlo ARMIENTO 83′), 8.Isaías SÁNCHEZ (c), 11.Craig GOODWIN, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS (17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ 46′), 19.Jordy THOMASSEN (10.Ken ILSØ 62′), 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 31.Mirko BOLAND,

Unused substitutes: 30.Isaac RICHARDS (GK), 6.Vince LIA

Perth Glory squad 3.Jason DAVIDSON, 4.Shane LOWRY, 5.Ivan FRANJIC (9.Andy KEOGH 65′), 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 17.Diego CASTRO (22.Fabio FERREIRA 87′), 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 23.Scott NEVILLE, 27.JUANDE, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY

Unused Substitutes: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 29.Kristian POPOVIC

 

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A student at University of South Australia who hopes his writing disguises his lack of sporting prowess and a fan who masquerades his choice in mediocre teams as being hipster

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