A stoppage time Diego Castro goal completed yet another Perth Glory comeback as Melbourne City let a two-goal lead slip at home.

City – cruising at 2-0 ahead – looked as though they would become just the second side to defeat the Glory this season.

But late goals from substitute Joel Chianese and Diego Castro ensured the spoils would be shared.

It did not take long for Jamie Maclaren to open the scoring – certainly ‘scoring when he wants’ as the fans would chant.

The 25-year-old added his name to the scoresheet for the fourth consecutive week – continuing to impress for his new side.

With the drinks break approaching – captain Scott Jamieson picked out Maclaren inside the box in the 25th minute with a pin-point cross to which the Socceroo headed into the bottom corner.

The Socceroo talisman was then gifted his second in the 35th minute when City were awarded a penalty after the ball struck Shane Lowry’s arm as he slid in to defend the Florin Berenguer cross.

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It took until the 37th minute for the Glory to have their first threatening attempt.

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Breaking on the counter – Chris Ikonomides played through Diego Castro who was immediately shut down by City goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic who forced the Spaniard’s shot wide.

Though Galekovic was not done here – being called on to keep out Ikonomides from close range after the ball fell to the Socceroo inside the six-yard box after a Lowry flick from a well-worked Neil Kilkenny set-piece.

Earning a corner – the Glory would have one last chance to score before the half.  Despite getting solid contact on the header Dino Djulbic was unable to keep it down and on target.

The Glory continued to attack after half time with Castro executing the perfect pass to Andy Keogh in between City’s defence. But this miraculous link up was nullified by Galekovic who met Keogh on his first touch to smother his attempt.

But the Glory would be rewarded for their persistence when Jason Davidson combined with substitute Joel Chianese in the 83rd minute to score.

Davidson – who was one of Perth’s best – worked his way into the box via a clever one-two with Ikonomides before finding Chianese who, like Maclaren, found the bottom corner with his head.

As they have done so often this season – the Glory, somehow found a way late.

With the match just ticking over into the stoppage time – Diego Castro found space just outside the box and equalised with a shot struck over Galekovic’s head.

Both sides will have next week off as part of the split round before the Glory travel to face Adelaide United while City meet Sydney FC at Leichardt Oval

 

 Melbourne City 2 (Maclaren 26′ & 35′ ) drew to.

Perth Glory 2 (Chianese 84′, Castro 91′)

AAMI Park

 

 

Melbourne City FC squad:

Starting XI:

18.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk),  3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 9.Shayon HARRISON, (8.Riley MCGREE 64’), 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 21.Ramy NAJJARINE, 22.Curtis GOOD, 25.Iacopo LA ROCCA, 26.Luke BRATTAN, (36.Dylan PIERIAS 85’), 27.Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER, (19.Lachlan WALES 70’), 29.Jamie MACLAREN,

 

Unused Substitutes:

1.Mark BIRIGHITTI, 10.Dario VIDOSIC,

 

Perth Glory squad:

Starting XI:

33.Liam REDDY (gk),  3.Jason DAVIDSON, 4.Shane LOWRY, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, (7.Joel CHIANESE 63’), 6.Dino DJULBIC, 9.Andy KEOGH, (11.Brendon SANTALAB 63’), 13.Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 17.Diego CASTRO, 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 22.Fabio FERREIRA, 27.JUANDE, 88.Neil KILKENNY( 20.Jake BRIMMER 75’)

 

Unused Substitutes: :

1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), , 23.Scott NEVILLE,

 

Match Official: Alex King

Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Ilievski

Assistant Referee 2: Tony Peart

Fourth Official: Jonathan Barreiro

Video Assistant Referee: Kristian Griffiths-Jones

 

 

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