Perth Glory opened their season with a disappointing 3-1 away loss to Adelaide United in front of 10,320 fans at Coopers Stadium but will be hoping to bounce back this weekend when they play the winless Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium.


Perth Glory opened their season with a disappointing 3-1 away loss to Adelaide United in front of 10,320 fans at Coopers Stadium but will be hoping to bounce back this weekend when they play the winless Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium.

Jeronimo NEUMANN was the chief destroyer for Adelaide with two goals while Fabio FERREIRA chipped in with the third. Ryo NAGAI was Glory-s sole scorer.

The central defensive duo of Brandon O-NEILL and Steve PANTELIDIS were slightly unlucky to concede three goals against Adelaide with two of them taking minor deflections in the build-up play, but Glory will be hoping Socceroos defender Michael THWAITE can get overcome a slight hamstring complaint to take his place in the starting eleven and shore up the back four.

Coach Alistair EDWARDS was disappointed to concede such easy goals during the match but still took a lot of positives from the game.

"I think some of the young boys did well and if we had of taken our chances - the match would have been a lot closer," Edwards said in the post-match conference.

"We had a few guys making their debuts in the A-League and I think they did very well. Sidnei did very well, and Jamie and Ryan up front did some good stuff."

Midfielder Steve MCGARRY echoed the coaches comments during the week, emphasising the Glory's errors could be overturned in time for the Jets' game and they could rebound with a win at Hunter Stadium.

“I think on the whole we played reasonably well and there are just a couple of things we need to tighten up in defensive areas,” McGarry said.

Newcastle Jets suffered a similar fate at Allianz Stadium, conceding two goals from defensive lapses to lose against Sydney FC 2-0.

“I thought we were pretty solid defensively, obviously aside from the two mistakes for the goals,” Former Perth Glory player Scott NEVILLE said.

Both teams are staying positive and are not hitting the panic button but there will be a concerted effort to shore up their respective defensive structures as they both strive to register their first win for the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League season.

Michael BRIDGE has been added to Newcastle Jets squad after overcoming a groin strain. After being held goalless against Sydney FC, the Jets will be hoping BRIDGE-s creativity can open up the Glory defense to register their first goal for the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Season.

It promises to be an intriguing battle with Glory holding an impressive record against the Jets, winning 8 of their past 12 games against the Novocastrians, although only two of those victories have come at Hunter Stadium.



Sunday, 20 October 2013 Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Kick-off: 3:00pm AEDT Referee: Shaun Evans

TV Broadcast: 3.00pm (AEDT) Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1HD and Sky Sports 1 (New Zealand).

Radio Broadcast: 3.00pm (AEDT) Live broadcast on ABC 1233 Newcastle, ABC 720 Perth, ABC Local Radio Western Australia, Grandstand Digital Perth and Online/Mobile phone app

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Newcastle Jets Squad: 1. Mark BIRIGHITTI (GK), 2. Scott NEVILLE, 4. Kew JALIENS, 6. Zenon CARAVELLA, 7. Andrew HOOLE, 8. Ruben ZADKOVICH, 10. Nathan BURNS, 11. Craig GOODWIN, 12. Connor CHAPMAN, 13. Joey GIBBS, 15. Josh BRILLANTE, 16. Jacob PEPPER, 17. James VIRGILI 18. James BROWN, 19. Michael BRIDGES, 20. Ben KENNEDY, 21. Sam GALLAWAY, 22. Adam TAGGART (two to be omitted)

Ins: Joey GIBBS (returns from illness), Michael BRIDGES (returns from injury) Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Emile HESKEY (knee - 3 to 4 weeks), Mitch COOPER (knee - long term).

Perth Glory Squad: 1. Daniel VUKOVIC (GK), 2. Jack CLISBY, 3. Brandon O-NEILL, 4. Ryan EDWARDS, 5. Steve PANTELIDIS, 6. Cameron EDWARDS, 7. Jacob BURNS, 8. Ryo NAGAI, 10. Jamie MACLAREN, 11. Adrian ZAHRA, 14. Steven MCGARRY, 16. Sidnei SCIOLA MORAES, 17. Chris HAROLD, 19. Joshua RISDON, 20. Daniel DE SILVA, 21. Scott JAMIESON, 23. Michael THWAITE, 30. Devon SPENCE (GK) (two to be omitted)

Ins: 19. Joshua RISDON, 23. Michael THWAITE, Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 9. Shane SMELTZ (hip - 3 weeks), 13. Travis DODD (knee - ongoing), 18. Jack DUNCAN (quad - 1 week), 15. Isaka CERNAK (hip - 3 weeks), 22. Ndumba MAKECHE (knee - 1 week)


Adelaide United 3-1 Perth Glory (Half-time 2-1) Coopers Stadium Sunday 13th October 2013 Attendance: 10.320 Referee: Ben Williams

Adelaide United

1. Eugene Galekovic (GK), 16. Daniel Bowles, 3. Nigel Boogaard, 4. Jon McKain, 18. Michael Zullo, 13. Steven Lustica (5. Osama Malik 62'), 8. Isaias Sanchez, 10. Marcelo Carrusca, 22. Fabio Ferreira (21. Tarek Elrich 69'), 7. Jeronimo Neumann (24. Brent McGrath 76'), 9. Sergio Cirio

Substitutes not used: 17. Awer Mabil, 20. Paul Izzo (GK)

Scorers: Neumann 9', 25', Ferreira 64'

Yellow Cards: Ferreira 33', Sanchez 40', Boogaard 53', McKain 72', Bowles 74', Neumann 75'

Red cards: Sanchez 65', Boogaard 79'

Perth Glory

1. Danny Vukovic (GK), 19. Josh Risdon, 21. Scott Jamieson, Steve Pantelidis, Brandon O'Neill, 7. Jacob Burns (C), 14. Steven McGarry (20. Danny De Silva 71'), 8. Ryo Nagai, 16. Sidnei Sciola (11. Adrian Zahra 73'), 4. Ryan Edwards, 10. Jamie Maclaren

Substitutes not used: 30. Devon Spence (GK), 2. Jack Clisby, 6. Cameron Edwards

Scorers: Nagai 11'

Yellow Cards: Risdon 26', Burns 28', Ryan Edwards 70', De Silva 90-