Popovic leaves Keogh on the bench in shock selection decision


Perth Glory coach Tony Popovic has left leading scorer and former captain Andy Keogh on the bench for Sunday's A-League grand final.

Popovic has surprised by naming Joel Chianese, a former Sydney FC player, to start in Keogh's place for the showpiece match.

The change-up is the only switch from Perth's semi-final win over Adelaide a week earlier.

Sydney FC will be led by retiring captain Alex Brosque, with coach Steve Corica opting for the same team that destroyed Melbourne Victory 6-1 in their semi-final.


PERTH GLORY: Liam Reddy, Jason Davidson, Shane Lowry, Matthew Spiranovic, Dino Djulbic, Ivan Franjic; Juande, Neil Kilkenny, Joel Chianese, Chris Ikonomidis, Diego Castro.

Bench: Tando Velaphi, Andrew Keogh, Brendon Santalab, Jake Brimmer, Scott Neville.

SYDNEY FC: Andrew Redmayne, Michael Zullo, Aaron Calver, Alex Wilkinson, Rhyan Grant, Brandon O'Neill, Josh Brillante, Milos Ninkovic; Alex Brosque, Adam Le Fondre, Siem De Jong.

Bench: Alex Cisak, Paulo Retre, Daniel De Silva, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Anthony Caceres.

Source AAP