Fury consign Perth Glory to fifth straight loss
North Queensland Fury has recorded its first win in seven matches in tonight's 2-1 success at home to Perth Glory. North Queensland Fury 2 (C.Payne 16th, D.Williams 72nd) Perth Glory 1 (M.Baird 22nd) Crowd: 7,000 approx at Dairy Farmers Stadium It was the story of poor defensive lapses which lead to the first two goals of the waterlogged clash between North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory.
Chris Payne opened the scoring with an angled drive into the top left hand corner from a tight angle, but the lack of Glory defensive pressure certainly aided his time on the ball.
The Fury defence fell apart less than six minutes later when a Glory attacking move saw the home side make a mess of clearing the ball, leaving an unmarked Michael Baird to tap in from only two metres out.
Glory went into the match with a new manager, with Ian Ferguson - ironically the Fury coach last season - taking over midweek from David Mitchell.
Missing however was Robbie Fowler, also a former Fury player, who has yet to return to Perth from a trip back to the UK.
The rain got heavier in the 2nd half, making ball control difficult however both sides were able to fashion chances in what became an entertaining encounter.
David Williams gave the Fury the lead - and ultimately the winner - in the 72nd minute when he finished from a tight angle after some neat lead up work in a move involving Williams and Chris Payne.