Olympic v Glory

Round 6 report by Eamon Duffy
Sydney Olympic v Perth Glory

Perth Glory shot to the top of the NSL table following yet another excellent away performance in last season's Grand Final re-match played at Jubilee Stadium.

It was the killer instinct of Damian Mori that was the difference between the sides as he scored twice in the 2-0 victory. The win today takes them 2 points clear of next weeks rival Parramatta and this after playing their last 4 matches away from home.

Today's match was a lively affair, but throughout Glory showed their composure and experience to always appear in control.

A tight opening half created just a few half chances with first after 9 minutes Shroj played a ball to Horsley who made great ground down the wing before centering a great ball that Mori beat Kohler in the air but the ball landed easily with Moss in the Olympic goal.

Just 5 minutes later it was Shroj again who passed the ball this time to Despotovski who executed a great turn and fired a shot that was unfortunately just wide.

However in the 37th minute a fine Glory move was executed when a throw in by Coyne found Pondeljak who passed to Despotovski who pass hit an Olympic defender but the rebound came to Mori who passed to Horsley who in turn set up Mori for a simple tap in and the lead to Glory.

The 2nd half stated off well for Glory when first Hassell and then Pondeljak had chance in the first 2 minutes but unfortunately for Glory both were wide of the mark.

Try as they might but Olympic just could not break down the Glory defence and were restricted to just a few free kicks that came to nothing. Clear cut chances for both sides were few and far between although Caceres arrival on the pitch did seem to give the Glory more attacking options.

A good chance fell to Mori when in a break away Pondeljak sent Mori clear but a tremendous tackle by Souris saved the day and Olympic were still in the game.

However after 76 minutes the game was killed off with Mori's second goal. It started with Despotovski finding Mori with a superb ball, he in turn played a great ball to Pondlejak who shot but Moss although he made a great save could only parry the ball to Mori who finished easily. It was a great goal and worth of sealing a match.

So after 5 rounds Glory find themselves on top of the table and beginning to play as a cohesive unit.The result really sets up a great match next week when Glory come up against their former teammates in Colosimo and Gumprecht.