Will this be year for Perth to take Glory?

KEY MAN: Andy Keogh needs to start scoring goals again if Perth Glory is to have a shot at its first A-League title.
KEY MAN: Andy Keogh needs to start scoring goals again if Perth Glory is to have a shot at its first A-League title. JOE CASTROAAP

PERTH Glory has never won the A-League title, in fact, apart from a close call in a grand final in 2012, it has never really come close.

Having won two National Soccer League titles and three NSL minor premierships before the A-League started 10 years ago, some might have expected the Glory to have kicked on and been a real force in the domestic competition.

But since the A-League began the Glory has been something of an enigma and has never really hit the heights expected of a club which dominated the old domestic competition after being founded in 1995.

Seven coaches, including caretaker coach Alan Vest, in the 10-year history of the A-League have tried and failed to bring a title to the west.

Glory fans could have been forgiven for thinking they deserved more as they put in the big kilometres following their team backwards and forwards across the country.

This season for the most part has been different under the leadership of Kenny Lowe.

I have to say Perth's title push has surprised me as I never expected Lowe to have the team to challenge up the top.

The Glory fans have long suffered mediocrity from their teams down the years but this time round might have been allowed to dream a little that finally that elusive title could be coming their way.

That was before the new year anyway.

In the first part of the season Perth looked unbeatable and when it beat closest rival Melbourne Victory 2-1 away from home on January 2, it looked as if Glory fans could at last be getting their wish.

But a poor run of form since that win has allowed the chasing pack, headed by Victory, Adelaide and Sydney FC, to put doubt in the minds of all who follow the team from the west.

Some will be thinking that once again their team has flattered to deceive and once again will not fulfil the promise shown.

You can understand the fans being sceptical after watching for years as their side floundered in mid-table or worse.

But one man who is keeping the faith is coach Lowe, who was in buoyant mood despite another two points being dropped on Saturday night in a 2-2 home draw with Brisbane Roar.

Glory has collected just four points from its six games, but Lowe told reporters to come back and talk to him at the end of the home and away season.

"After 27 games we'll find out if we've fallen over," he said.

"We're in a comfortable spot, we're enjoying ourselves, we're playing some good stuff, we're getting some lads back fit, so we're ticking along nicely."

That might be the case but the Glory will need star striker Andy Keogh to start hitting his straps as the title run-in heats up.

The former Irish international has found the back of the net just once in his last six matches, and despite looking sharp against the Roar failed to convert a number of decent chances.

Lowe defended Keogh too but without his goals it could be that the Glory misses out once more on that elusive title.

Topics:  a-league perth glory

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