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Perth Glory FC

Diego Castro scored twice and Bruno Fornaroli bagged his sixth goal in as many games as Glory secured a 3-1 win over Brisbane Roar at HBF Park on Friday evening.

The Spaniard put the home side in front on 40 minutes with a stunning, curling effort only for Jack Hingert to head Roar level on the stroke of half-time.

But Fornaroli's thumping volley soon restored Glory's lead and Castro duly converted a cross from debutant Kosuke Ota to make it 3-1 and send Richard Garcia's men surging back into the top six.

Unsurprisingly, Garcia was quick to praise his side whose performance was all the more impressive given that they only emerged from a fortnight of home quarantine last weekend.

"It was a very good win," he said.

"The guys did did really well.

"It was a performance that showed they had been in quarantine for a few weeks and hadn't had much match practice, but to their credit, they stuck at it and kept pushing and the guys that came off the bench made the impact that was required.

"I'm proud of this team that is continuously pushing to go forward and continually challenge themselves to be on the front foot.

"We've always said that we wanted to play attacking football.

"I want us to be the kind of team that I would like to watch and the guys have really started to take that on board.

"They want to play that kind of football as well and at the moment they are really hitting their straps and are doing very well."

It was Brisbane who began the brighter in perfect conditions, Riku Danzaki drawing a regulation save from Tando Velaphi before Golgol Mebrahtu headed a Jay O'Shea free-kick against the top of the crossbar.

But Glory gradually grew into the game and hit the front when Nick D'Agostino surged towards the Roar box before shipping the ball on to Castro who cut in from the left and bent a right-foot shot into the far corner.

And although Hingert's powerful header from a Dylan Wenzel-Halls cross sent the two teams into the break on level terms, a quadruple substitution from the hosts, the first in A-League history, soon swung the momentum back their way.

Glory's second goal was a thing of beauty, Neil Kilkenny's raking cross-field pass perfectly cushioned into Fornaroli's path by Ota, with the Uruguayan then rifling a stinging half-volley past Jamie Young in the Roar goal.

And 2-1 became 3-1 seven minutes later, with Ota again the provider.

This time the former Japan international was released by Fornaroli and drove in a low cross which Castro brought under control with his first touch and fired into the net with his second.

That third goal secured another record for Glory as they became the first team in A-League history to score 18 times in their opening six games of the season and Garcia's side saw out the final quarter with a degree of comfort.

Match Details

Perth Glory 3 (Castro 40', 75', Fornaroli 68') Brisbane Roar 1 (Hingert 43')

Half-time: 1-1

HBF Park, Perth

Referee: Alireza Faghani

Perth Glory: 1.Tando VELAPHI (GK), 5.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 15.Brandon WILSON (6.Osama MALIK 61'), 17.Diego CASTRO (C) (16.Nick SULLIVAN 83'), 18.Nick D'AGOSTINO (24.Daniel STYNES 61'), 20.Carlo ARMIENTO (10.Andy KEOGH 61'), 22.Josh RAWLINS, 23.Dane INGHAM (8.Kosuke OTA 61'), 29.Darryl LACHMAN, 88.Neil KILKENNY

Substitutes not used: 33.Liam REDDY (GK), 34.Mason TATAFU

Yellow Cards: Ingham

Red Cards: None

Brisbane Roar: 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 3.Corey BROWN, 5.Tom ALDRED (c), 6.Macaulay GILLESPHEY, 10.Riku DANZAKI (11.Joe CHAMPNESS 73'), 17.Golgol MEBRAHTU (33.Keegan JELACIC 73'), 19.Jack HINGERT, 23.Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, 25.Rahmat AKBARI, 26.Jay O’SHEA, 27.Kai TREWIN (15.Jesse DALEY 78')

Substitutes not used: 1.Macklin FREKE (gk), 16.Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH, 29.Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS,

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

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Perth Glory FC vs Melbourne City FC

Glory moved to within one point of the top six after first-half goals from Daniel Stynes and Dane Ingham, plus a late header from Nick D'Agostino, secured an impressive 3-1 win over last year's Grand Finalists Melbourne City at AAMI Park.

Stynes claimed his first ever A-League goal for the club to give Richard Garcia's men the lead in the 11th minute and although Jamie Maclaren restored parity later in the half, Dane Ingham's diving header just before the break put Glory back in front.

