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Western United game postponed

Perth Glory can confirm that, unfortunately, Monday evening's scheduled behind-closed-doors home game against Western United has been postponed.

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Glory bag six in stunning victory over Jets

Glory maintained their impressive recent form and as they turned on the style to secure a stunning 6-2 victory over Newcastle Jets in what was the club's final game of the decade at HBF Park.

Bruno Fornaroli and Diego Castro led the way for Glory by helping themselves to two goals apiece, while Neil Kilkenny and Joel Chianese also got on the scoresheet for the hosts who ended the day in fourth place on the Hyundai A-League ladder.

Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Steven Ugarkovic, meanwhile, replied for the Jets who showed plenty of attacking intent themselves during what was an enthralling encounter from start to finish.

Castro's 15th-minute free-kick gave Glory the lead and although that was quickly cancelled out by Topor-Stanley's header, Kilkenný's penalty ensured that the men in purple were 2-1 up at the break.

Chianese then added a third almost immediately after the restart and despite the Jets again responding quickly through Ugarkovic, this time Glory pulled away as Fornaroli struck twice before Castro added the sixth late on.

Unsurprisingly, Head Coach Tony Popovic was delighted with both the performance and the result.

"It was a really good day for us," he said. "Scoring six goals in front of our own fans is quite special and we continue on a good run.

"We keep improving and those chances we were creating earlier in the season are now starting to go in.

"Overall I thought we played very well.

"It's a great way to finish this part of the season off before Christmas and I'm sure our fans will enjoy Christmas a lot more now.

"Now we need to recover well, enjoy our family time over Christmas and then get ready for a tough away game at Central Coast.

"We didn't get too down when the results weren't there at the start and we're not going to get too ahead of ourselves now because of winning a few games.

"Obviously we'll enjoy this victory, but we'll very quickly move on to the next challenge."

Making light of the hot conditions, Glory began brightly and took the lead in spectacular style through Castro.

Topor-Stanley's foul on Fornaroli handed the Spaniard an enticing shooting opportunity and he needed no second invitation to take it, bending an inch-perfect effort around the wall into the bottom corner of Glen Moss' net.

Yet Glory's lead was to prove short-lived as a Petratos free-kick was headed back across the area via Lachlan Jackson and then Angus Thurgate, eventually reaching Topor-Stanley who nodded home from point-blank range.

Undaunted, Glory hit back swiftly, this time from the spot.

James Meredith's surging run into the box was brought to an unceremonious end when he was tripped by the lunging Ben Kantarovski and unaffected by a lengthy VAR referral, Kilkenny calmly sent Moss the wrong way from the spot to restore his side's advantage.

There as a minor scare for Glory on the stroke of half-time, but Liam Reddy did enough to push Jason Hoffman's shot away as it threatened to creep in at the far post.

The action continued unabated after the re-start, with two high-quality goals within the opening six minutes.

Chianese's powerful strike from the edge of the box initially made it 3-1 to the hosts, before their lead was again reduced to a single goal when the impressive Petratos played Ugarkovic in on goal and the midfielder applied a neat finish to claim his first goal since 2017.

3-2 then became 4-2 just short of the hour-mark, Castro's trickery carving out a chance for Fornaroli whose low shot took a deflection off Kantarovski which left Moss totally wrong-footed as the ball crept across the line.

There was nothing fortunate about the Uruguayan's second and Glory's fifth, however, Chianese featuring prominently in the approach work before Fornaroli cleverly delayed his shot, dragged the ball onto his left foot and crashed it into the corner of the net.

And the cake was iced in sumptuous style eight minutes from the end when Castro cut into the box and rifled an unstoppable effort beyond Moss to claim his eighth goal in 12 appearances against the Jets.

There was still time for Meredith to have what would have been his first goal in Glory colours chalked off by the VAR for a handball in the build-up, but nothing was going to take the edge off the festivities among the home faithful which were in full swing well before the final whistle.

