NPL Round 3: Inglewood make it three wins from three


Inglewood edged out Perth Glory 1-0. Picture: Vince Caratozzolo
Inglewood edged out Perth Glory 1-0. Picture: Vince Caratozzolo

INGLEWOOD United hold equal first on the National Premier League ladder after scoring the only goal of the match against Perth Glory on Saturday.

After a long throw by Inglewood United’s Adam Tong, Kenny Keough put a goal past Glory keeper Jordan Thurtell at Ashfield Arena 15 minutes into the game.

Inglewood United coach Taki Nicolaidis was impressed with the team.

“It wasn’t a pretty game from our point but it was effective,” Nicolaidis said.

“We took our chance in the first half and in the second half we defended very well and made it difficult for them to create goal scoring chances.

“Now we’re three from three against a quality Glory team and Floreat Athena, who were one of the better teams last year, (and) to come away with nine points from three games is good.

“We will celebrate today’s win and look forward to the game next week against Bayswater.”

Thurtell made two saves just after an hour of play, denying Inglewood’s Mark Pritchard and Jason Colli in the 60th and 62nd minutes.

Glory’s Alex Tanevski failed to score in the seventh minute after shooting high and wide and was later stretchered off the field with a suspected broken arm.

Perth Glory coach John Gibson said the injury shook his players up but made no excuse for their game play in the final third.

“We’ve got to be better and we know that,” Gibson said.

“We’ll work on things during the week.

“The front third was difficult for us today; we need to be better in that area particularly the final ball.”

Perth Soccer Club and Inglewood United hold equal first on the ladder after round three.

Inglewood will face Bayswater and Glory host Sorrento.