Glory stump Wanderers in Perth to claim crucial win

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Perth Glory have claimed their third win of the season against Western Sydney Wanderers with a 1-0 win at Macedonia Park on Friday night.

Underdogs Perth came out on top in their match-up against the Wanderers, who went into the fixture aiming to keep up with league leaders Melbourne City.

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Glory’s head coach Ruben Zadkovich was in particular hoping to improve on the last meeting between the two sides following their round one defeat in which the Wanderers took away a 1-0 win.

Cameron Cook replaced Liam Reddy in goal for Glory, marking his first appearance of the season.

Glory’s first close chance came following a set-piece inside the opening few moments with Keegan Jelacic’s shot straying just over the bar.

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Both sides continued to battle end-to-end in the opening 15 minutes, but neither could produce any shots on target.

The Wanderers closest chance came after 20 minutes but Cook’s hands were too safe to let it go.

Shortly after, a set-piece delivered by Glory’s Jack Clisby caught the head of Luke Ivanovic but drifted just right of the post.

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Another cross from Clisby almost ended up in the back of the net but was again deflected wide.

Moments later Wanderers keeper Lawrence Thomas made his first save of the game pushing Mustafa Amini’s low shot just wide.

Another free-kick just outside the box for Perth again resulted in Clisby’s shot sailing over the bar.

Shortly after, a powerful strike from Sam Khelifi was pushed over the bar by Thomas; he was forced to make the same save again from a Clisby shot moments later.

Wanderers’ Brandon Borrello then had himself a dig at the other end, but the ball strayed wide.

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At halftime it was all square at 0-0, but Glory had already amassed a whopping 11 corners and 54% ball possession. Zadkovich’s side were certainly playing better than Mark Rudan’s men in white.

It was not too long, and the Glory opened the scoring with Keegan Jelacic’s shot brushing the inside of the right post and in behind Thomas.

Wanderers’ midfielder Oliver Bozanic tried to compensate moments later but skied a shot into the stands.

The Sydney side appeared to lack in their finishing capabilities despite having the notorious Macedonia Park wind to their backs.

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Zimarino later had his chance to double the Glory’s lead but was closed down in a one-on-one with Thomas.

The Wanderers began to push for an equaliser in the five minutes of added time, but both of their best chances were saved by Cook.

Amalfitano had the last shot of the match which was again saved by Cook.

Glory’s win sees them remain equal bottom on points with Melbourne Victory but keeps them within three points of seventh-placed Sydney FC.

Perth Glory 1 (Keegan JELACIC 59’)

Western Sydney Wanderers 0

Stadium: Macedonia Park

Referee: Jack Morgan

Assistant Referees: Josh Mannella and Arvin Shanmuganathan

Fourth Official: Shane Skinner

Perth Glory: Cameron COOK (GK), John KOUTROUMBIS, Jacob DOWSE, Luke BODNAR (Zachary DUNCAN 77’), Mustafa AMINI, Sam KHELIFI (Joseph FORDE 44’), Luke IVANOVIC (David WILLIAMS 57’), Jack CLISBY, Keegan JELACIC (Giordano COLLI 77’), Darryl LACHMAN, Jacob MUIR

Unused subs: Liam Reddy (GK), Matt HATCH, Adam ZIMARINO, 

Western Sydney Wanderers: Lawrence THOMAS (GK), Adama TRAORE, Marcelo GUEDES, Tomislav MRCELA, Gabriel CLEUR, Oliver BOZANIC (Daniel Wilmering 74’), Calem NIEUWENHOF, Ramy NAJJARINE, Romain AMALFITANO, Brandon BORRELLO, Kusini YENGI (Sulejman KRPIC 38’) 

Unused subs: Daniel MARGUSH (GK), Zac SAPSFORD, Alessandro LOPANE, Alexander BADOLATO

Feature image credit: Darren Speedie

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