Match Details

Perth Glory 6 (Castro 15', 82', Kilkenny (pen) 32', Chianese 47', Fornaroli 58', 71') Newcastle Jets 2 (Topor-Stanley 26', Ugarkovic 51')

Half-time: 2-1

HBF Park
Attendance: 6585
Referee: Adam Kersey
Assistant Referee 1: Josh Mannella
Assistant Referee 2: Matthew Southern
Fourth Official: Shane Skinner
VAR: Kate Jacewicz

Perth Glory: 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 2.Alex GRANT (3.Jacob TRATT, 46'), 4.Gregory WUTHRICH, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.James MEREDITH, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 17.Diego CASTRO (c), 27.JUANDE (20.Jake BRIMMER 72'), 88.Neil KILKENNY

Substitutes not used: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 12.Kim SOO-BEOM, 18.Nicholas D’AGOSTINO, 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 28.Gabriel POPOVIC

Yellow Cards: None
Red Cards: None

Newcastle Jets: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 10.Dimi PETRATOS, 16.Matt MILLAR, 22.Lachlan JACKSON (18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS 46'), 23.Matt RIDENTON (11.Nick FITZGERALD 60'), 28.Pat LANGLOIS, 32.Angus THURGATE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

Substitutes not used: 2.Bobby BURNS, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk)

Yellow Cards: Jackson, Langlois
Red Cards: None

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Defenders lead the way as Glory topple Wanderers

Glory topple Wanderers

Goals from centre-backs Gregory Wuthrich and Alex Grant fired Glory to a deserved 2-0 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers at HBF Park.

Building upon last week's impressive away win at Melbourne City, Tony Popovic's men controlled the game for long periods and were rarely threatened after Wuthrich headed them into the lead with 18 minutes played.

Alex Grant then emulated his central defensive partner midway through the second half, firing home through a crowded box to make it 2-0, before racing over to The Shed to celebrate.

The win, Glory's first at home this season, lifted Tony Popovic's men to fifth on the ladder and the Head Coach was especially pleased for the home members and fans.

"It was nice to send the fans home happy given that they were tough conditions for them to come out in today," he said.

"We're delighted for our members and fans. It's another clean sheet, we defended in general play very well as a unit and I think that's improving.

"We looked solid and overall it was a good home result."

Despite the sweltering conditions, the game got off to a pulsating start as Wanderers' top-scorer Mitchell Duke clipped the top of Glory's bar with a curling effort from just outside the box.

The home side responded by creating a decent chance of their own, Chris Ikonomidis drawing a save from Nicholas Suman after meeting Ivan Franjic's cross with a diving header and moments later the Wanderers 'keeper was called into action again, this time to block an angled shot from Diego Castro.

Glory were not to be denied soon after, however, as Wuthrich bagged his first goal for the club.

Neil Kilkenny's corner was flicked on by Tomislav Mrcela to Bruno Fornaroli who hooked the ball back to the near post where Ikonomidis headed it against the bar, before the Swiss defender stooped to nod home the rebound.

Kilkenný's pinpoint set-piece delivery continued to trouble the Western Sydney defence as the half wore on, with Mrcela heading one of the midfielder's corners narrowly over shortly before the break.

The home side's first chance of the second half, meanwhile, fell to James Meredith who saw his fierce strike bravely blocked by the sliding Daniel Georgievski and the Glory defender then turned provider, whipping in a fine cross which Ikonomidis headed back across the face of goal and just wide of Suman's left post.

A second goal appeared to be coming for the men in purple and it duly arrived in the 67th minute, Jake Brimmer's free-kick eventually falling at the feet of Grant who controlled neatly with his first touch and drilled into the bottom corner with his second.

Liam Reddy was called into action to preserve Glory's two-goal advantage two minutes later, reacting sharply to block a close-range effort from substitute Alex Meier, but the hosts were rarely troubled after that as they closed out the game to make it back-to-back wins and back-to-back clean sheets.

Match Details
Perth Glory 2 (Wuthrich 18', Grant 67') Western Sydney Wanderers 0
Half-Time: 1-0


HBF Park
Attendance: 6177
Referee: Alex King
Assistant Referee 1: Josh Mannella
Assistant Referee 2: Arvin Shanmuganathan
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding
VAR: Craig Zetter

Perth Glory: 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 4.Gregory WUTHRICH, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 8.James MEREDITH (3.Jacob TRATT 90+2'), 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 17.Diego CASTRO (c), 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS (7.Joel CHIANESE 76'), 27.JUANDE, 88.Neil KILKENNY (20.Jake BRIMMER 55')

Substitutes not used: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 12.Kim SOO-BEOM, 18.Nicholas D'AGOSTINO, 28.Gabriel POPOVIC

Yellow Cards: Franjic, Juande
Red Cards: None

Western Sydney Wanderers: 40.Nicholas SUMAN (gk), 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Matthew JURMAN, 7.Mitchell DUKE (c), 9.Nicolai MULLER, 11.Bruce KAMAU (14.Alex MEIER 46'), 17.Keanu BACCUS, 19.Pirmin SCHWEGLER (22.Nicholas SULLIVAN 79'), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER

