Sydney assert their dominance in Perth

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Perth Glory lose their second home game in three attempts, this time a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Sydney FC.

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It did not take long for this grand final rematch to fire up and the scoring was opened after just 12 minutes. Referee Daniel Elder paid a penalty against Glory captain Diego Castro for a shirt pull on Milos Ninkovic and Adam Le Fondre duly put it past Liam Reddy.

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A series of incidents, including a stray Neil Kilkenny elbow collecting the jaw of Luke Brattan, brought tensions to near boiling point.

Kilkenny was left unpunished until the fourth official indicated to Elder the clash was worth the game’s first yellow card.

The game continued to simmer away for the remainder of the first half before Joel Chianese found Bruno Fornaroli with a well-controlled header in the box and Fornaroli equalised for Perth with a first-time effort past Andrew Redmayne.

The goal was Fornaroli’s 50th in the A-League, making him the fastest ever player to that mark.

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Glory had the first chance of the second half when Castro danced through the corridor and found Ivan Franjic in the box, but his shot was hooked across Redmayne’s goal.

The home side continued to enter the penalty area in the early in the second half but to no avail.

Sydney landed the first blow of the second half when Brandon O’Neill played through Kosta Barbarouses and he finished via a deflection off Dino Djulbic. The goal was upheld after a lengthy VAR deliberation for a tight offside call to make it 2-1.

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It was Barbarouses who was played through again for Sydney’s third goal. The New Zealander was a part of a three-on-two in Perth’s back half and was able to find Grant who cut inside and found Ninkovic, who tucked it past Reddy.

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Perth continued to create chances throughout, with a headed effort from Djulbic requiring an excellent save from Redmayne and a Chris Harold bicycle kick from the ensuing corner flying just over the crossbar.

HBF Park thought they had seen their team’s second goal, but Fornaroli’s effort was ruled out after the night’s first VAR intervention.

Perth Glory: 1
Sydney FC: 3

HBF Park
Attendance: 8741

Referee: Daniel Elder
Assistant Referees: Josh Mannella, Arvin Shanmuganathan
Fourth Official: Shane Skinner

Perth Glory: Liam REDDY (GK), Gregory Wuthrich, Ivan FRANJIC, Dino DJULBIC, Joel CHIANESE (Chris HAROLD 73’), James MEREDITH (Soobeom KIM 73’), Bruno FORNAROLI, Diego CASTRO (C), Chris IKONOMIDIS, JUANDE (Gabriel POPOVIC 78’), Neil KILKENNY

Unused subs: Tando VELAPHI (GK), Tomislav MRCELA, Jake BRIMMER, , Kristian POPOVIC

Sydney FC: Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), Alexander WILKINSON (Paulo RETRE 87’), Alexander BAUMJOHANN (Anthony CACERES 76’), Ryan MCGOWAN, Michael ZULLO, Adam LE FONDRE, Milos NINKOVIC, Kosta BARBAROUSES (Trent BUHAGIAR 86’), Brandon O’NEILL, Rhyan GRANT, Luke BRATTAN

Unused subs: Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK), Patrick FLOTTMANN, Luke IVANOVIC

Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

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