Glory duo have no beef with Melbourne City
Perth Glory duo Neil Kilkenny and Bruno Fornaroli will return to their former stomping ground in Friday night's clash with Melbourne City at AAMI Park.Fornaroli and Kilkenny were both forced to look elsewhere to revive their A-League careers after being frozen out by then-Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce.
provided the spark for his side’ s impressive win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday But after last week’ s patchy 3-2 win over Glory , Muscat admitted he was pleased with how his side Victory were forced into a reshuffle with central defender Dino Djulbic departing the club this week
Wanderers caretaker coach Hayden Foxe has now engineered the club' s first ever opening round win after the bombshell that Popovic was leaving to join a + Western Sydney Wanderers have kicked off their post Tony Popovic era by holding on for a 2-1 win over Perth Glory to conclude Round 1 of the
Perth Glory extended their unbeaten run against Western Sydney Wanderers to six games following a 2-0 win at HBF Park on a sweltering Saturday night.
Gregory Wuthrich's 18th-minute header set them on their way before fellow defender Alex Grant secured the three points with a clinical finish in the second half.
It was the Wanderers who threatened inside two minutes when a neat through ball found Kwame Yeboah. Liam Reddy did well to block his effort with the rebound falling kindly to Mitchell Duke whose curling shot struck the angle of post and crossbar.
Glory's Tomi Mrcela sick of the stands
Perth Glory defender Tomislav Mrcela scored a goal in his return from injury last week to help his side secure a 3-0 win over Melbourne City. The 193cm centre back said his run of bad luck with injuries had tested his mettle."It was hard and it puts you down a little bit, but you need to stay strong mentally," Mrcela said."That's life, and there's no player in the world that has gone through their career without injury."Hopefully this year there won't be any more setbacks and I can show what I'm capable of."Mrcela made it back in time for last season's finals campaign.
Glory ' s goal itself was superbly executed, Kerr latching on to a La Bonta continued to be Wanderers ' main threat throughout a lively encounter, but she failed to convert several decent half-chances as Glory held out to secure their fourth win in six games this season and their second on the road.
The gutsy win extended Glory ' s unbeaten streak to four matches, lifting the club ahead of both Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar with six rounds to play before the finals. Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic made eight changes to the side which lost 4-0 to Japanese club Urawa in their opening
Glory responded quickly and Wanderers goalkeeper Nicholas Suman was forced to save from Chris Ikonomidis and Diego Castro.
The deadlock was broken when Neil Kilkenny's corner was flicked on by Tomislav Mrcela to Bruno Fornaroli. The Uruguayan's overhead kick found the head of Ikonomidis and when his effort struck the woodwork, Wuthrich was on hand to nod home the rebound for his first goal for the club.
Despite enjoying more possession, Western Sydney registered just one shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.
At the other end, some neat build up play involving Castro and Ivan Franjic gave Farnaroli a sight of goal, but his shot was straight at Suman.
Wanderers introduced bustling striker Alexander Meier at halftime in a bid to end a run of five consecutive defeats and again they took the contest to the home side without threatening the goal.
The US players hoping to take Western Sydney Wanderers to the top in women's soccer
Many women footballers play back-to-back seasons across the two hemispheres, and now the Wanderers are boosting their side with three US league title winners.It's an enormous outlay for the players, with many taking on back-to-back seasons across two hemispheres, most famously in the shape of Sam Kerr, who cut multiple years across Perth Glory and US teams in Chicago and New Jersey.
The West Australians have finally tasted success in football' s modern era.
The Wanderers threatened a comeback as a Mitch Nichols screamer and another to Mark Bridge halved the deficit with six minutes still to play. “It’ s been a long time coming, we started scoring goals today and we win games. Ernie has showed a lot of faith in me, he’ s been giving me some game time
The hosts went close to doubling their lead on the hour as Ikonimidis flashed a header across goal and wide from James Meredith's cross. Moments later, Meredith cut inside on his right foot, but his tame shot was comfortably saved.
Glory's second arrived from a Jake Brimmer free kick on 67 minutes, with his delivery taking a nick off a Wanderers defender before falling to Grant who took one touch and fired low past Suman.
Wanderers tried to reduce their arrears with Meier denied by Reddy while Keanu Baccus and substitute Daniel Wilmering both shot over.
Glory saw out the rest of the game in front of 6177 supporters to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Canberra revive with win in smoky Adelaide .
Canberra United sit fourth in the W-League after a deserved win at Adelaide United with the round before Christmas proving the Wanderers are genuine contenders.Veteran goalscorer Leena Khamis and rookie teenager Hayley Taylor-Young netted in either half as Canberra returned to winning ways after two losses in the past three outings.