Western Sydney Wanderers vs Perth Glory

Current Score

  • Western Sydney Wanderers 1
  • Perth Glory 0

Match Profile

  • Time 5:30 PM AEDT 23 February 2013
  • League Australia A-League
  • Round Round 22
  • Venue Parramatta Stadium
  • Attendance 11,772

Western Sydney Wanderers

Wanderers WSW

Perth Glory

Perth PER
Goal Scorers
  • A. Mooy
    • 58minutes
Goal Scorers
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
24 Feb 2013 - 2:07am

Mooy the merrier for Wanderers

  • Mooy joy .. Aaaron Mooy (left) and Youssouf Hersi celebrate Wanderers' winner (Getty)
Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy picked the perfect time to score his first A-League goal to fire Western Sydney Wanderers briefly top of the ladder with a 1-0 win over Perth Glory on Saturday night.

23 Feb 2013 - 6:08 PM  UPDATED 24 Feb 2013 - 2:07 AM

It didn't last long though, with Central Coast Mariners's 6-2 slaying of Melbourne Victory later in the evening seeing it reclaim the A-League's pole position.

After looking relatively comfortable in the first half at Parramatta Stadium, Glory's resistance crumbled in the 57th-minute when Mooy exchanged passes on the edge of the area before steering a left-footer past keeper Danny Vukovic with the aid of a telling deflection off Michael Thwaite.

The three points made it seven wins on the spin for the A-League newcomer - the first team to achieve the feat since Melbourne Victory in 2006 - and saw it clinch a finals place in its debut season.

It was a bitter blow for the visitor, which has picked up just four points on the road, but looked capable of adding to its tally in interim boss Alistair Edwards' second game at the helm on a soggy surface at Parramatta Stadium.

The goal pumped renewed belief in Wanderers in front of the vocal red and black cheer squad - among the 11,772 fans on hand - after failing to that point to carve out many meaningful openings against a composed and compact Glory.

Substitute Ryo Nagai squandered a golden chance to haul Perth level seven minutes from time, side-footing tamley wide with the goal in his sights.

Satisfied Wanderers coach Tony Popovic paid tribute to Mooy, saying: "I am very pleased for him. He's been knocking on the door for a few games now and he's got his reward.

"The goal was a deflection but we made our own luck with good build up play around the penalty area."

Popovic is now relishing next weekend's crunch clash with title rival Central Coast, adding: "We are certainly heading in the right direction and deserved the win, although Perth were strong and solid and made a real game of it.

"I am looking forward to testing ourselves against the Mariners."

Edwards saw plenty of positives, despite the loss and insisted Glory - which has three of its last five games at home - hasn't given up on a finals spot.

"I thought we controlled possession and the pace of the game for long periods but what was lacking was the final pass," he said.

"We won't give up on making the finals until it's mathematically impossible."

Match Commentary

minute code event
87 YC Yellow card awarded to D. Vuković of Perth Glory
86 YC Yellow card awarded to D. Kresinger of Western Sydney Wanderers
84 SI Substitute in S. Cole of Western Sydney Wanderers
84 SO Substitute out S. Ono of Western Sydney Wanderers
76 SI Substitute in K. Appiah-Kubi of Western Sydney Wanderers
76 SO Substitute out Y. Hersi of Western Sydney Wanderers
69 SI Substitute in R. Nagai of Perth Glory
69 SO Substitute out C. Harold of Perth Glory
66 SI Substitute in D. Kresinger of Western Sydney Wanderers
66 SO Substitute out J. Gibbs of Western Sydney Wanderers
64 SI Substitute in M. Córdoba of Perth Glory
64 SO Substitute out N. Ward of Perth Glory
64 SI Substitute in S. Jamieson of Perth Glory
64 SO Substitute out D. Heffernan of Perth Glory
58 G GOAL (Western Sydney Wanderers): Scored by A. Mooy
45 YC Yellow card awarded to N. Ward of Perth Glory
19 YC Yellow card awarded to S. McGarry of Perth Glory
11 YC Yellow card awarded to I. La Rocca of Western Sydney Wanderers

Match Statistics

Western Sydney WanderersWSW

Perth GloryPER