As expected for two sides committed to open, possession-based systems, this was an exciting match full of chances and attacking play.
With a number of injuries depleting his squad, Alistair Edwards turned to an unorthodox formation for Perth’s clash against Brisbane Roar.
Perth recovered after going behind early to Andrew Durante’s rather unorthodox goal.
A goalless stalemate suited the dour nature of this match.
Despite finishing with nine men, Adelaide’s two goal cushion was enough for an opening round win.
Although he enjoyed a distinguished playing career – including a 93 game stint at Perth Glory – and risen through the ranks of the national team setup as coach, including stints as National High Performance Consultant and FFA Assistant Technical Director, very little was known about Alistair Edwards’ style when he was appointed coach after the sacking of Iain Ferguson.
Central Coast defeated Perth with a lone goal from substitute Bernie Ibini-Isei.
Steven McGarry’s wonder strike was enough to separate last season’s grand finalists.
Travis Dodd scored a double as Perth ended a six game winless streak.
Last Friday night, Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory threw up an interesting contrast in attacking styles. One built around finesse and pace in behind, and another constructed on traditional number nines and service through crosses. That’s not really a surprise considering the coaches, Ange Postecoglou and Iain Ferguson.