Glory beat Phoenix for first win
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Perth Glory have scored their first win of the A-League season with a 2-0 win over the Wellington Phoenix at nib Stadium.
The Phoenix were coming off an opening-round loss to Melbourne City and started strongly but Glory took control and turned their dominance into goals in the second half.
Perth got on the board through a Diego Castro penalty and they should've doubled their advantage, but Andy Keogh delivered a powerless penalty effort in the 61st minute.
It mattered little with Nebojsa Marinkovic scoring with a powerful shot five minutes later having come on for the injured Adam Taggart.
It was a sloppy start from the home team but Glory soon settled and over the last half-hour of the first half had plenty of chances they could and should have scored from.
Castro, Chris Harold, Marinkovic, Keogh and Rostyn Griffiths all had good looks on goal but none gave Phoenix goalkeeper Glen Moss any serious headaches.
While Wellington was hanging in there well in the first half, it didn't last.
Perth's opening goal came when Adam Parkhouse tripped Harold in the box when he was awaiting a cross from Keogh and Castro had no trouble with the 48th-minute penalty.
Keogh also got a clear penalty call in his favour just over 10 minutes later when taken down by Moss when left one-on-one in the box. The Irishman offered a poor penalty that meekly went straight to the 'keeper.
A stunning run by Josh Risdon in the 66th minute set up Marinkovic to strike a cracking goal to put Perth 2-0.
The win comes after Perth's 3-3 draw at home to Central Coast despite leading 3-0 and now they go on the road to face unbeaten Melbourne City on Friday.
Wellington host the also undefeated Sydney FC on Sunday.
Glory coach Kenny Lowe was happy with his team's response to last week's disappointing draw.
"The first 15 I thought they had come out of the blocks and looked lively and bright, but I thought that was more us being a little bit tepid. Once we got the grips of the game it was OK," Lowe said.
"We played some good stuff at times and opened them up with some really good football. Both penalties were great football and the goal was an excellent goal as well."
Wellington coach Ernie Merrick couldn't find too much to fault in his team's performance apart from the lack of finishing in front of goal.
"I thought we started off really well with some good passing moves. For the rest of the half, Perth was the strongest team and then we conceded a goal within three minutes of the second half," Merrick said.
"But in that front third we weren't deadly at all really and the Perth defence did well. If we had got one maybe we could have made more of a game of it."