This week has been quite tumultuous for the Glory after losing William Gallas (calf – 1 week), Scott Jamieson arguably one of the best left backs in the league and on the verge of a Socceroos call up (achilles – season), and a late low blow with Jacob Burns being handed a two match suspension by the Match Review Panel after an incident with John Hutchinson during last week’s clash against the Central Coast Mariners.
On the up side, comes the exciting news that teenager Brandon O’Neill has extended his contract with Perth for another two years, tying him to the club to coincide with Alistair Edwards’ new youthful ‘era’, as Edwards rates the young midfielder extremely highly. Riley Woodcock and Jack Clisby also join the squad for the trip to Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium along with Chris Harold who unfortunately missed out on game time last week as Perth were forced into an early substitution as centre back Gallas suffered a calf injury and was replaced by Steve Pantelidis. It will look to be between Clisby and Woodcock as to see who will replace Jamieson at left back. A massive chance for both players as mentioned before he (Jamieson) will sadly be out for the rest of the season.
Glory were unfortunate to lose all three points in the dying seconds of the game thanks to Mitchell Duke who was found in acres of space at the back post to calmly volley the ball into the corner to steal the three points from Perth’s grasp, and I mean complete robbery. Perth were playing a fine game of attacking and fluent football, and were rightly rewarded when Jamie Maclaren’s smart volley over Liam Reddy from a brilliant ball from Jamieson put the home side ahead 1-0 in the 24th minute. Michael McGlinchey then levelled the scores in the 34th minute due to a poor clearance from Glory which found the kiwi playmaker on the edge of the box to slot it past Danny Vukovic.
The killer blow came from Duke in the last few seconds of the game to break Glory’s heart. Perth were bravely pushing players forward although being down a man and came close many times with Sidnei, McGarry and R.Edwards creating excellent chances from the left wing and midfield. That push for the win ultimately cost the team as they were missing a left back and that’s how Duke was found unmarked to score the winner. The home side thoroughly deserved the win and undoubtedly outplayed the reigning champions for most of the match.
The Roar came out 3-1 winners over Western Sydney Wanderers last Friday and now sit top of the ladder for another week, though only 6 points from Glory who are sitting 7th with 9 points. Besart Berisha got himself on the scoresheet after missing the last four games due to injury. Ivan Franjic scored a cracking volley on his 100th A-League appearance, while young pocket rocket Kwame Yeboah is continuing to impress by scoring yet another stunning goal.
Perth have won just two of their last ten meetings with Brisbane Roar (W2 D2 L6). Brisbane have a a record showing they have scored from 20.6% of their shots so far this season, only failing to score in two matches. While Glory who have scored exactly one goal in each of their seven games, will be looking to be firing on all cylinders in the front third after creating multiple goal scoring chances last week. Perth will be quietly confident going into the match as Shane Smeltz is building up his match fitness and sharpness with each session, while Jamie Maclaren will be booming with confidence after netting his second goal of his burgeoning A-League career.
Glory will be relishing the underdog status going into the game as Alistair Edwards believes his (now even more youthful) team can get the job done Saturday against the league leaders.
Brisbane Roar squad: 1.Michael THEO (go), 2.Matthew SMITH (c), 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 7.Besart BERISHA, 10.HENRIQUE, 13.Jade NORTH, 14.Diogo FERREIRA, 15.James DONACHIE, 17.Matt McKAY, 18.Luke BRATTAN, 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Matthew ACTON (go), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 26.Corey BROWN, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 29.Kwame YEBOAH
***One to be omitted***
In: Brandon BORRELLO (promoted)
Unavailable: 3. Shane STEFANUTTO (hamstring – one week), 11. Liam MILLER (calf – one week), 25. George LAMBADARDIS (knee – season)
Perth Glory Squad: 1.Daniel VUKOVIC (go), 2.Jack CLISBY, 3.Brandon O’NEILL, 4.Ryan EDWARDS, 5.Steve PANTELIDIS, 6.Cameron EDWARDS, 8.Ryo NAGAI, 9. Shane SMELTZ, 10.Jamie MACLAREN, 11. Adrian ZAHRA, 14.Steven McGARRY, 15. Isaka CERNAK, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA MORAES, 17. Chris HAROLD, 18.Jack DUNCAN, 23.Michael THWAITE, 24.Matthew DAVIES, 25. Riley WOODCOCK
***Two to be omitted***
Ins: 11. Adrian ZAHRA (promoted), 15. Isaka CERNAK (promoted), 25. Riley WOODCOCK (promoted), 2. Jack CLISBY (promoted), 3.Brandon O’NEILL (promoted)
Outs: 7.Jacob BURNS (suspended – 2 matches), 21.Scott JAMIESON (Achilles – Season), 36. William GALLAS (calf – 1 week)