A sublime substitute performance from Henrique helped Brisbane Roar defeat Perth Glory 3-2 at nib stadium on Saturday night to end Perth’s finals hopes.

After coming on for the injured Brett Holman in the first half Henrique turned the match with his mobility and darting runs creating a host of chances as well as scoring a well crafted brace.

There were several injuries in a frenetically paced match but Brisbane were ultimately too classy for a Perth side who will finish the season in a disappointing eight position.

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Glory were gifted an opener when Roar keeper Jamie Young came out unnecessarily from a Liam Reddy goal kick enabling Adam Taggart to clip a beautiful first time chip with his left foot.

The ‘slippery fish’ then leveled proceedings with his first touch after replacing Brett Holman with the Brazilian curling a first time effort after Perth failed to clear a lofted set piece.

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John Aloisi’s men grew in confidence and ended the first half in the ascendancy with Thomas Kristensen firing a bullet volley across Reddy after Eric Bautheac did his best Ronaldo impersonation with a botched bicycle kick.

Henrique then doubled his tally and Brisbane’s lead following superb work from Massimo Maccarone who showed all his experience in rolling Shane Lowry from a quick throw in before piercing Perth’s defense with a poked through ball.

Things then threatened to boil over when Diego Castro was collected late on the touch line with players needing to be separated in a feisty period of the match.

Perth had what looked to be a decent shout for a penalty after a handball in the sixty-fifth minute but referee Peter Green waived play-on as he did almost identically ten minutes later with Glory growing increasingly frustrated.

Perth upped the tempo and forced Young into a sharp acrobatic save from Castro but the Roar keeper was then penalized from the resulting corner for a push on Keogh who appeared to go down relatively easily.

Young then went from villain to hero after sprawling superbly to his right to deny Castro from the spot, stunning nib into complete silence.

Henrique almost sealed the match in style but the post denied the Brazilian what would’ve been a marvelous hattrick after he was again found in space with a neat through ball.

Perth were given a glimmer of hope when Taggart netted his second with a downward header off the post but it proved too little too late with Brisbane proving deserved winners in the west.

Perth Glory 1 (Taggart 24′, 85′)

Brisbane Roar 3 (Henrique30′ 52′, Kristensen 41′)

nib Stadium (9579)

Referee: Peter GREEN
Assistant Referees: Andrew LINDSAY and Arvin SHANMUGANATHAN
Fourth Official: Adam FIELDING

Perth Glory FC: 33. REDDY Liam, 2. GRANT Alex, 4. LOWRY Shane, 7. CHIANESE Joel, 8. TORRES Xavier, 9. KEOGH Andrew, 16. MILLS Joseph, 17. CASTRO Diego, 22. TAGGART Adam, 23. NEVILLE Scott, 88. KILKENNY Neil.

SUBSTITUTES:  13. FEELY Nick [GK], 14. HAROLD Chris, 15. WILSON Brandon, , 18. GUERAO Andreu, 20. BRIMMER Jake, 66. DJULBIC Dino.

Brisbane Roar: 21. YOUNG Jamie, 7. KRISTENSEN Thomas, 8. PEPPER Jacob, 9. MACCARONE Massimo, 10. HOLMAN Brett, 14. KALFALLAH Fahid Ben, 17. MCKAY Matt (c), 19. HINGERT Jack, 22. BAUTHEAC Eric, 24. O’TOOLE Connor, 77. FRANJIC Ivan,

Substitutes:  31. WHITE Brendan [GK], 2. INGHAM Dane, 11. GAMEIRO Corey, 16. OXBORROW Mitchell, 33. HENRIQUE

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Football fan and digital communications officer following Perth Glory during the 2017/2018 A-League season.