Perth Glory 5-4 Melbourne City FC- Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A desperate Perth Glory defeated Melbourne City 5-4 on Sunday at nib Stadium to fall agonisingly short of hosting a home Elimination Final in one of the great games of the Hyundai A-League.

The result wasn’t quite enough for Perth to host and they will now travel to Melbourne to play City this weekend at AAMI Park in Elimination Final 2. After an extravaganza of entertainment in Sunday’s earlier game at Suncorp, another thrilling, end-to-end contest was played out in Perth in front of over 12,000 fans in what was an even better game.

Glory began like a steam train, hitting the net in the first five minutes as they pushed for a big win to help them host a final, before Tim Cahill restored parity. Andy Keogh and Chris Harold extended the lead to 3-1 early in the second half as Glory fans urged on their team to score two more.

They got one after Nebo Marinkovic’s first touch was to slam home a trademark set piece to make it 4-1. But Cahill with his second effectively ended Glory’s brave effort and Nico Colazo iced the cake.

But Glory weren’t finished hitting back with another goal before a brain fade from keeper Liam Reddy let City back into it at 5-4. What a game. What a Sunday.

What a way to finish the regular season!

GOALS

1-0  Diego Castro Glory 4’

Keogh with a neat ball to set up Adam Taggart who burst into the box, and was adjudged to have been fouled by Neil Kilkenny. Castro stroked it home low to open the scoring.

1-1 Tim Cahill City 21’

Kamau threatened down the right, and he found the Cahill in the box – his low, powerful left foot finish levelled proceedings.

2-1 Andy Keogh, Glory 51’

Castro got on the ball and played it through to Keogh who took the ball onto his right and placed it low past Bouzanis.

3-1 Chris Harold Glory 55’

Josh Risdon with plenty of time to finesse a perfect cross for sub Harold who headed the cross down and into the net.

4-1 Nebo Marinkovic, Glory 75’

 

Melbourne City's Tim Cahill urges his side on against Glory at AAMI Park.4-2 Tim Cahill, City 80′

Cahill guided home a low cross to cruel Glory’s chances.

4-3 Nico Colazo, City 84’

The Argentine with a smashing strike.

5-3 Adam Taggart, Glory 88’

Harold rolled across a low cross for Taggart to tap in at the back

5-4 Nick Fitzgerald, City 84’

Liam Reddy with a brain fade trying to play out, way outside the box, he lost possession and Fitzgerald picked up a loose ball and hit from distance the final goal of the night. Crazy goal on a crazy night!

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Wellington Phoenix 3 -3 Perth Glory-Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory have shared the spoils following an exhilarating 3-3 draw at Auckland’s QBE Stadium on Saturday night. Keen to avoid a season sweep in the Distance Derby, the Phoenix got off to a rollicking start with Kosta Barbarouses having an early shot smothered on the goal line. Glory also showed their intent to attack from the off but it was the home side who broke the deadlock through the returning Gui Finkler, with the Brazilian dedicating the goal to his new baby girl. The Phoenix doubled their advantage when Roy Krishna calmly slotted his 11th goal of the campaign but Glory pulled a goal back following a delightful piece of individual skill from their frontman Andy Keogh. Wellington looked to be headed for back-to-back wins when Barbarouses bent the ball into the back of the net early in the second stanza. However Glory fought back with a fine finish from Adam Taggart and a sublime free kick from Diego Castro to set up a grandstand finish with ten minutes to play. Both sides had chances to net a late winner as play went from end to end in a heart-stopping finale but in the end both sides had to settle for a draw, which on balance was a fair result.

