Glorious comeback stuns Adelaide United at home

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Perth Glory has rallied back from a one-goal deficit at half-time to stun Adelaide United 2-1 on their home turf. 

With this season’s 5-3 goal-fest between the two sides still fresh in their minds, Glory and United attacked cautiously to begin the opening half.

As the game went on, Perth started to trouble United’s defence with their movement in the final third.  

Unfortunately for the Glory, they struggled to make the most of their promising attacks and did not find the scoreboard. 

Shortly after, Perth thought they had taken control of the game but a classy counter-attack led by Ben Halloran was finished off by Reds captain Stefan Mauk to give Adelaide a 1-0 lead.

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Once Mauk scored, both sides began attacking more freely and the match intensified. 

The pace of the game took its toll on both teams when Micheal Jakobsen and Andy Keogh picked up injuries and got substituted late in the second half. 

After Adelaide recognised they had a speed advantage over the visitors back-four, teen sensation, Mohammed Toure came off the bench to begin the second half. 

Despite Toure coming on the Glory started to make the most of their attacking play and created several chances. 

Eventually Perth broke through Adelaide’s defence when Bruno Fornaroli tucked home Neil Kilkenny’s low cross to level the game 1-1. 

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Perth were not satisfied following the equaliser and continued applying pressure in their attacking third. 

Late drama unfolded when the Glory took the lead inside 80 minutes after Daniel Stynes’ shot deflected off a pack of players and crossed the goal line. 

Tomi Juric had an opportunity to draw the game level in stoppage time but the Glory held on to complete an outstanding comeback. 

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Following the 2-1 victory the Glory rise to third on the A-League ladder while United remain in sixth. 

Adelaide United: 1
Perth Glory: 2

Adelaide United: James Delianov (GK), Yared Abetew, Michael Jakobsen (Timotheou), Jordan Elsey, Noah Smith, Stefan Mauk (Konstandopoulos), Louis D’Arrigo (M. Toure), Joe Calleti, Yaya Dukuly (A. Toure), Tomi Juric, Ben Halloran (Yengi)
Subs: Joe Gauci (GK), Mohammed Toure, Al Hassan Toure, Michael Marrone, George Timotheou, Kusini Yengi, Nathan Konstandopoulos 

Perth Glory: Tando Velaphi (GK), Dane Ingham, Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Darryl Lachman, Nicholas Sullivan (Tatafu), Brandon Wilson, Diego Castro, Neil Kilkenny, Andy Keogh (Armiento), Nicholas D’Agostino (Stynes), Bruno Fornaroli
Subs: Liam Reddy (GK), Carlo Armiento, Bryce Bafford, Callum Timmins, Mason Tatafu, Daniel Stynes, Joshua Rollins

Referee: Adam Kersey

Venue: Coopers Stadium

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Amir Daou
Amir Daou
Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity and Bachelor of Media and Communications student at Flinders University. Writing intern covering the latest in Adelaide United news and matches. Sport is my passion and I'm excited to learn more about the industry during my time with The Football Sack.

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