Subiaco steps up to challenge
SUBIACO secured its third win of the season with a comprehensive 2-0 win over ladder rivals Perth Glory in the National Premier League’s WA competition on Saturday.
Ian McMurray was on target in the first half before Michael Lawson doubled the lead in the second.
Subiaco coach Mick Brazil said he was thrilled with his team’s ability to keep the opponents scoreless.
“We challenged (our players) to back it up after last week – we worked all week on not conceding silly goals and I think I’m right in saying that’s our first clean sheet of the year,” he said.
“We changed the full-backs a couple of weeks ago… we brought in young James Oliver, and on the other side Dylan Andrews – both of them are 17, 18, so it is really pleasing.”
Perth Glory coach Josh Gibson said the victors were more prepared for the wet weather, which saw heavy rain falling on the pitch for most of the game.
“We knew it was going to be scrappy – it was all about game management for us and unfortunately we didn’t do that,” he said.
“We had a lot of good opportunities that we didn’t take… we hit the post about two or three times and we conceded a couple of really soft goals.”
It was a tight contest from the outset, both teams taking advantage of the conditions to produce chances on goal.
A slip in the wet saw Subiaco striker McMurray lash his foot out at the ball, which was lobbed over the goalkeeper’s head in the 16th minute.
Glory continued to create chances in the first half, but Subiaco’s defence was strong and stopped many scoring opportunities.
Glory captain Joseph Knowles gave Nic Talimdzioski a great chance shortly after the first Subiaco goal with a crossed ball into the box, but his strike hit a post and rolled out of play.
Talimdzioski had another significant chance before the break – a shot from directly in front – but it was blocked by James Oliver.
One such occasion saw Knowles burn off two defenders to streak down the left wing only to have his shot graze the top of the crossbar.
A minute later, Talimdzioski was given a free kick to take just outside the box, but his shot hit the crossbar and went over.
Glory goalkeeper Nicholas Feely was given a yellow card soon after for a handball as he ventured outside his box to defend.
The subsequent free-kick by Nicholas Feely was converted for a goal as the ball deflected into the net from the defending wall.
Subiaco has moved to within a point of Perth Glory on the ladder.