Sydney FC
Perth Glory
Hyundai A-League R9
Allianz Stadium

Result: Sydney FC 1 Perth Glory 2

Perth Glory have added further weight to their Hyundai A-League title credentials with a stunning come-from-behind 2-1 win over Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Thursday night.

In a match that sprung to life after the break, Glory went behind to a controversial penalty converted by their former striker Shane Smeltz 12 minutes into the second half.

But a header by Rostyn Griffiths seven minutes from the end drew the visitor’s level before they were awarded a dubious penalty of their own, which was coolly converted by Andy Keogh.

The defeat was Sydney’s first of the season while Glory pull away at the top of the ladder after one of the better away wins in their history.


"The boys have dug deep tonight, I think everyone was on their last legs. The boys are buzzing off that, we've worked so hard for it. The Club's done well, everyone's done well in the off-season to recruit the players we've got and now we're top of the table." - Glory midfielder Rostyn Griffiths 

"Very tough (to take), we sort of went close there but we probably should have held on with the way we were playing. I think we were going in search for that second one and we were probably a bit naive in trying to push too much." - Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque


1-0 Smeltz (57’) – A flowing Sydney attack ended with Smeltz firing in a shot from the edge of the box which crashed into the arm of Djulbic, with referee Alan Milliner controversially awarding a penalty. Smeltz took on the responsibility against his former club, chipping it down the middle to easily put it past a diving Danny Vukovic.

1-1 Griffiths (83’) – The Sky Blues switched off at a free-kick, Nebojsa Marinkovic’s pin-point delivery finding the head of an unmarked Griffiths who headed it past a stranded Vedran Janjetoviic from just six yards out.

1-2 Keogh (87’) – Left-back Scott Jamieson made a marauding run into the box, going down after a clumsy challenge by substitute Chris Naumoff. Keogh sent his spot-kick down the middle, the ball finding its way despite Janjetovic getting a boot to it.


Sydney had done a fairly good job of keeping Marinkovic quiet but the Serbian showed his class and importance to Glory’s side with a brilliant free-kick to help Griffiths draw the visitors level. It was a big turning point with Perth going on to snatch all three points via Keogh’s penalty a few minutes later.


Sydney missed the chance to equal their best-ever run of form of nine games unbeaten, which last happened almost eight years ago. While Glory have produced arguably their best win of the campaign to remain on top, they have managed to keep just one clean sheet now in their last 21 matches.


A lightning counter-attack from the Sky Blues saw Bernie Ibini race clear down the right wing. The winger cleverly cut the ball across goal to Terry Antonis who looked certain to slot it home from just 12 yards out but Vukovic pulled off an incredible one-handed save to push it wide and keep the score at 1-0 to the home side. It kept


Perth had dominated the hosts for most of the contest but fell behind to something very much out of their control. There was nothing Djulbic could do when Smeltz’s shot crashed into his arm from just a couple of yards away, but it was enough for referee Milliner to point to the spot, much to the disgust of Glory’s players and their boss Kenny Lowe.


Injury to Sasa Ognenovski and the suspension of Sebastian Ryall meant Matthew Jurman partnered Nikola Petkovic in the heart of Sydney’s defence. The pair are both left-footed and with Jurman forced to play on the right-hand side of the duo, he found it hard to play out from the back at times. The Glory exploited that and pressed hard whenever Jurman had the ball and won plenty of possession in the Sky Blues’ half. Terry Antonis also played in the ‘No.10’ but struggled to have the same impact he has had playing in s deeper position for much of the campaign.


Sydney FC have the luxury of a nine-day break before their next game which is a huge clash away to rivals Melbourne Victory. Glory host Newcastle Jets next Friday but will also have one eye on the Westfield FFA Cup final against Adelaide United just a few days later.


Sydney FC: Janjetovic, Bojic, Jurman (Carle 88’), Petkovic, Gersbach, Antonis, Dimitrijevic, Ibini, Grant (Naumoff 73’), Brosque, Smeltz

Perth Glory: Vukovic, Risdon, Djulbic, Thwaite, Jamieson, Griffiths, Garcia (Zadkovich 74’), Nichols, Marinkovic, De Silva (Harold 66’), Keogh (Maclaren 90+2’)

Scorers: Smeltz 57’, Griffiths 83’, Keogh 87’

Red cards: none

Yellow cards: Djulbic 56’, Nichols 66’

Conditions: 25C, Dry

Attendance: 11,280 @ Allianz Stadium

Hyundai A-League 2017/18
# Club P W D L PTS
Sydney FC 23 16 4 3 52
Newcastle Jets 23 14 5 4 47
Melbourne Victory 23 10 5 8 35
Melbourne City FC 23 10 4 9 34
Adelaide United 23 8 6 9 30
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 23 7 9 7 30
Brisbane Roar FC 23 8 4 11 28
Perth Glory 23 8 2 13 26
Central Coast Mariners 23 4 8 11 20
Wellington Phoenix 23 4 5 14 17
# Club P W D L PTS
Brisbane Roar FC Women 12 9 1 2 28
Sydney FC Women 12 8 1 3 25
Newcastle Jets Women 12 6 2 4 20
Melbourne City FC Women 12 6 2 4 20
Canberra United Women 12 5 1 6 16
Perth Glory Women 12 4 2 6 14
Melbourne Victory Women 12 3 2 7 11
Western Sydney Wanderers Women 12 3 2 7 11
Adelaide United Women 12 3 1 8 10
Group A
# Club P W D L PTS
Melbourne City FC Youth 8 5 1 2 16
Brisbane Roar FC Youth 8 4 2 2 14
Perth Glory Youth 8 4 0 4 12
Adelaide United Youth 8 3 1 4 10
Melbourne Victory Youth 8 1 2 5 5
# Club P W D L PTS
Sydney FC Youth 8 5 1 2 16
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Youth 8 4 1 3 13
Central Coast Mariners Youth 8 3 3 2 12
Newcastle Jets Youth 8 3 1 4 10
FFA Centre of Excellence 8 2 0 6 6