Maclaren at the double for Glory

Maclaren at the double for Glory

Posted on September 20, 2013 in 'Reports'

Jamie Maclaren continued his impressive pre-season form for Perth Glory on Wednesday afternoon, bagging a brace as Glory saw off the challenge of a spirited Northern All-Stars team at the ECU Joondalup Sports Complex.

The young Socceroo striker added to his strikes against Stirling Lions and Melbourne Heart during another lively display up front, while Glory’s third came courtesy of a 20-metre shot from skipper Jacob Burns.

Glory was out of the blocks early, and was ahead on seven minutes, Burns was given far too much space in the middle of the park and his long-range shot flew past Luke Green.

Two minutes later it was 2-0, Maclaren’s speculative shot from 18-yards again gave Green no chance.

Brazilian import Sidnei and Adrain Zahra were causing problems down the flanks and it look it would be a long day for the All-Stars, but on 16 minutes they gave themselves a lifeline.

Joe Knowles and Alex Wild played a neat one-two on the edge of the penalty area and Knowles run in to the penalty area was halted by Brandon O’Neill’s tackle and referee Adam Fielding pointed straight to the penalty spot. The former Kilmarnock midfielder Jon Stynes stepped up and sent Nick Feely the wrong way to make it 2-1.

That goal clearly lifted the All-Stars, and striker Wild was lively, and caused the Glory defence problems. They managed to keep their A-League counterparts at bay until three minute before the break when they were undone by the best move of the opening period.

Ryan Edwards, who is on-loan from English Championship club Reading for the season, sent Zahra in on goal with a superb through ball, and rather than take on the shot, the midfielder unselfishly squared the ball to Maclaren, who had the simplest of chances from close range.

Glory continued to threaten immediately after the interval, with Ryan Edwards twice going close after being teed up by Sidnei and Danny de Silva, but on both occasions he was denied by substitute keeper Jamie Serra.

The All-Stars went close through Floreat midfielder Aryn Williams on the hour, but his long-range shot was saved low by Devon Spence, and moments later Arran Maplestone tried his luck from long-range, but again Spence saved.

Normal service was then swiftly restored at the other end as Michael Thwaite almost snatched a rare goal with a glancing header that forced a fingertip save from the impressive Serra.

Late on substitute Chris Harold failed to convert when in a good position, but at the end of the day it was a good work out for Alistair Edwards’ side, and with the start of the A-League season now less than a month away, he was delighted with a solid hit-out against a host team that acquitted itself extremely well given its limited preparation time.

“We wanted good games against local clubs as preparation for the A-League season,” he said, “and we certainly got that again today.

“It was a very good game played in the right spirit and it was very positive for us that we got another intense game of that quality.

“We had a little discussion about sticking to our team tasks at half-time, made some adjustments and then got back down to business in the second-half.”

All-Stars assistant coach Rudy Procter was happy with the way his young side went on the day. “It was a great effort by all the young lads and they did the northern suburbs proud. Glory definitely got something out of it and it was great for the young lads to play against experienced professionals like Burns, Thwaite and McGarry,” said Procter.

Edwards was happy to get some game time in some of his players, and is looking forward to next game and also a trip to Sydney. “We got another full 90 minutes into a number of our players today,” said Edwards, “and looking forward, we’ve got a game next Wednesday against the State Amateur team and then we head over east to play Sydney FC after that.

“It’s clear that we’ve got a very good squad, everyone has been playing really well and we’ve got a lot to think about in terms of selecting our starting eleven for the first game of the season against Adelaide.”

Perth Glory Line-Up: GK Nick Feely, (RGK Devon Spence 46′) , 3 Brandon O’Neill, 4 Ryan Edwards, 6 Cameron Edwards, 7 Jacob Burns, 10 Jamie Maclaren (17 Chris Harold 52′), 11 Adrian Zahra, 16 Sidnei (18 Danny De Silva 61′), 19 Josh Risdon, 21 Scott Jamieson (2 Jack Clisby 46′), 23 Michael Thwaite – Substitutes not used: 14 Steven McGarry, 15 Matthew Davies

Scorers: Burns 7′, Maclaren 8′, 42′

Northern All-Stars Line-Up: GK Luke Green, (Joondalup United), 2 Jack Oldham (ECU), 8 Aryn Williams (Floreat), 4 Charlie Comyn-Platt (ECU), 11 Veo Human (ECU), 14 Joe Knowles (ECU), 6 Jon Stynes (ECU), 18 Danny Allen (Joondalup City), 17 Adam Rodgers (Joondalup United), 10 Alex Wild (Joondalup United), 13 Stuart Andre (Joondalup City) – Substitutes: RGK Jamie Serra (Whitfords City), 5 Ryan Lowry (ECU), 12 Scott Robertson (ECU), 16 Dejan Spaseski (ECU), 15 Gareth Crawley (ECU), 9 Arran Maplestone (Quinns FC), 7 Louis Hughes (Quinns FC)

Scorers: Stynes (pen) 16′

Referee – Adam Fielding