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Goals from Carlo Armiento (2), Bruno Fornaroli and Nick D'Agostino were not enough to prevent Glory from suffering a first defeat of the season as they were edged out 5-4 by Western United in an astonishing game at Geelong's GMHBA Stadium.

Victor Sanchez's early goal saw the hosts lead at the break, but it was during the second half that the game exploded spectacularly into life, with an all-time A-League record eight goals flying in.

Armiento and Fornaroli both found the net in the space of two minutes to put Glory in front, only for Dylan Pierias to strike twice to hand United a 3-2 lead.

3-2 became 3-3 when D'Agostino headed his second goal of the season, before Tomoki Imai fired the men in green and black back in front.

Glory responded yet again, Armiento claiming his second and his side's fourth of the afternoon, but ultimately Steven Lustica's deflected effort six minutes from time decided an unforgettable contest in favour of the Victorians.

While not concealing his disappointment at seeing his side concede five goals, Head Coach Richard Garcia was full of praise for their performance going forward.

"It was a crazy game," he said.

"I thought we did well to get ourselves where we wanted to be early in the second half.

"The little things we did wrong came from our fatigue and we've got to improve on that.

"We haven't had a chance to train [since the Adelaide United game]... and that is something that we've had to adapt to and now we need to put our best foot forward for Tuesday's game [v Melbourne Victory].

"We want to improve on our defending, but we've scored four away from home, so that was pleasing for me and it was pleasing how the boys reacted after a sluggish first half.

"If you tell me that we're going to score four goals away from home every game, I'll be very happy, because there are going to be games where we don't concede five."

Western United fired a warning shot across Glory's bows as early as the third minute when Tomislav Uskok headed Pain's cross narrowly wide.

And it was the dangerous Pain who created his side's opener shortly afterwards, showing great pace to get away down the left before pulling the ball back into the box where Lustica's dummy was followed by an emphatic finish from Sanchez.

Uskok duly went close with another headed effort before Bruno Fornaroli had Glory's first sight of goal, the Uruguayan showing quick feet and great persistence to get a shot away which was deflected over the bar by a cluster of United defenders.

As the chances continued to flow, Alessandro Diamanti played in Besart Berisha, but Glory's old nemesis dragged his shot wastefully wide when well placed.

Despite having been under the pump for much of the opening period, the visitors managed to end it on the front foot, substitute Armiento taking aim from long range and seeing his low shot kept out by Filip Kurto in the home goal.

And it was Armiento who played a key role in Glory turning a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead inside the opening 12 minutes of the second half.

Firstly, he crashed home a near-post shot after playing a neat one-two with Fornaroli and the former Adelaide winger then returned the favour, whipping in a low cross from the left which Glory's number nine flicked nonchalantly past Kurto.

The men in white barely had time to celebrate, however, as Lachlan Wales got away down the left and picked out Pierias who nodded home to make it 2-2.

And four minutes later, the 20-year-old defender put Mark Rudan's side back in front, this time crashing home a spectacular volley after impressive approach play from Imai.

As the frantic pace of the game continued unabated, Diamanti struck the frame of the goal direct from a corner before D'Agostino lost his marker at the other end of the field and drew Glory level again by heading Kilkenny's free-kick powerfully past Kurto.

A full six minutes then elapsed ahead of the seventh goal of the game which was again created by Wales, his cross eventually falling to Imai who found the roof of the net with a fierce strike to claim his first goal for United.

Once more, however, Glory provided an almost instant response via a Kilkenny free-kick.

This time the midfielder's ball into the box was not dealt with by the home defence and Armiento pounced to angle a shot into the bottom corner and make it 4-4.

Incredibly, the scoring continued six minutes later, this time Diamanti's corner reaching Lustica whose well-struck shot took a deflection on its way goalward and flew past Liam Reddy into the corner of the net.

With time running out, Glory desperately sought to restore parity yet again, but it was not to be as D'Agostino's late header flashed centimetres over the bar.

Match Details

Western United FC 5 (Sanchez 10', Pierias 60', 64', Imai 75', Lustica 84') Perth Glory 4 (Armiento 56', 78', Fornaroli 58', D'Agostino 69')

GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

Half-time: 1-0

Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

Western United FC: 1.Filip KURTO (GK), 2.Aaron CALVER (8.Lachlan WALES 60'), 4.Andrew DURANTE, 6.Tomoki IMAI, 7.Besart BERISHA (5.Dylan PIERIAS 59'), 10.Steven LUSTICA, 11.Connor PAIN, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 20.Victor SANCHEZ, 22.Tomislav USKOK (3.Brendan HAMILL 60'), 23.Alessandro DIAMANTI (c) (27.Jerry SKOTADIS 90+6')

Substitutes not used: 25.Luke DUZEL, 26.Nicolas MILANOVIC, 30.Ryan SCOTT (GK)

