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Perth Glory celebrate their Belt-Up Reserve Cup triumph. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo

Murray has something in Reserve for Glory

Report by Peter Simcox

Perth Glory have gone back-to-back in the Belt-Up State League Reserve Cup after a 3-1 win against Cockburn City in the Final at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday.

The star of the show was Glory striker Liam Murray, who bagged a hat-trick to see his side home.

Murray gave Richard Garcia’s side the lead just after the half hour and they were deservedly in front at the break.

But Cockburn levelled 10 minutes into the second half through David Da Silva, and Joe Pereira’s side looked like going on with it.

But Glory settled and Murray added his second 11 minutes from time and he sealed the win and his hat-trick in the third minute of stoppage time.

Cockburn were out of the blocks early and hit the woodwork in only the third minute through Dos Santos after he was given too much room on the edge of the penalty area.

That seemed to click Glory to life and they started to dictate terms. Jaiden Selden’s shot flew over the top, before Liam Murray fired into the side netting. Moments later Alessandro Circati’s header was cleared off the line and it wasn’t a surprise when they opened the scoring on 33 minutes.

A corner from Liam Murray was only cleared back to him on the left and his curling effort flew into the top corner of the net.

Glory hat-trick man Liam Murray. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo

Glory should have added to their lead late in the half, but wastefulness in front of goal cost them with Liam Murray and Ciaran Bramwell both failing to capitalise on good chances.

It was more of the same after the break and Cockburn keeper Ben Radonich produced a stunning save to thwart Circati’s downwards header, before a great run by Cameron Murray found Bramwell whose shot went the wrong side of the post.

Then on 55 minutes Cockburn punished Glory’s profligacy with the equaliser. A back-pass to Speca was short and Sebastian Da Silva nipped in, beat the keeper to the ball and fired home into an empty net.

Cockburn were in again on the hour. A sweeping move ended with Jethro Yumange on the right and he cut inside the penalty area, but Speca stood tall to deny the winger.

Radonich was at it again on 72 minutes, this time he reacted well to tip over Liam Murray’s dipping shot over the bar. But there was little the keeper could do when Glory regained the lead on 79 minutes.

Selden was sent down the right, he raced past his marker and his low cross was finished well by Liam Murray.

Glory continued to press forward and they added a third in stoppage time, with Liam Murray sent in on goal and the striker made no mistake to complete the win and his hat-trick.

Star player: Liam Murray (Perth Glory)

Perth Glory 3 (Liam Murray 33min, 79’, 90+3)
Cockburn City 1 (Da Silva 55’)

Belt-Up Reserves Cup Final
Saturday July 20,2019
Dorrien Gardens
Referee: Arvin Shanmuganathan
Assistant referees: Peter Kaiser, Harry Bolan
Fourth Official: Brendan Skinner

Perth Glory: GK Nick SPECA, 2 Christian JANKULOVSKI, 3 Cameron MURRAY, 4 Mason TATAFU, 5 Alessandro CIRCATI (15 Albert FULLARD 59’), 6 Jayden LEADER, 7 Jaiden SELDEN (16 Aiki TSUKAMOTO 89’), 8 Jordan ABRAHAMS, 9 Ciaran BRAMWELL, 10 Liam MURRAY, 11 Charlie LEECH (19 Sasa NGEJIC 59’)
Substitutes not used: RGK Jacob RANGE
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

Cockburn City: GK Ben RADONICH, 26 Michael LOWRY (42 Taylor STARKEY 88’), 28 Alessandro BASTO, 29 Julian ANFUSO, 31 Jethro YUMANGE (41 Izaak KOBILANSK 80’), 34 Hudson BLISS, 35 David DOS SANTOS, 36 Dane MEERALLY, 37 Breckan BAKER, 39 Jacob DA SILVA, 40 Sebastian DA SILVA
Substitutes not used: 32 Callan BAKER
Yellow cards: Meerally 89’
Red cards: Nil