PERTH Glory sealed three points and its first home win of the season in the second round of the A-League against New Zealand rivals Wellington Phoenix at Perth Oval last night.
The Perth sunshine was out on full display for the disciplined triumph as goals from Diego Castro and Nebosja Marinkovic saw off the Trans-Tasman rivals.
Chris Harold almost put Glory into the lead after rounding a Wellington defender with his electric pace, crossing in a tantalising ball for Diego Castro from the by-line, who then found himself in a goalmouth scramble with the Wellington defence, who promptly mopped up the danger.
Castro showed why he was the league’s most valuable player last season with a scintillating turn on right back Jacob Tratt, who was left chasing his shadow, reaching the by-line and cutting back for Marinkovic, who could only place his effort wide of the goal.
Harold continued to be a constant menace for Wellington, using his pace to outsmart his opponents, finding himself in space to cut back for Marinkovic.
He fed Castro into the box first time with the Spaniard firing wide of the post.
The second half saw Glory come racing out of the blocks, as Keogh delivered an inch-perfect ball for Harold, who was fouled in the box.
Referee Daniel Elder had no choice but to give a penalty and Castro stepped up for spot-kick duty, converting confidence to put Glory into the lead.
Glory found themselves at the penalty spot again when Keogh was brought down in the box by Glenn Moss after some brilliant link-up play from Warren, Keogh and Griffiths.
But Moss held his ground to save Keogh’s kick, keeping his side in the contest.
The instrumental Harold then sent right-back Risdon on a marauding run down the right hand side, with the Bunbury-born defender cutting the ball back for Marinkovic, who rocketed the ball into the back of the net to double Glory’s lead.
Roy Krishna had the chance to pull a goal back for the visitors with a header inside the six-yard box but it only forced Liam Reddy into a class save.
Coach Kenny Lowe praised his side’s effort and said they were worth their win.
“You’ve got to give us credit; we played well, we dominated and we deserved the points,” he said.
“We were disciplined, organised and didn’t make it easy for them. Do that and you’ve got half a chance”.
Perth now heads into Friday night’s contest against Melbourne City full of confidence after a strong and disciplined display.