Glory's remaining ISUZU UTE A-League regular-season fixtures confirmed
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March 24th 2022
A-Leagues has today confirmed the remainder of Glory's ISUZU UTE A-League 2021/22 regular-season fixtures.
Following Saturday's away clash with Wellington Phoenix in Sydney, Ruben Zadkovich's side will return to Perth for a midweek fixture against Newcastle Jets (Wednesday 30 March at 6.40pm WST) and then head back to New South Wales to take on Macarthur FC at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday 3 April (kick-off at 4.20pm WST).
The game against the Bulls is followed by another midweek home outing, this time against Melbourne Victory on Wednesday 6 April (kick-off at 7.05pm WST) and the men in purple will cross the country again off the back of that fixture to take on Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday 10 April (kick-off at 2.05pm WST).
The season run-in continues on Wednesday 13 April when Glory are set to tackle Wellington Phoenix in New South Wales (venue and kick-off time TBC) and then on Saturday 16 April, the squad will return to Launceston, where they played three games earlier in the season, to take on Western United (kick-off at 3.05pm WST).
The month of April will be rounded out by a trip to Adelaide United on Sunday 24 April (kick-off at 3.35pm) and a home date with Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday 30 April (kick-off at 5.45pm WST).
The final game of the regular campaign will take place at HBF Park on Wednesday 4 May (kick-off at 7.05pm WST) with Melbourne City the visitors.
Glory's Remaining Regular-Season Fixtures
Saturday 26 March - Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory at Leichardt Oval (2.05pm WST)
Wednesday 30 March - Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets at HBF Park (6.40pm WST)
Sunday 3 April - Macarthur FC v Perth Glory at Campbelltown Stadium (4.20pm WST)
Wednesday 6 April - Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory at HBF Park (7.05pm WST)
Sunday 10 April - Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory at McDonald Jones Stadium (2.05pm WST)
Wednesday 13 April - Perth Glory v Wellington Phoenix (NSW venue and kick-off time TBC)
Saturday 16 April - Western United v Perth Glory at UTAS Stadium, Launceston (3.05pm WST)
Sunday 24 April - Adelaide United v Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium (3.35pm WST)
Saturday 30 April - Perth Glory v Western Sydney Wanderers at HBF Park (5.45pm WST)
Wednesday 4 May - Perth Glory v Melbourne City at HBF Park (7.05pm WST)
Glory add promising central defender to ISUZU UTE A-League squad
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Glory add promising central defender to ISUZU UTE A-League squad
Perth Glory can confirm that 24-year-old central defender Darko Stanojevic has joined its ISUZU UTE A-League squad for the remainder of the 2021/22 Season.
A dual Serbian and Australian citizen, Stanojevic has plied his trade in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and most recently, Uzbekistan, where he made 15 appearances for Sogdiana Jizzakh last season as they finished runners-up in the top-flight Coca-Cola Super League.
1.87m tall and equally comfortable operating as a centre-back or as a defensive midfielder, Glory's new recruit is looking forward to proving himself in the A-League.
"I would like to thank the club for the trust they have shown in me, which I will try to justify," he said.
"I am happy to have come to a club as big as Perth Glory, the move represents a big step forward in my career and is great motivation for me to improve and progress.
"I hope to help the club meet its goals and at a personal level, to adapt quickly to the A-League and play well for the team."
Glory Head Coach Richard Garcia is confident that Stanojevic will prove to be an excellent addition to the squad.
"Darko is a versatile young defender who's very ambitious and has great potential," he said.
"He's comfortable on the ball, left-footed and keen to take the next step in his career.
"Once he finds his feet in the A-League, he will give us another great option within the squad."
Stanojevic could feature in Glory's squad for Saturday's clash with Sydney FC at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium and will wear the number 16 shirt.
Glory keep Finals hopes alive with home draw
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Diego Castro claimed his 49th A-League goal from the penalty spot as Glory edged closer to a Finals berth with a 1-1 draw against Macarthur FC at HBF Park.
On a wild, rainswept evening in Perth, the Spaniard fired home from the spot after Andy Keogh had been fouled by Mark Milligan, but on the half-hour, the Bulls hit back through leading goalscorer Matt Derbyshire.
Glory proceeded to strike the woodwork twice through Bruno Fornaroli and Carlo Armiento and were thus denied the win that would have moved them level on points with sixth-placed Brisbane Roar.