The visitors were then forced to weather a sustained period of home pressure midway through the second half before D'Agostino climbed highest to nod home Neil Kilkenny's free-kick and ensure that the club's unbeaten run against City at AAMI Park would be extended to nine games.

Despite the game being their fourth in just 11 days, the men in purple fizzed with energy throughout an end-to-end contest and Garcia was understandably delighted with his charges' display.

"They deserved that tonight because they put in a lot of hard yards," he said.

"We've still got a long way to go to be the team that we envisage as a group.

"That'll come in time and with a lot of hard work, I'm sure we'll get there.

"We're still growing our fitness after such a hectic schedule and you see that players are getting fatigued not only in our games, but in other games as well.

"So that's part and parcel of it, but it's pleasing to know that the guys had the mentality tonight to see it through the whole way."

In a lively opening, both sides went close in the space of a minute as Ingham headed a Kilkenny corner against the crossbar and City skipper Jamie Maclaren fired wide when sent clean through on goal.

The former Glory man soon went even closer to breaking the deadlock, turning Naoki Subaki's low cross against the foot of the post.

The visitors' response to that let-off, however, was instant, Bruno Fornaroli and Diego Castro combining to tee up a shooting opportunity for Stynes whose rasping effort took a deflection and flew into the bottom corner.

There was no let-up in the pulsating pace of the opening period as Subaki again picked out Maclaren, only for last season's Golden Boot winner to place his header over the bar.

The next major chance fell Glory's way, Josh Rawlins delivering a teasing ball across the face of goal which Castro, at full stretch, was just unable to force home.

Then, in the 33rd minute, Maclaren finally bagged the goal he'd been threatening from the outset, converting from close range after Craig Noone's curling, left-foot shot had struck the post.

But Glory reacted well to the setback and just before the break, regained their lead.

The shape on Kilkenny's free-kick demanded a finishing touch and Ingham provided it, with the VAR eventually adjudging that the New Zealand international had timed his far post run to perfection.

2-1 almost became 3-1 within three minutes of the restart, Kilkenny finding Castro whose low cross-shot just eluded the sliding Bruno Fornaroli at the back post, but City also continued to threaten on a regular basis and only a fine, reflex save from Tando Velaphi prevented Adrian Luna from levelling it up on the hour-mark.

Connor Metcalfe was next to go close for the hosts when he headed over the bar and yet just as Patrick Kisnorbo's side cranked up the late pressure, D'Agostino struck to seal the points for the visitors.

Kilkenny was the provider once again, bending in a trademark pinpoint free-kick which D'Agostino climbed to meet with a powerful header that cannoned into the net via the foot of the post.

Match Details

Melbourne City FC 1 (Maclaren 33') Perth Glory 3 (Stynes 11', Ingham 43', D'Agostino 84')

Half-time: 1-2

AAMI Park Stadium, Melbourne

Referee: Chris Beath

Melbourne City FC: 1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 9.Jamie MACLAREN (c), 11.Craig NOONE (13.Nathaniel ATKINSON 74'), 14.Naoki TSUBAKI (23.Marco TILIO 54'), 16.Taras GOMULKA 10.Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER 56') 18.Connor METCALFE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Adrian LUNA, 22.Curtis GOOD, 36.Kerrin STOKES

Substitutes not used: 3.Scott JAMIESON, 17.Stefan COLAKOVSKI, 33.Matthew SUTTON (gk), 43.Alec MILLS

Yellow Cards: Good

Red Cards: None

Perth Glory: 1.Tando VELAPHI (GK), 5.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 17.Diego CASTRO (18.Nick D'AGOSTINO 64'), 19.Calllum TIMMINS (15.Brandon WILSON 36'), 20.Carlo ARMIENTO, 22.Josh RAWLINS (16.Nick SULLIVAN 60'), 23.Dane INGHAM, 24.Daniel STYNES, 29.Darryl LACHMAN, 88.Neil KILKENNY (C)

Substitutes not used: 21.Bryce BAFFORD, 33.Liam REDDY (GK), 34.Mason TATAFU

Yellow Cards: Aspropotamitis, Sullivan

Red Cards: None

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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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