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Roar share top after thrashing Glory 4-1

By Chris Pike 30/12/2007 11:14:38 PM Comments (0)

Queensland Roar continued their domination over Perth Glory with a 4-1 win at Members Equity Stadium to join Central Coast on top of the A-League.

Queensland's eighth win of the season takes them to 30 points and equal on top, with Central Coast still to play on Monday against Melbourne.

The loss leaves Perth anchored to the bottom and winless against the Roar in over two years after two losses and a disappointing draw this season.

The Roar's young gun Robbie Kruse scored first before Reinaldo, Tahj Minniecon and Josh McCloughan filled the score sheet.

Glory coach David Mitchell elected to leave Stan Lazaridis out of the squad for another week and `keeper Jason Petkovic stayed on the bench on his long-awaited return.

Nick Rizzo scored the Glory's lone goal in a disappointing overall performance after the 4-2 win in Sydney before Christmas.

Simon Colosimo was roundly booed by the season-high home crowd of 9,614 on return from a hamstring injury, amid reports he will join Sydney next season.

Despite dominating most of the first half, Perth were unable to create any real chances on goal and the Roar made them pay.

Minniecon set up Kruse with a ball that left only Tando Velaphi to beat and he had no trouble slotting his fourth goal of the season.

Eight minutes later Reinaldo found himself in a bit of space with the ball at the top of the box and calmly drilled it past Velaphi to put the Roar 2-0 up.

Perth finally received some reward for their dominance in possession 13 minutes into the second half.

Jimmy Downey put in a perfect cross that Nikita Rukavytsya missed completely, but Rizzo was there to put it past Liam Reddy.

Whatever brownie points Downey earned for setting up the goal quickly eroded just two minutes later.

He couldn't control Velaphi's throw and left Minniecon with only the `keeper to beat, which proved no trouble.

McCloughan then scored his third goal of the season as he headed a cross past the Glory defenders and Velaphi.

That made the score 4-1 and that's how it remained.

Perth hosts Central Coast next Sunday, with Queensland hosting Melbourne.

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