Glory sets bar high in debut win

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A hometown season debut had Perth Glory fired up to lock in a 5-3 win over Adelaide United, proving the young side has what it takes to reach the top this season.

Sharing the victory around the field, the purple army evidently proves to audiences there is no ‘I’ in this team.

Glory wasted no time exciting the crowd with Bruno Fornaroli striking a long ball for Darryl Lachman in the first minute. Sadly, the high ball was unable to seal the deal.

Things took a turn in the 10th minute, a swift pass from Neil Kilkenny left Fornaroli chasing the ball to score, only to receive a crashing tackle from the Red’s Michael Jakobson, knocking him to the ground.

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The evident penalty, saw Kilkenny settle the Glory’s first goal of the night, sending the ball crashing into the centre of the net.

It wasn’t until the 34th minute Glory made another claim against the Red’s, Nick D’Agostino unleashing an absolute ripper bouncing off an opposing offender and into the back of the net.

Despite the solid lead, Adelaide managed to even things out late in the half, Nathan Konstandopoulos making the most of weak effort from glory landing a rather soft goal in the 42nd minute.

Into the second half and Fornaroli wasted no time on scoring, slipping a through ball from Andrew Keogh straight past James Delianov and into the net, bringing back the two-point lead for Glory.

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A free kick from Keogh to an open D’Agostino in the 61st minute gave him his second goal of the night seeing Glory now triple their opponent’s score.

Glory makes a tactical sub, bringing off Daniel Stynes for midfielder Carlo Armiento in the 69th minute, a choice that will prove worthwhile later on in the game.

Jumping to the 83rd minute, Mohamed Toure scores the Red’s second goal of the night after some end to end ball play.

Keen to stick it to the man, Armiento could not resist increasing the score to 5-2, sending the ball flying into the top of the net with assistance from Keogh.

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A late surge of determination from Ben Halloran in the sees United lower the margin again to just two points, with another rather soft goal in the final minutes of the match.

Whilst United put up a hard fight running the ball end to end, it was not enough to overcome the monstrous lead put in place by Glory early in the second half.

The final 5-3 result left HBF Park roaring for their home side, a team of young guns setting expectations high for the season.

Perth Glory: 5 (Kilkenny 10’, D’Agostino 34’ 61’, Fornaroli 52′, Arminto 84′)

Adelaide United: 3 (Konstandopoulos 42’, Toure 83’, Ben Halloran 90’+3)

Stadium: HBF Park

Perth Glory: Liam Reddy (GK), Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Bruno Fornaroli, Andrew Keogh, Nicholas D’Agostino, Callum Timmins, Joshua Rawlins, Dane Ingham, Daniel Stynes, Darryl Lachman, Neil Kilkenny, Carlo Armiento (69’), Riley Warland (77’), Nick Sullivan (77’), Bryce Bafford (77’), Mason Tatafu (89’)

Adelaide United: James Delianov (GK), Michael Marrone, Louis D’Arrigo, Tomi Juric, Noah Smith, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Joe Caletti, Yaya Dukuly, Michael Jakobsen, Jordan Elsey, Benjamin Halloran, George Timotheu (59’), Mohamed Toure (59’) Yared Abetew (71’), Jonny Yull (71’), Pacifique Niyongabire (73’)

Featured image credit: Darren Speedie

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