GOALS 1-0 Wellington Phoenix: Gui Finkler, 10’ The Brazilian cracked a shot from an acute angle after being played into space, which took a deflection off Joe Mills giving Liam Reddy no chance before it rippled the back of the net. 2-0 Wellington Phoenix: Roy Krishna, 25’ A long ball from Matthew Ridenton found the run of Shane Smeltz, who was able to hold the ball up before finding his Fijian strike partner. Krishna weaved his way around Rhys William before shooting low and hard inside the far post. 2-1 Perth Glory: Andy Keogh, 34’ Dino Djulbic picked out the run of the Irishman with a long pass, who was able to chest the ball down on the run, taking him past a couple of defenders, before firing past Glen Moss. 3-1 Wellington Phoenix: Kosta Barbarouses, 46’ Some swift ball movement from the Nix following a turnover teed up the All Whites international on the edge of the box and he bent a beautiful left footed shot inside the far post. 3-2 Perth Glory: Adam Taggart, 67’ The Glory striker got on the end of a cross from Josh Risdon, with Moss making a great save to keep out the header but Taggart was quickest to react to the second ball and was able lash it home. 3-3 Perth Glory: Diego Castro, 80’ Glory’s marquee man lined up a free-kick on the edge of the box and proceeded to hit it perfectly over the head of Moss and inside the far top corner to draw his side level. INJURY WARD Glory defender Joe Mills had to be replaced midway through the first half with a hamstring injury, with Marc Warren coming on for his first appearance since Round 12. Re-live the match on Twitter @ALeague, @WgtnPhoenixFC, @PerthGloryFC, #WELvPER

 

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Perth Glory 2-2 Brisbane Roar FC- Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Perth Glory remain in contention for the top four after clawing their way to a 2-2 draw with Brisbane Roar at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

Roar led twice in the first half only for Perth to claim a crucial point courtesy of equalising goals from Nebojsa Marinkovic and Adam Taggart.

The visitors struck first on the half hour when Jamie Maclaren beat Rhys Williams to the scraps of an aerial contest.

Nebojsa Marinkovic soon levelled with a deflected effort, before 17-year-old fullback Dane Ingham capped a rollicking first-half by restoring Roar’s lead on the stroke of half-time.

The goalmouth action continued immediately after the restart as Adam Taggart notched his 10 th  goal in 12 starts, tapping home a slick team move following Diego Castro’s defence-splitting backheel.

Maclaren should have made it 3-2 when he broke clean through for a one-on-one midway through the second half, but Liam Reddy stayed big to ensure Glory remain only two points shy of fourth-placed Roar.

 

Jamie Maclaren

GOALS

0-1 Roar: Maclaren, 31’

Broich drifted a cross in from the left, Maclaren rose with Rhys Williams and reacted quickest to poke home the loose ball.

1-1 Glory: Marinkovic, 37’

Luke DeVere’s pass out of defence fell straight to Marinkovic, whose shot from the edge of the area skimmed off Jade North’s head before nestling in the top corner.

1-2 Roar: Ingham, 40’

After a surging run from Borrello, Broich exchanged passes with Ingham before the teenage fullback finished with aplomb into the bottom far corner.

2-2 Perth: Taggart, 48’

Perth’s classiest move of the night was underscored by a stellar backheel from Diego Castro, with the Spaniard’s genius enabling Chris Harold to find Taggart for a tap-in.
Glory striker Adam Taggart celebrates scoring his side's second equaliser against Brisbane on Saturday night.

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Adelaide United 0-5 Perth Glory – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A rampant Perth Glory have climbed inside the Hyundai A-League’s top four after dismantling an abject Adelaide United 5-0 at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

Kick-off was postponed by an hour due to soaring temperatures in the South Australian capital but it was Kenny Lowe’s side that were red hot when play got under way netting three first-half goals.

A disastrous own-goal from Iacopo La Rocca for the opener was the antithesis of the kind of play Fox Sports are promoting in this weekend’s “Defenders Round” but it was only a sign of things to come for the home side.

Diego Castro and Andy Keogh both got on the scoresheet before the break, with Adam Taggart getting in on the act in the first minute of the second stanza.

Marcelo Carrusca, who was wearing the captain’s armband in the absence of Eugene Galekovic, had a couple of first-half chances when Adelaide were only two goals down but it was as close as they would come to pulling a goal back.

Instead Castro iced the result by grabbing a double late on, with Reds goalkeeper John Hall making a couple of strong saves in injury time to ensure they didn’t lose by a greater margin.

In the end Glory also got the clean sheet they craved – just their second of the season – with Rhys Williams making a successful return to the backline and fighting through the pain barrier to see out the contest.

John Hall

GOALS

0-1 Perth Glory: Iacopo La Rocca OG, 15’

Glory’s Josh Risdon carried the ball to the by-line before whipping in a cross which the Reds’ central defender inexplicably headed into his own net despite being under no pressure at the back post.

