2022 State Team

Western Australia 0 Perth Glory 6

Status: Friendly
Date: 25 September 2022
Venue: Kingsway Sporting Complex, Landsdale, Western Australia
Western Australia: GK Jason SALDARIS (c), 2 Ryan FINNIE, 3 Ollie ANNIS, 4 Hristijan JANKALOVSKI, 10 Nick AMBROGIO, 11 Bailey BROWN-MONTGOMERY, 14 Robert PETKOV, 16 Kosta SPARTA, 17 Declan HUGHES, 19 Blair GOVAN, 27 Ndumba MAKECHE - Subs: RGK Luke RADONICH, 5 Federico ACHILLI, 6 Jesse FULLER, 7 Jack LEECH, 12 Stephen HESKETH, 20 Hasani SINCLAIR, 21 Jonothan CORNESS, 26 Abdul OSMAN Perth Glory: GK Pierce CLARK, 2 John KOUTROUMBIS, 5 Mark BEEVERS, 7 Ryan WILLIAMS, 11 Ben AZUBEL, 14 Jack CLISBY, 16 Keegan JELACIC, 19 Zach DUNCAN, 20 Giordano COLLI, 29 Darryl LACHMAN, 43 Adam ZIMARINO
Referee: Shane SKINNER

Subs: RGK Adrian SINAGRA, 3 Jacob DOWSE, 4 Luke BODNAR, 9 Bruno FORNAROLI, 12 Luke IVANOVIC, 18 David WILLIAMS, 25 Matt HATCH, 37 Jacob MUIR, 55 Dakota ASKEW, 77 Stefan COLAKOVSKI

The WA State Teams hold on the Challenge Cup has ended, after being beaten 6-0 by Perth Glory at Kingsway Reserve on Sunday afternoon. Two goals apiece from Ben Azubel and Adam Zimarino, and singles from Keegan Jelacic and Giordano Colli eased the A-League side to a comprehensive. The crowd stood as one to applaud former Olympic striker Danny Hodgson as he tossed the coin before the game, and Glory coach Ruben Zadkovich said it was a special moment.

“To see Danny [Hodgson] back up on his feet and talking and communicating the way he is, it's fantastic,” he told the Glory website. “He's been through one hell of a tough time and it's nice to see that the Perth and WA community have really got behind him. For him to be out here on his feet presenting that trophy shows how strong he really is and it was a special touch.

Glory began on the front foot from the outset, smarting from their 0-1 defeat to the State Team last season, but they created a number of chances, with Zimarino, Jack Clisby and Ryan Williams all being denied by WA keeper Jason Saldaris, but they found the opener on the quarter hour mark. Colli's cross was headed home by new Israeli import striker.

He added a second on the half hour, after referee Shane Skinner pointed to the spot after Jelacic was brought down in the box, and the striker made no mistake from the resulting penalty. It was 3-0 just before half time, former Perth SC striker Zimarino finishing clinically. Zimarino added another just after the break, and Jelacic chipped home number five from just outside the box.

WA striker Ndumba Makeche was then denied by a smart save from Pierce Clark, before Kosta Sparta's shot on the run flashed wide moments later, as the state looked for a reply. But Glory completed the scoring eight minutes from time when substitute Jacob Dowse picked out Colli who capped a good individual performance, finishing clinically past Luke Radonich. “I was pretty happy, especially with the first half, and more than anything, we looked fit, we looked powerful and we looked sharp,” Zadkovich added. “We were on the front foot and there were a lot of positives.

“There are still a few things there that I saw which we need to work on, but it was another positive step in the right direction and it was nice to be back in front of our home fans. It's tricky to gauge where we're at as we've only had one A-League opponent in pre-season, but one thing I can tell you is that the players, the staff and everyone at the club is working really hard. We're going in the right direction, but there's a long way to go. We have some challenges ahead, but they're challenges that myself and my staff and my players will meet head-on.”

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