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Nth Qld record important home victory against Perth

North Queensland Fury have recorded a much-needed victory against Perth Glory, winning 1-0 at home thanks to a first-half David Williams goal. North Queensland Fury: 1 (David Williams '32) Perth Glory: 0 Venue: Dairy Farmers Stadium

North Queensland were the better team for most of the first half and finally got their reward in the 32nd minute when Robbie Fowler played in a shortish corner for Paul Kohler who took a dig from outside the area that took a deflection off a Peth defender and David Williams was on hand to shoot from close range but Glory keeper Tando Velaphi managed to keep it out before the ricochet fell straight on Williams' head and he managed to knock it home to open the scoring.

The Fury had many chances in the minutes prior to half-time and were pressing hard for a second but a lack of efficiency in the final third did not allow them to go two ahead.

Perth begun to fight back and went close to a goal early in the second half when Wayne Srhoj took a long shot from way outside the area and the deflection from a Fury defender worried goalkeeper Justin Pasfield but luckily for the home team it just fell over the crossbar.

Velaphi was called on to make another save in the 57th minute when the Fury made another positive move forward that involved Jeremy Brockie and Fowler but Williams' whipping shot was well-held by the Glory shot-stopper.

Brockie should have made it 2-0 when Williams sent a long header into the area but his turning shot from directly in front was wide of the mark and clearly a let off for the visitors.

Both keepers were called upon with about twenty minutes remaining but stuck to their tasks well and kept the opposing forward advances at bay.

The Fury looked tired late in the piece as the Glory threatened for an equaliser and almost got it in the 88th minute when veteran Jamie Harnwell put a header on target but Pasfield made a flying save and the Fury defence then escaped some close moments to hold out and record a much-needed victory.

Andrew Slevison
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