Perth Glory FC has recorded its biggest win in its Hyundai A-League history after a dominant 6-1 victory over a 10-man Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium.
Glory went into the match looking for its sixth straight win over Newcastle and it came thanks to individual braces from Chris Harold and Diego Castro, a solid header from birthday boy Alex Grant and an own Jets goal.
Newcastle’s Milos Trifunovic opened the scoring for the home team in the 14th minute after he headed home from a David Carney corner.
But ten minutes later Glory equalised through a Chris Harold header after receiving a sublime left foot cross from Risdon on the right flank.
Glory went 2-1 up just before half-time after Castro outfoxed his defender and shot past Jets ‘keeper Mark Birighitti.
Nigel Boogaard brought Glory defender Josh Risdon on the stroke of half-time to earn his second yellow card and was shown his marching orders from referee Shaun Evans
In the second 45, some clinical finsihing from Harold, Castro and courtesy an own goal, helped Glory to its 12th undefeated match against the Jets; The result for Glory equalled the Hyundai A-League record for the most consecutive games undefeated against an opponent.
Glory heads home to nib Stadium next Saturday night to host current Hyundai A-League champions Melbourne Victory.
Free tickets are on offer to footballers who registered in 2015.
7’ Cross in from Kiddot on the left finds Trifunovic in the box who fumbles inside the box
10’ Carney is fed a delightful ball inside the box and shoots just wide
14’ Trifunovic heads home off a David Carney corner
19’ Castro shoots on goal after pouncing on a loose ball
20’ Sandor shoots on goal after a half volley pass into the box
24’ Glory equalise through Harold after a sublime left foot cross from Risdon on the right flank
35’ Harold is brought down at the top of the box
36’ Marinkovic takes the free kick but fires over the wall and over the bar
45’ Glory take the lead through Castro after superb solo effort to outfox Jackson and shoot past Birighitti
45 +1 Boogaard gets sent off on the stroke of half time
47’ Castro feeds a nice ball into Sandor who runs into goal but is outmuscled by Jackson.
48' Mullen scores an own goal after some great link up play between Marinkovic and Castro
54’ Harold scores his second after a neat through ball from Sandor
75’ A triple play. Keogh mistimes his shot on goal, Ferreira follows up on the loose ball but it’s blocked and Castro then fires over the bar
77’ Reiners shoots but Birighitti saves
82’ Hoffman shots but poses no problem for Covic in goals
88' Castro glides the ball into the back of the net after beating two defenders in the box
Newcastle Jets: Birighitti (gk), Hoffman, Mullen, Boogaard (c), Jackson, Alivodic, Poljak, Watson (Cowburn 46’), Kitto, Trifunovic (Leonardo 57’), Carney (Crowley 77’)
Perth Glory: Covic (gk), Risdon (c), Williams, Grant, Warren, Sandor, Oxborrow (Garcia 74’), Ferreira, Marinkovic (Reiners 73’), Harold (Keogh 62’), Castro
Scorers: Trifunovic 14’, Harold 24’, Castro 45’, Mullen (og) 48’, Harold 54’, Grant 74’, Castro 88’
Red cards: Boogaard 45+1’
Yellow cards: Poljak 34’, Boogaard 34’, Boogaard 45+1’, Garcia 81’, Warren 86’
Conditions: 25C, Cloudy
Attendance: 9403 @ Hunter Stadium