0-2 Perth Glory: Diego Castro, 37’

The Spaniard pulled one out of his bag of tricks inside the Reds box, playing a one-two ball with Keogh before cutting back inside and angling his shot inside the far post, which took a deflection on the way.

0-3 Perth Glory: Andy Keogh, 45+1’

Castro went on a mazy run after Adelaide turned the ball over in the centre of the park, feeding the run of Keogh who opened up his body and clinically stroked the ball inside the far post.

0-4 Perth Glory: Adam Taggart, 46’

Glory were given two bites of the cherry in attack in the opening minute of the second half, with Taggart the beneficiary as he was able to sweep the ball home from inside the box virtually unchallenged.

0-5 Perth Glory: Diego Castro, 88’

Aryn Williams carried the ball into the box before finding the angled run of Castro, who showed great desire to get in front of his defender before diverting the ball into the back of the net.

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Iacopo La Rocca’s unhappy night came to a premature end after he had to be substituted just after the half-hour mark with a hip complaint. Taylor Regan came on in his place.

With the result assured Glory striker Andy Keogh exited the contest on the hour mark after struggling with a tight hamstring. Dino Djulbic was his replacement.

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Perth Glory 3 x 2 Newcastle Jets- Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Perth Glory have consolidated their spot in the Hyundai A-League top six with an entertaining 3-2 win over Newcastle Jets at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

Glory raced out of the blocks and took the lead after just 12 minutes with Diego Castro netting from the spot after a clumsy challenge from Nigel Boogaard.

Newcastle fought back and levelled proceedings through Andrew Hoole before Castro netted his second of the night just before the interval to give the Glory the lead at the break.

Glory continued to press after the restart and extended their advantage on the hour mark with Adam Taggart firing home from close range after brilliant build-up from Josh Risdon.

Jason Hoffman gave the Jets a lifeline with a stunning long-range strike with less than 20 minutes remaining but it wasn’t enough as Glory held on for the victory.

 

GOALS

1-0: Perth Glory: Diego Castro, 12’

Castro showed quick feet inside the area and was brought to ground by Nigel Boogaard with the referee awarding a penalty. The Spaniard stepped up and coolly dispatched his spot kick, sending Jack Duncan the wrong way.

1-1: Newcastle Jets: Andrew Hoole, 37’

Jason Hoffman showed brilliant determination to chase down a loose ball before finding Nabbout just outside the area. The winger delivered a wicked ball into the box with Hoole rising highest to bury a header into the back of the net.

2-1: Perth Glory: Diego Castro, 42’

Castro found space inside the area and wriggled free of Jets defender Daniel Mullen before firing a powerful effort through a crowd of players and past Jack Duncan.

Castro.

3-1: Perth Glory: Adam Taggart, 59’

Josh Risdon created space for himself on the right flank before whipping in a dangerous cross which Taggart anticipated brilliantly at the back post for an easy tap in.

3-2: Newcastle Jets: Jason Hoffman, 72’

Hoffman pounced on a loose ball outside the area before firing a thumping volleyed effort which fizzed into the back of the net, leaving Nick Feely with no chance.

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Perth Glory 2 x 1 Wellington Phoenix – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A spectacular long range strike from Perth Glory skipper Rostyn Griffiths has inspired his side to a 2-1 comeback win over the Phoenix at nib Stadium on Thursday night.

In a match vital for both side’s finals aspirations the visitors took an early lead via the boot of Roy Krishna, with the Phoenix striker earning the distinction of netting the 4000th goal in Hyundai A-League history.

However just as Wellington looked to take a deserved lead into the break, Griffiths’ thunderbolt squared the ledger and brought the home fans to life.

Glory striker Adam Taggart nodded home what proved to be the winner shortly after the re-start, while Wellington’s bid to stage a fightback were hampered by the sending off of Krishna with half hour to play.

There was some late drama as the rain began to pelt down in Perth, with Andy Keogh fortunate to remain on the field after an altercation with Marco Rossi, while Andrew Durante was ropeable after he had his shouts for a last gasp penalty waved away.

The result sees Glory close the gap to fourth placed Melbourne City to three points, while the Phoenix remain in eighth spot following their first loss since Des Buckingham and Chris Greenacre took charge of the club.

GOALS

0-1 Wellington Phoenix: Roy Krishna, 11’

A Shane Smeltz pass invited Krishna to charge into the box, with the Fijian international able to squeeze his low shot past Liam Reddy, who’ll feel culpable for the goal.

