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  • The long awaited opening day fixture saw Perth Glory under new coach Tony Popovic meet his old side the Western Sydney Wanderers in a Sunday afternoon game in Perth, with an entertaining 1-1 draw played out.

    Perth took the lead as a result of an awful defensive pass from Vedran Janjetovic. The goalkeeper fired a pass out of the penalty area to Ruon Tongyik, with his back turned on the rest of the pitch he was robbed by Neil Kilkenny, and from there the ball was sent to Andy Keogh. The striker had his shot saved at the first attempt by Janjetovic, he pounced on the rebound and blasted it into an empty net.

    Alex Grant nearly doubled the Perth lead on the hour mark, from a corner he rose high above the rest of the pack and thumped the ball onto the crossbar.

    Instead the visiting side turned the game level. Tarek Elrich played a wonderful through ball for the run of Bonevacia, despite a hint of offside, he continued into the area and hammered his shot through the hands of Liam Reddy. 

    Wanderers should have been in front in the 73rd minute, tight combination play between Roly & Baumjohann ended with the attacking mid sending a perfect ball into the path of Riera, and from barely 6 yards out the marquee striker sent it into the Swan river.

    With minutes remaining, Ivan Franjic turned around Elrich to knock a cross into the middle of the 6 yard box, Perth débutante and ex-Wanderers Chris Ikonomidis rose to meet with the head but got his angles all wrong and knocked it out behind the far post.

    The final action was Scott Neville with a long range header from a corner in the 94th minute. The teams taking a point each from a back and forth game that Perth dominated the majority, but failed to keep the Wanderers at bay for the full 90 minutes.

    The Wanderers face Sydney FC next Saturday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.



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