Yellow Cards: Uskok, Sanchez, Hamill, Diamanti

Red Cards: None

Perth Glory: 33.Liam REDDY (GK), 5.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 10.Andy KEOGH (21.Bryce BAFFORD 65'), 18.Nick D'AGOSTINO, 19.Calllum TIMMINS (15.Brandon WILSON 46'), 22.Josh RAWLINS (37.Riley WARLAND 46'), 23.Dane INGHAM (16.Nick SULLIVAN 78') 24.Daniel STYNES (20.Carlo ARMIENTO 38'), 29.Darryl LACHMAN, 88.Neil KILKENNY (C)

Substitutes not used: 1.Tando VELAPHI (GK), 34.Mason TATAFU

Yellow Cards: Sullivan

Red Cards: None


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Glory's A-League 2020/21 Season squad confirmed

Perth Glory FC

As the countdown to Glory's A-League season-opener against Adelaide United at HBF Park on Wednesday 20 January continues, the club can today confirm its finalised squad for the upcoming campaign.

Experienced German central defender Sebastian Langkamp is the latest addition, while Diego Castro and Neil Kilkenny have been named captain and vice-captain respectively.

Several players have been rewarded for their impressive performances during last year's AFC Champions League campaign with contracts for the duration of the domestic season and as Head Coach Richard Garcia noted, there is a strong WA flavour to the squad.

"A number of players that have come through the PGFC Academy system have been included in the senior squad," he said, "and there is likely to be further movement between the squads as the season progresses, dependent on performance.

"We believe that we have a good balance of experience and youth within the group, the lads have prepared well and we'll be ready to hit the ground running against Adelaide."

Perth Glory A-League 2020/21 Season Squad

1.Tando VELAPHI (GK), 4.Sebastian LANGKAMP, 5.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 6.Osama MALIK, 7.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 8.Kosuke OTA, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 10.Andy KEOGH, 12.Cameron COOK (GK), 13.Luke BODNAR, 15.Brandon WILSON, 16.Nick SULLIVAN, 17.Diego CASTRO (C), 18.Nick D'AGOSTINO, 19.Calllum TIMMINS, 20.Carlo ARMIENTO, 21.Bryce BAFFORD, 22.Josh RAWLINS, 23.Dane INGHAM, 24.Daniel STYNES, 25.Nick WALSH, 26.Giordano COLLI, 28.Trent OSTLER, 29.Darryl LACHMAN, 31.Daniel WALSH, 33.Liam REDDY (GK), 34.Mason TATAFU, 88.Neil KILKENNY (VC)


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Glory land Japanese international defender

kosuke ota signs with glory

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm the signing of Japanese international defender Kosuke Ota for the A-League 2020/21 Season (subject to medical clearance).

The versatile 33-year-old has chalked up nearly 300 appearances in the J-League over the past 13 years, starring for the likes of Shimizu S-Pulse, FC Tokyo and most recently, Nagoya Grampus.

He also spent two seasons playing in the Dutch Eredivisie for Vitesse, while at international level, he debuted against Yemen in 2010 and went on to win a further six senior caps, one of which came in a 2014 friendly win over Australia.

Ota, who started out with Yokohama FC, is excited at beginning a new chapter in his illustrious career.

"Glory were very enthusiastic in making their offer to me," he said.

"They have many young players, the future seems promising and I feel I can support the club with my experience.

"A-League football has been changing from a more physical style to a more tactical one and I can't wait to join, play in the team and hopefully help bring success to the club in both Australia and Asia.

"I have visited Australia many times and the country is one of my favourites."

Glory Head Coach Richard Garcia, meanwhile, regards Ota's capture as a major coup for the club.

"Kosuke is a player of the very highest quality with a wealth of top-level experience and we are extremely pleased to have secured his services," he said.

"The fact that he can play as a left-back and left wing-back gives us even greater flexibility in terms of our formation and I'm confident that he will be a major contributor this season."

Club CEO Tony Pignata feels that the defender's signing also illustrates the scale of Glory's ambitions.

"We are committed to building upon the success of the past couple of years and bringing players of Kosuke's quality into the squad is a key part of that commitment," he said.

"His arrival is another major boost for our 2020/21 squad which features an exciting blend of experience and young WA talent and we know they will do our Members and fans proud when the A-League campaign gets underway on January 16th."

Kosuke Ota Fact File

Date of Birth: 23/7/87

Place of Birth: Tokyo

Height: 1.78m

Previous Clubs: Yokohama FC (2006-08), Shimizu S-Pulse (2009-11), FC Tokyo (2012-15 and 2017-19), Vitesse (Netherlands) (2017-18), Nagoya Grampus (2019-20)

International Honours: Capped by Japan at Under-20 (1 cap) and senior (7 caps) level

Appearances and Goals: J-League 1 - 266/8, J-League 2 - 32/0, Eredivisie 26/0, AFC Champions League 4/0, Emperor's Cup and J-League Cup 80/6


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In-form forward back for more Glory

Perth Glory FC

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that Katarina Jukic will be again be a part of the club’s Westfield W-League squad for the 2020/21 Season.

