The Glory came away with a 1-0 win over the under-fire Sydney FC at nib Stadium but only because of a botched offside call that led to a penalty.
Sydney came to Perth desperate for points following disappointing losses to the Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers, and more than held their own against the Glory in the warm afternoon sun, but the call in the opening minutes was the difference.
Glory attacker Ryo Nagai was clearly offside attempting to run onto a good pass from Jamie MacLaren which would have left him one-on-one with Sydney goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic.
When the offside called wasn’t given, Janjetovic cannoned into the back of Nagai and caught him high, and clearly it was a penalty call.
Steve McGarry coolly slotted home the penalty in the ninth minute to give Perth the lead and the score would stay at 1-0 the rest of the afternoon.
The problem was that it should never have been a penalty in the first place and Janjetovic's clash with Nagai should never have happened if the linesman did not miss an obvious, and not so close, offside call against Nagai.
The Sky Blues had the better of the opportunities for the remainder of the second half after conceding that goal with Marc Warren taking a shot that almost curled into the top corner, Nicky Carle having several opportunities on goal as did Richard Garcia.
Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic was outstanding in keeping Sydney from scoring, but it didn’t stop them from threatening an equaliser.
Allesandro Del Piero came back from injury for Sydney off the bench and came on in the 62nd minute to replace Carle, who had an outstanding creative match for the Sky Blues.
Garcia had another golden opportunity to score for Sydney when left unchecked from a corner, but his header went just high.
Sydney still continued to make most of the running in the game and Matt Thompson pulled off a good strike that required a good save from Vukovic as he just pushed the ball into the post. Seb Ryall also had another good chance with a header, but couldn’t get past Vukovic.
Even the introduction of striker Shane Smeltz didn’t see Perth create any realistic goal scoring chances in the dying stages but the home side got the job done with a 1-0 win to have won two on the trot at home while the pressure continues to mount on Sydney and coach Frank Farina.
In Saturday night's other game, Newcastle broke their marathon goal-scoring drought but remain without a win after four rounds following a 2-2 draw with defending champions Central Coast Mariners at Hunter Stadium.
In front of a crowd of 13,744, defender Scott Neville ended the Jets' barren streak at 457 minutes when he was on the spot to tap home a blocked Adam Taggart shot in the 51st minute.
The Jets went two goals up five minutes later through an own goal in embarrassing circumstances for the Mariners. Goalkeeper Justin Pasfield missed a back-pass which just crossed the goal-line before he could clear it under pressure from Taggart.
The Mariners were back in the contest in the 64th minute via a penalty after teenage Jets defender Connor Chapman hand-balled a cross from Joshua Rose. Marcos Flores scored from the spot but was forced to retake it after teammates encroached on the area early. He made no mistake with the second attempt.
The visitors then equalised in the 80th minute when Mile Sterjovski found an open goal after a mis-hit Flores shot rebounded to him off the crossbar.
The result leaves the Jets on three points and the Mariners on six.