2018 State Team

Western Australia 2 Perth Glory 5

Status: Friendly
Date: 1 August 2018
Venue: Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium, Inglewood, Western Australia
Western Australia: James Morgan (Luke Radonich 46), Alex Ishida-Livings (Chris Saldaris 46), John Chalmers, David Stokoe (Rocco Pizzata 46), Cameron Edwards (David Perich 46), Scott Witschge (Gian Albano 26), Daryl Nicol (Hasani Sinclair 46), Alex Salmon (Benny Kouakou 46), Calvin Whitney, Tom Southgate (Calum O’Connell 46), Paul Zimarino (Jonathan Corness 46)
Perth Glory: Tando Velaphi (Jackson Lee 78), Alex Grant (Zayd Farrah 46), Jason Davidson (Ivan Franjic 66), Shane Lowry (Walter Scott 46), Dino Djulbic (Scott Neville 46), Joel Chianese (Fabio Ferreira 66), Yacoub Mustafa (Brendan Santalab 66), Chris Harold (Jacob Italiano 66), Diego Castro (Daniel Stynes 46), Jake Brimmer (Brandon Wilson 66), Juande (Neil Kilkenny 46)

West Australian coach Jamie Harnwell praised his side’s spirited display after going down 5-2 to Perth Glory at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium tonight. Goals from Jason Davidson, Diego Castro, Jake Brimmer, Yacoub Mustafa and Chris Harold put Glory in a comfortable position before Chris Saldaris and Hasani Sinclair netted late consolations for the State team.

“I was really pleased with how the State side played with limited preparations,” Harnwell said. “We probably should have had a couple of other goals, especially in the first half. We were a bit unfortunate that we’ve not taken our chances. But I was pleased that we put on a good display under tough conditions.”

The gale-force wind and rain made conditions difficult, but both sides started briskly. Daryl Nicol nearly capitalised on a lapse in concentration at the back from Glory when he curled wide of the post. The A-League side then took the lead on 7 minutes, Joel Chianese picking out Davidson who side-footed in at the far post.

Glory’s lead was doubled five minutes later when Castro connected brilliantly with a scissor kick which found the bottom corner. And the A-League side added a third before the break when Brimmer curled a free-kick brilliantly over the wall and in via the underside of the bar.

The State team made nine changes at the interval and nearly pulled one back when Sinclair beat the offside trap, but Zayd Farrah cleared off the line. Glory were back on the attack soon enough, Mustafa finished emphatically into the bottom corner after being teed-up by Daniel Stynes.

And when Harold picked his spot to add a fifth goal on 63 minutes the game was effectively over. Saldaris brought some respectability to the scoreeline with a rasping drive eleven minutes from the end. Sinclair added his name to the score sheet by heading in from a corner in stoppage time.

Western Australia 1 Perth Glory 2

Status: Friendly
Date: 13 September 2018
Venue: Dalmatinac Park, Spearwood, Western Australia
Western Australia: GK Luke RADONICH (RGK Sam STONE 63’), 4 Callum O'CONNELL, 5 David STOKOE, 6 Johnny CHALMERS, 7 Gian ALBANO (15 Chris SALDARIS 57’), 10 Chris JACKSON, 11 Hasani SINCLAIR (12 David MICEVSKI 71’), 14 Brian WOODALL, 16 Scott ROBERTSON (2 Liam MERIGAN 63’), 27 Jonathan CORNESS, 28 Shane CASSIDY (13 Trent KAY 63’) - Subs not used: None

Perth Glory: GK Jackson LEE (RGK Devon SPENCE 67'), 2 Alex GRANT (6 Dino DJULBIC 46'), 3 Jason DAVIDSON (25 Walter SCOTT, 46'), 4 Shane LOWRY (19 Zayd FARAH 46'), 23 Scott NEVILLE (7 Joel CHIANESE 67'), 14 Chris HAROLD (11 Brendon SANTALAB 67'), 16 Tomislav MRCELA (24 Henry HORE 67'), 21 Jacob ITALIANO (9 Michael DOMFEH 46'), 20 Jake BRIMMER (8 Jordan ABRAHAMS 67'), 15 Brandon WILSON (88 Neil KILKENNY 67'), 31 Chok DAU (22 Fabio FERREIRA 67') - Subs not used: None

A late own goal from Gold Fields WA State team skipper Callum O’Connell has given Perth Glory a narrow 2-1 win in Thursday’s Challenge Cup match at Dalmatinac Park. Tomislav Mrcela headed the Glory in front in the second half, before Bayswater City defender Trent Kay levelled with 17 minutes remaining, and it looked like they would hold on for a draw, but it wasn’t to be. “I was really pleased with the side tonight, they kept their shape well, and were disciplined all night, and I couldn’t have been more-prouder of them, and to lose narrowly to an A-League team, four weeks out from their season is very pleasing,” Gold Fields WA State team head coach Jamie Harnwell said. "The players enjoy playing these games and you could see the desire amongst them, the work rate was excellent. We flagged a bit late, but you get that, but I thought it was a great advert for the talent we have in our local leagues.”

The WA side made a positive start with Bayswater City's Gian Albano a constant threat, and after being picked out by great cross field pass by his club team mate David Stokoe early, his shot on the run was well blocked and cleared. Moments later Glory midfielder Jake Brimmer’s long-range effort stung the palms of WA keeper Luke Radonich, before Jason Davidson’s effort was saved low by the Cockburn shot stopper. Glory lost youngster Jacob Italiano on 16 minutes with a knee injury, but coach Tony Popovic strangely didn’t replace him, meaning the Glory played the rest of the half with only ten men.

Both sides had chances as the game started to open up. First Forrestfield United striker Hasani Sinclair headed over from an Albano cross, before Brandon Wilson’s long-range effort was well saved by the alert Radonich. WA were having their best spell of the game and they went within inches of the lead on 35 minutes, when former Glory Youth player Albano cut inside from the left and unleashed a shot which beat Jackson Lee but crashed off the upright. Glory should have gone into the break with the lead in the final minute, when a cross from Mrcela picked out the unmarked Chris Harold, but the striker failed to find the target.

They were several changes at the break for the Glory, and they did start the second half with a full side, but it was the WA side who went close early. A long ball sent Armadale striker Chris Jackson racing clear, but Glory keeper Lee stood tall to deny the 2018 Joint NPLWA Golden Boot winner. But on 56 minutes it was Glory who hit the front, Brimmer’s corner was headed home powerfully by Mrcela. It was a bitter blow for the WA side, and they almost conceded a second moments later, Harold’s shot on the run was saved low by Radonich.

WA continued to push and almost levelled when Sinclair’s header was saved by Glory trialist keeper Devon Spence. But on 73 minutes the WA side were rewarded for their pressure with the equaliser. Stirling Lions midfielder David Micevski’s corner picked out Kay, who rose highest to head home. It was well-deserved, and they almost grabbed a second when Spence spilled a Micevski in-swinging corner, but the keeper got back in time to save the ball on the line at the second attempt.

It looked like the WA side would hold on for a draw but five minutes from time Glory found the winner in fortunate circumstances. A great run into the box by Joel Chianese ended with a low shot that hit one post, and rebounded onto the other, before the unfortunate O’Connell’s attempted clearance went into his own net. WA had a final chance to earn a draw in the final minute, when Forrestfield midfielder Liam Merigan’s shot on the run was saved low by Spence, but the Glory held on for the win.

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