Nonetheless, Head Coach Richard Garcia was pleased by the effort put in by his side during what was the club's seventh home game in the space of just 23 days.
"It's a very good point," he said.
"The boys have done tremendously well to play the seven games in 23 days and within those seven games pick up four wins, two draws and only one loss.
"That's fantastic form and a fantastic effort in such a short period of time.
"I'm very, very happy that they have managed to get through that in the manner they have.
"It shows the courage and the mentality of the side.
"We've got momentum and a week to have a rest.
"It's still a huge challenge; we've got 12500 km to travel and three games to play in a week, but looking in that dressing room, there's a bunch of guys who are up for that challenge."
Searching for a first win over the Bulls in three attempts, Glory made the perfect start when, with only 12 minutes on the clock, Milligan went through the back of Keogh just inside the box and Castro calmly found the net from the spot.
The lively start continued as Liam Reddy sensibly took a safety-first option in palming Denis Genreau's free-kick over the bar, but there was nothing the home 'keeper could do to prevent Ante Milicic's side from restoring parity ten minutes later.
Moudi Najjar picked out James Meredith's surging run into the box and the former Glory man's subsequent low cross was forced home by the lurking Derbyshire from point-blank range.
The woodwork then prevented the hosts from restoring their lead shortly before the break, Fornaroli's superb free-kick beating Adam Federici's despairing dive only to cannon off the post, while the first action of the second half saw Reddy claw away a curling effort from Loic Puyo at the other end.
Federici duly responded with a similarly impressive save to keep out a fierce, angled strike from Chris Ikonomidis after he had linked up neatly with Jason Geria and Castro also went close to making it 2-1, flicking the ball narrowly over the bar having been teed up by substitute Nick D'Agostino.
It was Armiento who ultimately went closest to deciding a hard-fought encounter in the home side's favour, but his rasping, 90th-minute effort from outside the box thundered against the bar.
With neither side willing to settle for a point, there was still time for one more chance, this time at the other end where Reddy got down smartly to deny Aleksandar Susnjar from finding the net in a frantic goalmouth scramble.
Perth Glory 1 (Castro (pen) 13') Macarthur FC 1 (Derbyshire 30')
HBF Park, Perth
Referee: Ben Abraham
Perth Glory: 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 2.Jason GERIA, 5.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 6.Osama MALIK (13.Luke BODNAR 76'), 7.Chris IKONOMIDIS (20.Carlo ARMIENTO 82'), 8.Kosuke OTA, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI (11.Joel CHIANESE 76'), 10.Andy KEOGH (18.Nick D'AGOSTINO 81'), 17.Diego CASTRO, 19.Callum TIMMINS, 29.Darryl LACHMAN
Substitutes not used: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 15.Brandon WILSON, 23.Dane INGHAM
Yellow Cards: Malik, D'Agostino
Red Cards: None
Macarthur FC: 1.Adam FEDERICI (gk), 5.Mark MILLIGAN (c), 8.Denis GENREAU, 10.Loic PUYO (29.Antonis MARTIS 84'), 12.James MEREDITH (3.Antony GOLEC 77'), 14.Moudi NAJJAR, 15.Aleksandar SUSNJAR, 22.Liam ROSE (7.Ivan FRANJIC 76'), 24.Charles M’MOMBWA (19.Michael RUHS 31'), 27.Matt DERBYSHIRE, 33.Markel SUSAETA
Substitutes not used: 16.Nick SUMAN (gk), 17.Kyle CIMENTI, 23.Walter SCOTT
Yellow Cards: Puyo, Rose
Red Cards: None
Keogh hits four as Glory run riot against Wanderers
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Andy Keogh celebrated his birthday in style by scoring a remarkable four goals as Glory hammered Western Sydney Wanderers 5-1 at HBF Park on Sunday evening.
The former Ireland international opened his account for the season with an early header, while his second was a stunning long-range lob and he completed his quartet after the break with a penalty and a close-range finish.
In doing so, Keogh became only the second Glory player ever to score four goals in a single A-League game, joining Shane Smeltz who managed the feat against Melbourne Victory in March 2012.
Glory took a firm grip on the game courtesy of Keogh's two first-half goals and although a fine strike from Bruce Kamau briefly brought Wanderers back into the game just after the break, the club's record A-League goalscorer swiftly restored the home side's lead from the spot before claiming his fourth, with a stoppage-time effort from substitute Joel Chianese completing the rout.
