Unlimited drama, unwavering spirit and an inability to say die: these hallmarks of the 2018/19 Perth Glory were all on display as they romped to a stunning come from behind 4-3 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers at HBF Park on Sunday afternoon.

With five changes to the Perth side that dominated Sydney FC on Wednesday night Tony Popovic was relying heavily on the depth of his squad to continue Glory’s stellar run of form.

And minutes into the game Glory could – and should – have taken the lead, when Andy Keogh drifted into the six yard box unmarked and headed a Scott Neville cross off target.

But after the Keogh chance Wanderers slowly worked themselves into the ascendancy, and just before half time the mounting Wanderers pressure paid off.

Kwame Yeboah scored his first goal for the club after a Nick Fitzgerald corner deflected fortuitously into his path at the back post, the ball bouncing off Yeboah’s chest and into the net.

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After a flat first half Tony Popovic made two changes at the break, bringing Diego Castro and Jason Davidson into the fray in place of Shane Lowry and Joel Chianese.

But after Glory’s promising start to the second half Wanderers doubled their lead, when a ball from Majok found Yeboah in the box, who squared to Rolieny Bonevacia for an easy finish from close range.

Losing 2-0 and staring down a shock home defeat Glory burst back into the game when substitute Diego Castro scored, pouncing on a scuffed save from Nicholas Suman in the Wanderers goal to head home from close range.

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Not long after finding a way back into the game however Glory were back to square one, when Yeboah again found his way behind Glory’s sleeping defence to play in the on-running Majok, who finished with ease.

But Glory weren’t done with yet and two minutes after conceding they hit back yet again to make it 3-2, after an Alex Grant header cannoned off the crossbar and fell to Ivan Franjic, who scored his first Glory goal.

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An utterly chaotic second half continued to unravel when Glory scored yet again, when goalscorer Franjic turned provider to Keogh, who tapped the Franjic cross home to make it 3-3.

And as if the footballing God’s were smiling down on the league leaders, Glory were gifted a penalty minutes after drawing level when Andrew Hamill took Keogh down in the box.

Up stepped Juande to the penalty spot, who stared down Suman and tucked an assertive penalty into the top right corner, to put Glory into the lead.

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With the score at 4-3 Glory held firm to the final whistle, earning three points from an incredible game which included six goals in 19 frantic second half minutes, pushing their lead on top of the table back to six points.

Perth Glory 4 (Castro 70′, Franjic 79′, Keogh 82′, Juande 86′)

Western Sydney Wanderers 3 (Yeboah 39′, Bonevacia 67′, Majok 77′)

HBF Park

Referee: Kurt AMS

Assistant referees: Josh MANELLA, Matthew SOUTHERN

Fourth official: Adam FIELDING

Perth Glory: 33. Liam REDDY (GK), 2. Alex GRANT, 4. Shane LOWRY (3. Jason DAVIDSON 45′), 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 7. Joel CHIANESE (17. Diego CASTRO 45′), 9. Andy KEOGH, 16. Tomislav MRCELA, 20. Jake BRIMMER, 22. Fabio FERREIRA (11. Brendon SANTALAB 77′), 23. Scott NEVILLE, 27. JUANDE

Unused substitutes: 1. Tando VELAPHI (GK), 88. Neil KILKENNY.

Western Sydney Wanderers: 40. Nicholas SUMAN (GK), 5. Brendan HAMILL, 7. Nick FITZGERALD (22. Rashid MAHAZI 62′), 8. Jordan O’DOHERTY (49. Manyiel MAJOK 19’), 11. Bruce KAMAU, 13. Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 17. Keanu BACCUS, 21. Tarek ELRICH, 27. Kwame YEBOAH (16. Jaushua SOTIRIO 86′), 28. Rolieny BONEVACIA, 33. Tate RUSSELL.

Unused substitutes: Vedran JANJETOVIC (GK), 14. Mathieu CORDIER.

Feature image credit: Vision Inspired Photography

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Football nut, student journalist and firm believer that Berisha dived in the 2012 A-League Grand Final. Covering Perth Glory for the 2018/19 season.