Sydney FC missed a chance to go top of the league as two late goals saw their undefeated start to the season come to an end. Two late goals gave Perth Glory the 2-1 win, as they stunned Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Thursday night.
Sydney FC were missing four players which made life tougher for the hosts while Perth had a full strength squad. The result sees Perth Glory remain top of the league, extending their lead on the A-League.
There was a chance each way in the opening ten minutes first to Sydney in the fifth minute as Pedj Bojic was able to get a cross away to the far post could not find Alex Brosque. Three minutes later Mitch Nihols had a chance for Perth as he broke the offside trap and shot but was denied by a Vedran Janjetovic save with his legs.
Perth Glory were much stronger than Sydney in the early stages as they looked to go out for goals to take the game away from Sydney early. Perth were having plenty of possession and territory with chances falling to players from all positions but they just could not put those chances away.
Perth had two golden chances in the final ten minutes of the half, the first came from Andy Keogh as he ran on to a through ball and skipped past Matthew Jurman, only for Jurman to recover and make a challenge right as Keogh pulled the trigger. With four minutes left in the half Richard Garcia was able to get a powerful volley away which was denied by a solid Janjetovic save, keeping it scoreless at the break.
Sydney FC started the second half much more brightly and in the 56th minute were handed an opportunity as Michael Thwaite played the ball with his shoulder, with the referee going ot the letter of the law and penalizing the Perth defender in a harsh call. That allowed Shane Smeltz to step up to the spot and he took his time, waiting for Danny Vukovic to make the error before sending a powerful strike the other way
Just three minutes later Sydney FC could well have doubled their lead and would have had a 2-0 lead if not for some impressive goalkeeping from Danny Vukovic. Milos Dimitrijevic sent a ball for Bernie Ibini who in turn was able to set up Terry Antonis who hit a powerful shot which was well saved by Vukovic.
As the match wore on the league leaders started to get more in to the match as things seemed to heat up and in the 72nd minute they had a good opportunity. Dino Djulpic was able to get on the end of a good cross but he sent his effort too close to the keeper allowing Janjetovic to save well.
With eight minutes to play Perth Glory finally got their equalizer as Nebojsa Marinkovic made a great run and sent in a cross. That cross fell perfectly to a wide open Rostyn Griffiths who headed home easily to equalize.
Just four minutes later Perth had their goal as Scott Jamieson made a run that was stopped as _ Naumoff clipped his ankles, allowing Perth a penalty. That allowed Andy Keogh to step up and hit a cheeky soft penalty to give Perth the lead.
From there with just five minutes remaining the match just faded as Sydney just seemed deflated while Perth were content. The win keeps Perth well top of the league and will surely force the east coast to notice their distant opponents who are really showing their title credentials.