The victory, Glory's third on the bounce, moves the men in purple to within three points of the top six with a game in hand on all but one of the sides above them and Head Coach Richard Garcia was naturally delighted with the night's work.
"There were very similar signs at the start of the season and we've had a difficult season and schedule," he said, "so it's great to see the boys believe in the process and continue to fight and to have the confidence to go out and perform like that.
"We've continued to grow with our mentality and I really feel that the defensive players in particular have had a really steely mindset and that's really pleasing.
"It's good to see them, as a team, get behind each other and make sure that they're fighting for every ball.
"We want to always be putting our best foot forward and that 's what we'll be doing again on Wednesday [v Adelaide United at HBF Park]."
Glory got off to the best possible start, hitting the front inside the opening five minutes as Diego Castro released Kosuke Ota down the left and his inviting cross was met with a stopping header from Keogh which arrowed its way into the bottom corner.
Liam Reddy then produced a fine double save to prevent Wanderers from levelling things up, diving at the feet of James Troisi and then bravely blocking the follow-up from Mitch Duke at point-blank range.
And Glory took full advantage of that let-off as Keogh scored one of the most remarkable goals seen at HBF Park in recent years.
After playing a one-two with Bruno Fornaroli, he spotted Wanderers 'keeper Daniel Margush off his line and from fully 40m out, lifted an inch-perfect lob into the back of the net.
Wanderers needed a goal early in the second half to force themselves back into the contest and they duly found one inside four minutes, Patrick Ziegler feeding Kamau who bent a fine shot in off the inside of the upright.
With their tails up at that stage, the red-and-blacks came close to making it 2-2 as Graham Dorrans shot narrowly wide of the post from just outside the box and a fine block from Reddy was required to keep Troisi at bay.
But just as they had in the first half, the hosts responded in the best possible way, Keogh calmly converting from the spot after Chianese's cross from the right had been handled by the luckless Ziegler.
In the 72nd minute, the game was effectively made safe when Chris Ikonomidis showed great persistence to force his way into the box and deliver a looping cross which Keogh bundled in at the far post.
And the cake was iced right at the death as Chianese latched on to a neat through-ball from fellow-substitute Osama Malik and toe-poked past Margush to claim his second goal in as many games and fourth of the season.
Perth Glory 5 (Keogh 5', 24', 66' (pen), 72', Chianese 90+4') Western Sydney Wanderers FC 1 (Kamau 49')
HBF Park, Perth
Referee: Daniel Elder
Perth Glory: 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 2.Jason GERIA, 5.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 7.Chris IKONOMIDIS (23.Dane INGHAM 87'), 8.Kosuke OTA, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI (11.Joel CHIANESE 62'), 10.Andy KEOGH, 13.Luke BODNAR (6.Osama MALIK 67'), 17.Diego CASTRO (c) (18.Nick D'AGOSTINO 87'), 19.Callum TIMMINS, 29.Darryl LACHMAN
Substitutes not used: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 20.Carlo ARMIENTO, 37.Riley WARLAND
Yellow Cards: Iknonomidis
Red Cards: None
Western Sydney Wanderers FC: 30.Daniel MARGUSH (GK), 2.Ziggy GORDON, 7.Bruce KAMAU, 8.Steven UGARKOVIC, 12.Mitchell DUKE (9.Bernie IBINI 73'), 13.Tate RUSSELL, 14.James TROISI (77.Scott MCDONALD 73') 18.Graham DORRANS, 33.Mark NATTA (17.Keanu BACCUS 73'), 34.Patrick ZIEGLER, 39.Thomas AQUILINA
Substitutes not used: 4.Dylan MCGOWAN, 19.Jordon MUTCH, 27.Nicolai MULLER, 50.Oliver KALAC (GK)
Yellow Cards: Kamau
Red Cards: None
Glory claim away point in dramatic clash with league leaders
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Glory moved to within three points of the top six following a hard-fought 2-2 draw with A-League leaders Central Coast Mariners which was played out amidst appalling weather conditions in Gosford.
The pre-match downpour forced kick-off to be delayed for 30 minutes and when play did get underway, the Mariners started strongly and drew first blood through Marcos Urena.
Having taken a while to settle, Glory made it 1-1 just before the break as Bruno Fornaroli nodded home his seventh goal of the season and the visitors proceeded to control much of the second half, eventually taking a deserved lead through substitute Nick D'Agostino.
