Glory storm Victory fortress again

Glory had won at AAMI Park early in the season in a five-goal thriller, but this was a more convincing display in front of 25,071 fans, Victory’s biggest home crowd of the season.

Georg Neidermeier in full flight.

Georg Neidermeier in full flight.Credit:AAP

The win means the West Australians are now seven points clear of the chasing pack headed by Kevin Muscat’s team, who are a point ahead of Sydney.

The first half was characterised by the F-words: fast, furious, frenetic, but ultimately futile for both sides as they went to the interval scoreless.

It wasn’t for the want of effort, as both huffed and puffed but couldn’t quite find the power to blow down each other’s houses.

Muscat was forced to do without his key striker Ola Toivonen once more, the lanky Swede missing out with a leg injury having been an absentee for the previous game as well.

It meant that the gangly striker Kenny Athiu got a chance to lead the line again alongside another graduate from the NPL Victoria, Kambosa.

For the visitors key striker Andy Keogh was also left on the bench.

Both sides went at each other but neither had the finesse to chisel out clear cut openings in an energetic first half in which Glory had the better of things.

Barbarouses shot over for Victory early, the lively Kamsoba drew a save from Liam Reddy for a shot on the turn while at the other end Ivan Franjic shot wide of Lawrence Thomas right post and Jason Davidson drove over the bar.

Dino Djulbic controls the ball.

Dino Djulbic controls the ball.Credit:AAP

Glory was taking the game to their hosts, and Chris Ikonomidis shot into the side netting before Athiu showed he had more in his armoury than just his great height when he held up the ball well, turned and got off a shot that was blocked from close range just before the interval.

Castro danced his way clear in the penalty area in the 57th minute, setting Ikonomidis up for a shot which Lawrence Thomas did well to palm away.

Muscat reacted quickly when Victory went behind, bringing on German centre-back Georg Niedermeier and Honda in place of Storm Roux and Athiu.

Honda was involved immediately in a move which saw Terry Antonis shot just go wide of Reddy’s post but not even the Japanese superstar could not inspire a two-goal comeback.

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