Wanderers leave Perth empty handed after Glory defeat

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Perth Glory have defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 in Perth, courtesy of goals from two of their central defenders. The victory is their first consecutive win this season.

Both sides had a number of early chances with Mitch Duke hitting the post from a lofted effort and Nicholas Suman denying Chris Ikonomidis tight to the post the most notable of them.

The opener came for Perth after 19 minutes, when Bruno Fornaroli contorted his body to give Ikonomidis a look on goal and his header deflecting off the crossbar paved the way for Gregory Wuthrich to score his first Glory goal.

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After the drinks break mandated by the heat policy, the remainder of the first half was played in tame fashion with the exception of Tomislav Mrcela’s headed effort from a corner and a comfortable save for Suman off the boot of Fornaroli.

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For all their first half struggles, it was Western Sydney that had the best of it early in the second period with Nicolai Muller and the fresh substitute Alexander Meier finding themselves in advanced positions.

The oppressive Perth heat meant that play opened up in the second half and Diego Castro took over the midfield battle. The Spaniard’s ingenuity from free kicks and his drive through midfield gave his side a number of chances throughout the second half.

Despite Castro’s efforts, but also because of them, Glory’s second goal came from a far less likely source, with Alex Grant driving home a ball that spilled to him after a goal-line scramble.

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Western Sydney’s best chance in pursuit of a goal to halve the deficit came via the boot of Keanu Baccus, when he skimmed the roof of the net from long range – part of a sustained period of forward half possession late in the game.

The Wanderers have two difficult tasks ahead of them if they are to turn their fortunes around with another fixture against Western United and a tricky trip to play Adelaide ahead of them. Perth have a second straight home game ahead of them when they host Newcastle Jets next Saturday.

 

Perth Glory 2 (Wuthrich 19’), (Grant 67’)
Western Sydney Wanderers 0

HBF Park
Attendance: 6177

Referee: Alex King,
Assistant Referees: Josh Mannella & Arvin Shanmuganathan, Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

Perth Glory: Liam REDDY (GK), Alex GRANT, Gregory Wuthrich, Ivan FRANJIC, James MEREDITH, Bruno FORNAROLI, Tomislav MRCELA, Diego CASTRO (C), Chris IKONOMIDIS (Joel CHIANESE 75’), JUANDE, Neil KILKENNY (Jake BRIMMER 53’)
Unused subs: Tando VELAPHI (GK), Jacob TRATT, Soobeom KIM, Nicholas D’AGOSTINO, Gabriel POPOVIC

Western Sydney Wanderers: Nicholas SUMAN (GK), Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, Matthew JURMAN, Mitchell DUKE (C), Nicolai MULLER, Bruce KAMAU (Alexander MEIER 45’), Keanu BACCUS, Pirmin SCHWEGLER (Nicholas SULLIVAN 78’), Tarek ELRICH (Daniel WILMERING 67’), Kwame YEBOAH, Patrick ZIEGLER
Unused subs: Daniel LOPAR (GK), Dylan MCGOWAN, Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, Mohammed ADAM

Feature Image Credit: Vision Inspired Photography

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