There was to be a sting in the tail, however, as Central Coast were awarded an 88th-minute penalty when Matt Simon clashed with Luke Bodnar and the home skipper successfully converted from the spot.
The penalty decision, which was made after a lengthy referral to the VAR, was hotly disputed by the Glory players at the time and by Head Coach Richard Garcia in his post-match media conference.
"I'm disappointed," he said.
"I thought the boys played really well.
"The VAR decision ruined the game, but I think the boys found some very good positions to score and I saw that hunger and fight that I feel we probably lacked in the last few performances.
"I didn't think it was a penalty.
"It's a hard one and the referees are trying to do their best.
"I thought it was a good challenge... he [Bodnar] went up for the ball and there was a clash of heads.
"I don't think I've ever seen that being called as a penalty in my life.
"But if we move on to Friday [v Western Sydney Wanderers] with the same mentality, I'm sure we'll do well."
The draw, Glory's first of the season, sees them remain in eighth spot, but with up to three games in hand on the teams above them, very much in the finals mix.
The Mariners appeared to adapt to the conditions more quickly than Garcia's side and created the first chance when Urena found a pocket of space in the box and the recalled Liam Reddy had to produce a smart block to keep the Costa Rican striker at bay.
Urena was not to be denied in the 25th minute, however, firing home from an acute angle after Reddy had gone full-length to keep out a skidding low shot from Daniel De Silva.
And it took a fine, last-ditch tackle from Bodnar, on his Glory A-League debut, to prevent the Mariners' number 12 from making it 2-0 moments later.
Glory's response came in the form of a half-chance for Andy Keogh who was unable to get enough contact on a free-kick delivered into the box by Neil Kilkenny, allowing Mark Birighitti to make a comfortable save.
As half-time approached the men in purple continued to force their way back into the game and were rewarded in the 41st minute when Kilkenny's enticing ball into the box picked out the lurking Fornaroli who found the net with a deft glancing header.
Clearly stung by conceding that equaliser, the league leaders came close to restoring their advantage almost immediately, De Silva drawing a strong save from Reddy before Oliver Bozanic's follow-up effort struck the post.
Glory duly began the second half more purposefully than they had the first, dominating in terms of both possession and territory and coming close to hitting the front when D'Agostino teed Fornaroli up after latching on to an Andy Keogh through-ball, only for the club's top scorer to attempt a Rabona-style finish which did not come off.
15 minutes from time, however, the visitors' pressure finally told.
Keogh was the architect, playing a cute, round-the-corner pass into the box and the onrushing D'Agostino needed no second invitation to flash a low shot between Birighitti and his near post.
At that stage, a third away win of the season seemed very much on the cards for Garcia's side, but it was not to be.
With two minutes left, Simon and Bodnar came together in the box and after the VAR ruled the collision worthy of a penalty, Central Coast's top scorer calmly sent Reddy the wrong way.
Central Coast Mariners 2 (Urena 25', Simon 89') Perth Glory 2 (Fornaroli 41', D'Agostino 75')
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Referee: Kurts Ams
Central Coast Mariners: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 4.Joshua NISBET, 5.Stefan NIGRO, 8.Oliver BOZANIC (c), 10.Daniel DE SILVA, 11.Jack CLISBY, 12.Marcos UREÑA (29.Alou KUOL 59'), 14.Daniel BOUMAN (6.Gianni STENSNESS 73'), 15.Kye ROWLES, 19.Matt SIMON, 21.Ruon TONGYIK
Substitutes not used: 20.Adam PEARCE (gk), 22.Michal JANOTA, 23.Dan HALL, 25. Matthew HATCH, 26.Jaden CASELLA
Yellow Cards: Clisby, Simon
Red Cards: None
Perth Glory: 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 8.Kosuke OTA, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 10.Andy KEOGH 38.Ciaran BRAMWELL 82'), 13.Luke BODNAR, 15.Brandon WILSON, 17.Diego CASTRO (C), 20.Carlo ARMIENTO (18.Nick D'AGOSTINO 46'), 23.Dane INGHAM (16.Nick SULLIVAN 46'), 29.Darryl LACHMAN, 88.Neil KILKENNY
Substitutes not used: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 5.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 19.Callum TIMMINS, 24.Daniel STYNES
Yellow Cards: Ingham, Lachman
Red Cards: None