Perth power past United
Perth has recorded back to back victories to keep their finals hopes alive in the A-League, defeating Western United 3-0 at HBF Park on Wednesday night.
First half goals to Bruno Fornaroli and Chris Ikonomidis set up the result, substitute Joel Chianese putting the finishing touches on the result with a sublime finish 13 minutes from time.
Tempers flared between both sides in the final minutes as a series of tense altercations occurred across the park, but Mark Rudan's team couldn't find a late goal to take any sort of positives away from the contest, having also suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat to the Western Sydney Wanderers last Saturday.
The result moved Perth to within six points of the Brisbane Roar in sixth spot on the table, with home games still to come against the Wanderers (Sunday), AdelaIde United (Wednesday) and Macarthur (Sunday week).
Fornaroli got the ball rolling for Richard Garcia's men with a sublime free-kick after ten minutes and Chris Ikonomidis then doubled Glory's lead with a near-post strike midway through the first half.
And the club's first victory over United in four attempts was all but sealed 13 minutes from time when Joel Chianese stroked home his third goal in six appearances since returning for a second spell in purple.
"I'm happy for the win, the performance and for the togetherness in the group," Garcia said post match.
"It's great [that we're still in Finals contention], but for us it's more pleasing to see part of our vision starting to come together.
"It's also pleasing to see that the group has had a little bit of stability in terms of the schedule and being at home... it's fantastic for the players and I think it has shown.
"They were very resilient tonight.
"I thought Western United had a lot of possession but didn't really create many chances.
"That's something that we're continually working on and it's always growing."
Garcia also clarified the future of midfielder Neil Kilkenny, who has been left out of the side for the past two matches.
"Killa's (Kilkenny) a great individual player, but the team and the club are moving in one direction and he's moving in another. We've spoken to Killa and he won't be at the club next year."
The Glory will face the Wanderers on Sunday evening, hoping for three more championship points to close in a finals spot.
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