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What a Difference a Year Makes for Perth Glory

  • What a Difference a Year Makes for Perth Glory

What a difference a year has made for Perth Glory.

In 2013/2014 season, the men from the West struggled to find goals or wins.

A series of lacklustre performances culminated in the sacking of coach Alistair Edwards.

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The Perth side was in a parlous state when Kenny Lowe took the managerial hot seat.

Fast forward 12 months and Glory lead the A-League ladder and were runners-up in the inaugural FFA Cup final.

Glory continue to march on. Kenny Lowe, with his no-nonsense temperament, has brought solidity to the team on the pitch and stability off it.

Proven A-League campaigners Mitch Nichols and Youssouf Hersi have been added to the squad.

The mercurial Nebojša Marinkovic has displayed the talent that made him a regular at Serbian giant FK Partizan, with no better example than his stunning free kick to open the scoring against Bentleigh Greens in the FFA Cup clash.

Most importantly, Glory now has a great goal poacher in the shape of Irish striker Andy Keogh.

The Dublin-born player has starred for English sides Wolverhampton Wanderers and Millwall. His wealth of experience has translated into A-League goals.

Glory fans are enjoying their return to the pinnacle of Australian football. It has sometimes been a tough road since the halcyon days of back-to-back National Soccer League titles in 2003 and 2004.

Perth Glory is ancient by A-League standards, with a history stretching back almost 20 years.

It would be fitting for Australia’s most storied professional club to regain glory with an A-League championship this season.

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