There are a few things that tend to put a damper on things. In the world of soccer, being down three nil at the two-thirds mark of the game is a major downer. Such was the fate of Sydney FC in a recent A-League match with Perth Glory. It did not help matters that the pit from which Sydney was trying to escape was dug by former players.
That sort of thing is common in the realm of sports, as players seem to find an extra level of motivation for playing against their old clubs, regardless of the reason for the relocation.
The 3 – 1 win for the Glory has the Western Australian club firmly atop the A-League ladder, six points clear of Melbourne Victory with the halfway point of the fixture in clear sight.
With the AFL flag in hand, an A-League premiership might make it difficult to be around Western Australia residents, although they do have the Sheffield Shield competition to maintain some sense of sobriety.
The Glory win snapped a nine-game losing streak to Sydney and they received some help in the standings from the upset loss to Adelaide by Melbourne. Sydney has been having its way when traveling to Perth, having six wins and a draw from their last seven ventures west.
Perth scored first in the 13th minute, followed by a second goal by Joel Chianese that was protested as a handled ball.
First-half stoppage time found Brendon Santalab score his first goal of the season.
Perth had only to curate its lead in the second half. Sydney’s goal by Adam le Fondre was small consolation.
Perth has lost only one game to this point. They have scored more goals and given up fewer than any of the other clubs.
Glory coach Tony Popovic used six players to start in place of the customary ones, as the busy fixture heats up. Sydney coach Steve Corica named the same 11 that beat the Central Coast Mariners 5 – 2, but beating Central Coast this season is hardly a challenge, as the Mariners have yet to win this season.