Perth Glory returned to their winning ways in the West with a dominant 3-1 victory over 10-man Western Sydney Wanderers at nib Stadium last night.
Diego Castro’s brace and a stunning first-time strike from Andy Keogh ensured Glory’s rampant first-half showing would be enough to see off a spirited Wanderers side.
The result leaves Kenny Lowe’s men outside the top six on goal difference only, level on points with both Brisbane Roar and Sunday’s opponents.
Meantime, Glory’s Westfield W-League season finished on a frustrating note as Bobby Despotovski’s side fell agonisingly short of pulling off an amazing comeback win against Western Sydney at nib Stadium following the A-League match.
After conceding two early goals, Glory mounted an inspired comeback to hit the lead with just 12 minutes left before the Wanderers spoiled the party by scoring twice right at the death to steal a 4-3 win in front of a 1,852-strong crowd.
Glory skipper Sam Kerr netted a brace to finish with 13 goals for the season, while American import Rachel Hill also added another to take her personal tally for the campaign to nine.
Perth Glory 3 (Castro 7′ & 41′, Keogh 43′)
Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Riera 17′)
Referee: Jonathan Barreiro
Assistant Referee 1: Josh Manella
Assistant Referee 2: Arvin Shanmuganathan
Fourth Official: Jack Morgan
Video Assistant Referee: Mathew Cheeseman
Western Sydney Wanderers: 20. Vedran JANJETOVIC (GK), 3. Jack CLISBY, 4. Josh RISDON (24. Raul LLORENTE 70′), 5. Brendan HAMILL, 6. Marcelo CARRUSCA, 7. Steven LUSTICA, 8. Rolieny BONEVACIA, 9. Oriol RIERA, 25. Chris HERD (Jaushua SOTIRIO 69′), 33. Michael THWAITE, 42. Keanu BACCUS
Substitutes not used: 40. Nicholas SUMAN (GK), 11. Brendon SANTALAB, 19. Mark BRIDGE
Yellow cards: Bonevacia, Herd, Riera
Red cards: Baccus 7′
Perth Glory: 33. Liam REDDY (GK), 4. Shane LOWRY, 7. Joel CHIANESE (26. Jacob ITALIANO 69′), 8. Xavi TORRES (20. Jake BRIMMER 90+1′), 9. Andy KEOGH (C), 14. Chris HAROLD (15. Brandon WILSON 83′), 16. Joseph MILLS, 17. Diego CASTRO, 23. Scott NEVILLE, 66. Dino DJULBIC, 88. Neil KILKENNY
Substitutes not used: 13.Nick FEELY (GK), 29. Jeremy WALKER
Yellow cards: Reddy, Mills
Red cards: None