Perth Glory too fast and strong for reigning champions Western United

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Perth Glory have secured their second win of the 2022/23 A-League Men season in a 2-1 fight against Western United in Ryan William’s return to WA football.

Both sides were looking for a win to avoid being bottom of the table, but it was the Glory who came out on top at Macedonia Park.

It is only the second time in seven matches United have lost to the Glory since their establishment four years ago.

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Glory’s first chance came within the first 30 seconds with Keegan Jelacic’s cross into Ryan Williams being cleared out for a corner.

Aaron McEneff provided the first shot of the game, but a lack of power made it too easy for United keeper Jamie Young to keep a hold of.

Several crosses played in from Glory’s Ryan Williams as well as a free-kick from Jack Clisby inside the opening 10 minutes were not enough to break through Western United’s compact defence.

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But it wasn’t long for Glory to open the scoring with Ryan Williams’ wonderous strike, lobbing the ball over United Keeper Jamie Young’s head from an almost impossible angle.

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Perth appeared strong with Ruben Zadkovich’s defence quickly able to crackdown on any of the Victorian side’s chances at testing Liam Reddy; many of which ended up over the bar.

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Former Glory captain Neil Kilkenny first tested the Glory goalkeeper with a shot from long-range but was denied by Reddy’s safe hands.

Soon after, Lachlan Wales missed a close chance at levelling the scoreline with a header drifting inches past the Glory’s left post, far out of Reddy’s reach.

By halftime Western United coach John Aloisi’s side had been strongly tested by the Glory’s forwards, mostly being caught out on their left wing and outpaced by balls over the top of their defensive line.

It only took six minutes into the second half for the Glory to double their lead with a stunning curler from Clisby on the edge of the box into the top right corner.

Aloisi’s side continued to press Glory’s defence with little luck, after a cross from Connor Pain was too easy to grab for Reddy.

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Khelifi soon should have made it a third for the Glory with a one-on-one with the United keeper but resulted in the ball travelling over the bar.

United’s consolation came from a Kilkenny free-kick late into the second half which sailed over the Glory’s defence, bouncing into the bottom right corner past Reddy.

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Close chances came from both sides into the seven minutes of added time until United’s Leo Lacroix was sent off right before the death.

Perth’s win will see them advance to 10th on the table while the reigning champions now descend to the bottom.

Perth Glory 2 (Williams 14’, Clisby 52’)

Western United 1 (Kilkenny 83’)

Stadium: Macedonia Park

Referee: Daniel Elder

Assistant Referees: Josh Mannella and Arvin Shanmuganathan

Fourth Official: Shane Skinner

Perth Glory: Liam REDDY (GK), Mark BEEVERS, Aaron MCENEFF, Ryan WILLIAMS (Ben AZUBEL), Mustafa AMINI (Zachary DUNCAN 72’), Salim KHELIFI, Jack CLISBY (Matthew HATCH 90’), Keegan JELACIC, David WILLIAMS,  Darryl LACHMAN, Jacob MUIR (Johnny KOUTROUMBIS 90’)

Unused subs: Trent OSTLER, Adam ZIMARINO, Cameron COOK (GK)

Western United: Jamie YOUNG (GK), Leo LACROIX, Lachlan WALES, Connor PAIN (Dylan PIERIAS 62’), James TROISI (Noah BOTIC 80’), Joshua RISDON, Jacob TRATT (Nicolas MILANOVIC 62’), Rhys BOZINOVSK (Tongo DOUMBIA 62’)I, Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, Neil KILKENNY, Aleksandar PRIJOVIC.

Unused subs: Dylan WENZEL HALLS, , Benjamin COLLINS, Ryan SCOTT (GK)

Featured image credit: Matthew Comito.

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