Perth Glory showed their character and spirit as they battled from behind against an equally brave Adelaide United in almost unplayable conditions at the nib stadium in Perth.
Both sides had attempted to switch the kick-off time to a later slot but were denied by the authorities, a decision which Glory Head Coach Alistair Edwards admitted left him “raging inside” and showed “a lack of respect”.
Edwards praised both sides players however by saying, “the courage and commitment of both teams to at least put on a semi-decent spectacle is well played. For me as a coach, to make the players play in those conditions is completely unacceptable”.
The hunger of both sides did not melt in the heat however as the players looked to pick up three points. Ryo Nagai, who received the man of the match award deservedly, created the first chance of the game as he showed his pace and skill on the left side of the pitch with a great cross for Jamie Maclaren but the youngster failed to connect.
Nagai continued to be Glory’s best outlet as he forced Adelaide keeper Eugene Galekovic to make an impressive stop from a long-range curling effort. Danny Vukovic’s goal did not see much early action but in the space of two minutes, his goal was threatened twice. The first was a routine save from Fabio Ferreira but Jeronimo Neumann’s half volley from a tight angle worried the Glory as the effort flashed just by the post.
Vukovic was then tested ten minutes later but he was more than equal to Cassio’s shot on goal as the away side continued to threaten before half-time with Marcelo Carrusca’s attempt driven wide of goal.
HALF-TIME – Perth Glory 0-0 Adelaide United
The second half didn’t start well for Glory as Adelaide took the lead from a short corner which was met by Osama Malik and headed excellently into the side left-hand corner of the goal.
The away side almost doubled their lead on the hour mark as Sergio Cirio struck the bar with a cross. The Glory fans didn’t ponder on that effort however as they gave new signing William Gallas a rousing reception as he entered the field.
Every touch he made was cheered by the Glory faithful but none were as loud as the noise generated by the home team’s equaliser. Like Adelaide’s goal, the short corner between Sidnei Sciola and Stevie McGarry gave Chris Harold the opportunity to nod home his first goal of the season. It was a very clever move by Glory however as the Adelaide defenders were caught anticipating the presence of Gallas in the box as the men in purple took the set-piece quickly.
Only minutes later, Glory looked to take the lead as Michael Thwaite found himself just outside the box and volleyed the ball towards goal, only for the ball to hit Sidnei’s head and flash wide.
As the game moved towards full-time, Vukovic made a great save from Awer Mabil as the Perth keeper showed why he is one of the best in the A-league.
Glory’s final opportunity of the game fell to Ryan Edwards as his long-range effort flew just over the bar as both sides shared the spoils in treacherous heat.
Hyundai A-League 2013-2014 Season – Week 6
Perth Glory 1-1 Adelaide Utd (Half-time 0-0)
Saturday 16th November 2013
Referee: Shaun Evans
1.Daniel VUKOVIC (GK), 4.Ryan EDWARDS, 5.Steve PANTELIDIS (36. William GALLAS 62’), 7.Jacob BURNS (6. Cameron EDWARDS 68’) (c), 8.Ryo NAGAI, 10.Jamie MACLAREN (17.Chris HAROLD 56’), 14.Steven McGARRY, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA MORAES, 21.Scott JAMIESON, 23.Michael THWAITE, 24.Matthew DAVIES,
Subs not used - 18.Jack DUNCAN, 3.Brandon O’NEILL
1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (GK) (c), 4.Jon McKAIN, 5.Osama MALIK, 6.CASSIO, 7.JERONIMO (17. Awer MABIL 73’), 8.ISAIAS, 9.Sergio CIRIO, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA (19. Jake BARKER-DAISH 72’), 13.Steven LUSTICA, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Fabio FERREIRA (23. Jordan ELSEY 81),
Subs not used – 30.John HALL, 12.Antony GOLEC
Bookings – 22. Fabio FERREIRA (57’), 5. Osama MALIK (60’), 23. Michael THWAITE 79’)