What a season it was for the Glory! After spending about half the season sitting on top of the table and looking unbeatable, Perth’s season unravelled and appeared to fall apart at the seams. Here is a quick look back at vital stages of a forgettable season for the Perth faithful.
The 2014/2015 season kicked off with a bang for the Glory who exploded out of the blocks. Andy Keogh became the first player in the past 5 seasons to score four goals after two rounds. It appeared Perth had found one of the league’s best. Keogh’s impressive form continued throughout the majority of the end of 2014.
Consistently impressive performances from the boys from the west saw Perth sitting top of the table to start the New Year with the single defeat to Adelaide United as the only blemish on an otherwise perfect start to the season.
Impressive performances all around saw many Glory players get call ups to the Socceroos squads. Mitch Nichols is just one of the many players who peaked Ange Postecoglou’s interest.
It appeared that Perth was on the road to picking up a double this season by sitting top of the A-League and qualifying for the FFA Cup final. However, a narrow defeat to Adelaide United, who was proving to be Perth’s Achilles heel, dashed this hope. Despite this, making it to the final was still quite an impressive feat.
Scott Jamieson was quoted as saying “the best is yet to come” after Perth qualified for the FFA Cup final.
Perth’s season took an unexpected turn when results began to refuse to drop in the way of the Glory. Perth went a total of 9 games without picking up a win at the beginning of 2015. However, their strong start the season meant that they were still located close to the top of the table.
At the beginning of April the FFA conducted a review of Perth’s salary cap and found a number of discrepancies. These matters ended up being quite large and forcing the Glory to be relegated to 7th on the table come the end of the season.
A somewhat subdued Glory side played out the last few rounds and would have finished in 3rd place.
A rollercoaster season for the Glory has come to an end. The question is now how will Perth bounce back. A large number of players have already left the club and it appears many more will want to leave the club. The Glory will be hoping to keep the services of some stand out players from the season such as Jamie Maclaren who stepped to show he can play at the top level, despite his age.
One this is for sure. Perth will have a busy off season in order to field a competitive side next season after this salary cap scandal. The rebuilding period begins now, now only for the players but to regain the many fans who have been lost.