Perth Glory have continued their hunt for their first silverware in the A-League era as they managed a shootout win over Western Sydney in Perth on Tuesday night. After a 1-1 draw after extra time, Perth Glory got the job done with a 4-2 shootout win.
The night got off to a bad start for Western Sydney Wanderers losing Brendan Santalab in the warm up. That forced a late change for Western Sydney who then had to readjust their plans for the opening half looking to get settled in to a slightly different pattern.
But they managed to settle, after a tight opening half, it was the Wanderers who broke through for the opening goal in the 41st minute. After getting in behind the Perth Glory defense Mitch Nichols was able to square the ball for Dimas Delgado, who simply passed the ball in to the back of the net.
Nebojsa Marinkovic was looking dangerous for Perth Glory as he was the most likely to get a goal for the hosts. He had a number of shots from distance but couldn’t find the target while Mitch Nichols sent a volley go wide.
That would be all of the scoring action for the first half as neither side could find a second goal with Western Sydney going to half-time 1-0 up. It should have been 2-0 just after the break but they were denied as Ante Covic haunted his former club. It was a spectacular double save as he denied Nichols before backing up and saving Jaushua Sotirio’s rebound.
That save proved vital as Perth Glory were on level terms just one minute later after Western Sydney gave Jesse Marinkovic too much space on the edge of the box. That allowed him to shoot from the edge of the box, low with too much on it; the assistant flagged but the referee disagreed, awarding the goal and leveling the scores at one.
That gave both sides half an hour to avoid extra time, and it was Perth who were looking the more dangerous side. It was through the wings that Perth seemed likely to get a goal, with Sidnei and Chris Harold down the left and right respectively, but they couldn’t create a chance, keeping it 1-1 and sending the match to extra time.
The Wanderers brought on Dario Vidosic in extra-time in an effort to try and steal a winner in extra-time but they couldn’t find it. Perth Glory also couldn’t find a goal as there were so few chances in the extra-time period sending it to penalties.
After Dario Vidosic and Nebojsa Marinkovic both netted their opening penalties, Federico Piovaccari missed by miles, handing the advantage to Western Sydney which Anthony Golec took. Former Glory man Scott Jamieson shot his penalty over the par which allowed Richard Garcia to net the winning penalty and send Perth through to the FFA Cup Semi-Final.