Sport Cricket A-League: Runaway Glory shock Jets, Victory on the up

A-League: Runaway Glory shock Jets, Victory on the up

Perth stars Diego Castro and Bruno Fornaroli celebrate their victory. Photo: AAP
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Perth Glory have chalked up their third successive A-League win, with Bruno Fornaroli and Diego Castro both instrumental in the 6-2 victory over Newcastle Jets.

Neil Kilkenny and Joel Chianese were also on the scoresheet on Saturday evening to make it 14 wins in the last 16 home games against the New South Wales side.

Glory went ahead on 15 minutes when Fornaroli was bundled over 25 yards from goal and Spaniard Castro stepped up to curl the resulting free kick over the wall and past goalkeeper Glen Moss.

Newcastle looked to hit back and went close when Matt Millar headed just over from a Dimitri Petratos free kick.

The equaliser came soon after as another set piece from Petratos found its way to Nikolai Topor-Stanley via Lachlan Jackson and Millar and the central defender nodded home from close range.

Just five minutes later, Glory restored their lead when Neil Kilkenny converted from the spot following Ben Kantarovski’s foul on James Meredith in the penalty area.

Perth boss Tony Popovic made one change to his side from the previous two outings with Joel Chianese replacing Chris Ikonomidis, and the decision was justified minutes into the second half.

Kilkenny fed Chianese on the edge of the area and his shot found the top corner.

Again, the Jets rallied and a neat one-two between Steve Ugarkovic and Petratos allowed the former a sight of goal and he slotted the ball past Liam Reddy.

Glory struck again as Fornaroli’s close range shot was deflected beyond a hapless Moss by Kantarovski and the Uruguayan then bagged his second of the game on 71 minutes, finishing superbly with his left foot.

The last word fittingly went to the outstanding Castro as he curled home a shot for the final goal of the contest.

It is the first time that Glory have scored six goals in an A-League game since February 2016, giving the 6585 spectators in attendance plenty of value for money.

Earlier on Saturday, Melbourne Victory turned in an aggressive, invested performance in a 2-1 win over Melbourne City that lifts pressure on coach Marco Kurz ahead of the bye.

Melbourne Victory’s Robbie Kruse on the attack. Photo: AAP

“It’s massive (but) we thought that was the case against Perth too, so obviously we don’t want to get carried away but Christmas coming up and a bye, going into that with another loss would’ve been quite demoralising,” Victory’s Robbie Kruse said.

“So the win has lifted everyone – you can see the mood’s changed a lot – but moreso it obviously gives us a bit more confidence and it probably takes the pressure off a little bit more, which is really good for some of the younger players as well.

“So I’m just really happy for the club as a whole and for the gaffer and his staff, because the pressure’s been on him a lot which is probably our own doing – so really positive.”

-with AAP