Glory too good in Gosford

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Perth Glory now have one hand on the Premiers Plate with a dominant 3-0 victory over the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford

When top of the ladder play the bottom of the ladder, you very much expect a David vs. Goliath battle, and that’s exactly what it was on Sunday evening.

The match began as we would have expected, with Perth the more dangerous side on the ball. They created an early chance just three minutes in, and that set the tone for the remainder of the first half.

The Mariners created a number of half-chances through Jordan Murray and Matt Millar mainly, but they couldn’t manage to threaten Liam Reddy’s goals.

Perth took the lead in the 12th minute through Joel Chianese. He collected the ball on the right edge of the 18-yard box and stood up Jack Clisby. Chianese then cut inside onto his left and buried the shot into the bottom left corner.

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Perth doubled their lead in the 29th minute from a Neil Kilkenny corner. Dino Djulbic made his run, which started outside the penalty area and ended with a sublime header into the top right corner from seven or eight yards out. There was some contention about the goal, as Mariners captain Matt Simon was appealing for a foul on him whilst contesting for the header, but the goal stood.

It wasn’t all good news for Perth, though, as two minutes before half-time star winger Chris Ikonomidis went down holding his shoulder after falling on it awkwardly after a shot under pressure. The early prognosis is just a dislocation, and he isn’t expected to miss any further game time. He was replaced by Diego Castro at half time.

It was Castro who created the Glory’s third goal of the night in the 56th minute when he was brought down in the box by a very clumsy Jacob Melling challenge. Melling gave the ball away cheaply deep in his own half and looking to avenge his mistake, left a leg out which collected Castro as he tried to run past.

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The penalty was calmly converted by Neil Kilkenny who sent Kennedy the wrong way, slotting it into the bottom right corner.

Perth continued to dominate proceedings and had a golden chance in the 63rd minute to add a fourth goal for the night. The chance came off a Kilkenny corner, which floated beyond the back post to an arriving Juande, whose shot was saved by an outstretched leg of Ben Kennedy, which then hit the post.

The Mariners almost got one back via a Brendon Santalab own-goal ten minutes from full-time, when his attempted clearing header deflected and hit the crossbar. Jonathan Aspro tried to head in the rebound but had no success.

The 3-0 win for Perth sees them edge close to confirming themselves as the minor premiers. One point against the Newcastle Jets next week can be enough to confirm silverware for Tony Popovic’s side if Sydney FC drop points. The result also sees the Mariners lose five straight home matches for the first time in the club’s proud history.

 

Central Coast Mariners 0

Perth Glory 3 (Chianese 12’, Djulbic 29’, Kilkenny 58’ (Pen))

 

Central Coast Stadium

Crowd: 3,744

 

Referee: Daniel Elder

Assistant Referees: Owen Goldrick & Scott Edeling

Fourth Official: Benjamin Abraham

VAR Official: Kris Griffiths-Jones

 

Central Coast Mariners: Ben KENNEDY (GK), Matt MILLAR, Jonathan ASPRO, Kye ROWLES, Jack CLISBY, Jacob MELLING, Aiden O’NEILL, Tom HIARIEJ, Stephen MALLON (Connor PAIN 46’), Jordan MURRAY (Andrew HOOLE 67’), Matt SIMON (c) (Michael MCGLINCHEY 81’)

Unused subs: Adam PEARCE (GK), Sam GRAHAM

Perth Glory: Liam REDDY (GK), Ivan FRANJIC, Dino DJULBIC, Shane LOWRY, Jason DAVIDSON (Scott NEVILLE 82′), Matt SPIRANOVIC, Neil KILKENNY, JUANDE, Chris IKONOMIDIS (Diego CASTRO 46’), Joel CHIANESE (Brendon SANTALAB 73’), Andy KEOGH (C)

Unused subs: Tando VELAPHI (GK), Jake BRIMMER

 

Feature Image Credit: Glenn Pokorny 

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