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Reds again have Glory’s measure

AAP

AAP

Adelaide United have continued their run as Perth Glory’s bogey side this season, beating the A-League leaders 2-1 in sweltering conditions at Perth Oval on Monday night.

Kick-off was pushed back from 5:00pm local time to 5.30pm but that made no difference with the temperature 39 degrees at kick-off and still 35 by full-time.

Despite the horrendous conditions, the teams delivered an entertaining affair with Nebojsa Marinkovic scoring for Glory in the 11th minute against the run of play, but Adelaide continued to make the majority of the running.

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That led to goals to Craig Goodwin in the 31st minute and then the winner in the 49th thanks to James Jeggo.

Adelaide has now handed Perth its only two losses of the A-League season, on top of beating them in the final of the inaugural FFA Cup.

Monday’s win takes the Reds back into second position on the table ahead of Wellington Phoenix.

Perth remains three points clear on top heading into the league’s two-week Asian Cup hiatus and, given the extreme heat and the three-day turnaround from Friday’s 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory, coach Kenny Lowe will remain a happy man.

Adelaide made all the running in the opening 10 minutes, but Glory scored with virtually their first attacking foray of the game in the 11th minute.

Andy Keogh put the ball into the path of Marinkovic who struck a ground ball sweetly past Reds keeper Paul Izzo and the home side led 1-0.

The equaliser came courtesy of a horror mistake from one of Glory’s most experienced and reliable campaigners.

Richard Garcia took things far too easy in his own half and with little to no pressure on him, miscued a back pass towards keeper Danny Vukovic only for Goodwin to swoop for Adelaide and easily beat Vukovic to score.

Scores remained tied going into half-time, but it only took four minutes of the second stanza for the winning goal.

Sergio Cirio set up Bruce Djite down the flank, who put the ball into the path of Jeggo in the box and he coolly slotted it past Vukovic.

-AAP

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