A Diego Castro double has helped Perth Glory to a 3-1 win over 10-man Western Sydney Wanderers at nib Stadium on Sunday.
Liam Reddy – 5.5: Fortunate not to be sent off after scything down the onrushing Oriol Riera, giving away a penalty in the process. Did not have much to do.
Shane Lowry – 7: Got caught out of position by Marcelo Carrusca’s ball over the top but was otherwise a spectator.
Dino Djulbic – 7: Enjoyed a similarly straight forward day at the office other than Glory’s lone concession.
Scott Neville – 8: Had to do the retreating to catch Riera but could not complete the task. Otherwise, the former Wanderer was a real threat going forward.
Joe Mills – 7: Perth’s man advantage gave him more licence to foray forward and get involved in attacks.
Neil Kilkenny – 8.5: Should be pleased with his Perth debut. Very busy in midfield. A deft flick up to Castro allowed El Maestro to slip Andy Keogh in, who scored.
Xavi Torres – 8: Busy in midfield alongside Kilkenny, dictating the play. Had a few sights at goal himself.
Diego Castro – 9.5: Slid Joel Chianese through, unlocking the sheer chaos that ensued. Converted the penalty and looped a sublime free kick past Vedran Janjetovic.
Chris Harold – 8: Enjoying a mini purple patch at the moment. Did not have any genuine telling contributions but saw plenty of the ball in good areas.
Joel Chianese – 7.5: A VAR review spared his blushes; won the penalty but not after dallying in possession. Then VAR became an enemy by disallowing a goal. Still, he was dangerous throughout.
Andy Keogh – 7.5: Saw a few half-chances before netting a brilliant goal in the 43rd minute.
Jacob Italiano – N/A: Had a sight on goal with 11 minutes remaining but put it straight at the goalkeeper. Ventured on a few other mazy runs.
Brandon Wilson – N/A: Added more insurance in midfield.
Jake Brimmer – N/A: Brought on for that added bit of freshness alongside Wilson.
Western Sydney Wanderers
Vedran Janjetovic – 5.5: By far the busier of the two glovemen. Little he could do about any of the goals.
Josh Risdon – 4.5: Very few involvements other than a goal-line clearance, in conjunction with Brendan Hamill.
Brendan Hamill – 5: Cleared Torres’ early header off the line to prevent 2-0 early. Faced a barrage of pressure.
Michael Thwaite – 5: The veteran tried hard but could do little to stop the domination. By his own admission though, accepted responsibility as a leader.
Jack Clisby – 5.5: Looked a little out of sorts at times but never stopped working. Far from the worst performer.
Chris Herd – 5: Had to step up following Baccus’ dismissal but ultimately could not get any sort of handle on the midfield battle.
Keanu Baccus – N/A: VAR intervention handed the youngster his marching orders for a slight fifth-minute tug-back on Chianese. Might have got away with it on another day.
Marcelo Carrusca – 5.5: Unlocked the Glory defence by laying a brilliant through pass on a plate for Riera, who latched onto it to win the penalty. However that was about his only contribution, other than striking the post with a volley.
Steve Lustica – 4.5: Struggled to get into the game.
Roly Bonevacia – 4.5: Similar to Lustica, it was fairly slim pickings up front.
Oriol Riera – 6: Broke through the Glory defence and tested Reddy enough to win a spot kick. Was isolated and fed off scraps.
Josh Sotirio – N/A: Had little influence.
Raul Llorente – N/A: Had the most impact of any of Josep Gombau’s changes but did not produce anything meaningful.
Brendon Santalab – N/A: Not a great deal of impact.