An injury-riddled Adelaide United travelled west to face the Perth Glory at nib Stadium without five first team players. The home side took their time, but eventually broke the deadlock with the game’s only goal in the 80th minute.
After the opening period of the game, it was as if the Glory went into hiding, forced to sit back and watch the Reds dominate the game. However, even though they bossed the ball, it was a familiar story for United – lacking quality in the final third.
Liam Reddy – 7
Stayed relatively quiet
Scott Neville – 6.5
Neville did what he had to do, but flew under the radar and struggled with some of Ben Garuccio’s attacking runs against him.
Xavi Torres - 7
The big Spaniard had another solid game, kept the ball when he could and consistently found his teammates in space.
Shane Lowry – 6.5
A few heavy tackles were thrown in typical Shane Lowry fashion.
Alex Grant – 7.5
Kenny Lowe changed things around with a 4-3-3 formation, and switched Alex Grant out to the left back role – the 23-year-old managing to stick with some pacey United wingers to put in a solid shift.
Andreu – 6
Like a few others on the Glory team, Andreu kept quiet and found it hard to get involved.
Mitch Nichols – 6
Nichols was kept quiet in his first start for the Glory this season. His slow start is understandable, as the midfielder returns to full fitness following a hefty suspension.
Diego Castro – 6.5
The Glory legend showed glimpses of his class but was more subdued. The 35-year-old displaying signs that this could well be his last season in Australia.
Chris Harold – 5.5
Harold struggled to be found in space on the ball, with so many runs being shut down swiftly by Garuccio.
Adam Taggart – 7.5
Came so close to breaking the deadlock only to find Paul Izzo had other ideas. Made some intelligent runs, found himself in space and looked dangerous.
Andy Keogh – 7
The Irishman was continuously shut down by United’s back four, but finally managed to escape their attentions and open the scoring with a clinical header past Paul Izzo.
Mitch Mallia – 6
Popped up with the assist for Andy Keogh.
Brandon Wilson – 4
Didn’t have any impact in his 13 minutes on the pitch.
Paul Izzo – 9
The United goalkeeper had an unbelievable game, denying the Glory on so many occasions, even saving a Diego Castro penalty. The only downside to his game was some sloppy distribution from time to time.
Michael Marrone – 7
Gave away a clumsy penalty within the opening three minutes but made up for it with some assertive runs down the flank to join the Adelaide attack.
Jordan Elsey – 6.5
Stood up strong when he needed to in order to deny any threats from the Glory attack.
Ben Warland – 7.5
Starting to grow into the role with each passing week. Increasing confidence led to a strong defensive display
Ben Garuccio – 6.5
The fullback showed exciting intent with some delightful runs down the flank. Unfortunately for the Reds, no clear cut chances eventuated from the fullback’s crosses.
Isaias – 7.5
United’s captain put in yet another solid display. The Spaniard made some attacking bursts into Glory’s defensive line but never took his chances.
Nathan Konstandopoulos– 6.5
Caught the eye with some swift midfield play but found it hard to set any of his teammates into attacking positions.
Daniel Adlung – 7.5
The German had some exquisite touches and passes, but some poor decision-making in shot choice let him down.
Karim Matmour – 7
Some magic touches and passing moves didn’t turn into many positive attacking moves for the Reds. Matmour was forced off with some extensive bruising to his right arm.
George Blackwood – 6
Just wasn’t his night. Had a few too many heavy touches and found it hard creating any chances for Adelaide with some fairly ordinary positioning for crosses. The youngster’s hold up play was brilliant, bringing so many others into the game.
Nikola Mileusnic – 6.5
Had a few shots on goal, none of which hit the target. The winger failed to deliver any dangerous crosses to any of his attacking teammates.
Mark Ochieng – 6
Made a few attacking bursts, but the service to Ochieng was lacking, ultimately making it hard for the substitute to get involved in the play.
Ryan Kitto – 5.5
Didn’t make much of an impact with his time on the pitch.
Apostolos Stamatelopoulos – N/A
Came on too late to make an impact.