Western Sydney Wanderers FC hold on to defeat Perth Glory

Western Sydney Wanderers have kicked off their post Tony Popovic era by holding on for a 2-1 win over Perth Glory to conclude Round 1 of the Hyundai A-League. 

Wanderers caretaker coach Hayden Foxe has now engineered the club's first ever opening round win after the bombshell that Popovic was leaving to join a club in the Turkish Super League last week. 


  • An even first half was turned on its head minutes before the break with two beautiful goals to the home side.
  • Perth Glory had some excellent chances in the final 25 minutes with Adam Taggart hitting the post then the bar in the space of a few minutes.  
  • It was a nervy end to the game for the Red and Black after Hamill's own goal in the final ten minutes gave Perth a sniff. 
  • For Wanderers, Roly Bonevacia and Alvaro Cejudo caught the eye. For Perth, Diego Castro and Shane Lowry stood out. 
Oriol Riera
Oriol Riera celebrates his opening goal



Oriol Riera, Wanderers 42’: 1-0

The Spaniards combined beautifully. Alvaro Cejudo with the slide rule pass into the box for Riera to run onto and slip past Liam Reddy’s left glove.

Jumpei Kusukami, Wanderers 46’: 2-0

A classic counter-attack goal. Baccus picked up possession just inside his half playing the ball wide for the on-running Brendan Hamill. He powered forward, slipped a through ball into the box for the pint-size Japanese to slide home in the shadows of half-time. 

Brendan Hamill (OG), Glory 81’: 2-1

Andy Keogh got on the end of Joe Knowles' cross and his header was guided into his own net by the Wanderers right sided defender Hamill.