NPL-GLORY SLIP TO FLOREAT DEFEAT

Perth Glory slipped to defeat in the National Premier Leagues WA after a going down 4-1 to Floreat Athena at E&D Litis Stadium last night.

The original game was called off on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch, but the rain last night did not stop Floreat danger man, Lewis McMahon, causing havoc in the Glory defence, with the Englishman scoring two and having a hand in the other two from Ludovic Boi and Jack Allen.

The former Sheffield Wednesday and Notts County midfielder was outstanding and said after the game that the weather suited him.

“I love playing in those conditions, well it rains all the time in the UK,” he joked.

There was some excellent lead up play from Athena on the night and McMahon thought they could have added a couple more but he knows the three points were deserved.

“The points are what it’s all about,” he said.

“We played some good football in the first half and I thought we could have scored a few more. We dropped off a bit in the second half, but we do have a short break before Saturday’s game at Armadale, but we head their full of confidence.”   

The home side were out of the blocks early and McMahon fired wide after only eight minutes, before Aryn Williams’ shot from the edge of the penalty area was saved low by Ryan Barker.

TheGlory, who drew 1-1 at Armadale in the last round, went close on the quarter hour mark with Joe Knowles and Harry O’Brien sending Gian Albano in on goal but his shot was straight at Floreat keeper Tom Dixon.

On 22 minutes it was the home side that hit the front. Ashley Corker fed Ludovic Boi on the left, whose cross picked out McMahon, who swivelled in the penalty area and fired past Barker.

It was 2-0 two minutes later with the goal of the game. Boi was given space on the edge of the penalty area and his stunning shot from 20m flew into the top corner. 

The Glory looked to hit back immediately and as the heavens opened, Dixon had to be alert to save well from skipper Blamo Qua Qua.

Floreat were then gifted a third goal on 34 minutes. A slip at the back from David Stokoe let in Boi, who cut the ball back to McMahon, who made no mistake from 6m.  

It looked to be a long night for the visitors when Floreat added a fourth on 39 minutes. McMahon wriggled his way into the area and poked the ball towards goal, it was partially cleared off the line by Rocco Pizzata but Allen fired home the rebound from close-range.

To the Glory’s credit they pulled one back two minutes before half time.  Bor Bor Sambindi had only been on the pitch for three minutes when he burst clear down the right, his powerful shot was well saved by Dixon but the rebound fell to Knowles who fired home from 5m.  

After the break the game lost its momentum but eight minutes in, a strong tackle from Knowles on Callum Fransz caused tempers to fray and referee Matt Southern had his hands full with a melee in the aftermath, and he had to show four yellow cards.

Back to the football and Dixon tipped over Harry O’Brien’s shot on the hour before Barker saved well from Allen’s bullet-like shot moments later.

The Glory should have pulled another one back on 76 minutes. Dixon could only parry O’Brien’s curling free kick and with the goal at his mercy Knowles fired over from close-range.

As the final whistle blew, Glory were forced to reflect on a poor first half display that almost certainly put the game out of their reach within 39 minutes and they now have to look towards a tough trip to Sorrento's, Percy Doyle Reserve, on Saturday for Round 19 of the NPLWA.  

Floreat Athena 4 (McMahon 22’, 34’, Boi 24’, Allen 39’)

Perth Glory 1 (Knowles 44’)

Wednesday 30th July 2014

E&D Litis Stadium, Mount Hawthorn

Attendance: 200

Referee: Matt Southern

Assistants: Rory Jackson and Arvin Shan

Floreat Athena: GK Tom DIXON, 3 Jack ALLEN, 8 Kye DOUGLAS, 9 Jamie EAMES, 10 Aryn WILLIAMS, 14 Ludovic BOI, 15 Andrew SCALDAFERRO, 16 Ashley CORKER (4 Cameron YORKE 68’), 17 Callum FRANSZ, 20 Lewis MCMAHON (12 Nick PSANOUDAKIS 80’), 33 Mark WALSH

Subs not used: RGK Yousri GHARASALLAH, 6 Steven VENERIS, 13 Matthew FRANKLEN

Yellow Cards: Fransz 53’, Corker 53’

Perth Glory: GK Ryan BARKER, 2 Josh TUCKER, 3 David STOKOE, 4 Rocco PIZZATA, 5 Hanafi GHAZALI (18 Jack OLDHAM 40’), 6 Blamo QUA QUA, 7 Gian ALBANO (14 Bor Bor SAMBINDI 40’), 8 Jacob COLLARD, 9 Joe KNOWLES, 10 Slobodan VULIN (19 Nik TALIMDZIOSKI 71’), 11 Harry O’BRIEN 

Subs not used: RGK Luke RADONICH, 17 Matt NTOUMONOPOULOS 

Yellow Cards: Knowles 53’, Collard 53’