Glory hammer Reds
The Perth Glory has begun it's 2020-21 A-League season in sensational style, scoring five goals in their 5-3 triumph over Adelaide United at HBF Park on Wednesday night.
In new head coach Richard Garcia's first A-League match as coach, Nick D'Agostino scored a brace either side of half time after Neil Kilkenny opened the scoring courtesy of a penalty in the 10th minute, Andy Keogh setting up Bruno Fornaroli for a second half goal and Carlo Armiento putting the finishing touches on a dominant performance with the Glory's fifth goal in the 84th minute.
Two late goals from the Reds took some of the gloss off a joyous night in front of 6,125 fans, but the majority walked away from the match excited about what a young Perth team could accomplish this season.
Kilkenny opened the scoring in the 10th minute via the penalty spot after Adelaide goalkeeper James Delianov clumsily clattered into Glory striker Fornaroli.
Olyroos hero D'Agostino doubled the lead in the 34th minute when his shot bounced off the legs of Adelaide defender Jordan Elsey and into the net.
Adelaide barely created any chances in the first half, but they pulled a goal back in the 42nd minute after a defensive howler from Glory's left back Dane Ingham.
Ingham's attempted volley clearance bounced off his back thigh and into the path of Nathan Konstandopoulos, who was able to prod the goal home from close range.
Adelaide were lucky to be only 2-1 down at the break, and Glory heaped on the pain in the second half.
Keogh charged towards goal and expertly drew a defender before laying off for Fornaroli for an easy goal.
And when D'Agostino sneaked in behind Adelaide's defence to head home Kilkenny's free kick in the 60th minute, the scoreline read 4-1 and Adelaide were a mess.
Armiento added a fifth when Adelaide were caught napping and didn't deal with a long-range pass from goalkeeper Liam Reddy.
Adelaide notched late goals from Mohamed Toure and Ben Halloran, but they were mere consolations that barely masked an ugly and disorganised night for the visitors.
The Glory were without captain Diego Castro with a leg injury for the contest, while Socceroo Chris Ikonomidis (knee), veteran defender Osama Malik (shoulder), former Japan international Kosuke Ota (quarantine), and ex-Bundesliga defender Sebastian Langkamp (yet to arrive) were also missing.
It gives the Glory a perfect start after a unique preparation that included two weeks quarantine after their Asian Champions League campaign, with a clash against Western United up next on Saturday.