Glory too strong for lowly Lions

Glory too strong for lowly Lions

Report by Ryan Borrett

 

Perth Glory continued their impressive start to the 2019 NPLWA season with a solid 2-0 win over Stirling Lions on Saturday at Macedonia Park.

 

The Glory controlled possession for most of the game and after Luke Salmon gave them the lead in the 34th minute the result never looked in doubt.

 

This was Lions’ first match following former coach Keegan Ashley’s resignation, and they struggled to gain a foothold in the match and found it difficult to break down the Glory’s formidable defense.

 

The in-form Salmon, who netted twice last week against ECU Joondalup, was picked out by Daniel Stynes in the box and scored with a powerful close range strike that went in off the bar.

 

There was controversy over whether the ball crossed the line after rebounding off the underside of the bar but Stirling’s appeals were waved away and the goal stood.

 

Salmon again found himself at the centre of the Glory attack in the 68th minute as he broke down the left wing and cut back a low cross to find Gabriel Popovic who had a simple finish to make it 2-0.

 

The loss for the Lions sees their winless start to the season continue as they look to claim their first win next week at home to ECU Joondalup, whilst the three points for the Glory sends them to 2nd in the table.

 

Star player:Luke Salmon (Perth Glory)

 

Stirling Lions 0

Perth Glory 2 (Salmon 34min, G. Popovic 68)

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Macedonia Park

Kick-off: 3:00pm

Referee: Tom Glavovic

Assistant referees: Stephen Knight, Liam Barclay

 

Stirling Lions: 1. Ryan MONTGOMERY, 3. Darren O’RIORDAN, 4. Alex SULESKI, 5. Chris McLAUGHLIN (16. Joseph PERKINS 79), 6. Dhhors CHOL, 7. Finn GRAHAM, 8. Dean CUMMINGS (12. Andrew MARANTA 13), 9. Noah SHAMAKI (15. Ben WANTEE 61), 10. Sean MCMANUS, 11. Kristan DESPOTOVSKI, 14. Michael GAMA

Substitutes not used: 2. Filip MILIC, 20. Daniel MARQUES

Yellow cards: O’Riordan 79

Red cards: Nil

 

Perth Glory: 1. Jackson LEE, 2. Zayd FARAH, 3. Walter SCOTT, 4. Jacob MUIR (12. Daniel WALSH 46), 5. Nick WALSH, 6. Kristian POPOVIC (17. Jack LEECH 81), 7. Ethan BROOKS (16. Gomo DUKULY 67), 8. Henry HORE, 9. Luke SALMON, 10. Daniel STYNES, 11. Gabriel POPOVIC
Substitutes not used: 14. Ciran BRAMWELL, 19. Nicolas SPECA
Yellow cards: K. Popovic 39, Farah 45, Walsh 70, Dukuly 79

Red cards: Walsh 86




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