Perth Glory nips UFL All Stars; Rest of World prevails

Perth Glory picked up the first win of its pre-season tour of the Philippines after rallying past the United Football League All-Stars, 2-1, before a big Saturday crowd at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Former Ireland international Andy Keogh struck the winner at the stroke of halftime as Glory fought back from a goal down to win the friendly match highlighting UFL All-Star weekend.

Kaya striker Louis Clark put the hosts in front in the 13th minute, before Chris Harold equalised for Glory nine minutes later.

“I thought they did well they worked ever so hard,” said Glory coach Kenny Lowe, referring to the UFL All-Stars.

“We controlled the game. We controlled the tempo. They (UFL All-Stars) play a decent brand of football. it was enjoyable match to watch.”

Glory, which finished fifth in the A-League last season, battled Global to a scoreless draw last Wednesday.

UFL All-Stars coach Simon McMenemy of Loyola hailed his players for putting up a brave fight despite not being able to train together as a squad.

“The selections we made, they worked so hard today to try get a result and i think that they were unlucky not to get something from the game,” said McMenemy. “The (2-1 scoreline) doesn’t do our players enough justice because in the first half, on another day we could have been 4-1 up at the half. But overall I’m happy and pleased with the boys. They were tested today. Everybody’s happy and everybody wins.”

The UFL All Stars actually had Matthew Acton to thank for early on, after the Kaya stopper denied Keogh from the spot in the third minute.

Kouichi Belgira brought down Harold inside the box, forcing referee Steve Supresencia to call a penalty.

Glory dominated possession for most of the match with the UFL All Stars threatening on the counterattack.

The All-Stars had the better opportunities in the first half with Tahj Minniecon of Loyola skying an effort at the far post and saw another shot cleared off the line by Josh Risdon.

Robert Lopez Mendy also bungled a big chance when he curled a left footed shot wide after the All-Stars won the ball on Perth’s own half.

Glory injected wholesale changes in the second half with some of the youngsters given a chance to impress Lowe.

But the A-League side was still limited to half chances by a solid back line marshalled by Aly Borromeo of Kaya and Masaki Yanagawa of JP Voltes.

“We’re still in pre-season so the result doesn’t matter alot. Its all about the process for us,” said Lowe.

Earlier, the UFL Rest of the World All-Stars prevailed over the UFL Philippines All-Stars for the second straight edition as they came away with a comprehensive 3-0 victory.

Stephen Appiah of Nomads and Global players Arthur Kouassi and Milad Behgandom were on target for the foreigners who were coached by Global’s Jorge Kuriyama.

Appiah slid home a cross from Kouassi right in the first minute, before the Global striker fired the second from long range 12 minutes later.

Behgandom sealed the win with a late strike as the Rest of the World followed up their 5-4 win from last year’s All-Star game.