Bruno Fornaroli and Diego Castro both struck twice as Perth Glory recorded their third successive A-League victory by defeating Newcastle Jets 6-2 at HBF Park.
Neil Kilkenny and Joel Chianese were also on the scoresheet on Saturday evening to make it 14 wins in the last 16 home games against the New South Wales side.
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Now that’s using your head
Glory went ahead on 15 minutes when Fornaroli was bundled over 25 yards from goal and Spaniard Castro stepped up to curl the resulting free kick over the wall and past goalkeeper Glen Moss.
Newcastle looked to hit back and went close when Matt Millar headed just over from a Dimitri Petratos free kick. They didn’t have to wait long for the equaliser as another set piece from Petratos found its way to Nikolai Topor- Stanley via Lachlan Jackson and Millar and the central defender nodded home from close range.
Just five minutes later, Glory restored their lead when
Castro’s masterful free kick
Perth boss Tony Popovic made one change to his side from the previous two outings with Joel Chianese replacing Chris Ikonomidis, and the decision was justified minutes into the second half. Kilkenny fed Chianese on the edge of the area and his shot found the top corner, although Moss will feel that he could have gotten a stronger hand to the effort.
Again, the Jets rallied and a neat one-two between Steve Ugarkovic and Petratos allowed the former a sight of goal and he slotted the ball past Liam Reddy. Glory struck again as Fornaroli’s close range shot was deflected beyond a hapless Moss by Kantarovski and the Uruguayan then bagged his second of the game on 71 minutes, finishing superbly with his left foot.
The last word fittingly went to the outstanding Castro as he curled home a shot for the final goal of the contest.
It is the first time that Glory have scored six goals in an A-League game since February 2016, giving the 6585 spectators in attendance plenty of value for money.