1-1 Perth Glory: Rostyn Griffiths, 45+1’

The ball broke for the Glory skipper on the cusp of half-time, with Griffiths firing a rocket from 25 yards out that thundered past Glen Moss and into the top corner.

2-1 Perth Glory: Adam Taggart, 51’

Andy Keogh was played into space by Diego Castro before whipping in a cross for Taggart who nodded home from close range to register his fifth goal of the campaign.

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Newly installed Wellington boss Des Buckingham officially became the youngest Head Coach in Hyundai A-League history. Roy Krishna’s opener was his 24th goal for Wellington Phoenix taking him to outright second on their all-time scoring chart behind Paul Ifill (33). The result was Perth Glory’s fourth straight win over the Phoenix.

RED CARD

Roy Krishna was shown a straight red card for leaving his studs in on defender Shane Lowry, forcing the Phoenix to play the final half hour with 10-men.

CROWD

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Western Sydney Wanderers FC 2 x 2 Perth Glory – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Western Sydney Wanderers have drawn again racking up their eighth such result after a 1-1 against Perth Glory at a rainy ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.

Glory striker Adam Taggart reminded us all of his undoubted talent with a superbly taken first half goal to give the visitors the lead at the break.

But with Wanderers pressing in the second half, substitute Jaushua Sotirio who had only just got on the park, showed striker’s instincts to coolly finish past Glory keeper Liam Reddy.

The reply set up a grandstand finish in front of just over 12,000 fans at a wet ANZ as both sides pushed for a winner.

But Wanderers lacked enough of a cutting edge up front to seriously trouble Glory.

However Perth could’ve claimed all three points after some Diego Castro magic in the final minutes, but with the ball falling to Rostyn Griffiths but he was unable to find a way past Jerrad Tyson.

 

GOALS

0-1  Glory, Adam Taggart 16’

Superb interplay on the right wing saw Chris Harold set Taggart away and he drove into the box and with Castro free the Caltex Socceroo went for the near post and beat Tyson in goal to open the scoring.

1-1  Wanderers, Jaushua Sotirio 66’

Perth’s high line was sprung by Sotirio and the sub sprinted to the box and coolly slotted under Liam Reddy to make it 1-1.

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Transfer news: Socceroo striker Adam Taggart signs for Perth Glory

Adam Taggart in action against Spain at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Perth Glory has signed Socceroo striker Adam Taggart from Fulham till the end of the 2017/18 Hyundai A-League season.

The 22-year old striker returns to Glory following an 18-month stint at Fulham FC in the English Championship and Dundee United in the Scottish Premier League.

Under FIFA rules, Taggart will not be eligible to play for Glory in the remainder of this current season because he has already played for two clubs in the one year.

However he can be registered with up to three clubs in the same time-frame.

Taggart emerged as the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 top goal scorer while he was at the Newcastle Jets and was awarded the golden boot for his 16 goal haul and was also named the Hyundai A-League’s ‘Young Player of the Year’.

Taggart previously played for Glory between 2010-2012.

He was included in the Socceroos squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and took part in the recent Olyroos campaign for Rio 2016.

“Adam is a quality player and person, who can add value to what we are trying to build at Perth Glory” said Coach Kenny Lowe.

“I’ve known ‘Taggs’ for many years and I think being at home around his family, will help re-invigorate his focus on his game” Lowe added.

Perth Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos said Taggart’s signature was part of the club’s four year strategy.

“All our decisions during the January transfer window have been consistent with our strategy to build a squad for success over the coming years” he said.

“We are excited to land the signature of Adam Taggart who has attracted interest around the globe and we have beaten several Australian and overseas clubs for his signature”.

Taggart is one of eleven (11) Western Australian born or raised players in the current Perth Glory squad.

He’s expected to join his teammates at training on Thursday morning.

His signing comes as Perth Glory FC prepares to host Hyundai A-League champions Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium this Saturday night in what is expected to attract the biggest home crowd of the season.

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‘No second chance’ vows Olyroo Adam Taggart

Gallery: Olyroos get to work in Doha

On the eve of their opener in Qatar, Adam Taggart has sounded a warning for the Olyroos opponents at the AFC U-23 Championships, and declared there is no second chance for the Aussies.

