In what was a somewhat exciting start to the season for both the Glory and Wanderers’ new campaigns, the Red and Black walked away the happier of the two. Over 10,000 people were at nib Stadium in Perth to witness the opener.

With both sides entering new chapters with a transition in coaching and rejuvenised squads, there was an extensive list of positives to take home, with a strong display of what we can expect to see this season.

It was Tony Popovic’s side who caught the eye of everyone watching with a new look, silky and fast style of play for the Glory.

Now under the direction of German Markus Babbel, the Wanderers used their trademark resilience to grind out a 1-1 draw.

New signing Alex Baumjohann used his nimbleness to link up with the front three with some intelligent moves.

One standout negative came in defence, where the Wanderers need their two centre backs to quickly establish a better understanding before too long.


Liam Reddy – 6

A fairly quiet shift for the keeper saw Liam Reddy only having to make three saves.

Ivan Franjic – 6.5

Solid first game from the Glory’s new fullback, however, missing a cushioned first touch impacted his team when it mattered.

Tom Mrcela – 6.5

Impressed with Mrcela’s classy distribution from the back and managed to stay strong in defence.

Alex Grant – 6

Strong in defence once again, diverted the danger when necessary.

Shane Lowry – 6

Tough and solid at the back, as always.