AAP Soccer

Perth beat Reds to top A-League ladder

By AAP Newswire

Perth coach Tony Popovic is ordering his players not to savour the view from the top of A-League ladder.

Perth's precious 2-0 away win on Sunday against Adelaide extends Popovic's unbeaten start to the season - three wins and a draw.

Glory took top billing from Sydney FC (two wins, two draws), with strikers Andy Keogh and Chris Ikonomidis scoring second-half tap-ins in Adelaide.

"You win three games a in a row, you have to be delighted," Popovich said.

"And we are, as a group, as a staff. Now we have just got to keep moving on.

"It's a season that you know can quickly change in terms of results and momentum.

'We have got momentum now. We want that to continue ... (but) anything else won't be good enough. Unless we continue on this path, it will change quickly."

Irishman Keogh helped to deliver the Reds' first defeat of the season after finding his customary spot: right place, right time.

In the 73rd minute, Keogh's fourth goal in four matches came with a tap-in when presented with a rebound after a save by Adelaide goalkeeper Paul Izzo.

And Keogh's attacking partner Ikonomidis iced the win in the 90th minute after a neat combination with Fabio Ferrerio, slotting into an unmarked goal after rounding Izzo.

"In the 90 minutes, we were not in the shape we expected," Reds coach Marco Kurz said.

Adelaide's loss was further soured by an injury to German midfielder Mirko Boland, who left the field in the second half clutching his left hamstring.

The Glory could have won by more, with Joel Chianese and Keogh unable to convert early golden chances.

Chianese, in the 12 minute, was played in by Keogh but, after turning on his left foot, shot into the crossbar from inside 10 metres.

Keogh missed a swinging right-footer from five metres, some 10 minutes later, as the visitors found early attacking fluency.

Twice in the opening half, the video assistant referee (VAR) examined incidents in the Reds' attack.

Initially, video checked that Ben Halloran wasn't brought down in the box in collision with Glory gloveman Liam Reddy.

And in the 39th minute, VAR - after a two-minute ruling - adjudged a shot which struck Perth defender Shane Lowry on an arm was outside the box.