Perth star has blue with cap­tain on the field

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

PERTH Glory’s 0-0 draw with Ade­laide United was over­shad­owed at Mem­bers Eq­uity Sta­dium last night when Perth mid­fielder Adrian Web­ster launched an amaz­ing at­tack on his cap­tain Jamie Harn­well.

With Perth’s sea­son over with the drawn re­sult and Perth play­ers thank­ing more than eight thou­sand home fans, Web­ster walked up to Harn­well, pushed him in the face and threwtw o punches, which missed.

Coach Ron Smith im­me­di­ately ran in to break up the al­ter­ca­tion and pulled the fired-up Web­ster away from his cap­tain.

The draw­puts an end to Perth’s slim fi­nals chances, as they needed to win all their re­main­ing four games and it keeps Ade­laide out of Cen­tral Coast’s reach for an­other week.

In the Reds’ first game with­out Ro­mario, Fer­nando looked the most likely player to score on the pitch right un­til the fi­nal whis­tle, but failed to drill home any of his op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Perth’s chances re­ceived a big blow­be­fore kick-off with Stan Lazaridis not even tak­ing his place on the bench and an­other blow came when Naum Sekulovski dis­lo­cated his shoul­der 31 min­utes in.

He was im­me­di­ately taken to the rooms and sub­sti­tuted for Luka Glavas.

Fer­nando had some great chances to open the scor­ing. In just the sec­ond minute he pushed a shot wide, missed a golden chance 10 min­utes later when he blew a threeon-two Ade­laide ad­van­tage and then a fierce shot from the Brazil­ian was well saved by Glory keeper Tom Tomich at the 43-minute mark.

In the sec­ond part of the open­ing half Perth im­proved and had some chances them­selves, but Fer­nando wasn’t the only Ade­laide player to have a chance to score.

Carl Veart had a headed chance from a cor­ner and then later in the half made the best strike of the game to that point, but was well stopped by Tomich.

Perth Glory’s best chance was pos­si­bly from Sekulovski af­ter a great cross from Mark Lee, but Sekulovski mis­cued it.

Harn­well was moved back into defence, but man­aged to sneak for­ward for three chances in a five-minute pe­riod, but none man­aged to get into the back of the net.

Adrian Web­ster

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