Western United have added further milestones to their resurgent 2021-22 A-League Men campaign after downing Perth Glory 2-0 in Launceston.
Returning to the top of the table thanks to goals from Aleksandar Prijovic and Dylan Pierias, United’s win at UTAS Stadium extended their club record-setting unbeaten run to seven games – their last loss coming against Wellington on January 21.
Coach John Aloisi’s side has also now surpassed their win total from the 2020-21 campaign with nine in just 14 games and their 29 points are one greater than the total they achieved in 26 games last season.
And against a side that has been drained by injuries and a life on the road forced by Western Australia’s hard border, they looked comfortable as you’d expect from the league’s most miserly defence on Sunday.
Bruno Fornaroli’s 11th-minute miss was a rare moment of Glory penetration in a first-half dominated by United chances, and their 37th-minute goal from Prijovic, ably fed from an unlikely figure in Nikolai Topor-Stanley, reflective of the balance of play.
Just over 10 minutes into the second half, Pierias popped up to score a goal he had been threatening all evening when he met a well-placed cross in from the left from left-back Ben Garruccio.
No team in the ALM has been better at keeping clean sheets than Aloisi’s this season and while Glory had the better of play as they pushed hard for a response, they proved unsuccessful.
Although a stern challenge in the form of Melbourne City awaits coach Richard Garcia’s side on Wednesday evening, they will mercifully be allowed to return home and host games in Perth for the first time since November with a run of three straight home fixtures.
United will look to keep the momentum going when they host the Newcastle Jets next Saturday.