Perth Glory edge out Sydney FC in stunning upset

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Second-half goals from Brandon O’Neill and Bruno Fornaroli helped Perth Glory claim a surprise 2-1 win against Sydney FC on Saturday night.

Perth Glory have added onto Sydney FC’s run of winless games after stunning the Sky Blues on their own turf.

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An opening few minutes which saw little in the way of major chances on goal would ultimately be a sign of things to come from an underwhelming first half.

Inside the first 10 minutes, Elvis Kamsoba found himself with the ball at his feet on a tight angle, before pulling the resulting shot wide from the left-hand side of the 18-yard box.

Up the other end, Bruno Fornaroli nearly got on the end of a floating long-range cross minutes later, eventuating in a corner which briefly sent Alex Wilkinson to the sideline with an injury.

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At the 26 minute mark, Rhyan Grant’s close-range pass to Patrick Yazbek yielded a shot from outside the box, which did little to trouble Glory keeper Cameron Cook, who saved comfortably down the centre of the goal.

With only minutes remaining in the first half, Sydney’s successive run of attacks down the left-hand side ultimately failed to produce a single attempt on goal, as both sides headed into the half-time break having mustered just two shots apiece.

On the other side of the break, a nasty collision between Yazbek and Callum Timmins momentarily sent both players to the sideline before Andrew Redmayne parried a shot by Jack Clisby away, as the loose ball was recovered by Adrian Sardinero and calmly dispatched by midfielder O’Neill, who opened the scoring against his former club.

With half-an-hour remaining, Sydney’s hopes of finding an equaliser appeared lost as the Glory brought on star Irishman Andy Keogh, as well as star marquee Daniel Sturridge in a long-awaited match appearance in the city of Sydney.

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As the attacking momentum shifted towards the Sky Blues, a penalty claim was avidly waived away by referee Adam Kersey, before Keogh went into the book moments later for a careless challenge on Yazbek.

Some beautiful footwork by Sturridge up the other end and down the right wing was followed up by an incisive through ball to Sardinero, who failed to find a way past a tall-standing Redmayne.

As the Sky Blues desperately tried to find an equaliser, a 72nd minute free-kick from Anthony Caceres just graced the roof on the net, much to the relief of Glory keeper Cook.

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With ten minutes remaining on the clock, Milos Ninkovic’s blocked attempt on goal was followed up by Mustafa Amini, who subsequently spurned the long-range effort.

The Sky Blues would eventually pay for their wasted chances, as some great vision from Antonee Burke-Gilroy on the right-hand edge of the box found Fornaroli, who touched it past his defender and emphatically slotted it home for the Glory’s second goal of the evening.

In the dying seconds, Amini drew a foul from O’Neill inside the penalty area, as the resulting penalty was cooly taken by Caceres.

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However, it was too little too late for the Sky Blues, as they will instead have to quickly shift their focus to the Big Blue on Tuesday afternoon, whilst the Glory will look ahead to their Wednesday night clash at Campbelltown Stadium against Macarthur.

Sydney FC 1 (Caceres 90’+3)

Perth Glory 2 (O’Neill 55′, Fornaroli 85′)

Stadium: Netsrata Jubilee Stadium

Referee: Adam Kersey

Assistant Referees: Greg Taylor, Adam Powers

Fourth Official: Sam Kelly

Sydney FC: Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), Rhyan GRANT, Ben WARLAND, Alexander WILKINSON, Joel KING, Paulo RETRE (Mustafa AMINI 68′), Patrick YAZBEK, Max BURGESS (Milos NINKOVIC 57′), Anthony CACERES, Elvis KAMSOBA, BOBO (Trent BUHAGIAR 57′)

Unused Subs: Tom HEWARD-BELLE, Liam McGING, Harry VAN DER SAAG, Connor O’TOOLE

Perth Glory: Cameron COOK (GK), Aaron CALVER, Adrian SARDINERO (Osama MALIK 73′), Bruno FORNAROLI, Brandon O’NEILL, Jack CLISBY, Callum TIMMINS (Andrew KEOGH 62′), Antonee BURKE-GILROY, Joshua RAWLINS, Mitchell OXBORROW (Daniel STURRIDGE 62′), Darryl LACHMAN

Unused Subs: Liam REDDY, Darko STANOJEVIC, Daniel STYNES, Ciaran BRAMWELL

Featured image credit: Vision Inspired Photography

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Jimmy Alexander
Jimmy Alexander
Covering Sydney FC for the 2021/22 A-League season. Studying a Bachelor of Sports Media (Journalism) at Charles Sturt University.

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