Bruno Fornaroli has continued his sizzling form to help lift Perth to a 3-0 A-League victory over Adelaide United at HBF Park.
Fornaroli notched his fifth goal in five games on Saturday when he unleashed a majestic strike from outside the box in the 44th minute in front of 11,168 fans. Joel Chianese continued his own hot form with the opening goal. It was his third goal in three matches, while Spanish maestro Diego Castro was influential as always with two first-half assists.
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Chris Ikonomidis was introduced in the 59th minute and scored nine minutes later after a weak effort from Adelaide goalkeeper Paul Izzo. The Glory’s fifth victory on the trot equals the club’s longest A-League winning run – set twice in the 2015/16 campaign.
Perth will have the chance to break their record when they play Western Sydney on Sunday week at Bankwest Stadium.
The Glory, last on the ladder before their winning run, find themselves in third spot and with a game in hand against second-placed Melbourne City, who are two points ahead.
The Reds have lost four games in a row and five of their past seven – a worrying slump which has dropped them out of the top six.
Ikonomidis rounded off the rout on his returnSource: Getty Images
The temperature was still 34 degrees at kickoff just after 4:30pm. Adelaide started strongly in the opening few minutes, but the Glory created the most chances in the first half.
Chianese broke the deadlock in the 26th minute after latching onto Castro’s pass and spinning his way into the box to strike truly.
Glory defenders Ivan Franjic and Alex Grant came close to scoring shortly after.
But the masterful Uruguayan struck next, with Fornaroli’s shot from just outside the box taking a slight deflection before crashing into the net. Adelaide created some good chances in the second half, but couldn’t find the finishing touch.
Ikomidis had seen just three minutes of action in the Glory’s past two games, and the Socceroo made the most of his opportunity when he came on. The 24-year-old sprinted to reach Grant’s long ball and arrived at the same time as Izzo.
The Reds’ gloveman decided against putting his body on the line – a mistake that allowed Ikonomidis to knock the ball forward and score. Ikonomidis injured his left ankle in the dying minutes and was unable to sprint thereafter.
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