Western Sydney have kept the Premiership race alive as they cruised to a 2-0 victory over Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Saturday night.
It was an impressive performance for the Wanderers who were forced to play their second choice keeper in the absence of Ante Covic, while they were also missing key players Shinji Ono and Jerome Polenz.
12 minutes in to the match Western Sydney had the lead as Mateo Poljak beat Michael Thwaite and hit a powerful strike low and hard past Danny Vukovic.
Perth just looked completely outclassed with the Wanderers wingers, Labinot Haliti and Kwabena Appiah controlling the play as Western Sydney used the space.
Haliti could, and perhaps should, have put Western Sydney 2-0 up part way through the half as he worked hard to beat the defenders but couldn’t find the back of the net with his efforts.
In the 29th minute Perth had their best chance as the ball came to Chris Harold on the six yard box but he made a meal of it, misjudging the header and sending the effort off target.
Western Sydney weren’t really pressing, but they weren’t troubled, easily heading to the break 1-0 up against a Perth side who had no answers.
That ease continued in the second half as the Wanderers seemed content with their 1-0 lead, forcing Perth to make the match with little goal mouth action in the second half.
In the 70th minute Perth had a chance to equalize as a corner found Rostyn Griffiths but the Wanderers’ number two keeper, Jerrad Tyson, made an impressive save.
They were made to pay for that missed chance almost instantly as Western Sydney sent the ball down the field, only for Perth star William Gallas to make a meal of the clearance, allowing Tomi Juric to easily sneak in and slam the ball home for the winner.
Perth were unable to respond in the final 20 minutes, as Western Sydney just simply cruised to a 2-0 victory, keeping some pressure up on Brisbane Roar.