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Perth Glory run rampant

By Tim Clarke 28/12/2003 06:10:20 AM Comments (0)

Reigning NSL champions Perth Glory reminded their fans exactly what they had been missing, christening their revamped stadium with a stunning 6-1 win over the Brisbane Strikers.

After 12 matches away from their spiritual home, ten of those on the road, Glory greeted their refurbished, remodelled and renamed Members Equity Stadium with a performance to match the $11.3 million refit.

Fittingly it was Bobby Despotovksi, for so long the talisman of the Glory side, who scored the first goal at their shiny new headquarters - with Mark Byrnes, Brad Hassell, Adrian Caceres, Tom Pondeljak and Nick Mrdja all joining in the fun.

For Brisbane, the defeat marked its first reverse since mid-November, and although game, the Queenslanders never looked like spoiling Perth's homecoming party.

The Strikers arrived in the west as one of only two teams to have beaten Perth at home since the arrival of coach Mich d'Avray in 2001, and enjoying a six-match unbeaten run.

Glory showed no signs that the Christmas festivities had taken their toll, with young midfielder Anthony Danze missing two glorious chances to open the scoring in a barnstorming first 10 minutes.

With Brisbane player coach Stuart McLaren trying to marshal his troops in the centre of defence, it was Perth's familiar frontmen who broke the deadlock.

After a cute turn and determined run from Damian Mori, his cross struck Josh McCloughan, and as appeals for handball rang around the ground, Despotovksi capitalised on the hesitation in the Brisbane backline to drive home.

Despite a string of chances, it was the unlikely figure of Byrnes who doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time, finishing confidently after Pondeljak's miscued drive fell at his feet eight yards out.

Ten minutes into the second half, Glory midfielder Hassell posted a contender for goal of the season with a thunderous right foot drive from 30 metres that flew in via a post.

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