Date: 17 August 2016
Venue: Inglewood Stadium, Inglewood, Western Australia
Western Australia: GK Francis SOALE (GK Lewis ITALIANO 46’), 2 Ryan PEARSON, 6 Clark KELTIE (c) (12 Paul MCCARTHY 63’), 7 Matthew SPARROW (8 Cameron EDWARDS 65’), 9 Gordon SMITH (10 Jason MIRCO 46’), 11 Ellis HEALING (20 Jonathan STYNES 46’), 15 Sam MITCHINSON (18 Niccolo SABATINI 63’), 13 Teeboy KAMARA, 17 David HEAGNEY, 19 Ryan LOWRY (4 Trent KAY 57’), 22 Chris SALDARIS (5 Adam TONG 57’)
Perth Glory: Nick FEELY, 9 Andy KEOGH; 14 Chris HAROLD (11 Richard GARCIA 46min); 6. Dino DJULBIC; 28. Joseph KNOWLES (23. Kosta PETRATOS 68min); 19. Joshua RISDON (20. Aryn WILLIAMS 46min); 3. Marc WARREN (16. Joseph MILLS 46min); 18. Mitchell OXBORROW; 10. Nebojsa MARINKOVIC (21. Jamal REINERS 84min); 5. Rhys WILLIAMS; 8. Rostyn GRIFFITHS (15. Brandon WILSON 46min)
Bookings: KELTIE 35’, SALDARIS 38’
A first half goal from Chris Harold has given Perth Glory a 1-0 win against the WA State Team in an entertaining Heritage Cup clash at Inglewood Stadium on a wet and windy Wednesday night. The match was a perfect tune up for Glory ahead of their Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16 clash against Sydney FC at Dorrien Gardens on August 30, and Kenny said it was good work for his chargers. “It was great value,” Lowe said. “It was really good – a competitive game. It might’ve been wild and windy but I think they enjoyed it just by the attitude and the intensity and the way they went about their work. I was really pleased with our guys.”
WA Coach Chris Coyne was pleased with the local players, and he said they were very competitive. “It speaks volumes for the NPL and the quality in there and after two training sessions together the boys can hold they heads high,” Coyne said. “They gave a really good account of themselves. Everything we’ve tried to work on in such a short space of time they took on board. They showed they wanted to win the game. But Glory were bright and sharp as well and it was a good performance by both sides. Sometimes players come on and they struggle to get to grips with the pace of the game but we didn’t lose the continuity, and I think it shows the depth of quality in the league.”
The Heritage Cup, which was inaugurated to acknowledge 120 years of league soccer in WA and 20 years since Glory’s first game, and it was a high tempo start to the game. There were chances at both ends in the opening five minutes as Nebojsa Marinkovic free kick whistled inches over the top, and Joe Knowles threatened for Glory, while ECU Joondalup striker Gordon Smith headed into the arms of goalkeeper Nick Feely in an early warning of the WA state team’s threat.
Armadale’s lively winger Ellis Healing and Bayswater City striker David Heagney had separate opportunities to break through before Sorrento’s Matt Sparrow delivered a perfect cross from the left that picked out Smith, but he headed straight at Feely. Marinkovic went close again with a free-kick that flashed just over the top, and Andy Keogh had a shot on the turn that was saved low by Perth SC keeper Francis Soale. The WA side were giving as good, as they got, and the impressive Smith saw his shot superbly saved by Feely on 43 minutes. But in in the shadows of half time the Glory hit the front. Marc Warren’s cross from the left found Harold, who took a deft touch, before stabbing the ball past Soale.
Both side made wholesale changes at the break, but the intensity didn’t drop, but it was the Glory who produced the better chances. Joseph Mills saw his early shot superbly tipped around the post by ECU Joondalup keeper Lewis Italiano, who replaced Soale at the break. Marinkovic’s long-range free kick flew over the top, before Mills’ shot did likewise. Italiano produced another good save to deny the impressive Mills late on, and the State side nearly levelled late, when Bayswater City skipper Trent Kay was picked out in the box, but he headed straight at Feely.
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