The 31-year-old began her second spell in purple during the 2019/20 campaign having previously made 19 appearances between 2008 and 2012.

She duly added a further ten games to her Glory tally last term and will head into this year’s competition buoyed by a memorable 2020 NPLW WA campaign with Murdoch University Melville during which she claimed both the Women’s Gold Medal and Golden Boot.

Jukic, whose remarkable ‘rabona’ goal for Murdoch University Melville became an online sensation earlier this year, is thrilled to be back in the Glory fold once again.

"I’m looking forward to the 2020 Season starting after all the set-backs with COVID-19," she said.

"This year there's a lot of young local talent in the squad and a new coach in Alex Epakis, so I’m excited to work with everyone and see what our team can bring to the W-League."

Epakis, meanwhile, is expecting the versatile forward to make a big impact.

"Kat brings a phenomenal amount of experience to the team," he said.

"She is returning now for her sixth season with the club and is a very proud Glory player who sets high expectations of herself and enjoys working and training very hard.

"I am sure we will see her working effectively in and around the box and hopefully scoring more goals which we know she is capable of."

Further player announcements will be made in the coming days and Glory’s Westfield W-League Season will get underway on Tuesday 29 December 2020 when Canberra United will provide the opposition at Dorrien Gardens.


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Exciting young duo snapped up for 2020/21 Season

Perth Glory FC

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that Deborah-Anne de la Harpe and Sarah Morgan have been signed for the Westfield W-League 2020/21 Season.

20-year-old forward de la Harpe is an Australia Under-20 international with a wealth of WNPL NSW experience, while 19-year-old defender Morgan is also a Young Matildas representative who has previously featured in the W-League for Canberra United and starred for Sydney University SFC.

Both players are keen to prove themselves in purple this term.

"I’m very excited to put on the Perth glory colours this season," said Morgan.

"I look forward to experiencing a different environment and learning from the players beside me to make myself and the squad the best we can be for this upcoming season."

"I’m really looking forward to joining Perth Glory this W-League season," added de la Harpe.

"I’m excited to experience a new environment and to learn from the coaching staff.

"I’m also excited for the opportunity and feel that we can achieve a lot as a club – I can’t wait to put on the Perth Glory colours!"

Glory Head Coach Alex Epakis knows both players well from his time spent coaching in the WNPL NSW and is confident that they can make a major impact for the club in 2020/21.

"Sarah is a player whom I have worked with over the past three seasons at both Sydney University SFC and Canberra United," he said.

"She is a versatile player who has great positional awareness, good technical ability under pressure and a very good understanding of my playing style.

"More importantly, she is a great young lady who is eager to grow as a player.

"This will be a fantastic opportunity for her to really make her mark in a new environment and I am eager to assist her development further.

"Deborah-Anne has been a player I have been aware of and tracking for some time.

"I’ve coached against her in the WNPL NSW and have been impressed with her physical output and technical quality.

"She has a very mature mind-set and level of professionalism for someone so young and is very eager to make the most of her first W-League opportunity.

"Both are young players with fantastic pedigree who have represented Australia at Young and Junior Matildas level and have the relevant qualities to assist in executing the desired playing style."

Further player announcements will be made in the coming days and Glory’s Westfield W-League Season will get underway on Tuesday 29 December 2020 when Canberra United will provide the opposition at Dorrien Gardens.


Former favourite returns to Glory

Perth Glory FC

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that Marianna Tabain has signed with the club for the Westfield W-League 2020/21 Season.

The 28-year-old forward is no stranger to Glory Members and fans having previously enjoyed a hugely-successful spell with the club between 2008 and 2018.

During that decade in purple, Tabain scored 20 times in 89 games and currently sits in second place on the club’s all-time W-League appearances list and third in the all-time leading goalscorer standings.

After two years away from the competition, she is eager to get back into the action under new Head Coach, Alex Epakis.

"I think we’re all really excited to work with and learn from Alex in a new environment," she said.

"We have a fairly young squad compared to usual, so it’s a challenge, but it’s a good challenge that we’re excited about.

"Obviously we hope to get results and play nice football, but it’s also important that we grow and gel together as a team."

Epakis, meanwhile, regards Tabain’s return as a major coup for the club.

"Marianna is a fantastic addition to our squad, a well accomplished player and great professional," he said.

"We are very excited to have her return to the Perth Glory squad for this upcoming season and I am looking forward to working with her.

"I believe she will be an integral part of the squad on and off the field and we are hoping that she can deliver some x-factor in important moments."

Further player announcements will be made in the coming days and Glory’s Westfield W-League Season will get underway on Tuesday 29 December 2020 when Canberra United will provide the opposition at Dorrien Gardens.



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