The rewards are sweet for a Perth Glory side who finished top of the table and claimed the Premiers Plate and the luxury of having the week-off, leading into their home semi-final at HFB Park.
Liam REDDY – 8
Comfortable first-half for the shot-stopper, taking the ball well, coming off his line when he has to, couldn’t do anything about the two goals, too many bodies in front of him. Four massive saves from the penalty shoot-out.
Shane LOWRY – 7.5
Strong defensive headers, looked comfortable on the ball, holding his line well, always a solid presence. Well played.
Matthew SPIRANOVIC – 7.5
Went about his business, alongside Lowry, showed how commanding they both are as the first-half went on. Another solid performance from the central defender.
Dino DJULBIC – 7.5
Fantastic effort on goal, his header smashing against the cross bar bouncing just on the goal line. Showed great character throughout the match
Jason DAVIDSON – 7.5
Finding space early on throughout the left-hand side, put in a pin-point cross into the box for Djulbic effort. Had a wild shot on goal but why not? Played extremely well kept trying to work down the wings.
Ivan FRANJIC – 7.5
Finding so much joy and space down the right-hand side, whipping in some delightful crosses, causing all sorts of trouble for Kitto and the Reds defence in general. Busy all game, gave Perth good width. Subbed 96th minute
Neil KILKENNY – 7
He has only missed one game this season. Hasn’t trained all week due to a concern about his injury but never less he is still putting in an honest shift. Reads the play really well, good anticipation from Reds' forward play. Subbed 96th minute
JUANDE – 7
Working hard in midfield, getting on the ball when he can, shifting the ball linking up with his team-mates.
Chris IKONOMIDIS – 8
Inch perfect return pass back to Castro for the opening goal. Fantastic close ball control, finding space on the left-hand side, far too quick for Marrone to deal with. A strong run through the midfield carrying the ball deep into Adelaide’s defensive final third and supplied a perfect pass to Castro to score. You can see why he is in the Socceroos squad
Diego CASTRO – 8.5
Alex Tobin award winner. World class back heel to Ikonomidis who duly passes the ball back and he coolly slots the ball past Izzo near post.
So much space and time to find his passes in the final third. Second-half terrorising United defence with his close ball control, weaving between defence. Another goal for the Spaniard cutting inside and again slots the ball past Izzo, 74th minute.
Andy KEOGH – 7
Holds the ball up extremely well with his body strength, playing in the midfield and attacking players, finding team-mates with his passes. Subbed 83rd minute
Scott NEVILLE – 7
On for Franjic. Brings much needed pace down the right-handed side, gives Perth the lead through a coolly taken header, good sub for Perth.
Jake BRIMMER – 6
On for Kilkenny. Played his part, worked well when he came on the field.
Joel CHIANESE – 6
On for Keogh. Scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out.
Brendon SANTALAB – 6
On for Ikonomidis. Didn’t really make an impact but he must have had strict instruction from Popovic to be a menace.