Lowe heartened by second-half response


Glory Head Coach Kenny Lowe felt that his side were a touch unfortunate to emerge empty-handed from Sunday’s season-opener against Western Sydney Wanderers at Spotless Stadium.

Quick-fire goals from Oriol Riera and Jumpei Kusukami handed Wanderers a 2-0 lead at the break, but Glory forced their way back into the game during the second half, with Adam Taggart twice striking the woodwork.

The visitors were eventually rewarded for their pressure when Brendan Hamill deflected an Andy Keogh header into his own net with eight minutes to play, but were ultimately unable to deny the hosts a hard-fought 2-1 win.

And Lowe felt that a share of the spoils would not have flattered his charges.

“We started a bit slowly but got into the game as it wore on,” he said, “and I was a little bit disappointed that we didn’t get something out of it in the end.

“We’ll go back and watch the game and analyse certain things, but I was pleased with the character we showed when we came out for the second half and forced our way back into the game.

“They were hanging on in the last 20 minutes and with a bit more luck, we might have come away with something.

“The boys are still slightly underdone in terms of game time, but that will only improve now and it was good to see Andreu come on and get game time and likewise, Xavi Torres.”

Next up for Glory is another away trip, this time to Newcastle who opened their campaign with a 5-1 derby demolition of Central Coast Mariners.

But Lowe is confident that his side can maintain their fine record against the Jets by securing a positive result at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.

“Every game is difficult in the A-League, we know that,”he said.

“But we’ll have a look at how they performed in their last game and then put together a game plan to go over there and get a result.”

He then went on to confirm that the club are attempting to secure the services of three players on injury-replacement contracts but that no deals have yet been finalised.