Perth Glory win the 2018-19 A-League Premiers Plate with win over Newcastle Jets

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The West Australians have finally tasted success in football's modern era

Perth Glory have lifted the A-League's 2018-19 Premiers Plate after a 1-0 victory over Newcastle Jets at HBF Park on Sunday.

The win takes Glory an unassailable eight points clear of Sydney FC with two matches to play and sealed their first trophy since the A-League began in 2005 - adding to the two Premierships they won during the NSL era.

Diego Castro's wonderful through ball set up Ivan Franjic's winner, with the former Brisbane Roar defender running on to the pass and finishing under the body of Jets goalkeeper Glen Moss.

Glory's transition from perennial strugglers to champions has been led by coach Tony Popovic, who was put in charge in the off-season by chief executive Tony Pignata, also in his first year at the club after a long stint at Sydney FC.

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Popovic led a recruiting spree which netted three of Australia's defenders from the 2014 World Cup - Franjic, Matthew Spiranovic and Jason Davidson - while also adding current Socceroo talent Chris Ikonomidis, former Wanderers star Brendon Santalab and Spanish midfielder Juande.

All eyes at Glory will turn to completing the double with the A-League grand final scheduled to be played on the weekend of May 18-19.

Glory have secured a week off during the first round of post-season in early May and will then play the lowest placed qualifier in a Perth-based semi-final for a spot in the A-League's decider.

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