Perth Glory produced a great all round team performance to beat Subiaco AFC 3-0 in the PS4 National Premier League WA ‘Rivalry Round’ at Inglewood Stadium on Saturday.
Two goals by Nikola Talimdzioski and another by Slobodan gave the Glory youngsters a confidence boosting victory.
Glory Coach John Gibson was delighted at the way his players went about their business.
“Jacob and I couldn’t have been happier with the performance of the lads today, they worked hard with the ball and they worked even harder without the ball,” he said.
“We have worked extremely hard on the structures all season, and the lads have been brilliant, but there is nothing like getting the three points, and they really deserved it today.”
Gibson said a clean sheet was also nice, their first of the season.
“The back five were outstanding for us today, and they have worked really hard on set pieces at training,” he said.
“We made a change today bringing in first team keeper Jordan Thurtell, and he was outstanding.But Jordan Franken, who was on the bench today, has performed well all season, so it’s good to know we have a number of quality keepers within the squad.”
Thurtell has been out injured for the last two months, but he was happy to be back and to play his part in the win.
“It was great to play my first game back after a couple months out through injury, and it felt good to be out there playing again,” the keeper said.
“I'm really proud of how the boys fought for the result, and they fully deserved the win. They have been playing well but haven’t had the results, so today will hopefully kick start our season.”
The home side was on the front foot early, and started like they finished last week at Stirling, with Subiaco defending deep and hitting on the counter attack.
The first real chance fell to the home side, Calvin Whitney’s long-range shot beat Ryan Montgomery, but the crossbar came to the keeper’s rescue.
Subiaco have improved as the season has gone on, and they almost took the lead on the half hour.
Nathan Costello was caught in possession on the half way line by Josh Booysen, and the winger raced clear, but Thurtell stood tall and saved his shot.
But in the shadows of half time the home side hit the front.
Waliedin Ismail played in Dejan Spaseski, whose cross was turned home by Talimdzioski and registered his fifth goal of the season.
The visitors opened the second half brightly and Glory defended stoutly, but Subiaco couldn’t turn their half chances into goals.
Subiaco thought they had a penalty on the hour, when Danny Milne was bundled over in the penalty area by Gian Albano, but referee David Bruce waved away their protests.
With Subiaco pushing men forward looking for the equaliser, the Glory were finding gaps behind them, and on 71 minutes they doubled their lead.
Tom King made space down the left, and played in Vulin, who fired home from a tight angle.
Stefan Valentini had a chance to make it 3-0 moments later, when Talimdzioski played him in on goal, but he saw his shot crash off the post and away to safety.
But the Glory made emends for that miss eight minutes before full time. Spaseski was given far too much space, and sent Talimdzioski clear and he finished with aplomb past Montgomery.
In the early game Callum Salmon’s under 18’s were beaten 1-0 by Subiaco AFC.
Meanwhile Bobby Desportovski’s under 20’s maintained their lead at the top of the table with a 5-2 win against Subiaco AFC, with a hat trick from Alex Taneski and a double from Sam Pollard.
Perth Glory 3 (Valentini 44’, 82’, Vulin 71’)
Subiaco AFC 0
Referee: David Bruce
Assistant Referee: John Taran and Hayden Frost
Perth Glory: GK Jordan THURTELL, 2 Gian ALBANO, 3 Jacob COLLARD, 4 Nathan COSTELLO (C), 5 Tom KING, 6 Calvin WHITNEY, 7 Waliedin ISMAIL (12 Sean TROUP 84’), 9 Nikola TALIMDZIOSKI, (14 Dylan WHITE 82’), 10 Slobodan VULIN (13 Sam MACKEARAN 89’), 11Stefan VALENTINI, 16 Dejan SPASESKI
Subs not used: RGK Jordan FRANKEN, 15 Daniel STYNES
Yellow Cards: Talimdzioski 81’, Collard 91’
Red Cards: nil
Subiaco AFC: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 3 Ger FITZGERALD, 4 Jackson DONGRAY (16 Ignacio DOMINGUEZ 80’), 6 Daniel MILNE, 7 Matthew AKEHURST, 8 Kevin WHITE, 9 Ian MCMURRAY, 10 Rory FEELY (14 Ross JARMAN 8’), 11 Joshua BOOYSEN, 12 SIYANG ZHANG (15 Jordan SCRAGGS 80’), 3 George TCHAMI,
Subs not used: RGK Anastasis FARSALAS, 17 Shatoosh BHAT
Yellow Cards: nil
Red Cards: nil