Glory, Roar share spoils in Perth

Perth Glory came from behind twice to salvage a tough 2-2 draw with Brisbane Roar at NIB Stadium in Perth.

In a hot and humid night in Perth, Nebojsa Marinkovic and Adam Taggart cancelled out Jamie Maclaren and Dane Ingham’s first half goals to remain in touching distance with the top three.

In a relatively slow paced first half, it took 30 minutes for the game to burst alive.

It was Brisbane who broke the deadlock with their main man Jamie Maclaren stepping up and delivering for his side once again.

Thomas Broich hit what seemed to be a cross in hope toward the Roar number nine and Glory defender Rhys Williams failed to convincingly clear the ball.

Maclaren took full advantage of the error and volleyed home the opener.

Perth were quick to respond to falling behind and restored parity controversially seven minutes later through the returning Nebojsa Marinkovic.

In the lead up to the goal, Diego Castro appeared to have ran the ball over the touchline as he crossed the ball into the box.

Assistant referee Scott Edeling failed to spot the incident, which resulted in Marinkovic smashing home past Michael Theo thanks to a Jade North deflection.

The misfortune for Brisbane didn’t weigh them down and they restored their lead just two minutes later.

The late inclusion of Dane Ingham for Thomas Kristensen proved a masterstroke for John Aloisi as the youngster finished off a superb piece of team play from the Roar.

Tommy Oar, Thomas Broich and Brandon Borrello all connected to find Ingham, who skipped past one Glory defender and smashed home into the bottom right corner.

It would be the last piece of notable play for the half as Brisbane entered the break leading 2-1.

Perth returned from the halftime break full of energy and were deservingly back on level terms in the 47th minute thanks to striker Adam Taggart.

Josh Risdon, Diego Castro and Chris Harold all combined in a glorious chain of one-touch passing to set up Taggart for a simple tap in past Roar ‘keeper Theo.

Brisbane responded with similar energy and should have been ahead in the 54th minute, but for a marvellous Liam Reddy save.

Dino Djulbic botched a seemingly simple clearance, which fell perfectly to Roar number nine Maclaren.

The striker picked up the ball in yards of space and charged on goal however the closing Reddy was able to deflect Maclaren’s effort away from goal.

Perth assumed ascendency for the remainder of the half and had a host of chances to snatch the winner.

Joel Chianese had the best chance in the dying embers of the match but failed to convert from a zipping Diego Castro cross.

Neither side could be separated and the scores finished locked at 2-2.

Western Sydney Wanderers will travel to Perth to face the Glory next week, fresh from snapping Sydney FC’s 19-game unbeaten run.

Whilst Brisbane Roar will host Muangthong United on Tuesday in the AFC Champions League.

Match Details

Perth Glory 2 (Marinkovic 37’, Taggart 47’)
Brisbane Roar 2 (Maclaren 30’, Ingham 40’)

Attendance: 10762
Stadium: NIB Stadium

Referee: Jarred Gillett
Assistant Referees: Scott Edelingm Josh Mannella
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

Perth Glory: 33. REDDY Liam, 5. WILLIAMS Rhys (4. LOWRY Shane 80’), 6. DJULBIC Dino, 8. GRIFFITHS Rostyn, 10. MARINKOVIC Nebojsa (28. KNOWLES Joseph 83’), 14. HAROLD Chris (7. CHIANESE Joel 77’), 15. WILSON Brandon, 16. MILLS Joseph, 17. CASTRO Diego, 19. RISDON Joshua, 22. TAGGART Adam

Substitutes: 13. FEELY Liam, 20. WILLIAMS Aryn

Brisbane Roar: 1. THEO Michael, 3. DE VERE Luke (46. CRESTANI Cameron, 8. PEPPER Jacob, 9. MACLAREN Jamie (26. D’AGOSTINO Nicholas 64’), 11. OAR Tommy (10. HOLMAN Brett 55’), 13. NORTH Jade, 17. MCKAY Matthew, 22. BROICH Thomas, 28. BORRELLO Brandon, 29. CALETTI Joe, 50. INGHAM Dane

Substitutes: 43. BILIC Tomislav (GK), 15. ARANA Manuel

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