A dominating performance failed to result in a win for Perth Glory's young guns at the weekend, falling 2-0 to a resurgent Subiaco in Week 17 of the PS4NPLWA on a wet Saturday afternoon at Rosalie Park.
Glory's youngsters dominated possession and created a number of good chances but couldn’t convert them.
Subiaco striker Ian McMurray was on target in the first half, before Michael Lawson doubled the lead in the second.
Glory coach John Gibson said they didn’t settle on a wet pitch amidst inclement weather condition whcih resultee in many games in the league abandoned on the day.
“We were very aware how the weather was going to be on the day and we were prepared, however our game management was pretty average and we made some poor choices in a game that was always going to be scrappy and tough," he said.
Gibson said the woodwork got a good workout with Glory hitting it on a number of occasions, but he praised Subiaco on their victory.
"Fair play to Subi they were desperate, fought for their lives, scrapped and blocked things," he said.
"We created some very good chances and that is pleasing but we failed to take them."
"Again, it's about both boxes being better, attack better and defend better, but we will always remain positive and have tremendous belief."
Glory opened brightly and created a number of half chances, but against the run of play the home side hit the front on 16 minutes.
A ball into the box picked out veteran striker McMurray who pinched a yard of space, and finished over Nick Feely.
It was a bitter blow for the Glory, but they almost hit back five minutes later.
Joe Knowles’ cross found Nikola Talimdzioski, whose header beat Subiaco custodian Ryan Montgomery, but the post came to the keeper's rescue.
The young guns began to dominate and Talimdzioski and Calvin Whitney fired wide, before skipper Knowles’ run and shot was well blocked.
It was a great end to the half from Gibson’s side, but they had nothing to show for it and they went in to the sheds down 0-1.
There was more of the same after the break and Montgomery had to be alert to save Knowles’ long-range shot seven minutes in, after great approach work from Whitney.
Knowles then found space and raced at the Subiaco defence, but again his shot clipped the top of the crossbar and over the top.
Then on the hour, Glory went close again. Knowles was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, and Talimdzioski’s resulting free kick crashed off the crossbar and away to safety.
Glory keeper Nick Feely then handled outside the penalty area on 72 minutes, and was given a yellow card from referee Stuart Muldoon.
It was a decision proving costly, as Subiaco scored their second from the resulting Lawson’s free kick, which took a wicked deflection off the Glory wall.
Glory continued to take the game to the home side and Scott Robinson thought he had scored four minutes from time, but his effort was cleared off the line by some desperate Subiaco defending.
They forced a number of corners late, but couldn’t find a way past Subiaco, who ran out 2-0 winners.
Subiaco 2 (Ian McMurray 16’, Michael Lawson 73’)
Perth Glory 0
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Venue: Rosalie Park
Referee: Stuart Muldoon
Assistant Referees: Walter Ciotti, Callum Haddow
Subiaco – GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 2 James OLIVER, (3 Ger FITZGERALD), 4 Jackson DONGRAY, 5 James CASSERLY, 6 Michael LAWSON, 9 Ian MCMURRAY, 10 Rory FEELY, 11 Owen COATES, 12 Jack MAHON, 13 Dylan ANDREWS, 14 Stefan HILL (15 Zack EDWARDS) (16 Banin HASHEM), 17 Hamish BLANCHARD
Subs not used - RGK Hamish ST GEORGE, 8 Ashern ELSON
Yellow cards - Nil
Perth Glory – GK Nick FEELY, 2 Gian ALBANO, 3 Jack IREDALE, 4 Scott ROBERTSON, 5 Ross MILLARD, 6 Calvin WHITNEY, 7 Yacoub MUSTAFA, 8 Dejan SPASESKI, 9 Joe KNOWLES , 11 Nikola TALIMDZIOSKI, (14 Alex TANEVSKI)
Subs not used – RGK Riley STEPHENSON 12 Ben JOHNS, 13 Walter SCOTT, 15. Sam MCKEARNEN,
Yellow cards - Nicholas FEELY 72’, Scott ROBERTSON 86’, Jack IREDALE 89’