Hyundai A-League pre-season: Popovic opens with a win

New Perth Glory boss Tony Popovic has had a win in his first game in charge after the Hyundai A-League side ran out comfortable 3-0 victors over Perth SC at Dorrien Gardens on Wednesday evening.

Jacob Italiano, Andy Keogh and Callum Timmins all found the net as Glory showed some impressive signs in front of an appreciative crowd of around 600.

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Taking charge of Glory for the first time, Popovic opted to make 11 changes at halftime and handed debuts to new recruits  Ivan Franjic, Brendon Santalab, Tando Velaphi and Fabio Ferreira.

He was rewarded with an encouraging performance from his charges who adapted well to a 3-4-2-1 formation and looked particularly threatening in the wide areas throughout.

The opening goal came when Italiano somehow found a pocket of space among a cluster of defenders on the edge of the box and fired into the bottom corner.

Franjic then saw his effort cleared off the line by Jordan De Leo before Keogh made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time.

Kilkenny again started the move, picking out Italiano in the right channel and the youngster delivered an inviting cross which Keogh calmly sidefooted home.

Tony Popovic

Glory continued to press after the break with both Santalab and Ferreira going close in quick succession before Kuc produced another smart stop to keep out Henry Hore's clever close-range flick.

Popovic's side did eventually manage to finish with a flourish, however, Timmins' long-range strike seeming to glance off Scott Neville on its way into the net with two minutes left.

Glory return to Dorrien Gardens next Wednesday (18th July) for another friendly clash, this time with Gwelup Croatia. Kick off is at 7pm and admission will again be FREE.

Match Details

Perth SC 0-3 Perth Glory (Italiano 20', Keogh 44', Timmins 88')

Perth Glory First Half: 33.Liam REDDY (Gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 4.Shane LOWRY, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 10.Andy KEOGH (c), 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Brandon WILSON, 21.Jacob ITALIANO,  88.Neil KILKENNY

Perth Glory Second Half: 1.Tando VELAPHI, 3.Walter SCOTT, 9.Henry HORE (18.Zayd FARAH 87'), 11.Brendon SANTALAB (16.Callum TIMMINS 67'), 12.Daniel STYNES (17.Aiden EDWARDS 87'), 13.Yacoub MUSTAFA, 19.Joe KNOWLES, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 22.Fabio FERRIERA, 23.Scott NEVILLE, 25.Luca BODNAR, 

Substitutes not used:  40.Jackson LEE

Yellow cards: None

Red cards: None

Perth SC: 1,Malek KUC, 2.Alex SILLA, 6.Harley ORR, 9.Adam ZIMARINO, 10.Nicholas AMBROGIO, 11.Matthew MILENKOVIC, 12.Jordan DE LEO, 13.Rocco PIZZATA, 16.Kieran COLWELL, 17.Frank FURFARO, 28.Paul ZIMARINO

Substitutes: 3.George FESTA, 4.Jacob STUBBERFIELD, 5.Cameron PIQUE, 7.Luke GARAS, 14.Kristian SANTICH, 18.Michael ZIMARINO, 19.Ali NAZARI, 21.Louis ROSSI, 22.Sam THORNLEY, 23.Sebastian BELL

Yellow cards: None

Red cards: None