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The longest road trip in world football happened again on Friday night and it was certainly entertaining as Perth Glory managed a 4-2 victory over Wellington Phoenix at nib Stadium.

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Four players were out for Perth and that, coupled with Steve Pantelidis' move to Malaysia forced the Glory to play a very young side.

Daniel De Siliva, Australia's star at the youth world cup, and Riley Woodcock both made their A-League debuts while Jack Clisby and Matthew Davis were paired at the back, giving the Wellington strikers plenty of joy.

It was De Silva and Jamie Maclaren who were looking dangerous through the early stages as Perth created plenty of opportunities but just couldn't put them away.

Despite that it was Sidnei who opened the scoring for Perth as he hit a powerful strike from distance in the 16th minute to give the hosts an early lead.

Wellington were then forced to go for the match and Stein Huysegems and Kenny Cunningham were causing all sorts of problems but just could not find the goal they needed.

In the 32nd minute Wellington did get the equalizer they so deserved as Husygems was able to hit a powerful strike of his own that hit in between the keeper and the post to make it 1-1.

Both sides tried to find goals in the final 15 minutes of the half but the tight midfield batle made it tough for either side as the half ended scoreless.

Just three minutes after half time Wellington had their lead as Paul Ifil was found after a Vince Lia corner allowing him to easily head home the goal that put Wellington in front.

Sidnei very nearly found an equalizer midway through the half but was denied by a phenomenal save from Glenn Moss.

On the hour mark Moss wasn't even in with a chance as Michael Thwaite hit a powerful strike from distance leaving the Wellington keeper stunned.

The match seemed to be heading for a draw things exploded in the final ten minutes with Adrian Zahara able to take advantage after a great run from McGarry and score the goal that put Perth in front in the 82nd minute.

In stoppage time Sidnei put the icing on the cake, after coming back on the field following an injury, he put away Perth's fourth for an important 4-2 win.


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