The Olyroos are just two days away from the opening game in Qatar against UAE, in a tournament that doubles as qualification for the Rio Olympics.

The Olyroos’ Group D games in Doha:

• UAE this Thursday January 14 (Friday morning AEDT)

• Vietnam January 17

• Jordan January 20

Taggart will form part of a vibrant, speedy attacking force for Aurelio Vidmar’s side alongside the likes of Jamie Maclaren, Brandon Borrello, Andrew Hoole and Mustafa Amini.

“There’s a hunger and desire to score goals. We’re always working on those things away from camp to improve those and get better,” Taggart told FFA TV.

“It’s always a little bit difficult to come into camp and gel straight away.

“But as a team we’ve been together for so many camps, so many tournaments now it’s something we need to have in our back pockets already.

“There’s no second chance now we have to go out there with all of our quality and bring together all of our strengths and hopefully make an unstoppable team here in Qatar.”

This tournament marks a return to the green and gold for Taggart since he was part of Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos squad at last year’s World Cup in Brazil.

While he’s endured a frustrating period with injury since moving to Fulham after that tournament, the pacy striker feels he’s matured a lot through those experiences.

“For me throughout my career so far it’s been about improvement and progress and even though it might not have come so much on the field since Brazil, it’s definitely come along off the field,” Taggart said.

“I think I’ve improved in a lot of different ways and when the time comes when I can get a good run of games together in a good team then I think is going to help me for the future.

“That’s a positive I’ve taken over the last year and a half.”

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Adam Taggart and Jamie Maclaren eyeing goals for Olyroos

Adam Taggart in action against Spain at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

One is a former Hyundai A-League goal-machine, the other is a current A-League goal-machine. Together Adam Taggart and Jamie Maclaren hope they’ll provide the Olyroos a cutting edge in Qatar.

Fulham striker Taggart believes his partnership his mate from Brisbane Roar Maclaren could be the crucial element the Olyroos need to book their ticket to this year’s Rio Olympic Games later this year.

The pair is set to form a speedy and lethal attacking combination at next week’s 16-team AFC U-23 Championship in Qatar.

The tournament doubles as the qualifiers for Rio 2016, so needless to say, Australia will be hoping the pair hit a purple patch in Doha.

“Me and Jamie’s main focus is on scoring goals and it will be nice to link up and have that attacking force and have a direct way of going forward against these teams,” Taggart told www.footballaustralia.com.au on Thursday.

“It’s another element we can add to our game as a team.

“We’re expected to win and sometimes [being direct] is going to be the better option. It would be really good if we can do that and if the opportunity comes I’m sure we’ll both relish it.”

The Olyroos’ group games in Doha:

• UAE next Thursday January 14
• Vietnam January 17
• Jordan January 20

The Olyroos are currently in a week-long training camp in Dubai and are set to fly to Qatar on Sunday.

Taggart admits he’s excited to be back in amongst the group of which the core has been together for the last five years.

The Fulham striker admits he’s endured a “tough transition” in Europe over the last 18 months but says it’s given him a lift to see so many of his Olyroos team-mates doing well at club level.

Leading the way is Maclaren, who is in the best nick of his career having scored seven goals for Hyundai A-League leaders Brisbane Roar.

“He’s [Maclaren] had some tough times with the start of his career in the A-League so it’s nice to see a mate doing well and scoring goals,” Taggart said.

“There’s no better feeling than scoring goals each week so I’m happy for him and hopefully he can continue it and show everyone his qualities in the A-League.”

“It’s always good to see everyone progressing in their own individual and coming together for such an important tournament at this important time is exciting for all of us,”  the Fulham attacker added.

With the majority of Aurelio Vidmar’s squad to be too old to remain in the Olyroos set up following the Olympic, this will be the last campaign this group will be together.

That’s motivation enough for Taggart to make every day count over the next couple of weeks to ensure the side qualify for Rio.

“We all know how special it’s going to be in Brazil,” Taggart said.

“I was lucky enough to experience it before [at the World Cup in 2014] and the culture over there and how football crazy that place is, the experience that all of us will be able to get if we make it will be really good.

“At the same time we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. There’s a lot of talk about qualifying but the most important thing is to focus on each day.

“We have to make sure we’re improving in training, make sure we get the most out of each session because if we don’t do that and only think about qualifying it will turn our biting us in the butt.”

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