Glory taste first pre-season defeat at Dorrien

Glory suffered their first defeat of pre-season on Wednesday evening, going down 4-0 to Melbourne Victory at Dorrien Gardens.

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Bruno Fornaroli came back to haunt his former club by striking twice in the first half, his second goal coming from the penalty spot and Nishan Velupillay then added a third for the visitors just before the break.

Damian De Silva and Ryan Teague also hit the crossbar as Victory dominated much of the opening period, but Glory rallied in the second half with Kaelan Majekodunmi, Jacob Muir and Daniel Bennie all going close to reducing the arrears.

And yet it was Tony Popovic’s side who were to have the last word as Eli Adams added a fourth goal in stoppage-time.

Glory found themselves trailing almost from the outset, Adama Traore picking out Fornaroli in a pocket of space in the box and the Socceroos frontman clipping home the first goal of the night inside four minutes.

After Victory were twice denied by the woodwork, they added a second goal from the penalty spot as Fornaroli converted emphatically following Joseph Forde’s trip on Velupillay.

And shortly before the break, Velupillay poked home another fine cross from Traore to stretch his side’s lead.

To their credit, Glory showed significant improvement as the second half wore on and were unfortunate not to find the net on several occasions.

Kaelan Majekodunmi sent a header narrowly wide having climbed above his marker, before fellow-substitute Jacob Muir nodded against the bar and the lively Daniel Bennie was just unable to convert from a narrow angle following a slaloming run.

But when the final goal of the game did eventually arrive, it came at the other end as Adams got away down the right, cut inside and picked out the bottom corner.

Match Details

Pre-Season Friendly

Perth Glory 0 Melbourne Victory 4 (Fornaroli 4′, 35′ (pen), Velupillay 41′, Adams 90+1′)

Half-time: 0-3

Referee: Shane Skinner

Dorrien Gardens

Perth Glory Line-Up: 13.Cameron COOK (GK), 14.Riley WARLAND (9.Oliver BOZANIC 62′), 16.Joseph FORDE, 5.Mark BEEVERS (c) (3.Jacob MUIR 46′), 29.Darryl LACHMAN (28.Kaelan MAJEKODUNMI 46′), 21.Antonis MARTIS (19.Trent OSTLER 62′), 20.Giordano COLLI (4.Luke BODNAR 46′), 17.Jarrod CARLUCCIO (6.Aaron MCENEFF 46′), 7.Stefan COLAKOVSKI (77.Bruce KAMAU 62′), 23.Daniel BENNIE (12.Luke IVANOVIC 78′), 27.Jayden GORMAN (26.Corey SUTHERLAND 67′)

Substitutes not used: 1.Oli SAIL (GK)

Yellow Cards: Sutherland, Colli

Red Cards: None