Substitutes not used: 1.Daniel LOPAR (gk), 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 29.Daniel WILMERING, 35.Mohamed ADAM

Yellow Cards: None
Red Cards: None

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Glory's AFC Asian Champions League opponents confirmed

AFC Asian Champions League

Glory will face Chinese giants Shanghai Shenhua and Korean powerhouse Ulsan Hyundai in the club’s maiden AFC Asian Champions League appearance after the draw for the group stage of the competition was made at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

The WA side have been drawn in Group F where they will also face the winner of Play-Off 3 between clubs representing Japan, Thailand, Philippines and Myanmar.

Glory's opening game will take place on Tuesday 11 February 2020 when Shanghai Shenhua will provide the opposition at HBF Park and club Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata is thrilled at the prospect.

"It's an exciting draw for the club," he said, "and it's fantastic to be a part of our first ever Asian Champions League campaign.

"We're all looking forward to the first home game against Shanghai and really hope that the people of Perth get on board.

"With the trips to China, Korea and possibly Japan to come, it's great to be a part of the world game in this way."

Glory will face each of the other three teams in their group at home and away, with the club's final game scheduled for Wednesday 6 May when Tony Popovic's men will host the Play-Off 3 winner.

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Dominant Glory swat City aside.

Bruno Fornaroli scored against his former club and Tomislav Mrcela grabbed his first Hyundai A-League goal as Glory returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Melbourne City at AAMI Park.

The Uruguayan, facing City for the first time since heading west earlier this year, headed home just before the half-hour mark and Glory's lead was doubled early in the second half when Harrison Delbridge diverted Greg Wuthrich's shot into his own net.

Mrcela duly made it 3-0, heading home Neil Kilkenny's pinpoint cross to add further gloss to a dominant display from the men in black and consign City to their first home defeat in over 12 months.

The win, their second on the road this season, took Glory into the top six of the Hyundai A-League ladder ahead of the rest of the weekend's games.

In-form City striker Jamie Maclaren provided the first goalmouth action of the game when he flicked Javier Cabrera's cross over the crossbar, before Diego Castro was similarly off-target at the other end having latched on to a scuffed clearance from Dean Bouzanis.

Glory were not to be denied in the 27th minute, however, as Fornaroli struck to give them the lead.

Juande's effort from the edge of the box looped into the air after taking a deflection and as it came down, Fornaroli out-muscled Delbridge to nod into the far corner.

James Meredith's cross was then nearly pushed into his own net by the rattled Bouzanis as Glory continued to ask questions of the City defence in the latter stages of the first half.

The visitors began the second half in the same vein and doubled their lead within three minutes of the re-start.

A deft touch from the impressive Neil Kilkenny allowed Castro to pull the ball back to the edge of the box for Wuthrich and the Swiss defender's low, angled drive was deflected into his own net via the post by Delbridge.

19 minutes from time the points were made safe as Mrcela rose highest in a crowded box to head powerfully past Bouzanis.

City could muster little in response in the latter stages, other than a well-struck effort from Connor Metcalfe which found the net but was ruled out for offside.

Match Details

Melbourne City 0 Perth Glory 3 (Fornaroli 27', Delbridge o.g. 48', Mrcela 71')

Half-time: 0-1

AAMI Park, Melbourne
Referee: Shaun Evans
Assistant Referee 1: Owen Goldrick
Assistant Referee 2: George Lakrindis
Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers
VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Melbourne City: 23.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY (13.Nathaniel ATKINSON 78'), 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 6.Josh BRILLANTE (20.Adrian LUNA 72'), 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8.Javier CABRERA (19.Lachlan WALES 61'), 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 11.Craig NOONE, 22.Curtis GOOD, 34.Connor METCALFE

Substitutes not used: 1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 17.Denis GENREAU, 40.Richard WINDBICHLER, 49.Stefan COLAKOVSKI
Yellow Cards: Jamieson
Red Cards: None

Perth Glory: 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 4.Gregory WUTHRICH, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 8.James MEREDITH, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI (20.Jake BRIMMER 87'), 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 17.Diego CASTRO (c), 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS (7.Joel CHIANESE 73'), 27.JUANDE, 88.Neil KILKENNY

Substitutes not used: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 3.Jacob TRATT, 12.Kim SOO-BEOM, 28.Gabriel POPOVIC
Yellow Cards: Juande
Red Cards: None

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