Five star Glory dispatch hapless Phoenix

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Perth Glory have finished an emphatic A-League season with a performance to match, defeating Wellington Phoenix 5-0 in front of their home fans at HBF Park on Sunday evening.

In the early stages of the game Wellington’s reserve goalkeeper Oliver Sail showed he was well up for the challenge of filling Filip Kurto’s gloves, pulling off a number of stops from close range to stop Glory from gaining an early lead.

Down the opposite end of the park however things didn’t start so smoothly for Liam Reddy, who almost put a back-pass into his own net after the ball squirmed between his legs and off the post.

With a quarter of the game played Sail was called into action once again, this time pushing a header from Diego Castro off the crossbar, but Andy Keogh was waiting to dispatch the looping rebound off his head and into the net, putting the hosts ahead.

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Minutes later Keogh struck again and Castro was involved once more, keeping the ball off a number of Wellington defenders in the box then passing to Davidson, who curled a perfect cross to Koegh to direct a header past Sail for his second of the night.

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Regular service resumed after the half time break with Glory on the front foot, and it wasn’t long until Castro was on the scoresheet himself.

The chance came down the right of Glory’s attack with Ivan Franjic tearing down the wing, and his pass to the tip of the box found Castro who played a first-time curling shot into the far side of the net, putting his side in total cruise control.

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But Glory didn’t want to stop at three, and after a Castro through-ball Ikonomidis joined the party, picking up the ball with acres of space between him and the goal, but with his rapid pace he bore down on goal and smacked his shot emphatically into the roof of the net.

Then with minutes to play substitute Santalab made it a romp for the premiers, sliding in at the back post to tuck away a Chianese pass, putting his side 5-0 ahead.

Glory wrapped up the Premiers Plate the last time they played at home and this performance was another gift to the faithful fans which capped off an utterly dominant A-League campaign.

Perth Glory 5 – Keogh 24′, 31′, Castro 51′, Ikonomidis 65′, Santalab 83′

Wellington Phoenix 0

HBF Park

Referee: Stephen LUCAS

Assistant referees: Josh MANELLA, Matthew SOUTHERN

Fourth official: Adam FIELDING

Perth Glory: 33. Liam REDDY (GK), 3. Jason DAVIDSON, 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 6. Dino DJULBIC, 9. Andy KEOGH (11. Brendon SANTALAB 70′), 13. Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 17. Diego CASTRO, 19. Chris IKONOMIDIS (7. Joel CHIANESE 67′), 20. Jake BRIMMER, 23. Scott NEVILLE, 88. Neil KILKENNY (29. Kristian POPOVIC 85′).

Unused subs: 1. Tando VELAPHI (GK), 16. Tomislav MRCELA.

Wellington Phoenix: Oliver SAIL (GK), 4. Mandi, 5. Ryan LOWRY, 7. Cillian SHERIDAN (15. Michal KOPCZYNSKI 60′), 11. David WILLIAMS( Roy KRISHNA 60′), 12. Antony GOLEC, 13. Liberato CACACE, 18. Sarpreet SINGH, 27. Steven TAYLOR, 31. Benjamin WAINE, 32. Gianni STENSNESS.

Unused subs: 1. Filip KURTO (GK), 17. Callan ELLIOT, 23. Max BURGESS.

Featured image credit: Darren Speedie, Vision Inspired Photography

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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.