Melbourne City will embrace their trip to NSW as an opportunity to quickly shrug off a disappointing loss to Perth and kickstart their A-League season.
City were wasteful in front of goal early on Sunday night then lacked creativity throughout, with a disciplined Perth all too happy to pounce on the home side’s mistakes in a 3-1 win at AAMI Park.
Patrick Kisnorbo’s side will travel to the Central Coast to face the Mariners on Wednesday, then remain in NSW ahead of Sunday’s clash with Newcastle.
“Obviously there’s the travelling but it is what it is,” Kisnorbo said.
“We’ve just got to adapt because every A-League team are doing it at the moment and it’s the same with us.
“At the end of the day it’s a 90-minute game of football regardless of if it’s home or away.
“Obviously it’s nice to be at home because you’re in front of your home fans but we’ve got a job to do and we all know that.”
Perth coach Richard Garcia lauded the Glory’s character in securing a 3-1 win after learning about Western Australia’s minimum five-day lockdown just hours before the game.
The Glory are due to face Adelaide away on Friday before returning to Western Australia but will now have to wait and see how their movements are affected by changing borders.
Daniel Stynes handed Perth the lead after 11 minutes, with City’s Jamie Maclaren equalising in the 33rd.
Dane Ingham’s diving header regained Perth’s lead late in the first half, with Nick D’Agostino icing the victory in the 85th minute.
Meanwhile, Wellington snapped an eight-game winless streak with their surprise 2-1 victory over Central Coast.
The Nix were scrappy in the second half but replacement Jaushua Sotirio was on the field just five minutes before he sunk a bouncing ball into the net late to seal the win.
It wasn’t pretty but it came as a huge relief for the Nix, who were desperate to find their first win of the season.
Brisbane Roar sit on top of the table after beating Adelaide 3-1 on Saturday night.
Dylan Wenzel-Halls snared a brace, with teammate Jay O’Shea netting a long-range stunner, while Nathan Konstandopoulos scored a consolation goal for the undermanned Reds.
Sydney FC overran Macarthur 3-0 in an unusual game that was delayed an hour at halftime for thunderstorms, with lightning less than 5km away from Campbelltown Stadium.
The Bulls were down to 10-men after skipper Mark Milligan was red-carded 20 minutes in, but were brave until finally cracking late in the second half.
Teen star Patrick Wood scored a double, which bookended a stunning goal from Milos Ninkovic.
Western United coach Mark Rudan was left fuming by two key offside calls in a 0-0 draw with Melbourne Victory.
Besart Berisha had his 36th-minute goal chalked off after a VAR review, while a linesman flagged Dylan Pierias offside when he scored the potential winner in the 77th.
On Friday night, Newcastle drew 1-1 with Western Sydney, with Jets striker Roy O’Donovan’s 81st-minute penalty cancelling out Bernie Ibini’s first-half strike against his old club.
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